Joel Stevens moved to Kennebunk and joined Kennebunk Savings Bank in 1993 with his sights set on creating a healthier and stronger financial institution. Under his direction, the bank became a stalwart financial leader within the community and an employer of choice. Working with employees, he helped to create a company-wide cultural charter that encouraged an environment of mutual respect and one that promoted leadership and volunteerism. Stevens was the prime architect of the Bank’s Community Investment Program which each year provides a full 10% of the Bank’s earning for area nonprofit and charitable organizations. Since the program’s inception, the Bank has contributed nearly $6 million to nonprofit organizations in York County.
Throughout his banking career, Stevens has been active in many civic, community and industry organizations in Maine and New Hampshire, including the Kennebec Valley Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, and Chair of The Three Mile Island Camp Committee of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Upon moving to Kennebunk, Stevens continued his personal commitment to community service and served as a board and committee member of The Brick Store Museum, Northern York County YMCA, the Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation, the Portland Concert Association, and the United Way of York County.
He has been involved in industry affairs serving on the Maine Bankers Association board and executive committee, as well as the Maine Association of Community Banks board and executive committee and as State Chairman of that association. Stevens is a past member of the Board of Directors of the America’s Community Bankers, where he served as Chair of the Mutual Institutions Committee and on the Government Affairs Committee. He has received numerous awards and citations for his leadership and community service, including the 2006 Elise Kittredge Award from the United Way of York County.
Joel Stevens retired from Kennebunk Savings Bank in 2006. His outside pursuits include sailing and spending time with family.