Financial Services Specialist


Chris Kelley
Senior Partner
Financial Services

As a Partner in the Financial Services 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.