October 13, 2022
“I’m originally from Southern California. I met my husband Danny there 23 years ago, and he is originally from Maine.
While living in California, we would visit Maine in the fall. Coming from California to Maine to see the foliage is just so unbelievably monumental for someone who is used to a lot of brown mountains, fires, mudslides and earthquakes.
We loved our time here so much that we decided to pack up our two Australian Shepherds and move here.
I will admit that it took a bit of adjusting to get used to living here. My first winter living in Maine, I was wearing my wickedly high-heeled Cali boots and walking across my mother-in-laws driveway when I slipped on black ice and face planted. I was still holding her casserole dish, but my face was another story.
Of course, that experience wasn’t pleasant, but in time I learned the best attire to wear depending on the season. I just love everything about Maine. The seasons, the smell of the ocean, how green it gets in the spring and summer (at first, the greenness of spring almost hurt my eyes!), the fire of the trees during fall and the radiant cleanness of the snow in the winter.
Not that I don’t have a great love for California, of course — I will always be a Cali girl at heart. My friends weren’t so sure I’d survive a winter in Maine, but the joke is on them because I’ve been here 16 years now!
I initially landed a job at the Black Point Inn on Prouts Neck as manager and worked there for five years until I became pregnant with my son Shea. My lovely neighbor Rosalie Grant, who used to work at the OOB branch, said ‘Tracy you should get into banking so you can be home during the holidays and at night with your baby.’
At first, I found the suggestion funny because at the time I thought I would do terrible in banking. I still had to use a calculator. Not to mention, I was afraid of starting a brand new career at the age of 44.
But Rosie was like a second mom to me after my own mother passed away, and I deeply valued her advice. So with that, I decided to give it a go. I knew if Rosie was suggesting it, then there must be a good reason. It turns out it was the best advice she ever gave me.
I began my career at Saco & Biddeford Savings Bank working as a Teller at our Old Orchard Beach branch. Later, I worked as a Customer Relationship Officer at the same location. When I saw an opening for a position at our Saco branch, I decided to apply for that and began working there in the same position and have been doing that ever since.
10 years have gone by so quickly. I really love my customers and the people I work with. Unlike many other workplaces, there isn’t any drama here. My managers Lynne and Shawn have always been there for me and are so supportive. I honestly think the world of these people.
I’m also very grateful for the bank’s benefits, work hours and their flexibility. If you are interested in growing and want to try working in different departments or at different branches, there is always room to move up or around the ladder.
Managers encourage you constantly to better yourself, whether it’s to pursue a new position within the department you’ve always wanted, or to apply for classes you’ve always dreamed of taking.
With my schedule, I’m able to enjoy quality time with my family and still be a tourist in Maine. Even after 16 years, I’m trying new things and exploring new parts of our state. The best part is, I do what I love for a living. What more can you ask for?”
— Tracy Mahoney, Customer Relationship Officer at Saco & Biddeford Savings Bank
Join us in congratulations Tracy on her 10-year work anniversary! Thank you for all that you do, we appreciate your hard work and dedication!