Joseph Shaw enjoys everything the Adirondacks have to offer, including the chance to lead a local banking institution.
Shaw, who honeymooned in Lake Placid and continually returned to the area as a visitor and tourist, will now make his home in Essex as he had been named the new president and CEO-elect at Champlain National Bank.
“Our travels have consistently brought us here,” Shaw said. “We have been involved with the outdoors and skiing all of our lives and this has been an amazingly welcoming community. I get to combine what I like to do and where I work.”
Shaw, who had worked in banking in Massachusetts with First Niagara, said that he felt the chance to come to the Willsboro-based financial institution was “unique.”
“This was the only time out of the offers that I have received that I went out on the interview,” Shaw said. “I found this to be a very unique opportunity with a very unique bank to see everything about how a bank operates.”
Shaw said that he has enjoyed learning about the bank and the communities that its branches are located in and working to ensure that they remain there.
“We are looking a couple of generations ahead because we truly want to do everything that we can to stay independent,” he said. “Very different decisions come out of that mindset. We want to look at who is using the products that we are offering and what the experience is like from the customer’s point of view.”
Shaw said that he was impressed with how well advanced the bank was with technology and how solid it was financially.
“The bank is in great shape,” he said. “Jon Cooper has been a fantastic believer in supporting the community, as I am too. I want to continue to keep looking at things and continue to grow off what he did and provide constant improvement.”
Shaw said that in his new role, he is actually looking forward to being closer to home when the work day ends.
“There were times that I would be gone for days and living in hotels for the trips that I had to take,” Shaw said. “With all of our branches here in the region, it is nice that I will be able to drive home at night from any of them.”
In going to those branches, Shaw said that the people have been very welcoming.
“There is an incredible sense of community, and I think that everyone likes to welcome new people into their community,” he said.
Shaw moved to the area with his wife, Debi. The couple has an adult son and daughter, who are staying at the family homestead to tend to the farmland.