Wall Street 50 – 2013

Michael P. Daly/Berkshire Bank

Michael Daly is the chairman, president, and CEO of Berkshire Bank in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He began his banking career in 1986 as a commercial lender and eventually moved up the ranks at Berkshire Bank, acceding to president and CEO in 2002.

He serves as chairman of the board of the Berkshire Business Round Table, and the Berkshire County Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Past activities include director of Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Berkshire Health Systems, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Board of Catholic Schools in Pittsfield, and Robert Morris Associates. In 2008, he was recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Lawrence M. Strattner, Jr. Distinguished Citizens Award.

Michael, a native of Pittsfield, attended Westfield State College, earning a Bachelor of Science and later attended Columbia University where he received his Masters in Business Administration. A third-generation Irish American with roots in Kinsale, Co. Cork, he makes it a point to go to Ireland every few years to enjoy “the honest, down to earth authenticity of the Irish people.” Furthermore, he says, “I have always believed that being direct and straightforward, and embracing the concerns and opinions of others is linked to Irish heritage. These are, in my opinion, critical characteristics of leadership.”

Michael and his his wife, Carol, have two daughters, Katherine and Colleen.