Freedom Credit Union, with 10 branches throughout the Pioneer Valley, has announced the opening of its first location in Connecticut at 115 Elm Street, Unit 214, in Enfield. The office, which recently opened, is dedicated exclusively to mortgage and business lending for the time being.
“We are excited to expand our footprint over the state line into Connecticut to better meet the needs of our members there,” said Freedom Credit Union President Glenn Welch. “This new location has both a full-time mortgage loan originator and a business lender on site.”
The mortgage loan originator, Jackson Findlay, NMLS# 1938458, will help guide members through mortgage loan options, prepare and submit mortgage loan applications, and work with prospective homebuyers throughout the process of obtaining a mortgage loan. A resident of Northampton, Mass., he earned his BS in international business from Newbury College and an MBA from Elms College.
John Santaniello, assistant vice president of member business lending, will work with businesses that are seeking loans including term, SBA (Small Business Administration), commercial real estate and commercial vehicle loans. A resident of Springfield, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a BS in Business Administration.
“We have a significant number of members who go back and forth across the state line for work and other activities, so this expansion makes sense,” added Welch. “It is our intention to offer additional services to Connecticut in the future.”
In 2020, Freedom expanded its charter from people who live, work or attend school in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties in Mass., to also include people in Hartford and Tolland counties in Conn.