By early 2016, residents and businesses across the East Bay will have a new option for their banking and financial needs when Bank Rhode Island (BankRI) opens its latest branch in Middletown. The office, which represents BankRI’s 20th branch, will be located at 132 East Main Road.

“We are excited to have a presence in East Bay and offer those across its communities the relationship banking model that BankRI is known for,” said Mark J. Meiklejohn, President and CEO of BankRI. “We’re also looking forward to introducing technology that delivers new levels of convenience to our valued customers while positioning ourselves to attract new clientele—we see a lot of potential for growth.”

Once completed, BankRI’s Middletown branch will be a 1,800 square foot facility that includes private commercial lending offices, space dedicated to housing BankRI retail and business financial specialists, and conference rooms. Customers will have access to BankRI’s full line of personal and business banking products and services, along with a 24-hour walk up ATM and night depository.

The new Middletown branch will also feature the introduction of cash recycler machines at each teller window. The addition of cash recycler machines will increase the efficiency of teller transactions and reduce the time for business deposits with a high number of items by up to 50 percent.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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