February 24, 2020
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Sarah Catanese receives ‘Sparks Award’ from Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce

Community Author: Catherine Planchart
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BAR HARBOR — Sarah Catanese, vice president at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, received the “Sparks Award” from the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting on May 17.  The Sparks Award is presented annually to a graduate of Leadership Hancock County who has exhibited exemplary leadership initiative in Hancock County.

Since her 2012 graduation from Leadership Hancock County, Catanese has continued to be involved deeply with Leadership Hancock County, as well as other emerging community initiatives. She was in on the ground floor as Union Square was taking shape; i.e. the “young professionals” arm of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.  Catanese also gave of her time and talent to help shape an emergent vision for Leadership Hancock County 2.0.

“I always marveled to observe that in every conversation and project, Sarah brought light and her brilliant smile, and consistently fostered a sense of shared understanding in our class,” said Rachel Nobel who was in the 2012 Leadership Hancock County class with Catanese. “This wasn’t easy, as this was a group of strong minded individuals who all came from very different backgrounds and reflected a healthy diversity of leadership styles and approaches.”

Sarah Catanese joined Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in 2015 as VP/Branch Relationship Manager in Ellsworth.  In 2017 she transitioned to VP/Brand Manager.  Prior to her banking career, she was the director of Programs and Operations at Camp Beech Cliff in Mount Desert. Catanese holds a bachelor’s degree from Green Mountain College in Vermont. She is a graduate of the Northern New England School of Banking and Leadership Hancock County. Born and raised in Cape Cod, Catanese moved to Maine in 2008. She resides in Trenton with her husband, Andrew, and their two children, and serves as a member of the Trenton School Board.  At work she always places her team front and center to shine, and consistently opens doors for those she mentors by encouraging them to step forward and make connections in community.  She introduces them to local leaders, and supports their participation and engagement in the local community,

“On behalf of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, we congratulate Sarah on winning the Sparks Award.  Sarah is an excellent example of the commitment our employees have to their local communities,” said Joseph Schmitt, Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  “Sarah is a true leader in the community with the capacity to think and act outside of the box.  Her strong interpersonal skills make her effective at building collaborative networks among business and community members.”

The Sparks Award is named after one of the founders of Leadership Hancock County, Bonnie Sparks, who worked for many years to collaborate and help build the amazing structure that is Leadership Hancock County today. Leadership Hancock County works to improve Hancock County’s economy and quality of life by building the leadership capacity of present and future leaders.  For more information contact Gretchen Wilson at the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce at 667-5584 or by e-mail: gwilson@ellsworthchamber.org.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating 49 branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  Bar Harbor Bank & Trust was named one of the 2017 Top 200 Publicly Traded Community Banks in the nation by American Banker magazine. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.bhbt.com or call 1-888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

CONTACT:     Cathy Planchart, VP

Corporate Communications & Community Relations

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust

P.O. Box 1089, Ellsworth, ME  04605

207-667-0660 x14655 / cplanchart@barharbor.bank