Christopher Soupal Promoted to SVP at Crestmark

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Crestmark Bank has promoted Christopher Soupal to Senior Vice President, National Sales Director of the SBA Lending Division. Soupal recently served the Bank as First Vice President, National Sales Director of the division. He is based at the Crestmark’s headquarters in Troy, Michigan.

Christopher Soupal CrestmarkSoupal brings to his new role over 20 years of diverse experience comprised of origination, underwriting and management for loan products. He joined Crestmark in 2014 as a Business Development Officer. In that role, he was responsible for helping with the launch of the Bank’s SBA Lending Division that year. Since its launch, the SBA Division has gone from de novo status to the 72nd largest SBA lending group in the country.

“Since joining Crestmark, Chris quickly earned the respect of peers, management, and industry contacts for his hard work and tireless ability to create relationships,” said Steve Gross, Executive Vice President and SBA Division Head of Crestmark Bank. “He assisted in the creation of the vision and mission of the SBA Division, and guided the outreach initiatives that are successfully building our brand and market presence.”

Prior to Crestmark, Soupal served as Managing Director for Stinson Street Opportunity Capital, a company which provided creative capital solutions in the form of debt or equity, to platforms in niche industries. Previously, he worked at RedRidge Finance Group, Bridge Finance Group, and ABN AMRO/LaSalle Debt Capital Markets.

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Steven Bennett Added as Market Pres at U.S. Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

U.S. Bank welcomes Steven Bennett as the new Columbus Market President. In this capacity, Bennett will lead the market in company-wide efforts and activities and will direct commercial banking in the greater Columbus area in Ohio.

Steven Bennett U.S. BankSeasoned banker Bennett brings to his new role over 24 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, he served as Market President at BBVA Compass, where he led the company’s entry to Columbus with a commercial loan production office.

Before BBVA Compass, he spent 16 years with Huntington National Bank, where he served in various roles in increasing responsibilities that included commercial relationship manager, business banking team leader, treasury management team leader. He last served the bank as Senior Vice President, Director of Governmental Banking. Previous ventures include JPMorgan Chase and National Bank of Detroit.

“I am pleased to welcome Steve to this role,” commented Alan Zang, Regional President, Northeast and Central Ohio, U.S. Bank. “I’m confident that with his experience, he is well positioned to help bring U.S. Bank’s products and services to even more clients in the Columbus area and to expand our role in the community.”

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David Nunez Promoted to SVP at Peapack-Gladstone

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the promotion of David Nunez to Senior Vice President, Head of Community Banking. As SVP, Nunez is responsible for the Bank’s community banking underwriting and portfolio management group.

David Nunez Peapack-Gladstone BankNunez brings to his new role more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry, with a focus on community banking and underwriting. His areas of expertise include commercial lending, credit analysis, and small business lending.

Prior to joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank as Vice President in 2014, he served as Senior Director, Underwriter at Capital One Bank in Fairfield, New Jersey with a focus on middle market lending. Before that, he held the role of Vice President, Loan Officer at First Hope Bank in Hackettstown and at Fleet Bank.

Nunez earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Montclair State University and holds RMA (Risk Management Association) Credit Risk Certification. He resides in Long Valley, New Jersey and is active in his community as a youth basketball coach.

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Ivan Cook Named BDO at Bibby Transportation Finance

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Bibby Transportation Finance announced that Ivan Cook has joined the company as Business Development Officer. In this capacity, Cook is responsible for providing freight factoring and asset-based lending solutions to customers as the company accelerates its North America growth strategy.

Ivan Cook Bibby Transportation Finance“We are extremely excited to have Ivan rejoin the Bibby Transportation Finance team as a Business Development Officer based out of Nashville,” stated Mary Ann Hudson, Executive Vice President, Bibby Transportation Finance.

Cook has over 15 years of experience in transportation finance. He specializes in asset-based lending, factoring, and new business development.

Most recently, he served as a Regional Market Manager for Amerisource Funding, Inc. In that role, he developed lead sources and referral partners. Before that, he spent nearly six years at Bibby Transportation FInance, where he provided funding solutions for trucking companies of all sizes. He began his career as a Regional Sales Manager at Comdata Financial Services in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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Paul Schuldiner To Head Rosenthal Trade Capital

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Rosenthal & Rosenthal, Inc. announced that finance veteran Paul D. Schuldiner will lead Rosenthal Trade Capital, a new division that provides alternative inventory financing solutions to cash-constrained companies. Schuldiner will serve the role as Senior Vice President where he will be responsible for driving the overall business strategy for the newly launched division.

Paul Schuldiner Rosenthal & Rosenthal“Under Paul’s leadership, I’m confident Rosenthal Trade Capital will become another substantial platform for growth for our firm and my family’s legacy,” said Peter Rosenthal, President of Rosenthal.

Schuldiner has nearly 20 years experience in the purchase order and trade finance business. A seasoned financial executive, he has an extensive background in marketing, business development, underwriting, and portfolio management.

Most recently, he served as Managing Director, Business Development at King Trade Capital. In that role, he was in charge of providing purchase order and contract finance for small to middle-market companies. His previous experience includes serving senior leadership roles at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, Transcap Trade Finance LLC, and MTB Bank.

