Executive Management

Bank Rhode Island has a formidable executive management team of respected, financial experts. They are leaders of the bank and leaders in the communities we serve.

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Mark J. Meiklejohn

President & CEO

Mark J. Meiklejohn is President and CEO of BankRI, and a member of its Board of Directors. He joined BankRI in 2006 as Director of Commercial Banking, and in 2008 became the Bank’s Chief Lending Officer, responsible for all lending activities as well as Cash Management, Business Development and Macrolease, BankRI’s leasing subsidiary.

Prior to joining BankRI, Meiklejohn was a Senior Vice President in Middle Market Lending with Citizens Bank. He began his career at Fleet Bank in 1985.

A lifelong Rhode Island resident, Mark is active in various industry groups, including as a current Board Member and Past President of the Rhode Island Banker’s Association. Mark is also extensively involved in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council and as a Trustee for the Providence Foundation.

Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. He and his family live in Wakefield.

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Steven M. Parente

Executive Vice President Director of Retail Banking

Steven M. Parente is a Bank Rhode Island Executive Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

Steven joined BankRI in January 2009 as the Director of Retail Banking responsible for Retail Branch locations, BankRI Investment Services and the Customer Service Support Center. In addition to Retail Banking, Steven is also responsible for Marketing and Mortgage Sales.

Prior to joining BankRI, Parente was a Senior Vice President of Retail Banking with Citizens Bank for 7 years.

A lifelong Rhode Island resident, Steven is actively involved in many youth organizations. He currently serves as Board President of Adoption Rhode Island and is on the Roger Williams Zoological Society Board of Directors. He also serves as Chairman of the Chariho Regional School District Audit Sub-Committee.

Steven earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Rhode Island College in 1993. He and his family live in Richmond, RI.

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William C. Tsonos

Executive Vice President, Director of Commercial Banking

William brings over 25 years of banking experience to BankRI and serves as Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking. He is responsible for growing BankRI’s commercial loan portfolio and commercial deposits while maintaining strong credit quality.

Will joined BankRI in 2006 as the Business Banking Department Head prior to assuming his current role. Prior to that, he was a Senior Vice President for Middle Market Lending at Citizens Bank and maintains over 20 years of banking experience. Tsonos currently sits on the Board of Directors for the United Way and is Vice Chairman of the Woonsocket Rhode Island Investment Board. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bryant University and resides in Woonsocket, RI.

Board of Directors

John A. Yena | Chairman
Retired Chairman, Johnson & Wales University

Meredith A. Curren | Vice Chairman
Principal, Edgewood Holdings, LLC

Ernest J. Chornyei, Jr.
President and Owner, Navajo Development, Inc.

Michael Hanna
Partner, Rhode Island Capital, LLC and Northeast Equity Partners, LLC

Edward J. Mack, II
President and Owner, Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing

Anthony Maione
Retired President and CEO, United Way of RI

Mark Meiklejohn
President & CEO of Bank Rhode Island

Lynn Moran
Principal Owner, Moran Properties

Paul Perrault
Chairman & CEO of Brookline Bancorp, Inc.

Pablo Rodriguez, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Care, Inc