Alison brings a wide range of experience to her role as Director of Corporate Communications at Susquehanna. She has worked for agencies, non-profit organizations and corporations, handling everything from writing and media relations to filming commercials on a pot-bellied pig farm and wearing a giant mascot costume. At Susquehanna, she’s found a corporate "home" with coworkers who are helpful, smart and just plain fun to be around. At her real home, Alison is a busy wife and mom. Back in the ‘90s, she won a few look-alike contests because of her resemblance to Elaine from "Seinfeld." She even ended up on the "Regis & Kathie Lee" show. She’s happy to talk about it; just don’t ask her to do the dance.

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Welcome to BB&T!

VG_BBT_052915_LOC1_0214_1024x683As I embark on writing the final article for our Connections Blog, I can’t help but think back to where it all started. We launched our blog in July 2010. I was 38, managing a career and trying to keep up with my four-year-old daughter and nine-month-old son. Five years later, I’m 39 (just humor me) still working hard and busy raising my kids, now 9 and 5. And while I sometimes miss those toddler days, I find joy in how they’ve changed over the years and look forward to what the future holds. Ah, change. It’s not always easy, but it can be good and bring new opportunities. In August of this year, our company officially went through a pretty big change of its own by merging with BB&T, one of the strongest financial services companies in the country. This will become more noticeable to the outside world when our signs change later this year. Continue Reading »

Your mission, should you choose to accept it (and you should), is one million meals! And, good news, it’s not impossible!

Million Meal Mission Logo_wSBI Logo_RGBIn 2010, we launched our first-ever online food drive, #Tweet2Feed. At the time, we were social media newbies and had no idea what to expect, but the response was overwhelming! In the first year, with our followers’ help, we donated 200,000 meals to local food banks. We continued the program in 2011 and 2012, expanding it to Facebook, and three years later our total number of donated meals stands at 830,000. This year, we’re changing things up a bit because we have a milestone goal we want to attain: A million meals donated. Yes, part of it is we can’t resist a challenge. But mostly it’s because of heartbreaking statistics like the fact 49 million Americans are currently living in food insecure households (including 16 million children). That’s why we’re turning our #Tweet2Feed Campaign into a Million Meals Mission. Continue Reading »

Paying Tribute to Our Country’s Bravest on Armed Forces Day

American Heroes IIMy older brother, Philip, and I are 18 months apart. When you’re that close in age with a sibling, there’s a lot of rivalry and teasing…and, boy, did my brother know just what to do to annoy me. His favorite method of torture: imitating a Sleestak from “Land of the Lost.” For as jerky as he was to me back then, he turned out OK…actually more than OK. He turned out to be a hero. Continue Reading »

#Tweet2Feed is Back! Help Us Donate a Quarter of a Million Meals!

In hard economic times, more families are at risk for hunger. At the same time, local food banks are experiencing a drop in food and monetary donations. That’s why we’re proud to announce the launch of our second annual #Tweet2Feed campaign to support food banks in our market area. By participating, you can help to donate up to 30 meals for families and individuals in need simply by using your Twitter and Facebook accounts! Last year’s campaign was a huge success with more than 200,000 meals donated. This year we’re striving to donate a quarter of a million meals! Here’s how you can help. Continue Reading »

Do You Have Any Coupons?

That’s what the nice voice from the grocery store’s self-check-out register always asks me after I finish scanning my items. I usually answer, “No.” Coupons?  I don’t have time to cut out coupons. And then one night I was flipping through the channels and saw the show “Extreme Couponing.” I was hooked. People were buying over $1,000 worth of groceries for less than the price of a pack of gum - all from clipping coupons! That’s when it hit me, by being too “busy” to give coupons a second look, I was literally leaving money on the table when I left the grocery store. I vowed to become a changed person… a person who clipped coupons. Continue Reading »

Donors Without Borders

I don’t know about you, but I was glued to my television and computer in the days following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The videos of the devastation left me stunned and wanting to help. As the workweek resumed, I discovered that my coworkers felt the same way. We started receiving questions about how our company could help. After other large-scale natural disasters, we had worked together as a company to pool our resources, so many of our employees were ready to do the same this time. Continue Reading »

You Love Us, You Love Us Not - Either Way, You Can Tell Us

Wouldn’t it be nice if at the start of a new relationship, you were given some guidelines defining what you could expect from the union? We think so. That’s why about a year ago, we developed Susquehanna Star Service and commitments that define what you, as a customer, can expect in your relationship with Susquehanna. Since then, we’ve received a lot of customer feedback on how we live up to our commitments. And while we’ve found out that some customers consider us the perfect partner, others have pointed out things we could work on to make the relationship better. Continue Reading »

From Tweet to Table: Thanks for Helping Our Local Food Banks!

They may be just 140-character messages, but they had the power to generate more than 200,000 meal donations for area food banks! Thanks to everyone who participated in our virtual food drive #Tweet2Feed. By simply following us on Twitter, retweeting us, or spreading the word about the campaign, you raised donations and awareness for area food banks and provided hope for friends and neighbors in need. Continue Reading »

The 12 "Saves" of Christmas: Budgeting Tips for the Holidays

Let me start by saying that I love the holiday season. The music, the traditions, the excitement on my kids’ faces. Holiday memories are priceless, but let’s get real; they almost always come with a price tag. Toys, food, decorations, entertaining - it all adds up. So how do you celebrate the season without overspending? Try saving money (and starting fun family traditions) with some of these budget-conscious suggestions, courtesy of our employees. Continue Reading »

From Tweet to Table: An Easy Way to Help Local Food Banks

When I was a kid, my mom used to tell me, “finish your dinner; there are starving kids in Africa.” OK, first of all, I had no clue where Africa was. And even if I did, I was pretty sure kids there weren’t going to want my over-cooked vegetables either. But I guess her point eventually did sink in: we’re lucky to have food on our plate, because not everyone does. Continue Reading »

How a College Scholar Can Stretch a Dollar

Later this month we’ll say goodbye to our summer intern, Stephanie. In addition to being smart, talented, and loads of fun, she is also quite frugal. As a college student, she has to be. Here are some of her tried and true money-saving tips that have helped her over the past four years. Continue Reading »

Welcome to Susquehanna Bank's Blog: Connections!

Okay, okay, if you’re wondering, “Why is a bank blogging?” you’re not alone. I was thinking the same thing about six months ago when we started kicking around the idea. Corporate blogs seemed fine for companies like Starbucks, where discussions surrounding ways to customize your Frappuccino were engaging and just good fun to read. Continue Reading »