Kathryn Hersey, CFA®, Senior Vice President, Director of Wealth Management and Chief Investment Officer
Kathryn Hersey is Senior Vice President, Director of Wealth Management, and Chief Investment Officer at Berkshire Bank. Ms. Hersey is responsible for providing leadership in all aspects of Wealth Management, including client relationship management, financial planning, investment management, trust and estate administration, operations, and business development.
Prior to joining Berkshire Bank, Ms. Hersey was Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager for Cambridge Trust Company in Boston, MA. She has over twenty years of professional experience spanning the private and public sector.
Ms. Hersey earned a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and English from Amherst College where she captained the women’s soccer and basketball teams. She earned a Master of Business Administration, summa cum laude, from Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Ms. Hersey is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society and the CFA Institute. Ms. Hersey is committed to volunteerism, serving as a YMCA of Greater Boston volunteer coach and as a former member of The Philanthropy Connection, a women’s collective giving group. She was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Shawn Foley, CFA®, Senior Vice President, Wealth Portfolio Manager
Shawn Foley has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, including nearly 20 years in wealth management as a portfolio manager. He previously managed portfolios for Glens Falls National Bank, TD Bank, and The Bank of New York Mellon and has experience managing the accounts of high net-worth individuals, institutions, retirement plans, and non-profit organizations. Shawn began his career as a mutual fund accountant for Prudential Securities and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Hofstra University, an MBA in Finance from New York University, and has earned the right to use the CFA designation.
Donald Bisson, CFA®, Senior Wealth Portfolio Manager
Don Bisson is Senior Wealth Portfolio Manager at Berkshire Bank. Don focuses on researching, developing and executing investment strategies to maximize returns commensurate with acceptable levels of risk. He has over 25 years of investment experience including in equities and fixed income. Before arriving at Berkshire Bank, Don raised and managed over $1.0 billion in Small-Mid Cap Growth equity assets at Century Capital Management, LLC. Prior to Century, Don spent over 10 years as a portfolio manager and equity analyst at Evergreen Investments. During his tenure, a fund that he managed was recognized as the #1 Global Opportunities Fund in the country by Lipper Financial in 2005 and 2007. His experience prior to Evergreen included research analyst and portfolio management positions encompassing large cap equity and fixed income. Don earned his BS from Trinity College and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He has been Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) since 1993. He is a former president of the Directors Club and volunteered with the Home for Little Wanderers. He is also a past member of the Trinity College Board of Fellows.
Derek Hall, Vice President, Wealth Portfolio Manager
Derek Hall serves as Vice President, Portfolio Manager with Berkshire Bank Wealth Management. Derek has been with Berkshire Bank since 2002. Derek is responsible for trading, portfolio management and investment operations. Active in his community, Derek serves on the Hospitality Committee and Children’s Ministries at his local church.
Charlotte Irwin, Vice President, Wealth Portfolio Manager
Charlotte Irwin is Vice President, Portfolio Manager at Berkshire Bank. Charlotte is responsible for investment research and content, as well as portfolio management for client accounts. Charlotte has previous experience in research and trading roles with State Street Global Advisors and Fidelity Investments. Charlotte earned a B.A. in International Economics from Franklin University Switzerland and a M.Sc. in International Business from HULT International Business School.
Travis Lane, CSRIC™, Vice President, Wealth Portfolio Manager
Travis Lane is Vice President, Portfolio Manager at Berkshire Bank. Travis is responsible for creating and implementing investment portfolios for individuals, businesses and non-profits. In addition to his work with the Investment team, Travis is also one of our Financial Planners. Travis has close to 10 years of experience in creating custom financial plans helping clients reach their financial goals. Travis recently obtained his Chartered SRI Counselor™, which focuses on the history and implementation of SRI (Socially Responsible Investing) strategies. Travis graduated from Bryant University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Prior to joining the Berkshire Bank Wealth Management Team, Travis spent the last 7 years as a Financial Advisor at one of the top Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firms in the Greater Hartford, CT area.