The Warren Group and its banking industry publication, Banker & Tradesman, recently named BankGloucester President and CEO Patrick Thorpe as one of 12 selected Community Bank Heroes in Massachusetts. In order to be recognized as a Community Bank Hero, a professional must be a Massachusetts community bank employee; an individual who consistently gives back to the industry and community with their time, energy and resources; a respected colleague who has made significant impact on those around them; and an outstanding contributor to their institution as a positive influence and industry expert.
BankGloucester has several programs that actively give back to the local community it serves. Thorpe initiated “Banking for the Community” — an annual program whereby the bank has given a total of $130,000 since its inception to local organizations chosen by the community at large. Additional events BankGloucester supports include an annual outdoor community concert — where Thorpe, along with other members of the board of directors, scoops ice cream that is offered free to attendees. The bank also sponsors an annual holiday high school basketball tournament.
Thorpe has worked with local high schools and community organizations to provide Financial Literacy Education to teenagers. He is chairman of the board of First R Foundation’s Literacy Program, a kindergarten and first-grade volunteer reading program; past chairman of the board of the Cooperative Banks Employee Retirement Association; past president and board member of the Gloucester Rotary Club; and committee member of the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, an organization that works with students, educators, parents, seniors, faith leaders, businesses, law enforcement and city officials to promote a healthy and drug-free community for Gloucester’s youth.
Thorpe is also actively involved with the Cape Ann YMCA, serving on its board of directors; Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as chairman of the Business Education Collaborative; Northeast Health Systems; and Mass Bankers Association.
Thorpe, along with the 11 other Community Bank Heroes recognized this year, will be honored in the May 16 issue of Banker & Tradesman, as well as at a dinner reception on May 19 in Boston.