Decades of professional service and expertise in financial services marketing.

That sums up what WordCom offers you, your marketing staff, and your financial institution. We’re a full-service marketing company that produces quality direct mail campaigns that get results for clients like you. So whether you want to attract new consumer or business accountholders or hold on to those you have, WordCom has the systems, strategies, and programs for you.

WORDCOM’S HISTORY

When company chairman George Wachtel founded WordCom in 1981, it was a time of major deregulation in the banking industry. Financial services marketers needed advice and guidance—plus new strategies to open accounts and attract more customers.

George and his associates introduced a variety of new products that were successful because they found and focused on the best prospects.

business-cardsSince those early days, the company and its people have become closely allied with financial institutions and the promotion of banking products. We’ve remained on the cutting edge of technology and marketing processes.

WordCom’s main office and production facilities are located in Ellington, Connecticut, just 22 miles northeast of Hartford.

You can reach us at…
WordCom, Inc.
PO Box 308
56 Main Street
Ellington, CT 06029

Phone: 860-875-7373
Toll-Free: 800-822-0622
Fax: 860-872-2713

OUR TEAM

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CHRIS WACHTEL

Chris is the CEO of WordCom and has been with the company full time since graduating from the University of Connecticut’s School of Business with a degree in marketing in 1992 (although he has worked here part time since he was 13). He lives in Enfield with his wife Ally and spends a lot of time watching his two goalie sons play soccer. In his spare time, he can be found walking, watching the Huskies, listening to music, or enjoying a nice IPA.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the 3 items you would want to have with you?
1. A tablet loaded up with books and music
2. A solar charger!
3. Assuming there are hops on the island, home brew equipment

If you won the lottery and could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Split time between a beach house in Florida and a lake house in Vermont.

JOHN-RAKIS

JOHN RAKIS

John joined our team in September 2021 as our Chief Revenue Officer. He has a proven track record of building company culture, serving clients, being creative, and building revenue through those avenues. Originally from Michigan, he now lives in Tennessee with his wife and enjoys spending time with his grandson, golfing, boating, and cheering on the Michigan Wolverines.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the 3 items you would want to have with you?
1. My Wife – pretty selfish to drag her there to be stranded but you asked
2. Fire starter so that we could be warm and cook
3. iPhone to Facetime with our family

If you won the lottery and could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Wherever our kids and grandkids are! Being close to family is everything.

 

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TIM BERGER

Tim is a Senior Vice President at WordCom. He attended Eastern Connecticut State University majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. Tim worked at Harland Clarke Checks for 22 years before joining WordCom in March of 2008. He played high school and college soccer and has been officiating high school soccer for over 40 years. Tim lives in Coventry CT with his wife Cindy.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the 3 items you would want to have with you?
1. My significant other
2. Lighter/matches so I can start a fire to stay warm and cook food
3. Lots of wine!

If you won the lottery and could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Charleston South Carolina. Warm weather 10 months and close to the ocean.

 

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HARRY WALTMAN

As Assistant Vice President of Client Insights at WordCom, Harry has been advising banking institutions on their target marketing needs for over a decade. After earning his MBA from SUNY Albany, he worked in the financial services industry for many years. He lives in Ellington, CT with his wife. His son and daughter are currently attending college. Spending time with his family and cooking new recipes while rooting on the NY Mets are his favorite activities.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the 3 items you would want to have with you?
1. Computer with Wi-Fi
2. BBQ
3. Fishing rod

If you won the lottery and could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Seaside at Montauk Point, NY.

 

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GERRY D’AGOSTINO

Gerry is Vice President, Sales at WordCom. She attended University of Connecticut and received her degree in Journalism and Communications. Gerry worked in the financial services industry, both banking and insurance, for over 30 years before she came to WordCom in 2018. During her free time, she enjoys watching her daughter play basketball, watching the Patriots and traveling around the U.S.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the 3 items you would want to have with you?
1. Phone with My Playlists Uploaded
2. Coffee – frozen and hot
3. My best friend/my other half

If you won the lottery and could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Outer Banks or Lake Norman, North Carolina in a house with a water view!

 

SEAN BANNON

SEAN BANNON

Sean joined WordCom in February 2022 as Vice President of Sales. Born and raised a Hoosier, he attended Ball State University and received a degree in Public Relations. With over a decade of experience helping direct marketers, he has a passion for the science and art of data-driven marketing.
He currently lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two sons, two mastiffs and his arch nemesis—the cat. In his spare time, you might find Sean voice acting for his son’s animated YouTube series or watching his kids play sports. He also enjoys traveling, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts, remodeling his home, and loves comedy and music of all kinds.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the 3 items you would want to have with you?
1. My wife!
2. iPhone for music and FaceTime with family
3. Solar charger

If you won the lottery and could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
A beach on the Gulf in the winter, a lake in southern Indiana in the summer.

 

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MELANIE TRACY

Melanie is Vice President of Project Management and has been with WordCom since 1996. Before joining the WordCom Team, she was employed at a Hartford-based insurance company, starting out as their Annuity Coordinator and working her way into the sales/marketing department. As a Project Manager at WordCom, Melanie coordinates the execution of various ongoing programs, providing outstanding service to her clients across the U.S. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, singing, relaxing with a good book, and being thoroughly entertained by her rambunctious fur babies.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the 3 items you would want to have with you?
1. A boat that is in working condition (too obvious?)
2. Sunscreen
3. Lots of sweet tea

If you won the lottery and could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
A house on a beach somewhere with warm weather all year.

