Current employer: Patriot Bancorp, Stamford, Conn. (since March 2013)
Previous: Hudson United Bancorp, Mahwah, N.J. (1989 2006)
After TD Financial's 2006 purchase of Hudson United brought to a close his successful, 17-year run as CEO, Neilson likely envisioned riding off into the sunset. Instead, he joined Patriot in 2010; the company made him president and CEO in 2013 when his predecessor unexpectedly resigned. Since then, he has helped the company recover from wounds suffered during the financial crisis, including robust profit in recent quarters.