Banks in Pursuit of Scale

When two longtime New Yorkers – Kevin O’Connor and Kenneth Mahon – met for dinner at midtown Manhattan’s Wolfgang’s Steakhouse on a wintery day in late 2019, the conversation quickly turned to their similarities. At the time, O’Connor was CEO of Bridge Bancorp in Long Island. Mahon was CEO in Brooklyn for one of the oldest banks in New York City, Dime Community Bancshares. Their banks were about the same size, $6 billion in assets. Their geographic footprints touched, but there was little overlap. It didn’t take long before they began discussing a possible merger. “We’re not children,” says O’Connor,…

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Naomi Snyder


Editor-in-Chief Naomi Snyder is in charge of the editorial coverage at Bank Director. She oversees the magazine and the editorial team’s efforts on the Bank Director website, newsletter and special projects. She has more than two decades of experience in business journalism and spent 15 years as a newspaper reporter. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

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