The Berkshires have been part of Charlie O’Brien’s life since childhood when he and his family came up to the area from their Long Island home to ski. Since then, the 59-year-old President and CEO of Adams Community Bank has made a home here with his own family, making an impact on his community not only through his work but also by serving on boards and committees that help improve the region’s quality of life.
“I’ve always been involved in the community wherever I lived,” says O’Brien, who moved to the Berkshires in 1997. “Getting out there and getting engaged with others who share your passion for something makes life very rewarding.”
O’Brien’s more than 20 years of service at a community bank that has operated in the northern Berkshires for nearly 150 years offers additional opportunities to make a difference. “The bank donates 10 percent of its net income to local charities and community groups of all shapes and sizes,” says O’Brien. “We target the eight towns where we have locations,” he adds, “supporting everything from youth sports programs to large capital campaigns.”
In addition to investing in the community, Adams Community Bank invests in its employees, fostering personal and professional development for the next generation of leaders through mentoring, training and encouraging community service. “Creating opportunities for our staff to grow increases the appeal of staying here,” says O’Brien, “both with the bank and in the Berkshires.”