Business 100 – 2019

Tom O’Brien/Banker

Tom O’Brien is a lifelong bank executive. Tom began his banking career in 1977, almost straight out of college. He was made president and CEO of North Side Savings Bank in 1984 at the age of 33. He has been a senior executive with six area banks, including five where he served as CEO, most recently the $2.5 billion Sun National Bank. Tom did his undergraduate work at Niagara University, where he earned a B.A. in political science and economics. He completed his studies for an M.B.A. in finance at Iona College. He currently serves on the board of the Prudential Insurance Company Funds, where he is the audit chairman. He is also a director and treasurer of the Jacob Marley Foundation, which is the legacy of his close friend killed in the World Trade Center in 2001. He has volunteered for many years on the board of the Flax Trust in Belfast and supported St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland. Both organizations have honored him for his efforts. Tom, whose Irish roots are in counties Clare, Tipperary, Waterford, Limerick, and Galway, has three wonderful sons: Thomas, Jr., Christopher, and Stephen.