Despite preparing for his retirement in June, Rockville Bank CEO Bill McGurk was so busy running his company that he was unable to attend the ceremony Friday morning where he was inducted into the Connecticut Business Hall of Fame.
That didn’t stop others from saying great things about McGurk, who started withRockville Bank in 1980.
“If you live East of the river, you’ve got to see Bill McGurk every place,” said State Comptroller Nancy Wyman. “Bill and the bank, they are constantly out there, in the public, doing the things that need to be done.”
CT Secretary of State Susan Bysewicz called McGurk “an amazing person.” “He’s someone who started with a small idea, and now has a very successful business,” she said. Presenter Bob Davidson of RP Web Design said he wasn’t familiar with McGurk , but researched him. “I found out that Bill McGurk is a different type of banker,” Davidson said. “He has grown the bank to $1.5 billion dollars, but what struck me most about Bill is his community guidance.” Director at Rockville Bank, David A. Engleson, said McGurk absolutely deserves the honor. “He is the face of Rockville Bank, and that’s what has made us so successful,” Engleson said, adding that McGurk’s work ethic is what has separated Rockville Bank from other financial institutions . “All of our employees have that same mentality of being part of the community ,” Engleson said. “So many of them volunteer and get involved with other things, because that’s what Bill McGurk does.”
Rockville Bank Chief Operating Officer Joseph F. Jeamel, Jr. accepted the award in McGurk’s place. Jeamel said one of the bank’s recent achievements under McGurk is the opening of an “all green” branch in Manchester that is built entirely with eco-friendly design.
“It’s his customer service and attention to people,” Jeamel said, when asked to qualify how McGurk has raised Rockville Bank to its current level. “He puts the customer first, always,” he said.