WATERVILLE — Wearing many different hats is nothing new for Holly Towle.

“I don’t sit still very well and I love to be able to do many different things and give back to the community,” said Towle earlier this week while working at Kennebec Federal Savings.

Growing up in Fairfield, she organized games as a child where she would give her own things as prizes if needed to make sure everyone got one.

Now, along with her job as a KFS mortgage loan officer, Towle is a director for Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity, a board member of the Forks Area Chamber of Commerce, co-owner of an ATV and snowmobile rental company Backcountry Expeditions, an active member of the Waterville Sunrise Rotary, Kennebec Valley Tourism Council and a volunteer for the Spectrum Generations Money Minder program.

For her work in both the business and community service fields, Towle was named recipient of the 2015 Rising Star Award from the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce at their annual banquet. The award honors a local chamber member who is less than 40 years old and illustrates a combination of business success and community involvement as a leader within a business organization.

Towle, born in Waterville, graduated from Lawrence High School and then from Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt.


After returning home from college, Towle took a job with a credit union in Fairfield and in 2007 started working for Kennebec Federal Savings, eventually moving to mortgage loan officer.

“Holly is an energetic, multi-tasking dynamo, able to juggle tasks effectively and efficiently whether it’s for the bank or the community,” said Alan Rancourt, president of the Waterville-based bank.

In 2008, Towle joined with the Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity, following the encouragement of one of the real estate agents she works with through working at the bank.

“I joined after not much convincing,” she said. “I loved the group of people and loved the mission for Habitat for Humanity.”

In 2012, she and her husband, Ben and his brother bought Maine Lakeside Cabins, which was transformed from a lodging venue to a wedding and event venue.

Towle frequently spent her childhood summers at her grandparents’ farm in Smithfield where her love of driving anything with a motor grew. She now is also co-owner of an ATV and snowmobile rental company, Backcountry Expeditions.

Towle said that it takes the support of her employer, husband and family to pursue the her many interests and commitments.

“As far as the balance goes, it’s just loving what you do and loving the team you’re surrounded by,” she said.

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252

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