Salisbury Bank and Trust Company Announces Employee Awards

April 14, 2021

Salisbury Bank employees voted and Aidan Gilligan received the “Employee of the Year” award for his tremendous work ethic, and his extremely likeable and approachable demeanor. Aidan is highly respected and regarded by his peers. He willingly shares his knowledge and is eager to learn from and help others. Aidan was instrumental in leading the Bank’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) initiative during the pandemic. He accepted the responsibility with enthusiasm, and without hesitation, to help the Bank and its customers during a difficult time. Since joining the Bank in February of 2018, Aidan has excelled at every position and task assigned to him. He began his career working in our Commercial Credit Department. In July of 2019 he was promoted to Commercial Lending Officer, covering our Massachusetts market, and this past January was promoted to Vice President.

The “Rookie of the Year” award went to Machayla Karcheski. This award recognizes an employee who has really stepped up during their first year. Machayla has a can-do attitude and is eager to learn and help in any way that is needed. She assumed a leadership role within the PPP initiative and her involvement has been vital to the success of the program. Machayla joined the Bank in November 2019 as an Executive Assistant. She had no prior banking experience, but “hit the ground running” and “took the bull by the horns” – as quoted by her fellow colleagues.

Doug Cahill and Kimberly Downey were recognized for volunteering on behalf of the Bank throughout the year, and both received the “Volunteer of the Year” award.

Doug consistently volunteers for bank sponsored events each year in addition to the volunteer work he does with the Sharon Board of Education and Sharon Day Care. Doug joined Salisbury Bank as Director of Human Resources in August of 2005. He was promoted to Vice President, Director of Human Resources in May of 2014.

Kim not only volunteers for Bank sponsored events, she dedicates a good amount of her time outside of the Bank for volunteer activities in her community. Kim is Board President of Salisbury Central School PTO; Board Treasurer for Salisbury Youth; and Board Treasurer for EXTRAs Program. She joined the Bank in February of 2005 in a retail capacity and then transferred to the Trust and Wealth Advisory Division.

We sincerely appreciate the volunteer work that Doug and Kim do for both the Bank and for the community at large.

With great pride and a heartfelt thank you, the "President's Award" was presented to the frontline employees of the Bank. Together, this group of devoted individuals stepped up and became the backbone of Salisbury Bank’s success during a time when teamwork was essential. They have shown up for work and faced a new set of rules during a time when fear and uncertainty was predominant. It has been nothing short of inspiring to see the staff at the Bank’s branches, and all those who came to work ready to face the challenges of this pandemic, set aside their fears to serve the needs of customers.

The virtual award ceremony was held on March 31, 2021.


Salisbury Bank is a full-service community bank headquartered in Lakeville, Connecticut and presently operates full service branches in Canaan, Lakeville, Salisbury, and Sharon, Connecticut; Great Barrington, Sheffield, and South Egremont, Massachusetts; as well as Dover Plains, Fishkill, Millerton, New Paltz, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, and Red Oaks Mill, New York. The Bank has been serving families and businesses for over 170 years and offers a full range of consumer and business banking products and services as well as trust and investment services.

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