By Joyce Dimaculangan
Bankwell is glad to announce the promotion of Linda West to First Vice President of its commercial lending department. Prior to joining Bankwell in 2010, Ms. West served as Senior Vice President at Patriot National Bank where she headed commercial lending to new business loans, commercial mortgages, and relationship management. In addition, she also held executive level positions from several banks and financial institutions, including Summit Bank, JE RobertCompany of New England, The Chase Manhattan Bank, and Sikorsky Aircraft.
Bankwell President Heidi DeWyngaert said, “Linda has brought great value and expertise to the bank’s lending team with her vast experience in the local commercial arena.” She added that, “She has a strong track record of developing loans and full depository relationships with customers.”
Ms. West earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the Hofstra University, and also holds a certificate in Business from Golden Gate University.
The First Vice President is an active supporter of the local community. A member of the Real Estate Finance Association, Ms. West also serves as treasurer of the board of directors on the Norwalk Senior Center and chairman of the board of directors of the Norwalk YMCA.
Founded in 2007, Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. is the Connecticut-based bank holding company that has the bank, Bankwell, as its subsidiary. Bankwell is the new name of four brands: The Bank of New Canaan including its division, Stamford First Bank, The Bank of Fairfield, and The Wilton Bank. The bank serves the banking and lending needs of businesses and consumers throughout Fairfield County. Additional information is found at the bank’s website at www.mybankwell.com.