Patriot Bank is proud to announce that its Chief Operating Officer Susan Neilson has been named a 2016 Brava Award winner by SmartCEO, a prestigious national business publication that celebrates visionary leaders. Ms. Neilson was selected for her entrepreneurial spirit, passion for giving back to the community, mentorship and role in Patriot’s growth.
“I’m honored to be acknowledged among some of the region’s most inspirational female business leaders,” said Ms. Neilson. “I am committed to Patriot’s focus on building relationships and reinvesting in the communities we serve.”
The Brava Awards celebrate the distinguished achievements of top woman business leaders and are selected based on company growth, community impact and mentoring.
“Brava winners possess the hallmark qualities of successful leaders — vision, passion, compassion, dedication, perseverance. Each winner in this year’s class exhibits these qualities in all facets of her life, from running her business to tending to her family and donating time and resources to philanthropic initiatives,” said Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, president of SmartCEO. “We are honored to recognize a group of women who are truly making a difference in the world.”
In her more than 25 years of banking leadership, Ms. Neilson has held senior-level positions at top financial institutions throughout the nation. At Patriot she leads all bank operations, the retail bank, information technology, product and marketing, with an overall focus on growing the bank’s brand.
Patriot Bank, N.A. is headquartered in Stamford and provides consumer and commercial banking services to individuals, government and nonprofit entities, small and medium-sized businesses and professionals. Patriot Bank currently operates 10 full service branches, 8 in Connecticut and 2 in New York. Patriot Bank was founded in 1994.