Young Professional Profiles

Alyssa Riordan

Alyssa is the Assistant Manager at Northwest Bank in Cranberry, and also runs a jewelry business. She grew up in Crawford County, then moved to Venango County to attend Clarion University – Venango. She then transferred to the Main Campus and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education, in which she is certified in Early Childhood K-4 Education and Library Science K-12.

Alyssa worked as the manager at Woodforest National Bank in Wal-Mart for almost eight years, before taking a position at Northwest in May 2021. She has really enjoyed banking and especially likes working for Northwest, where she looks forward to expanding her banking and lending skills and knowledge and seeing where it takes her with Northwest in the future.

“I love that Northwest is very community oriented. We get to know our personal and business customers and truly care about them and their well-being,” she said.

Alyssa’s business, Alyssa’s Amazing Accessories, is located in the Cranberry Mall and she sells Paparazzi jewelry and accessories. She has enjoyed having a store and visiting other businesses in the mall and said: “I have loved the mall since I was a kid and my grandma would bring me and my brother to spend the day there. I know it is not what it used to be, but many malls are not. There are quite a few small businesses in the mall right now and they really need the community’s support.”

Outside work, Alyssa has been a board member for Community Services of Venango County Inc. since 2016, where she also serves as a finance committee member and treasurer. She has really enjoyed volunteering for events that the agency puts on for our community.

She also likes spending time with her new puppy and making wreaths, and she and her husband visit a new waterfall each year for their anniversary. A passion of hers is shoes, purses, make-up, and jewelry, in which she has “an excessive amount of it,” but it makes her happy.

Some of Alyssa’s favorite spots in Venango County are Freedom Falls, Two Cousins Pizza, Movies at Cranberry, and China City, and she is looking forward to the Log Cabin being open for business again. She told us: “I encourage everyone to support small business, shop local, and bank local!”

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