August 31, 2015
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Kris A. Cullen

Vice President of Marketing, Savers Bank, Southbridge

Birthplace: Orange
Residence: Fitchburg
High school: Ralph C. Mahar Regional, Orange
Colleges and degrees earned: Associate's, Mount Wachusett Community College; bachelor's, Nichols College

Career highlights: Designing and running a campaign that was selected nationally as the best overall for the industry. Earning the position of vice president, and researching, developing and launching a new brand while leading a corporate culture shift.

Community involvement: I lead our company's community involvement, spanning dozens of organizations throughout our service area. I was the marketing director for Southbridge Fest over the past two years, participated in the Relay for Life for six years and served in various adult leadership roles with the Boy Scouts.

Ultimate career goal: To lead a highly successful financial institution as president and CEO.

Non-relative you admire most: The Dalai Lama

Favorite book: "Make Others Greater: From Mt. Everest to the Boardroom: Vital Lessons from Dynamic Innovators, Explorers and Everyday Heroes That Will Inspire the Way You Lead," by Gary Guller

Hidden talents: Epic dance moves, can rebuild a classic Pontiac engine, can make up a song about anything, and can do the best silverback gorilla impersonation you will ever see.

"By the time I turn 50, I'd like … to have had and raised awesome kids."


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