Senior Vice President, Senior Lending Officer
Business Banking Division
Russ’s career has taken him from Manhattan to Seattle and finally to Worcester. With over 30 years of experience in commercial lending, Russ has helped his customers manage successful growth and weather economic storms. His career started at Bankers Trust Co. in Manhattan, and after several years he accepted a new position as vice president with Old National Bank in Seattle.
In the mid-80s he moved to Worcester, where he held positions locally in commercial lending for Mechanics Bank, First Massachusetts Bank, Bank North and Commonwealth National. During this time, Russ developed many close relationships with his customers. He enjoys commercial and industrial lending, offering lines of credit, as well as equipment and real estate loans. Prior to joining Webster Five in 2014, Russ was most recently a team leader at United Bank. He is a former recipient of the Business Lender of the Year award from Worcester Development Corporation. He holds a BA in english literature from Hobart College in Geneva, NY, and is a graduate of the New England School for Financial Studies.
Russ talks about his role in the bank and life outside the bank.
What are you passionate about in your role? I’m passionate about delivering excellent service and helping my clients achieve lasting success.
What are some of your hobbies and interests? Outdoor activities, such as golf, biking, hiking and fishing. I enjoy experiencing and cooking new foods, especially international cuisine. I’d like to do more international traveling. My most recent trip was a golf week in Ireland.
Are you involved in any community causes or organizations? I have worked with the United Way and with the Worcester Historical Museum as former board treasurer. I am a long time volunteer on the board of the YMCA of Central Massachusetts as a former board chair and former board treasurer.
Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself? When I lived in Seattle, I climbed mountains, including Mount Rainer (three times), Mount Baker and Mount Hood. I was in Seattle when Mount St. Helens erupted.