Jessica Wales Named Manager for King Street Branch as Lee McCarthy Announces Retirement

We’re pleased to announce that Jessica Wales of South Hadley has been promoted to branch manager of the bank’s King Street branch in Northampton. She will replace Lee McCarthy, who is retiring in April after serving as manager of the King Street branch for 18 years and area manager for the bank since 2018. 

Since 2020, Jessica has served as vice president and branch manager of the Granby location. She has 26 years of banking experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Ashworth College. She is a graduate of the New England School for Financial Studies. 

Active in the community, Jessica is a board member and member of the Finance Committee for United Way of Franklin & Hampshire Region, and a committee member for Western Mass Women’s Business Network and Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Golf FORE Health Tournament. She is also an ambassador for the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. 

Lee, of Springfield, worked in the banking industry for 42 years. Hired in 2004 by Florence Bank, she served as branch manager for King Street, beginning in 2004, and in 2018, she also became area manager, overseeing the King Street, Williamsburg, downtown Northampton and Easthampton branches.

For 16 years, Lee served on United Way’s Community Investment Committee.

“We wish Lee the best as she moves closer to retirement, and we are pleased to welcome Jessica to the King Street branch,” said Shelley Daughdrill, retail banking director / senior vice president of Retail Administration. “Jessica has proven herself as a leader, and her experience will make for a smooth transition.”