United Appoints Adam Jeamel Eastern Connecticut Regional President
William H.W. Crawford, IV, Chief Executive Officer of United Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: UBNK) and United Bank of Glastonbury, Conn., today announced that Adam J. Jeamel, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, has been promoted to Eastern Connecticut Regional President. Jeamel will continue to retain his current responsibilities for handling all internal and external communication activities for the Bank.
In this newly-c
reated position for the Bank, Jeamel will leverage his strong professional and personal ties to this part of the state to build on the Bank’s 157-year legacy of employee volunteerism and the generosity of the United Bank Foundation Connecticut, formerly named the Rockville Bank Foundation. The key responsibility of Eastern Connecticut Regional President is to be the Bank’s ‘geographic ambassador’ in the communities United has served for more than 100 years. This includes playing an active part in various organizations and related events, serving as a liaison between the Executive Team and community stakeholders and sharing the transformational story of United Bank to customers and communities when possible.
He will also work closely with Crawford and the United Bank Foundation’s Board to annually develop and implement the Bank’s community giving strategy in eastern Connecticut.
Jeamel, who came to United Bank (then Rockville Bank) in August 2012, has nearly 20 years of experience in public relations and community relations in the public and private sectors.
Before joining the United Bank team, Jeamel was the Director of Corporate Communications at Eastern Connecticut Health Network.
But more noteworthy is Jeamel’s experience in state government, politics and community relations. He was part of the senior staff team for former Governor M. Jodi Rell, holding the position of Director of Public Affairs where he was primarily responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships for the Governor’s office with organizations and communities throughout the state, among other responsibilities. Prior to the Governor’s office, Jeamel was a press secretary in the Connecticut General Assembly and active in state and national political campaigns which gave him invaluable experience in cities and towns throughout Connecticut, including communities that make up eastern Connecticut.
Jeamel is a native of Vernon, attended the Vernon Public School System and graduated from the University of Connecticut.
He’s also earned various accolades over the years, including the 2010 Outstanding Board Officer Award as Board Secretary for Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity; Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty Award in 2007; and was named a Henry Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments. Jeamel currently serves on Goodwin College’s Economic & Strategic Development Committee.
The Eastern Connecticut Regional President position replicates a very successful community banking model the Bank created in 2014 to cover Western Mass, another key legacy market for the Bank. At that time, United named Dena M. Hall its Western Mass Regional President where she is instrumental in leading a strong community banking team to enhance the Bank’s steady presence in this legacy market, identify corporate giving opportunities and serve as a go-to person for the Bank in the community. She also retained her title of Chief Marketing Officer, similar to what Jeamel will do as Head of Corporate Communications.
“As the geography we cover stretches from lower Fairfield County to Greater Boston, along with our vision for continued strategic growth, we made it a priority to have leaders in every market who have deep-rooted personal and professional ties to the community. That’s what Adam brings to this position,” said Crawford. “Eastern Connecticut has been a strong and lasting foundation for United Bank and has made us so successful over the past 157 years. The customers are loyal, the communities are vibrant and there is a sense of togetherness that is so special. Eastern Connecticut deserves our utmost devotion and first-class service and I am confident Adam and our teammates in this region will deliver on this commitment.”
“Growing up in Vernon and my family’s long relationship with the Bank both personally and professionally has undoubtedly left a lasting impression on my life for as long as I can remember. It’s given me the first-hand knowledge and the opportunity to witness so many of the wonderful things this Bank has done for generations of customers and the lasting impact United continues to have on eastern Connecticut,” said Jeamel. “This geographic focus helps reinforce that we are a steadfast partner in eastern Connecticut through tireless volunteerism, a robust presence in the community and generous giving by our foundation that makes this legacy market an even better place to live, work and do business.”
Jeamel’s enhanced role is effective immediately.