Robert Kell joins United Bank to lead new Connecticut loan office
Richard B. Collins, president and CEO of United Bank, announced today that Robert E. Kell of Colchester, Connecticut has joined the Bank as senior vice president.
Kell will head up the Bank’s first entry into the Connecticut market, a new loan production office located at 115 Glastonbury Boulevard in Glastonbury, where he will focus on developing commercial and industrial loans and commercial real estate relationships.
“Part of our strategic plan for 2012 was to open a loan production office in Connecticut to mirror the success we have had with our loan production office in Beverly, MA,” said Collins. “We are fortunate to have found a seasoned professional like Bob Kell to help establish the United Bank brand in the Glastonbury area.
“While the loan production office will be our first official presence in Connecticut we are delighted to be looking forward to joining forces with New England Bank later this year. We know that Bob’s skills will complement the New England Bank commercial lending team after the merger.
“Connecticut is a contiguous market for us,” continued Collins. “We currently serve a number of consumer and commercial customers in northern Connecticut, and expanding our loan presence further south by establishing a loan production office in Glastonbury is a great way to build on that start.”
An experienced commercial lender, Kell brings with him to United Bank over 30 years of experience, most recently as senior vice president with TD Bank in Glastonbury. His background also includes roles in various capacities of asset based lending, small business lending, commercial and industrial, and commercial real estate lending for several Connecticut and Rhode Island community banks.
“Commercial activity in the Connecticut marketplace has been steadily improving. We see companies with backlogs that are continuing to improve and a commercial real estate market that is definitely becoming more active,” Kell noted. “I see tremendous opportunities for United Bank’s growth in the region by helping these businesses finance their growth needs. This is an ideal time for the Bank to increase our presence in this market.”
Kell is a graduate of Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In the community, he is a director of several non-profit organizations including Brian House and Adult Vocational Program. He is a member of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce and the Connecticut Business & Industry Association. He is also a Justice of the Peace.