Berkshire Bank Names Business Banking Leader

By Joyce Dimaculangan

Berkshire Bank announced that Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas will lead a new small business lending team in Albany, New York. As Business Banking Team Leader, Zalewski-Wildzunas will manage and develop the bank’s small business accounts and lending portfolio in the Capital District region. The new team composed of small business bankers from New York-based First Niagara Financial Group complements the Bank’s expansion into New York’s Capital District.

Zalewski-Wildzunas brings about 30 years in the financial industry including Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas Berkshire Bankexperience from KeyBank, HSBC and First Niagara. She plans to expand women in banking opportunities at Berkshire Bank.

In a statement, Peter Rice, Senior Vice President of Small Business Operations, commented, “I am very excited to add a leader of Karen’s caliber and her team of expert business bankers to our group. They have a proven track record of success, know the market and work well together in finding the right mix of small business products and services to meet the financial needs of businesses.”

Zalewski-Wildzunas, together with the new recruits, will work closely with the New York Business Development Corporation and the Small Business Administration. The team’s market footprint will include Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Columbia, Greene, Fulton and Montgomery.

About Berkshire Bank
Established in 1846, Berkshire Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hills Bancorp. Named America’s Most Exciting Bank, the Company has approximately $6 billion in assets and 92 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont. Of those offices, 30 are located in the Capital District in New York. To learn more about Berkshire Bank, visit

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