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Oxford, Massachusetts – At its recent annual meeting, the board of directors of bankHometown elected Steven H. Duvarney of Lancaster as chairman of the board and Brian E. Galonek of Sturbridge as vice chairman.

Mr. Duvarney joined the board of the Athol-Clinton Co-operative Bank in April 2007 and was chairman at the time of the bank’s merger with bankHometown in 2011. He has been elected chairman of the bankHometown board of directors for a one-year term, and also will serve on the bank’s Mortgage and Asset Liability Committees. Mr. Duvarney is the owner of Duvarney Jewelers, a third-generation, full-service jewelry store with locations in Fitchburg and Clinton. Active in the jewelry trade, he is a director of the New England Guild of the American Gem Society and the New England Jewelers Association. He also serves on the board of the North Central Mass Chamber of Commerce and is president of The Fay Club in Fitchburg. Mr. Duvarney holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from the UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management and resides in Lancaster.

Mr. Galonek was first appointed to the bankHometown board in 2008, and chaired the Audit/Budget Committee and the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Committee before his election to a one-year term as vice chairman. He is president and owner of All Star Incentive Marketing in Sturbridge, a leading national provider of employee engagement programs, and holds the designation of Certified Professional of Incentive Management (CPIM). Mr. Galonek earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management, and is active in the community, having served as a board member of both the Tantasqua Education Foundation and Tantasqua American Youth Football, and as president of Sturbridge Little League. Over the past 15 years, he has helped raise more than $1.5 million for The Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through his membership on the board of the Cohasse Jimmy Fund Classic charity golf tournament as well as his participation in 10 Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thons. Mr. Galonek and his family live in Sturbridge.

In addition to their positions on the bankHometown board, both Mr. Duvarney and Mr. Galonek also have served as members of the board of directors of Hometown Financial Group, the mutual holding company for bankHometown.

About bankHometown and Hometown Financial Group

bankHometown was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts. The bank has $1.0 billion in assets and 15 branches located throughout central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. Through its sponsorship and charitable giving program, bankHometown and the Hometown Bank Community Foundation support non-profit organizations and causes throughout Worcester and Windham Counties. In 2019, the bank and foundation donated more than $200,000 to over 100 organizations. For more information, visit

Hometown Financial Group, Inc. is a $3 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 their 32 branches located throughout Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. For more information, visit

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