John M. Plukas

  • Co-Founder, Wainwright Bank & Trust Company

John M. Plukas was the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Wainwright Bank & Trust Company, a Boston-based commercial bank with 12 branch locations and over$1 billion in assets.  Founded in 1987, Wainwright was widely recognized as one of the most socially progressive financial institutions in the country having provided over $700 million in local community development loans.  After receiving an AB from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, John worked at various investment-banking firms and eventually became President of HCW Inc., a NASDAQ traded public corporation. 

Mr. Plukas has established the John M. Plukas Fund and the Plukas Prize for Outstanding Economics Majors at Wesleyan and has also endowed a fellowship at the Harvard Business School.  Mr. Plukas is a former Director of Eastern Bank, an $8 billion institution.  He serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the New England Foundation for the Arts, the New England division of the National Endowment; and on the Board of the Forsyth Institute where he is Chairman of the Investment Committee.