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Bankwell CEO Brings Wall Street Smarts To Leading Community Bank

Christopher Gruseke, CEO of New Canaan-based Bankwell.
Christopher Gruseke, CEO of New Canaan-based Bankwell. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- A Wall Street investment banker for much of his life, Christopher Gruseke was looking to make a difference closer to home when he joined New Canaan-based Bankwell in 2015.

"I was really drawn to the idea of working in my community," said Gruseke, Bankwell's CEO. "I looked at this as an opportunity to touch something, and at the end of the day go home having just done business with my neighbors."

Since Gruseke's arrival nearly two years ago, the publicly traded bank has flourished under his leadership. Bankwell was recently named one of the “Top 100 Best-Performing Community Banks” nationwide, and has seen growth in both assets and net income. At the heart of their success, Gruseke believes, is Bankwell's commitment to putting the customer first. "If you can't get your bill pay working [with a larger bank] and you're sitting at home at night, you're put in a queue and are typing," he said. "When people call us, they know it's the guy down the street they are talking to."

In addition to individualized service, Bankwell also boasts the financial technology offerings to match. Tools such as mobile banking, bill pay and even retina eye scanning ensure customers are at the forefront of banking innovation.

To learn more about the financial services offered by Bankwell, click here.

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