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Steve Pollett Named Senior Vice Pres at Plaza Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Steve Pollett was named Senior Vice President, Group Manager for SBA and Commercial Real Estate Lending at Plaza Bank. In his new role, Pollett is responsible for the continued success of the group, managing sales and support staff to further grow the business.

Plaza BankPollett joined the Bank in 2012, and most recently, served as Business Development Officer for SBA and Commercial Real Estate Lending. He brings to his new position over two decades os experience in small business lending and banking.

“Steve has an excellent track record with Plaza Bank in delivering SBA and Commercial Real Estate Lending solutions to help our clients operate and expand their businesses, while demonstrating our hallmark of personalized, exceptional service,” commented Gene Galloway, President and CEO of Plaza Bank.

Meantime, Erich Bollinger, Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer for Plaza Bank said, “This is a well-deserved appointment, and I’m excited about the energy, focus, and leadership he’ll bring to further expand our important SBA and Commercial Lending business.”

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Patti Deck Added as Comm’l Banker at Integrity Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

S&T Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Patti Deck as Vice President, Commercial Banker to Integrity Bank, a division of S&T Bank. In her new role, Deck will be in charge of maintaining and enhancing existing customer relationships, as well as expanding the Bank’s business portfolio throughout southcentral Pennsylvania.

Integrity BankDeck brings to Integrity Bank over three decades of experience in commercial real estate lending. Most recently, she served as a Commercial Real Estate Director at a community bank in New Jersey. Prior to that, she worked several leadership roles at financial institutions of varying size, profile, and specialty.

“We are thrilled to welcome Patti as the latest member of our expanding team,” said Jordan Space, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Regional Manager. “We believe that her knowledge of the market, along with her proven record of strong lending and business development, will be a great asset to the Bank and to our clients.”

Deck obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kean College.

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Debbie Orloff Joins Leader Bank as VP, CRE Lending

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Massachusetts-based Leader Bank announced that seasoned banking professional Debbie Orloff has joined the business as Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Lending. Orloff has 25 years of experience as a commercial real estate lender and will join the New England lending team.

Debbie Orloff Leader BankMost recently, she served as Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Relationship Manager at Radius Bank, where she was in charge of cultivating new commercial real estate business for the bank in the New England region.

Throughout her career, Orloff has completed over $2 billion in commercial real estate financial transactions of all types and sizes throughout New England and across the US. She has held various commercial real estate lending and commercial real estate mortgage banker roles from top lenders such as John Hancock, GE Capital, Chase Bank, Cornerstone Realty Capital, and Northmarq Capital.

In addition to her career, she is active in the community. She has served on the Seacoast Advisory Board of the New Hampshire Institute of Art and as a board member of CrossRoads House Homeless Shelter. She is a published author and play-write, a university guest speaker and has additionally served the community by teaching a free seminar, Financial Empowerment for Women (F.E.W.).

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Jason White Added as SBA BDO at Bank of the West

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Bank of the West announced the hiring of Jason White as Vice President, SBA Business Development Officer. In this capacity, White is in charge of providing SBA lending on commercial real estate and business acquisition/partner buyout projects in Utah and the Colorado Western Slope.

Jason White Bank of the WestWhite brings to his new role over 15 years of experience in the banking industry, with a focus on SBA lending. He specializes in commercial lending, small business lending, and credit analysis.

Most recently, he served as Vice President, SBA Business Development Officer for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Throughout his career, White has developed extensive expertise in working with small businesses to develop financial strategies that align with their growth initiatives.

White obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Finance from the University of Utah. He resides in Draper, Utah.

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Chris Bickel Joins Orrstown Bank as CRE Lender

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Orrstown Bank in Pennsylvania announced that Christopher J. Bickel has joined the business as Vice President and Commercial Real Estate Lender. In his new role, Bickel will focus primarily on commercial real estate loans and lines of credit.

Chris Bickel Orrstown BankBickel brings to Orrstown Bank over ten years of experience in the banking industry. He specializes in commercial lending, commercial real estate, and new business development.

Most recently, he served as Vice President of Commercial Lending at Metro Bank. He served a similar role for four years at Mid Penn Bank and in 2010, he was recognized as Mid Penn Bank Top Lender. His previous ventures include The Bancorp Bank, TD Bank, and Commerce Bank in New Jersey.

Bickel resides in West Hanover Township and volunteers his time for the community. He is active with Junior Achievement of South Central PA and the youth lacrosse programs for Central Dauphin and Hershey School Districts. During his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as fly-fishing, hunting, snowboarding, and surfing.

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Bill Couture Promoted at Jewett City Savings Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Jewett City Savings Bank in Connecticut has promoted Bill Couture to Assistant Vice President, Business Loan Officer. In his new role, he is responsible for developing smaller commercial loans and maintaining a client base of Commercial Real Estate and Commercial & Industrial customers.

