CONCORD — Daniel R. Morrison, chief executive officer of Cambridge Trust New Hampshire, was named 2019 Community Banker of the Year by the New Hampshire Bankers Association.
The announcement was made by Jerry Little, commissioner of the New Hampshire Banking Department, at the New Hampshire and Vermont Bankers Associations’ Annual Conference this past weekend.
This year’s winner was provided a lunch with Gov. Chris Sununu.
Morrison, founder and former president and CEO of Optima Bank & Trust, now Cambridge Trust, was selected by a panel of public officials from the state of New Hampshire, including Senate President Donna Soucy; Speaker of the House Steve Shurtleff; and Will Arvelo, director of economic development at the Department of Business and Economic Affairs.
“Receiving New Hampshire’s Community Baker of the Year Award is among the most meaningful awards that I have received,” said Morrison upon receiving the award. He cited his many years of involvement with the bankers’ association.
Kristy Merrill, the bankers’ association’s president, congratulated Morrison and other applicants considered for the award.
“This year’s nominees reflected 151 years of experience in the banking industry, and service to nearly 30 professional and community organization boards and committees,” Merrill said.
Morrison was a founding board member of the Seacoast chapter of Vets Count New Hampshire in 2012. He has served as chairman of the board of the Great Bay chapter of the American Red Cross for many years. He has volunteered in many capacities since 2003 for United Way of the Greater Seacoast, and is currently vice chairman of the board and a member of the finance committee at York Hospital.
Morrison has served on the board of the New Hampshire Bankers Association for seven years, including serving as chairman from 2017-2018. He has also been involved with the American Bankers Association, and was formerly a member of the Community Bankers Council.
During his tenure at Optima Bank, Morrison was awarded with a Business Excellence Award from the NH Business Review, and he was recognized in American Banker Magazine along with his wife, Pam, as one of “Banking’s Power Couples.” The bank was also awarded with the following accolades: New Hampshire Statewide Business of the Year from Business NH Magazine, Business of the Year from Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce, and Business of the Year from the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce.
The association also recognized Barry McCabe for winning Vermont’s Community Banker of the Year Award. McCabe is executive vice president and COO at Mascoma Bank, headquartered in Lebanon. He has held this position for 30 years, has 40 years of experience in the banking industry and has committed his life to service through the Civil Air Patrol and other professional and community organizations.