CEO M. Livingston Named "Business Person Of The Year"
Aug 12, 2013 |
The Branford Chamber of Commerce recently recognized Margaret Livingston, President & CEO of Guilford Savings Bank as the “2012 Business Person of the Year.”
The inaugural winner of this award for business excellence, she was selected from an impressive list of nominees. Criteria for selection included being a leader of a business with staying power, strong results, sustained growth and high community involvement.
Livingston is a 37-year employee of GSB, and has held various positions throughout the Bank before assuming the position of President and CEO in 2008. She is proud to hold the distinction of being named its first female president, as well as only the 10th President in the Bank’s 137 year history.When Margaret began at GSB, the Bank has a single branch on the Green in Guilford. Assisting with the Bank’s desire to serve more of the shoreline, Margaret was the first manager of the Bank’s second branch (also in Guilford). As she moved up the ladder, she helped grow the organization’s footprint, now serving Branford to Old Saybrook while keeping the Bank’s original mission in mind – to serve the needs of its community.
Margaret has led the charge to ensure that GSB steadfastly continued to put customers first by not only keeping GSB as a mutual bank, but also by creating avenues to empower bank employees to provide service above compare. In 2011, she and her team led the Bank through an enhanced customer service training program that reinforced the Bank’s dedication to delivering astounding service to all of its customers.
A lifelong resident of Guilford, Margaret is well known in the community. She is an active Guilford Rotarian and serves on numerous boards of directors including Our Lady of Mercy School, Governor’s Prevention Partnership, and Bhcare, Inc. She also serves on the advisory Boards for SARAH Endowment and Hope Partnership. Earlier in Margaret’s career she was honored with the Ginger Calhoun Volunteer of the Year Award and more recently was one of the first individuals inducted into the CT Mentoring Hall of Fame. She also was recently selected as a notable “Woman of FIRE” (Financial, Insurance and Real Estate) award recipient.