Loan growth offsets hits to 4Q fee income at Berkshire Hills


The Boston company reported a quarterly profit despite mortgage headwinds and lost SBA revenue tied to the partial government shutdown.


How a congratulatory call on one bank deal led to another


Bob Mahoney, CEO of Belmont Savings, called Jack Barnes after People's United agreed to buy a Connecticut bank. The banks announced their own merger agreement five months later.


Massachusetts lender sets lofty goal: Double in size in five years


HarborOne Bancorp — led by James Blake, one of our five community bankers to watch in 2019 — is a former credit union that recently made its first bank acquisition and has Boston and other markets in its sights.


Berkshire Hills to enter Rhode Island with SI Financial purchase


The $180 million acquisition is the first for Berkshire since the sudden departure of CEO Michael Daly.


Cambridge snags first N.H. branches with Optima acquisition


The Massachusetts bank has offered wealth management services in the state for several years.


People’s United’s plan to bulk up in Boston: Target tech firms


The Bridgeport, Conn., company is developing a specialty in banking technology businesses. Like so many other small regionals with ambitious growth plans, it faces a tricky balancing act: how to take creative risks without getting in over its head.


Berkshire Hills employees sent a secret letter weeks before CEO exit


Michael Daly's resignation may have been precipitated by an anonymous letter last month describing the workplace as “toxic” and in dire need of change.


People's United adds to Boston operations with BSB purchase


The Connecticut regional bank will pay $327 million for the parent of Belmont Savings Bank.


Berkshire Hills CEO abruptly resigns


Michael Daly had been the Boston company's president and CEO since 2002. The company provided no reason for his departure.


HarborOne in Mass. hires former Santander exec to run retail banking


Brenda Kerr will be responsible for creating a strategy for the bank's retail operations.