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Dana Neas Tapped as VP at 44 Business Capital

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

44 Business Capital, a division of Berkshire Bank, announced the hiring of Dana Neas as Vice President, Loan Closing Manager. Neas joins the firm’s closing team in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. She is responsible for closing SBA loan transactions and developing and improving closing policy based on market conditions and changes in SBA regulations.

Dana Neas 44 Business Capital“After expanding our SBA lending operation both regionally and nationally, we determined it was time to add quality operational support in our Blue Bell headquarters,” said Greg Poehlmann, Senior Vice President of Business Banking.

Neas brings to her new role more than 17 years of experience in the Philadelphia banking industry. Prior to joining 44 Business Capital, she served as Commercial Lending Liaison for Conestoga Bank in Philadelphia. During her leadership, she was recognized with the Senior Leadership Team Award for outstanding performance in 2014 and 2015.

Before Conestoga Bank, she was Assistant Vice President at Omni National Bank and Allegiance Bank. She also worked at Commerce Bank and Royal Bank of Pennsylvania.

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Patrick Barrett Appointed as VP at AmeriQuest

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

AmeriQuest Business Services is pleased to announce that Patrick Barrett has joined the company as Vice President of Financial Services. In his new position, Barrett will be working with key accounts within the AmeriQuest portfolio. He will report to Pat Gaskins, Senior Vice President of Financial Services for AmeriQuest.

Patrick Barrett AmeriquestBarrett brings to his new role more than 15 years of experience in leadership roles and nearly 10 years of experience in the transportation industry.

Most recently, he served as Vice President of Sales for the Northeast Region for Estenson Logistics. Before that, he served as Vice President for LeasePlan and US Bank. His previous ventures include Key Equipment Finance, JPMorgan Chase and First Fleet Corporation.

“We are excited to have Patrick joining us in this critical leadership position,” commented Gaskins. “His expertise in the equipment finance and truck leasing industry will enable our team to help fleets save money and operate their assets more efficiently.”

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David Farnsworth Recruited as Credit Head at CVBF

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

CVB Financial Corp. (CVBF), the holding company for Citizens Business Bank (CBB), announced that David F. Farnsworth has joined the business as the new Chief Credit Officer for both the company and the bank. Farnsworth brings to his new role more than 30 years of financial services experience, including 20 years as senior risk manager with up to $60MM of individual credit authority.

David Farnsworth CVB Financial“We are pleased to be able to find and hire a CCO with significant leadership experience at both line and credit management positions. Dave’s collaborative and team building approach should fit well with our culture” said Chris Myers, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

Myers added, “Dave has worked for larger organizations and overseen diverse lending segments in numerous geographies. His experience and broader perspective will help us in many ways as we approach $10 billion in assets and expand our geographic footprint.”

Prior to joining CVBF and CBB, Farnsworth served as the Executive Vice President and National CRE Risk Executive at BBVA Compass in Denver Colorado. In that role, he managed a $15B+ portfolio and a team of expert regional senior credit officers. Previously, he held senior credit management positions with US Bank and AmSouth Bank.

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Joseph Meterchick Named Regional Pres at PNC Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

PNC Bank announced the appointment of Joseph G. Meterchick as the new Regional President for Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey. In this capacity, he is in charge of growing the PNC franchise and brand within the region.

Joseph Meterchick PNC BankMeterchick has been with PNC for many years. He has nearly 30 years of banking experience in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. A Philadelphia native, he most recently served the business as the Regional President for the Florida West market.

“Joe has maintained strong ties to the Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey markets and the clients he’s worked with over the years,” stated Lou Cestello, Executive Vice President who oversees the regional presidents. “His appointment ensures we continue to deliver established leadership capabilities, local expertise and a commitment to the community, as we always have.”

“I look forward to returning to the region and helping to build on the track record of success in one of PNC’s most respected markets,” remarked Meterchick. “It’s exciting to be working alongside colleagues I’ve known for years and to join with them in contributing to the growth and continued resurgence of my hometown.”

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Ricky Reynolds Recruited at Anderson Brothers Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Ricky Reynolds recently joined Anderson Brothers Bank as a Loan Officer. Based in Florence, South Carolina, he is responsible for offering the Bank’s various financial products and services to its customers. He will also be involved in customer relations and market development.

Ricky Reynolds Anderson Brothers BankReynolds brings to his new role over 10 years of experience in the banking industry. He has a solid background in credit analysis, commercial lending, and loan origination. Prior to joining Anderson Brothers Bank, he served as a Relationship Banker at First Reliance Bank.

“We are excited about Ricky’s decision to become a member of our team,” stated Randy Altman, Florence City Executive with Anderson Brothers Bank. “His abundance of business and banking experience and knowledge of the Florence area will be an immeasurable asset to our customers as well as our organization.”

In addition to his career, Reynolds volunteers his time for the community. He serves the Reserve Deputy for Florence County Sheriff’s Office, Crime Stoppers of the Pee Dee, and The Omar Shrine along with several others.

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