 

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SHANNON PITNEY

Shannon started as a Project Manager at WordCom in May of 2012. Before joining WordCom, Shannon was an inside sales representative at a company in South Windsor, Connecticut. As a Project Manager, Shannon operates as the lead point of contact for clients and ensures the timely and accurate execution of a variety of direct mail programs. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the 3 items you would want to have with you?
1. Music
2. Lots of coffee
3. My family

If you won the lottery and could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
The Outer Banks, North Carolina.

 

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ANNIE SULLIVAN

Ann has been an integral part of the WordCom Team since 1995. She started with the Data Processing Team as a Data Management Specialist. In 2017 Ann became a Project Manager where she uses her organizational skills to keep multiple projects moving forward, on time and on point. Her duties include the coordination and execution of various types of programs with clients throughout the country. As a client liaison, Ann understands the power of communication and keeps her clients up-to-date and informed. Before joining WordCom, she was employed by Southern New England Telephone as a Business Service Representative for 9 years. Ann came to us with a strong background in customer service and also had experience working in the financial services industry as a Service Banker for 5 years.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the 3 items you would want to have with you?
1. Sunscreen
2. Water
3. Wine

If you won the lottery and could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Ireland.

 

BRIAN LOGAN

BRIAN LOGAN

Brian is one of WordCom’s Client Insights experts and—prior to that—worked in the Data Intelligence area as a Response/Data Analyst. Before joining WordCom, he spent 20+ years working for a commercial bankruptcy claim and noticing agent in the legal industry. His work at this firm spanned across many departments and areas, including marketing, systems development, client services, and data analytics. Brian also worked for a publishing firm, again in the legal industry, as a research analyst and writer. Brian and his wife have been happily married for 25+ years and have two daughters and a son. In his free time, he can be found golfing, hiking, and following his favorite sports teams.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the 3 items you would want to have with you?
1. My Kindle
2. A water purifying system
3. Sunblock

If you won the lottery and could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I would split time between a lake house in the mountains and a beach house on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

 

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ADRIAN PHILLIPS

Adrian is WordCom’s Client Insights Expert. He brings with him 15 years in the financial services industry, with experience in all types of financial services, including traditional banking – investments, insurance and mortgage. Adrian loves data and the art and science of finding the story behind it. He attended Butler University majoring in communications and received his MBA from Anderson University. He’s a HUGE Butler Basketball fan and if he’s not watching a game, he’s deep sea sport fishing or traveling. He’s been to 47 states including Alaska and Hawaii. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two boys.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the 3 items you would want to have with you?
1. Amazon Alexa with Wi-Fi
2. Sunglasses
3. Cooler with cold beer

If you won the lottery and could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Fiji for most of the year and Indiana in the Fall

 

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Stacie Tindle

Stacie joins WordCom as Vice President of Sales. She attended Missouri State University (MSU) majoring in Marketing and Business Communications. While in college, she was selected to intern at Disney and received her Mouster’s Degree from Disney University! Stacie has helped financial institutions, for over 30 years, reach and exceed their goals with tried and true strategies and innovative targeted marketing campaigns. Before joining WordCom she was employed by Marquis for three years. During her free time, she loves to be outdoors either hiking, walking or biking. And, she’s combined her passion to ride with raising money for local causes to serve her community. She founded, branded, directed and coordinated one of the top five rides in the Kansas City area to beat cancer on a bike. When she’s not outdoors you’ll find Stacie cooking with herbs from her garden.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the 3 items you would want to have with you?
1. Water purifier
2. My bicycle, with buoys on the tires
3. My fiancé to enjoy the view with me

If you won the lottery and could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I would split time between the white beaches of Destin, FL and the beautiful mountains of Colorado.

 

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Phil Tuttle

Phil is the Vice President of Data Intelligence at WordCom. He has been a marketeer for over 30 years marketing to all types of institutions including financial. He is a graduate from the University of Albany with an MBA in Finance. Phil oversees the development and implementation of data intelligence and targeted strategies for WordCom clients. He manages the analytics team to ensure timely and accurate completion of projects and learnings for future campaign refinements. In his free time, he is an Eagle Scout and current Boy Scout Leader. Phil enjoys hiking and camping year-round with his dog, Autumn. A past college football player you’ll find him cheering on his team the Cleveland Browns. Go Browns!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the 3 items you would want to have with you?
1. Toilet Paper (we call it multipurpose paper in Boy Scouts)
2. Cooler of Gin & Tonic’s to prevent scurvy
3. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for calories

If you won the lottery and could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Burlington, Vermont

 

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Stacy Mascheck

Stacy joined our team in 2014 and is currently the Chief Operating Officer and oversees daily operations at WordCom. She attended CCSU and received her degree in Communications. Stacy brings 20+ years of experience to WCM in the financial operations, human resources, and business operations. During her free time she enjoys watching her kids play sports, belly-laughing at Tik Tok videos. target shooting, and playing with her 2 ragamuffins and 1 super-mutt. She lives in South Glastonbury with her husband of 23 years and 4 children-ages 11 to 22.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the 3 items you would want to have with you?
1. Cell phone
2. Coffee
3. Hammock in the shade

If you won the lottery and could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I would stay right where I am and buy a second home somewhere warm and on the water – lake or ocean.

 

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Donna Wolanin

Donna is Sr. Vice President of Operations at WordCom. She started with WordCom in 2012 and has been in the mailing/marketing industry since 1997 working in data services and production. In her spare time, she is a Lady Shriner with the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America and is also Pookie the clown. She enjoys clowning at various Shrine events and interacting with the children. She and her husband, who is also a Shriner, volunteer their time to help raise money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. She enjoys traveling to different places, going to wineries and concerts, and spending time with their four children.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the 3 items you would want to have with you?
1. My husband
2. Wine
3. Satellite Radio to listen to our favorite tunes

If you won the lottery and could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Winters in Aruba and Summers in Bar Harbor, ME – it’s my happy place.