September 7, 2022
EASTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS — bankESB has announced three recent promotions: Nathaniel Munson to vice president, commercial credit officer; Lisa Phakos to compliance officer; and David Viamari to assistant vice president, assistant controller.
Munson, of Westfield, joined bankESB in 2018 as portfolio manager and was promoted to assistant vice president, portfolio manager in 2020. He is responsible for managing credit analysts and portfolio managers in underwriting new loans. Prior to bankESB, Munson was with Westfield Bank for six years, most recently as senior credit analyst. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western New England University and a certificate from the New England School for Financial Studies. Munson is an active member of the Mountain View Baptist Church in Holyoke, currently serving as a trustee and Sunday school director.
Phakos, of Southampton, joined bankESB in 2001 as assistant branch manager. She moved to the Audit Department as staff auditor in 2006 and was promoted to compliance specialist in 2018. Phakos is responsible for implementing and managing the COSO internal control frameworks across the Hometown Financial Group family of banks, which includes bankESB, bankHometown, and Abington Bank. She is also responsible for compliance reviews of all marketing and advertising materials, manages the Compliance Department monitoring program, and completes regular compliance monitoring and audits. Phakos attended the ABA Foundational Compliance School and the Mass Bankers Compliance Academy and serves on the Board of Governors of the Western Mass. Compliance Association. Phakos is also a board member and secretary for the Nonotuck Valley Hockey Association.
Viamari, of West Springfield, joined bankESB in 2020 as accounting officer. Prior to bankESB, Viamari was employed by Wolf & Company, P.C., for 10 years, most recently as senior auditor. Viamari oversees general finance and accounts payable for bankESB, and financial and regulatory reporting for the Hometown Financial Group family of banks. Viamari holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from UMass Amherst and is a member of the Boston Chapter of the Financial Managers Society and a finance committee member for the Lathrop Home.