Meet Our Commercial Lending Team | Ion Bank

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Jayne Kelly, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Banking Officer, has been employed by Ion Bank since 1998, serving as Chief Commercial Banking Officer since 2008.  She has over 30 years commercial banking experience and is a graduate with honors from the National School of Banking. She currently sits on the Boards of United Way Greater Waterbury Finance Committee, Post University School of Business Advisory Board, Women’s Business Development Council, and is a Member of the Real Estate Finance Association of Hartford CT.

Email: jkelly@ionbank.com 
Direct: 203.720.5362


Commercial Real Estate Lenders

Paul LaMonica

Paul LaMonica, Senior Vice President & Team Leader Commercial Real Estate, has over 40 years banking experience, over 30 Years CRE financing experience, High Honors graduate National School of Finance, Graduate CT School of Finance and Management, Board member for Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce and Real Estate Finance Association of Hartford CT.

Email: plamonica@ionbank.com 
Direct: 860.773.3656


Robert Mezzo

Robert Mezzo, Vice President, has been an employee at Ion Bank since 2015. Bob is a lifelong resident of Naugatuck, CT. He received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and his law degree from the University of Connecticut Law School. Bob is actively involved with Naugatuck Pop Warner, YMCA Little Pal Basketball, Union City Little League, and Holy Rosary Church.

Email: rmezzo@ionbank.com 
Direct: 203.525.0108


Allan Monteiro, Senior Vice President, joined Ion Bank in 2011. Allan is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and currently resides in Naugatuck. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Albertus Magnus College. Allan is Board President of United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls. He also sits on the Board of the Naugatuck Economic Development Committee and the Board of Directors for Cornerstone Church in Cheshire. Allan is also fluent in Portuguese.

Email: amonteiro@ionbank.com 
Direct: 203.714.8821


Joann M. Smith, Senior Vice President, has been employed at Ion Bank since 2019.  Joann was at her previous employer for over 28 years.  She has over 37 years banking experience with the majority of the time in the Commercial Lending Area.  Joann resides in Stafford, CT.  She received her degrees with high honors from New England School of Finance, and is a graduate of the CT School of Finance and Management.  Joann is involved with area Chambers of Commerce and is a member of the Enfield Rotary Club.  She serves on the boards of a couple of organizations.

Email: jsmith@ionbank.com
Direct: 959.255.8891


Richard Nemec

Richard Nemec, Senior Vice President, joined Ion Bank in 2007. Rick is originally from Waterbury, CT and currently resides in Watertown. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut. Rick is actively involved with Waterbury Hospital, United Way of Greater Waterbury, Waterbury Chamber of Commerce, Waterbury Development Corporation, the Small Manufacturing Association, and is on the Board of Governors of the Watertown Golf Club.

Email: rnemec@ionbank.com 
Direct: 203.720.2503


Commercial and Industrial Lenders

Scott Blois

Scott Blois, Senior Vice President & Team Leader Commercial and Industrial, has been an employee at Ion Bank since 2018. Scott graduated Magna Cum Laude from the UConn School of Business in 1984. Scott volunteers with Hartford Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society and other charitable organizations.

Email: sblois@ionbank.com 
Direct: 860.773.3658


Matthew Proto

Matthew Proto, Senior Vice President, joined Ion Bank in 2017 with over 40 years of banking experience. Matt has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Matt is originally from New Haven and currently resides in Branford.

Email: mproto@ionbank.com 
Direct: 203.654.0543


Sal Romano

Sal Romano, Senior Vice President, has been an employee at Ion Bank since 2018. Sal currently resides in Hamden, CT. He graduated from Albertus Magnus College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Finance. Sal previously was a board member of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce.

Email: sromano@ionbank.com 
Direct: 860.773.3657


Business Banking Lenders

Tracey SanAngelo

Tracey SanAngelo, Senior Vice President & Team Leader Business Banking, has been employed at Ion Bank since 2022. Tracey has over 30 years of banking experience. She is originally from Naugatuck, CT and currently resides in New Haven. Tracey received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.

Email: tsanangelo@ionbank.com
Direct: 203.720.5368


Virgilio Lopez

Virgilio Lopez, Jr, Vice President, has been employed at Ion Bank since 2022. Virgilio is originally from Cidra, Puerto Rico and currently resides in Stratford, CT. He has over 20 years of banking experience. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Connecticut and is a graduate of Stonier’s National School of Banking. Virgilio was a recipient of Fairfield County Business Journals’ 40 under 40 award and previously awarded the Good Scout Award for Community Service by the Connecticut Yankee Council Boy Scouts of America.  

Email: vilopez@ionbank.com
Direct: 860.773.3655


Joseph Bottacari

Joseph Bottacari, Assistant Vice President, has been employed at Ion Bank since 2006. Joe is originally from Naugatuck, CT and currently resides in Shelton. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut. Joe is actively involved with The Susie Foundation, Exchange Club of Waterbury, the Young Professionals of Waterbury, and the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce.

Email: jbottacari@ionbank.com 
Direct: 203.525.6426


Megan Charette

Megan Charette, Assistant Vice President, has been employed at Ion Bank since 2015. Megan is originally from Waterbury, CT and currently resides in Wolcott. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing with a Concentration in Spanish Language from Assumption College in Worcester, MA in 2004 and graduated from the CT School of Finance and Management program in 2011. Megan is actively involved with the Exchange Club of Waterbury, the Waterbury Exchange Club Charitable Foundation, Inc., Jane Doe No More, the Task Force for the Young Professionals of the Waterbury Region and the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce.

Email: mcharette@ionbank.com 
Direct: 203.720.5314