Tom will be responsible for business development in the Lower Eastern Shore that includes Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset counties of Maryland and Accomack, Virginia. He will lead a team of commercial banking professionals at their new Loan Production Office located in West Ocean City, Maryland.
Mr. Mears is a graduate of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is also a graduate of the University of Maryland Banking School, University of Oklahoma Commercial Banking School and Leadership Maryland.
Prior to joining Shore United Bank, Mr. Mears worked at Hampton Roads Bankshares Inc., as the President of Commercial Banking where he was responsible for the commercial banking functions for Shore Bank and the Bank of Hampton Roads.
Mr. Mears began his career in banking in 1989 as a management trainee with Peninsula Bank, later known as Mercantile Peninsula Bank, where he held various leadership positions as a branch manager, credit manager and a regional president and market executive. From January 2011 to February of 2016, Mr. Mears served as President and CEO of Shore Bank and President of Commercial Lending at Hampton Roads Bankshares, where he was responsible for commercial banking and loan production offices on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland.
“As we look to grow our community banking model to the lower shores of Maryland and Virginia, Tom’s experience and market knowledge will help us deliver integrated financial services to businesses that will help with the future growth of Shore United Bank,” said Pat Bilbrough, Shore United Bank President and CEO.
“It is important to be engaged in the mission of the bank and it is our responsibility to serve our clients to meet their financial needs. With 28 years of experience, I have a great deal of market knowledge that I hope to share with the families and businesses in the communities we serve,” said Mr. Mears.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Tom dedicates most of his volunteer time to Boy Scout Troop 225, where both of his sons are working to earn the Eagle Scout rank. He is a former Council Board of Director with the Boy Scouts of America Delmarva, and was the past President or the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore.
Mr. Mears resides in Berlin, Maryland with his wife, Laura and their two sons; Davis and Will.