Christopher Kelley

Partner, Financial Services

As a Partner in the Banking Practice, Chris provides professional level, director level, and C-Suite search services to Community & Regional banks in the Northeast & Midwest.  Chris focuses on working with banks between $200MM to $10B in assets, and in addition to conducting numerous CEO searches; he has successfully completed dozens of searches in the areas of commercial, consumer, and residential lending, retail banking, technology, credit, risk, audit, compliance, operations, finance and accounting, and wealth management.  He is active in numerous state banking associations, and is a frequent attendee of association events.  In addition to providing exceptional service to his clients and candidates, Chris is also a member of Smith & Wilkinson’s leadership team, helping to shape the firm’s strategic priorities and growth initiatives.

Prior to joining Smith & Wilkinson, Chris ran his own business for six years, and prior to that managed sales teams for two Fortune 500 companies for eight years.  His business and management experiences have given him valuable insight into the art of identifying and hiring the right person for a position. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of New Hampshire. Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, coaching youth sports, and rooting for the Pats, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins.

About Chris

States Served
Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Upstate New York
Service Specialties
C-Level Executive Search, SVP, VP, Manager Search, Team Lift Outs, Background Screening, Compensation Surveys, Industry Intelligence
Assistant Controller Pittsfield, MA: Smith and Wilkinson has been retained by Greylock Federal Credit Union to manage the search for the credit union's next Assistant Controller. The... More
SVP CFO Willsboro, NY: Smith and Wilkinson has been retained by Champlain National Bank to manage the search for their next SVP Chief Financial Officer. Champlain Natio... More
SVP, Director of Mortgage Banking Camden, ME: Smith & Wilkinson has been retained by Camden National Bank on the search for their next SVP, Director of Mortgage Banking. Headquartered in Camde... More
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