Nicholas Christ is the President and CEO of BayCoast Bank, a community bank serving SouthCoast Massachusetts and Rhode Island. With 17 branch locations across the region and a recently opened loan office in Providence, RI, BayCoast offers a wide range of financial services to consumers and businesses, including investment management, trust services, and insurance and brokerage services.
Christ has over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry. He held several executive-level positions at BayCoast, previously known as Citizens-Union Savings Bank, before becoming the President and CEO. Prior to joining BayCoast in 1985, he was employed with Dedham Institution for Savings and the Boston, Massachusetts office of Wolf and Company. He graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor’s degree before going on to earn an MBA from Babson College.
An active member of the community, Christ is involved with a multitude of non-profit organizations throughout the Fall River and New Bedford areas. Some of his affiliations include co-chairing the City of Fall River’s Task Force to End Homelessness, serving on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Strategic Planning Committee, sitting on the board of the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce, and co-chairing the SouthCoast Development Partnership.
As an advocate of education, supporting local schools and encouraging the business community to take an active role in the education of our students has always held particular importance for Christ. In addition to serving on various school boards, including those of Bishop Connolly High School and the Charlton College of Business at UMass Dartmouth, he represents the MA Bankers Association on the MA DESE Financial Literacy Advisory Committee and serves on the Fall River School System’s Scenario, Strategic, and Long-Range Planning Committees. He also chairs the Fall River Chamber’s Education Committee, which is currently running a campaign titled edUP to encourage the Fall River area to recognize the importance of education as a critical component of the region’s future economic prosperity.