Paul P. Mello is the president and CEO of Solvay Bank, which is the oldest independent commercial bank headquartered and operating in Onondaga County, New York. Mr. Mello was appointed to the position in 2002. Prior to his appointment, he held the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer. He also launched the Bank’s insurance subsidiary, Solvay Bank Insurance Agency, Inc., and began the Bank’s Brokerage Advisory Services. Under his leadership, the Bank has expanded its footprint with new branch openings, new lines of business and internet banking technologies.
Before joining the Bank, Mr. Mello was a CPA and worked for Coopers & Lybrand in Syracuse from 1989 to 1993.
Mr. Mello served as a member of the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2011. He also served as the Chair of the Independent Bankers Association of New York State for two years. He is the vice chair of the Upstate Medical University Foundation after serving as chair for six years. Mr. Mello serves on the board of directors for The Eraser Company, Inc., and the St. Camillus Health & Rehabilitation Center. He previously served as a board member on the LeMoyne College Board of Regents and Accounting Advisory committee. He also coaches instructional youth basketball.
Mr. Mello earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from LeMoyne College in 1989.