SIS Bank: Message from the President

President's Message - Summer 2018

Summer means happy times, sunshine and, of course, activity and merriment from your favorite, local bank!

It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through 2018! The cold winter days are just a faint memory, and spring blooms have made way for a lush summer. And while most of our customers will take this time to slow down and enjoy the season, SIS Bank and our employees are moving full-steam-ahead to continue to serve our communities. 

We recently launched a ‘Mortgage Trifecta’ of sorts—featuring three lending options for all your homeownership adventures. We offered an incredibly competitive home equity line of credit, construction loan discounts and a special offering to Springvale Nurseries for new residential mortgage loans opened on or before 6/30/18. Whether it was for buying, building or adding on to your home, the expert and seasoned lenders at SIS helped make these journeys a successful one!

If your idea of adventure is more in line with travel, vacationing and summer road trips, you will love what we’ve done with our mobile banking features. SIS Bank now offers SecurLOCK Equip, which allows you (as the debit card holder) the ability to control how, when and where your debit card is used. This app is a simple and secure way to protect yourself from fraudulent transactions, and provides real-time transaction alerts so you always know when your card is in use. Gain peace of mind no matter where the summer takes you with controls for preventing fraud if your card is lost or stolen as well as setting spending limits and transaction capabilities, and blocking international or out-of-area transactions. Plus, SecurLOCK Equip provides 24/7 access to review transaction history, right at your fingertips. Simply download the app from the AppStore or Google Play, follow the easy steps to connect your SIS debit card, and you’re ready to roll!

It’s hard not to feel the effects of lazy summer days. As Cache, our husky dog in charge of our technology blog, reminds us—they are coined the dog days of summer for a reason! But there’s no need to fret if you’re relaxing outside with your tablet and don’t want to go inside to sit at your desktop and manage your accounts. Viewing your SIS Bank accounts is now easier than ever with our new responsive user interface for our online banking portal! What does this mean? No more pinching and dragging the screen on your phone or tablet to see the information on your accounts! And, you don’t even have to do a single thing to make this adaptation happen. When you log on, the site automatically detects the size of your screen and adapts to it for you. So go ahead—log in to online banking from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop without worry! Banking shouldn’t be frustrating, and this new responsive user interface is the next step in making your online banking experience flawless.

Any questions or concerns with either SecurLOCK Equip or the new online banking interface? Feel free to contact our Electronic Banking Department anytime at: (207) 324-2285 or send an email to ebanking@banksis.com.

We’ve made some updates specifically for our business customers, too! As The Bank that Listens, we took your suggestions to heart and have come up with a bundle of small business products and services designed to better serve the local businesses in our communities. Looking to expand your business but are worried about cash flow during the summertime slowdown? Apply for our Hometown Season Opener short-term loan that you can pay back during your busy season. Or our Hometown Small Business Loan for real estate and working capital loan needs, and which also features 100% financing on equipment & vehicle loans. Tie it all together with our Ultimate Business Checking account and Perks @ Work benefits package for your employees, and this is one bundle of joy to truly make you smile. 

Nothing makes us happier at SIS than brightening our customers’ days. With the season of outdoor gatherings and BBQ parties upon us, it made perfect sense to host a Customer Appreciation Day at our Wells branch. SIS employees cooked burgers and hot dogs, Espresso Dave stopped by to serve cold and hot coffee drinks and we even gave away Maple Whoopie Pies from Hilltop Boilers! We had such a great response that we actually ran out of burgers in the first hour and had to run and buy more burgers. You could say it was a pretty successful BBQ party.

It is also with great pleasure that we recently welcomed two new members to the SIS team: Ellen Niewoehner of Portland and Michael Morel of Cape Elizabeth. Ellen is the new Commercial Lender for our Buxton branch, and has over three decades of commercial lending experience to add to the SIS team. Michael will also be working out of the Buxton branch, as well as traveling to the other branches, as the Bank’s new Cash Management Officer. With close to two decades of retail and commercial banking experience, Michael will be responsible for managing the sales and service delivery of the Bank’s commercial deposit products. 

Perhaps Ellen or Michael will be one of our next randomly chosen employees to participate in our Employee Donation Program. In April, we donated $500 to The Sisters Wish, we gifted $500 to the Sanford Backpack Program in May and for June, we gifted $500 to the Sanford-Springvale YMCA’s Camp Marland.

And our employees weren’t the only ones selecting local and deserving organizations for a monetary gift. Over the spring, we provided SIS customers with the opportunity to vote for their favorite area charities to win a well-deserved donation from the Bank, totaling 14 charities with gifted donations from SIS. We also extended this opportunity to the Bank’s Coporators at our Annual Meeting. Three Corporators were randomly selected and each chose a local nonprofit to receive a $1,000 gift from the Bank.

With all the upgrades and updates to our products, our services and our team, we’re certainly singing a happy tune this June—and we hope you will be, too!

Best wishes,

Blaine A. Boudreau