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Community Bank appoints Breed as commercial-banking team leader

By Adam Rombel (


DeWITT, N.Y. — Community Bank N.A. announced it has promoted Thomas Breed to VP, team leader of commercial banking. 

In his new role, based in DeWitt, Breed will manage a team supporting a wide variety of commercial-banking customers in the Central New York region, including small businesses and middle-market firms. He and his team will help commercial customers in achieving their business goals while also identifying opportunities for additional products and services to support their business demands, Community Bank said in a release.

Breed has 35 years of experience in the banking industry. His prior title at Community Bank was VP, senior commercial banking officer.

Before joining Community Bank in 2019, Breed was a senior VP and business banking sales leader at KeyBank. He has also worked for other banks including Citizens Bank and JPMorgan Chase Bank.

“We’re excited for Tom to take on this expanded role within our Central New York footprint,” Luke Fagan, Community Bank senior VP & senior commercial lending officer, said in the release. “His industry experience and in-depth financial knowledge are invaluable assets to support our business banking customers with their financial needs.”

The Central New York footprint refers to an approximately seven-county area surrounding Community Bank’s headquarters in DeWitt.

Breed is a Syracuse University graduate and a lifelong resident of the Syracuse area. He resides with his wife in Liverpool.

Community Bank N.A. has more than 225 branches across upstate New York, northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont, and western Massachusetts. It’s a unit of Community Bank System Inc. (NYSE: CBU) a banking and financial-services holding company with more than $13 billion in assets.         

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