Berkshire Bank's Wealth Management Team Expanded

PITTSFIELD, MA, July 12, 2016 - Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank®, is excited to announce  the expansion of the Wealth Management team through appointments of Elizabeth Gore to SVP, Trust Operations and Compliance and Janice Ward to SVP, Wealth Advisor and Sr. Fiduciary Officer.

Elizabeth Gore is a graduate of New England School of Banking at Williams College with a degree in Trust Banking. She has more than 35 years of banking experience, 28 of which have been dedicated to Berkshire Bank.

Within her position as SVP Trust Operations and Compliance, Liz will oversee all aspects of operations and compliance for the Wealth Management Group and the department’s trust accounting system. She is also responsible for fiduciary and tax work, preparation of annual probate accountings, implementing disaster recovery policies and assisting auditors. Elizabeth currently manages the Lenox Wealth Management Office, assisting clients on a daily basis. 

Janice Ward received her Juris Doctor from Western New England University and is licensed to practice law in both Massachusetts and New York. She also obtained her designation as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER in 2011.     

She began her career with Berkshire Bank in 2012 as a Wealth Advisor and Senior Fiduciary Officer. In her new role of SVP Wealth Advisor and Senior Fiduciary Officer, Janice will oversee various fiduciary activities including Executor and Trustee services and financial planning activities throughout the Berkshire Bank Wealth Management footprint. She will also continue to serve as wealth advisor to a select group of clients, and is now serving as President of the newly formed Berkshire County Estate Planning Council, Inc., which took the place of the previous Estate Planning Council.

“Berkshire Bank is firmly committed to providing wealth management and fiduciary services in its growing markets but based here in Berkshire County,” said Thomas Barney, FVP Wealth Advisor. “Liz and Jan bring seasoned experience and exceptional skills to our clients and great leadership to our group. The wealth management team is proud of their accomplishments and pleased with their continued success.”

For a current photo of Liz Gore please click here and for a photo of Janice Ward please click here.

About Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank®.  The Company, recognized for its entrepreneurial approach and distinctive culture, has $7.8 billion in assets and 93 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services. Berkshire Bank is the home financing and retail banking provider for the Massachusetts Teachers Association Benefits, MTA.  To learn more, visit, call 800-773-5601 or follow us on:  Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  Berkshire Bank is the official bank of NESN’s Boston Bruins Coverage. 

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