Barry D. Bliss of Framingham has joined Fidelity Bank as senior vice president and chief commercial banking officer. The bank is a leading provider of banking services to businesses, municipalities, and nonprofits in Central Massachusetts.
Bliss brings 30-plus years of commercial-lending experience in a variety of roles across Massachusetts and New England. Most recently, he was senior vice president, managing senior credit officer, at TD Bank, responsible for loan approvals, credit quality, and credit risk throughout Southern New England. He has had leadership roles at other community banks and regional institutions, including Metrowest Bank and Shawmut Bank.
“Barry is a community banker at heart,” said Edward F. Manzi Jr., Fidelity Bank’s chairman and CEO. “He places a high value on building strong relationships with both clients and coworkers and will build on the momentum our commercial team has gained.”
Bliss received his MBA from Babson College and his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire. He currently volunteers for Babson College’s Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program and has been active in the Alumni Career Advisory program. He has been an active leader in the community and held board positions with the American Red Cross, MetroWest YMCA, and Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest, and has been a United Way volunteer.
“Barry’s mix of commercial-lending experience, deep knowledge of the regional business environment, and his collaborative, customer-first approach, makes him uniquely qualified to lead our commercial lending team and continue to enhance our LifeDesign approach,” said Christopher McCarthy, president and COO.
About Fidelity Bank
Fidelity Bank – one of the oldest and continually growing independent, local community banks in Central Massachusetts – offers a full range of banking, investment, and insurance solutions across seven full-service offices in Leominster (2), Worcester, Fitchburg, Gardner, Millbury, and Shirley.
Fidelity Bank believes that everyone – their clients, employees, and community members – deserve the opportunity to grow, improve, and realize their hopes and dreams. They do this through LifeDesign, their unique way of doing business and the promise they make to be caring, trusted friends and help their clients, employees, and community members get where they want to be.
Since 1888, the bank has continued this commitment to the businesses, families, and individuals in the communities it serves; in turn, loyalty demonstrated by members of these cities and towns has allowed the bank to become one of the strongest financial institutions in the region. As of December 31, 2015, Fidelity Bank has total assets of $622 million. The FDIC and the Share Insurance Fund insure 100% of all deposits. Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC. Member SIF.