The Coop Expands Small Business Team

headshot of Donald Robicheauheadshot of Allyson Brainson, VP Small Business Relationship Manager with The Cooperative Bank of Cape CodThe Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod has bolstered its small business banking relationship team with the hiring of Allyson Brainson and the promotion of Donald Robicheau to the newly created role of Vice President, Small Business Relationship Manager.

“Throughout the pandemic, The Coop provided a lifeline for small businesses in our communities by processing nearly 1,500 Paycheck Protection Program loans,” said Lisa Oliver, President, Chair and CEO of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. “We must now scale up and enhance our service offerings to ensure small businesses – a major driver of the region’s economy – remain healthy and strong during the recovery. With extensive business banking experience and expertise, Allyson and Donnie will become a dedicated ‘go to’ resource for small businesses.”

In 2020, the Bank introduced the role of Small Business Specialist at each of its nine branches. That move was pivotal in helping clients navigate PPP and weather the economic impact of the pandemic. The specialists, supported by a full credit and lending team behind the scenes, created customized solutions for clients.

With the addition of Brainson and Robicheau, The Coop is ready to take small business clients to the next level. As Small Business Relationship Managers, Brainson and Robicheau are dedicated to helping clients craft a financial plan that meets their goals – from payroll to merchant services, loans to online banking, and more. They are focused on cultivating and expanding the Bank’s small business and consumer market share, too.

Brainson, who has more than 30 years’ banking experience, joins The Coop from Citizens Bank, where she held senior business banking positions and supported more than 50 branches in southeastern Massachusetts. A resident of Mashpee, she is active with the Mashpee Kiwanis Club, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and Mashpee Public Schools.

Robicheau, who has more than 10 years’ of experience, joined The Coop in 2018 as Branch Manager in Hyannis. He was instrumental in establishing the small business specialist role at the Hyannis branch. Robicheau, of Marshfield, is actively involved with raising awareness of Multiple Sclerosis, leading and participating in local fundraising events and participating in two annual bike rides sponsored by the National MS Society.