June 4, 2021
Bryan Christoforo is celebrating 15 years with SBSI!
“Prior to living in Maine, I was living and working in Central Massachusetts with my wife and two very young children. My wife and I both spent time in Maine while we were growing up, and we knew we wanted to move to Southern Maine to raise our family. After searching for a couple of years, we found some land less than 2 miles from the family camp which we bought in 2003 and started building our home in 2005.
For a while I was commuting back and forth to Massachusetts for work but had my eye on the job market. I saw an opportunity at Saco & Biddeford Savings and at the time I had already worked at four different banks. I most enjoyed working for the smaller mutual savings banks and I knew SBSI was the right fit for me instantly. I still feel lucky everyday that I made the move to Maine and found such a great job, too!
My role at the bank hasn’t really changed since I started. When I first came in I didn’t know any of the bank’s customers or even many of the local business owners. One of the things that I saw as an advantage was how many customers shared they are second or third generation customers or that they opened up a savings account at the bank as a student and have been with us ever since. I felt fortunate for the support and introductions that were made so I could start networking. I am extremely grateful to be part of the lending team. Together, we are strong, and each member plays an important role in taking a loan from beginning to end. I truly enjoy working with all of my coworkers. Everyone on our team is willing to step up and help when needed in any situation, even if it doesn’t fall within a job description.
I’m really at a transition period in my life. My wife and I are now empty nesters so we went from heavy involvement with our children’s activities to now figuring out what to do with our free time. Our daughter was a college athlete and just recently graduated. Her athletic career took us all over the country, and she was just getting ready to compete in Nationals her junior year with her college team when the pandemic stopped everything. Not only did it cost her competing in Nationals in 2020, but her senior season was cancelled as well. It was a tough way to end her career. As busy as we were in the winter with gymnastics we were equally as busy with our son the rest of the year with his activities: baseball, basketball, and football. I coached several of the baseball teams and although we didn’t travel as far as for baseball, we did put a lot of miles on the tires throughout New England.
For the past 10 years I dipped my toes into running. I completed several 5Ks and half marathons and attempted a full marathon. It's safe to say I’ve pinned my last running bib; I’m more of a walker and hiker now. We recently got ourselves a pandemic puppy and in addition to walking her between 3 to 6 miles a day, I’m proud to be learning how to train her. She loves the beach and we’re discovering new trails in the area I never knew existed. I love a good book and a cold drink when the pup settles down, but you may also see me at some of the local sporting scenes or catching a game on the radio listening to my favorite announcer.”
- Bryan Christoforo - VP, Business Loan Officer II