Amherst’s Turku Named bankESB Retail SVP

EASTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS, May 11, 2023 — bankESB recently announced that Gary Turku has been named senior vice president, retail banking officer for bankESB, succeeding Nancy Lapointe who recently retired.


Turku, of Amherst, joined bankESB in May 2021 as the vice president, branch officer of the bank’s former Locust St., Northampton office, later transitioning to the 36 Main St., Easthampton, main office. Before joining bankESB, Turku was vice president, branch manager at both People’s United Bank/United Bank and Key Bank as well as senior credit manager with Wells Fargo Financial. Gary received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tirana in Albania.

Gary brings more than 25 years of banking experience in both retail banking and lending to the role, in which he will assume responsibility for direct oversight of the bank’s 11 branches, including business development, the customer experience, and branch operations.

About bankESB

Founded in 1869 as Easthampton Savings Bank, bankESB is headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts and operates 11 branches throughout Western Massachusetts. Through its sponsorship and charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, bankESB and the Easthampton Savings Bank Charitable Foundation support non-profit organizations and causes throughout Hampden and Hampshire counties. In 2022, The Giving Tree donated nearly $500,000 and over the past decade has donated more than $3.2 million. For more information, visit

bankESB is a member of the Hometown Financial Group, a $4.5 billion mutual multi-bank holding company headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and the parent company of bankESB, bankHometown, and Abington Bank as well as Hometown Mortgage. For more information, visit

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