Joe Reilly- Eastern bank

By March 1, 2017CEO Insights

New Hampshire Regional President of Eastern Bank

Joe Reilly is the New Hampshire Regional President of Eastern Bank, the largest and oldest mutual bank in the country, which is headquartered in Massachusetts. Joe has 37 years of experience in the New Hampshire banking industry.  ln 1999, he was Co-Founder and President/CEO of Centrix Bank, which merged with Eastern Bank in October 2014.  He was also Chief Operating Officer and Senior Lending Officer for a former startup community bank, known as Centerpoint Bank.  Upon the acquisition of Centerpoint Bank, Joe assumed a senior management position as Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking with Bank of New Hampshire, an affiliate of the BankNorth Group in Portland, Maine.  Prior to joining Centerpoint in 1990, Joe was employed in various capacities for 12 years at Fleet Bank. Joe holds an MBA degree from Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the statewide New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.  Locally, Joe was Chairman and served on the Board of Catholic Medical Center, a large, regional hospital organization.  He was also Chairman of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and served on its Board of Directors.

What makes your company or work environment unique?

I am very proud to work with such a terrific group of talented and genuinely caring colleagues.  As a mutual institution, Eastern Bank does not have the pressures of quarterly shareholder reports and can make good long term decisions to benefit customers, colleagues and community.

What are accomplishments within your company are you most proud of?

As a relative newcomer to NH, I am proud that Eastern Bank is developing a reputation as the same high quality, customer focused banking company that the bank they acquired in October 2014, Centrix Bank, was known for.

What advice would you give to up and coming leaders in the Greater Manchester community?

My advice to future leaders is simple.  Get involved in any and all organizations that you believe will assist in making our community better and stronger, both economically and socially.  Don’t sit on the sidelines and assume others will do it.

What attributes do you think makes our business community and Greater Manchester region special?

The greater Manchester region is a special place for many reasons but largely because of the people who work cooperatively to find ways for continued improvement and who genuinely care about our future.  The geographic positioning to the ocean, mountains and Boston doesn’t hurt either!