Bill Couture Jewett City Savings BankCouture joined Jewett City Savings Bank in 2014 as a Small Business Lender. Prior to that, he served as Commercial Credit Analyst at Savings Institute Bank & Trust Company, where he was in charge of underwriting of C&I and Commercial Real Estate loans from $100M to $20MM. He began his banking career with People’s United Bank, where he was Assistant Vice President, Financial Services Manager.

“Bill is a Jewett City native, and will soon be moving back to the community his entire family has always called home,” commented Kevin Merchant, President and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank. “His personal knowledge of our marketplace and his solid, successful background in commercial lending are a definite plus for local businesses.”

In addition to his career, Couture volunteers his time for various organizations. He is a member of the Quinebaug Valley Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and Northeastern Connecticut, the Putnam and Griswold Business Associations, and the Norwich Property Owners Association.

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Peter Margolin Named as Reg’l Director at Money360

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Money360, a commercial real estate online marketplace lending platform, announced that Peter J. Margolin has joined the business Midwest Regional Director. In this capacity, he is responsible for origination of loan opportunities, helping to grow the firm’s deal pipeline.

Money360Margolin has more than 15 years of experience in the banking industry, particularly in commercial real estate. His expertise includes real estate financing, commercial mortgages, and real estate economics.

Throughout his career, he has originated more than $900 million in commercial real estate mortgages. His addition to Money360 is key to promoting the enterprise scalability of the platform as the company plans to double its nationwide operations this year.

Most recently, he served as Vice President at PennyMac Commercial Real Estate Finance, where he opened the first office for PennyMac CREF in the Midwest. Before that, he served in senior leadership roles at Centerline Capital Group, Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LaSalle Bank, and JP Morgan Mortgage Capital.

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Mac McKnight Joins AFB&T as SVP and CRE Lender

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Athens First Bank & Trust, a division of Synovus Bank, announced that Mac McKnight has joined the business as Senior Vice President and Commercial Real Estate Lender. McKnight’s areas of expertise include credit analysis, commercial lending, and underwriting.

Mac McKnight Athens First Bank & TrustHe joins AFB&T from Citizens First Bank, a Synovus division located in Rome, Georgia, where he last served as Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Manager. During his leadership, he was responsible for Citizens First Bank’s commercial banking division, leading the commercial lending team in all business development efforts and sales activities.

In 2010, McKnight joined the Corporate Commercial Real Estate Group with Synovus Financial Corp, and in 2012, was named Vice President of Commercial Banking. He started his career in 2003 at Columbus Bank and Trust (also a division of Synovus Bank). There, he served in a number of areas such as branch management, commercial real estate underwriting, commercial mortgage origination and commercial banking.

He’s been recognized as a member of the Synovus Chairman Circle of Excellence in 2013. This award honors team members for exceeding sales goals and making extraordinary contributions in multiple areas.

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Jon Sisk Tapped as President at Lighthouse Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Lighthouse Bank announced that co-founder Jon P. Sisk has rejoined the Bank as President. A veteran local banker, Sisk helped organize the Bank in 2007. He specializes in construction and commercial real estate credit and lending.

Jon Sisk Lighthouse Bank“We are extremely pleased to welcome Jon back to Lighthouse Bank. Jon was an instrumental figure in the formation of Lighthouse Bank,” commented John C. Burroughs, Chairman of the Board of Lighthouse Bank. “We believe his extensive knowledge of our local and regional markets coupled with his long-standing community involvement will be an asset to the future growth of Lighthouse Bank.”

Sisk has more than 20 years of experience working for local and regional community banks in Santa Cruz, California. He joins Lighthouse Bank from Santa Cruz Bank, where he has served as Senior Vice President, Director of Real Estate and Construction Lending since 2013.

In addition, he is actively involved in the community, including spending 18 years as a member and former President of the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Second Harvest Food Bank and is the co-founder of Jon & Ken’s Most Excellent Adventure, a 200-mile bicycle ride that has raised $1 million to support Santa Cruz High.

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Walter Sierotko Tapped as EVP at Provident Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Iselin-based Provident Bank welcomes Walter Sierotko as Executive Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Director, Lending Division. Sierotko will be responsible for the Bank’s $2.6 billion commercial lending portfolio, credit quality management and asset retention, as well as leading the Bank’s day-to-day operations.

Walter Sierotko Provident BankSierotko has nearly three decades of experience in the banking and finance industry.  He spent the majority of his career in leadership positions in commercial real estate lending and credit.

Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President and Senior Credit Officer for HSBC. Before that, he spent 15 years at Wells Fargo, where he last worked as SVP, Regional Credit Officer in its commercial real estate division. Previous ventures include BNY Mellon, Metrobank for Savings, and Lehigh Financial Corporation.

“We know that Walt’s extensive experience and expertise in commercial real estate, business development and credit will allow him to succeed in the growth of this portfolio and Provident Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Lending as a whole,” stated Donald Blum, EVP and Chief Lending Officer at The Provident Bank. “We are excited to welcome Walt and we wish him success in his new position.”

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