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2024 Harry C. Crooker Lifetime Achievement Award: Glenn Hutchinson

March 22, 2024

Glenn Hutchinson
2024 Harry C. Crooker Lifetime Achievement Award

As with recent recipients of the Harry C. Crooker Lifetime Achievement Award, Glenn Hutchinson has no plans to retire any time soon.  In fact, he loves being the President & CEO of Bath Savings and looks forward to continuing to grow the bank and supporting the communities for years to come.  However, the tradition for our Bath-Brunswick Regional Chamber has always been a little different with this award. We understand many of our honorees for this award are beloved and well-deserving of recognition, so rather than waiting to show our appreciation, we think now is always better than later.  So though Glenn plans to continue to achieve great things, we are wholly committed to thanking him now for all he has done, and for what he will undoubtedly continue to do. 

Like many great businessmen, Glenn credits his spouse for steering him onto this career path, and towards his subsequent promotions.  In fact it was Ellen who, in a role as an Executive Recruiter, convinced her husband to stop commuting from their Portland home to his senior accountant role at Pioneer Plastics in Auburn, and rather start a banking career with Sun Savings in Portland in 1985. Glenn loved the work almost immediately, helping homeowners find their first homes, helping businesses startup or expand and because of his kind and fair management style, the industry took to him.  In 1988, Glenn moved to Bath to be the Chief Financial Officer at Bath Savings Institution. In 1995, when the President’s position at Bath Savings opened, it was again Ellen who convinced Glenn that he had the right experience, demeanor, and appreciation for the region to apply to be the leader of a community bank that had been a bedrock of the Midcoast for generations. 

Bath Savings has seen tremendous growth and expansion during Glenn’s tenure.  As Glenn likes to say “was founded in 1852, was here long before any of us and it will be here long after we all retire so our job is to make sure we leave the institution in a better condition than we found it.  So my goal is to make sure the bank, our customers and our community continues to grow and prosper to become even stronger than we are today.  I want to ensure that we leave the bank in the best position for the next generation of leaders and customers!”

The customers and local leaders are constantly on Glenn’s mind.  Over the years he has been a part of so many organizations including Bath Area Family YMCA, United Way of Mid Coast Maine, Mid Coast Hospital, Maine Health, Maine Maritime Museum, USM Board of Visitors and the Maine Bankers Association just to name a few.  Also, Glenn makes sure that the bank is always giving back whether that is through support of community projects through sponsorship or encouraging employees to volunteer with local organizations.  Community-driven non-profits are vital to our region, and as a community leading business themselves, Bath Savings is always there to support those community builders. 

Of course, when you bring up success to Glenn, he is humble and prefers to deflect any praise to those who are around him.  He speaks in such high regard for his employees and leadership team, and it’s clear how much he values all 180 employees that make Bath Savings Institution what it is today.  When pressed on the key individuals who helped with the vision on how to grow Bath Savings, Glenn mentions the Board of Trustees, who were led by Donald Spear, Brian Perkins and others during his earlier tenure and now led by Board Chairman John Voorhees. 

In the end though, for all the deflection he may try to add and the praise he will undoubtedly share, Glenn has been a leader in our region for decades.  Bath Savings has been a believer in so many projects, has helped so many people plan for retirement through Bath Savings Trust Company.  They have helped grow businesses, helped engage their employees in the towns they call home, supported dozens of local initiatives annually in every community they have a branch in, and that all falls under the umbrella of their leader.  Through level-headed, pragmatic leadership, a kind heart and a vision for the region, Glenn and Bath Savings have been a major part of so many successes in our region. 

Yet, the beat goes on.  Glenn may be on the back nine of his career, but he can’t even see the clubhouse yet.  We know that in the coming years, as retirement approaches, many organizations and individuals will show their appreciation for all that Glenn has helped make happen in the region. We’re not waiting to do that because as we said, there is never a wrong time to say good things about the right people.

Congratulations to Glenn Hutchinson on being named the 2024 Harry C. Crooker Lifetime Achievement Award winner. 

Glenn won the Bath-Brunswick Regional Chamber’s 2024 Harry C. Crooker Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2024 Annual Awards Dinner held on March 8, 2024 at St. John’s Community Center in Brunswick. There is an accompanying video which premiered that evening and can be found on the Bath-Brunswick Regional Chamber’s YouTube channel.


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