Senior Commercial Credit Analyst and Information Technology Administrator, NUVO Bank & Trust Co., age 30
Liz Beaudry has no fear of starting something new, and she’s been on the ground floor of quite a few new endeavors, in both the professional and personal arenas. “I love learning, and I have no fear of failing because there is always something to learn from it.”
In her professional life, Beaudry was on the ground floor for the 2008 launch of the only state-chartered bank in the Commonwealth, NUVO Bank & Trust Co. Originally opening temporary doors in Monarch Place during the completion of the institution’s current location in Tower Square, the initial small team was doing business from day one.
“We’d have people stop by with cash to deposit, and we didn’t even have a cash drawer yet,” she recalled. Starting with an initial $13 million in assets, the bank is now at more than $105 million.
Meanwhile, she earned her MBA from Bay Path College in 2010. After that, not content to sit back and enjoy some free time to plan her summer wedding, she saw her cousin’s activity in the World Adult Kickball Assoc. and thought it might be fun to have that type of adult recreation in the Western Mass. area. With a bit of research, she launched her own Holyoke kickball league under the Massachusetts Sports and Social Club banner.
Initially, Beaudry had no idea if anyone would be interested, but through e-mail invites, almost 100 people of all ages — many of whom hadn’t played since grade school — showed up to play the first night. The huge success of that league gave way to other sports, including dodgeball, indoor volleyball, and Wiffle ball, which keeps her busy many weekday evenings as a field advisor for the various leagues.
When not analyzing credit requests and overseeing the bank’s information technology, she’s offered her time and talent to the Down Syndrome Resource Group of Western Mass., the Buddy Walk, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke.
And chances are good that Beaudry will be starting something new soon. “I never shut the door on opportunity.”
— Elizabeth Taras