Paul P. Mello is the president and chief executive officer 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 and internet banking products.
Before joining the Bank, Mr. Mello worked for Coopers & Lybrand in Syracuse from 1989 to 1993.
In 2010, Mr. Mello was appointed chair of the Independent Bankers Association of New York State and chair of the Upstate Medical University Foundation. He was appointed as a member of the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2011.
Mr. Mello serves on the Board of Directors for The Eraser Company, Inc., the St. Camillus Health & Rehabilitation Center, and the LeMoyne College Board of Regents and Accounting Advisory committee.
Mr. Mello is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also coaches instructional youth basketball.
Mr. Mello earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from LeMoyne College in 1989, and is a certified public accountant since 1991.