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Easthampton, Massachusetts – Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankESB, announced that Forbes has named bankESB to the Best-In-State Bank List for the second year in a row.  Forbes, a top ranked magazine and global media company, and Statista, an online statistics, market research and business intelligence portal, recently released the list.

The best banks in every state were chosen based on an independent survey from a vast sample of more than 25,000 U.S. citizens nationwide. The banks were rated on overall recommendations and satisfaction, as well as five sub-categories: trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services and financial advice. To be part of the assessed group, banks needed to score at least 70 out of 100 percent on the measurement tool; bankESB was ranked second in MA.

“This recognition is particularly special because we live and work by a set of core values, so I’m proud to say this award really goes to our employees,” said Sosik. “The commitment they bring to their job each day and the service they provide to our customers and communities is what sets us apart from other banks and makes us one of the best banks in the country.”

149 banks across the United States were awarded as the Best-In-State Banks of 2019.

bankESB is a member of the Hometown Financial Group. Founded in 1869 as Easthampton Savings Bank, bankESB is headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts and serves the Pioneer Valley with 11 branches located throughout western Massachusetts. For more information, please visit

Through its sponsorship and charitable giving program, bankESB and the Easthampton Savings Bank Charitable Foundation support non-profit organizations and causes throughout Hampden and Hampshire County. In 2018, the Bank and Foundation donated more than $300,000 to 150 organizations. In the last five years, the program has donated more than $1.1 million. For more information or to apply for funding, please visit

Hometown Financial Group, Inc. is a $2.8 billion mutual multi-bank holding company headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts and is the parent company of bankESB, bankHometown and Abington Bank. These separate and distinct banking franchises offer a complete line of consumer and business deposit and lending products through its 30 branch offices located throughout Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. For additional information about Hometown Financial Group, please visit

For more information, please contact:

Hometown Financial Group
Dena M. Hall
Chief Marketing Officer
(413) 779-2215


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