Commercial Lending, Cash Management, Senior Management

Anthony A. Botelho

Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer


Tony serves as the Bank’s Chief Lending Officer and leads Washington Trust’s Commercial & Industrial Lending, Cash Management, Commercial Real Estate Lending, and Business Banking groups. His teams are focused on retention and growth of the Company’s commercial and real estate lending portfolio, the management of municipal and commercial deposits, and the outreach, support and loan development for businesses throughout the Bank’s market area.


Tony has more than 35 years of experience in the banking industry, with extensive expertise in relationship management, private banking, commercial real estate, and market development. Most recently, Tony served as the Bank’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Lending Officer. Prior to joining Washington Trust, Tony served as President & CEO of Freedom National Bank based out of Greenville, RI. Under his leadership, Freedom National Bank was repositioned into a high achieving financial institution with a strong culture that was ultimately sold to a Massachusetts financial institution.


Tony holds an MBA from Bryant University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island. 


A Rhode Island resident, Tony is very active in the communities that Washington Trust serves. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Board of Governance at the United Way of Rhode Island. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and is a past President of the Rhode Island Bankers Association. 

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