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Stephen M. Bessette

Executive Vice President, Retail Lending


Steve, a Charlestown, R.I. resident, manages Washington Trust’s Consumer and Mortgage Lending throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. He is also responsible for Secondary Marketing, Investor Loan Servicing and Loan Operations for the entire Bank loan portfolio.

Steve joined Washington Trust in February 1997 bringing significant financial experience to the senior management team. He previously served as president of New England Pacific Mortgage Company in Warwick, R.I., and as president of Old Stone Mortgage Corporation in Seattle, Washington.

Steve received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College in 1969. Steve is the past director and former Board Chairman of the South Shore Center and the past director of Gateway Healthcare of Pawtucket, RI. Steve is active in various trade organizations including the RI Bankers Association. He is a past director of RI Council of Community Mental Health Organizations, the RI Appraisal Review Board, the RI Mortgage Bankers Association and the Freddie Mac Regional Lending Advisory Board.

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