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Bank manager says final hellos

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Bank manager says final hellos

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Nearly 37 years after first greeting customers as a teller at Scotiabank’s Broad Street branch, branch manager of Scotiabank Haggatt Hall, Michael Stuart, stood at the bank’s entrance once more to say his final round of hellos.
Taking the time to welcome the first customers each day had become his habit – one which he maintained right down to the day he retired.
Stuart started his career in August 1976 at Scotiabank Broad Street before moving to the then Worthing branch, also as a teller.
Over the years, he took advantage of opportunities for learning and training and moved up the ranks in the bank, serving as asssistant Scotia Plan officer, assistant manager for consumer credit and assistant manager for retail banking. His ongoing dedication to learning also earned him his MBA at Herriott Watt University.
His work with Scotiabank took him across the Caribbean during his nearly four-decade career and he spent stints in St Vincent, Antigua, the United States Virgin Islands and Grenada, a country where he worked twice, the second time for six years between 1994 and 2000. On his return to Barbados in 2000, he moved around as manager of various Scotiabank branches, finishing at Haggatt Hall, where branch staff and colleagues gathered last Thursday to celebrate Stuart.
At the retirement function, colleagues from throughout the years spoke warmly of Stuart’s passion for mentorship, his unflagging dedication to customer service and the cheerful personality which endeared him to both staff and customers.
Managing director of Scotiabank Caribbean East, David Noel, lauded the veteran banker for his “dedication and commitment to the Scotiabank family”. (PR)