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Dena Hall Earns 2015 Women of FIRE Award

Dena Hall Earns 2015 Women of FIRE Award

William H.W. Crawford, IV, Chief Executive Officer of United Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: UBNK) and United Bank of Glastonbury, Conn., today proudly announced that Dena M. Hall, United Bank’s Western Mass Regional President, was selected by Banker & Tradesman to be among their 2015 Women of FIRE award winners.
 
Banker & Tradesman presents the Women of FIRE award to the most talented, the most ambitious, the most innovative and the most philanthropic women in finance, insurance and real estate. A panel of judges and staff from Banker & Tradesman selected 15 women this year from Massachusetts who are achieving excellence and making a difference in these traditionally male-dominated business sectors.
 
Hall and the 2015 class of Women of FIRE recipients were honored during a luncheon at the Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown on July 28.
 
In addition to her executive position as Western Mass Regional President, Hall is the Chief Marketing Officer and President of the Bank’s two charitable foundations that cover Massachusetts and Connecticut. She has been with United Bank since 2005. Previously, she was Assistant Vice President, Marketing for Woronoco Savings Bank - now Berkshire Bank - and the Executive Director of that bank’s charitable foundation. 
 
“I want to thank Banker & Tradesman for selecting Dena for this award. We are incredibly fortunate to have someone with Dena’s talent and reputation in the Massachusetts banking industry on the United team. She is admired for her business acumen, tireless volunteerism and strategic mindset - which have all been instrumental in helping us build the strongest community banking team in Greater Springfield market,” said Crawford. “She is certainly one of our go-to leaders in Massachusetts who employees, customers and community leaders can always trust and count on.”

Hall, whose career in banking spans nearly two decades, has received other professional accolades, including being named one of the Springfield region’s top young business and community leaders by Business West Magazine in its 40 Under Forty List in 2007 and the Business Woman of the Year by the Westfield Chamber of Commerce.  In 2014, Hall was named one of the Top 25 Women in Business by the Western Massachusetts Women’s Magazine. Hall is also very active in the greater Springfield region where she is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Baystate Health Systems Foundation and actively involved in the Westfield Re-Development Authority, the Western Massachusetts Corporate Funder’s Forum and the Capital Campaign Scheduling Committee of Greater Springfield. 
 
She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as well the Massachusetts Bankers Association School for Financial Studies and the National School of Banking and Finance at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
 
She resides in Westfield, Mass. with her family.

Caption for attached photo: Pictured at the Women of FIRE event on July 28 are (left to right): Joan Bessette, Printing Solutions; Jennifer DeBarge, Marketing Officer – United Bank; Dena Hall, Women of FIRE award winner and United Bank’s Western Mass Regional President & Chief Marketing Officer; and Carol Moore Cutting, Board Member for United Bank.