BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Welcomes Phil Bryan As SVP, Chief Lending Officer

Below is a press release from Reading Cooperative Bank, which has two locations in Wilmington:

READING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) has hired Phil Bryan as SVP, Chief Lending Officer. Over the course of his 30-year career, Bryan has had the opportunity to work in virtually every aspect of the banking world, from individual sales contributor all the way up to President & CEO of a mutual bank. He has developed expertise in several areas, including commercial and small business lending, strategic planning, human resources, and employee development. Bryan comes to RCB from Forward Focus Business Advisors, where, as a principal, he helped CEO’s of companies and financial institutions create a high-performance culture and learn the fundamentals of developing their employees. Prior to that, Bryan was a principal at ExecHQ, where he offered fractional, interim, or project-based services to clients that needed better focus on their core responsibilities to reach maximum effectiveness.

Bryan has a wealth of experience in the banking industry. He spent five years as the President/CEO of The Cooperative Bank and was the EVP/Chief Operating Officer at Georgetown Bank. Over the course of his extensive lending career, Bryan served as SVP of Retail & Lending at Metro Credit Union, SVP & Small Business State Manager at TD Bank, VP, Retail Banking at MetroWest Bank, and VP, Business Development Officer at Citizens Bank.

Phil Bryan holds a BS in Human Resource Management from Southeastern Massachusetts University and had been working toward an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Northeastern University. In addition, he is certified in Talent Optimization from the Predictive Index. Bryan is currently a member of The Central Parkway YMCA’s Board of Advisors. In the past, Bryan has served on the American Bankers Association’s Mutual Institutions Council and the Asian Center for Merrimack Valley’s Board of Directors as Treasurer. Bryan lives in Dedham, MA with his wife, Wendy, and three sons.

“I’m excited to join a terrific team and to use my experience to help RCB reach its strategic goals,” Bryan noted. “I have a passion for working with business leaders to optimize their systems and launch new products & services successfully. RCB presents me with an exciting and unique opportunity to grow its lending department and expand the bank’s market footprint. I’m looking forward to the challenge.” “

We are excited to have Phil join the Reading Cooperative Bank leadership team,” said Julieann Thurlow, President & CEO of RCB. “His expansive and unique background will allow RCB and its lending team to improve product offerings and enhance customer access to credit using technology improvements at the bank.”

About Reading Cooperative Bank

Reading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at http://www.readingcoop.com.

Phil Bryan

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