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Sterling National Bank Grows Commercial Banking and Commercial Finance Units with Key Hires

April 13, 2018

MONTEBELLO, N.Y., April 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sterling National Bank (NYSE:STL) today announced several key additions to its Commercial Banking and Commercial Finance businesses.

In its Melville, Long Island office, the bank welcomes several new members to the Commercial Banking Team, focused on generating business opportunities and building client relationships. James Baranello joins as Senior Managing Director and Senior Vice President reporting to EVP and Long Island Market President, Ed Blaskey. Baranello will be leading a commercial banking team focused on commercial real estate and middle market lending. Baranello comes to Sterling after a long career at CIBC.

Building out the existing Long Island teams, Craig Clausen joins as Managing Director and Senior Vice President, reporting to co-team leads and SVPs Bob Bernard and Peter Welch. Clausen will manage the team’s activities and be responsible for generating new business opportunities. In addition, Robert Akalski will serve as Managing Director and Rich Fazio will serve as an Associate Managing Director, reporting to co-team leads and SVPs Jim Whitehouse and Mike Varrone. Akalski, joining the Multi-Family team, will oversee the team’s sales and service efforts. Fazio will be responsible for growing the portfolio of relationships across the Long Island market. Leo Mutchler joins as Managing Director, reporting to co-team leads and SVPs, Dan Liberty and Sean Umhafer. Mutchler will focus on fostering relationships and generating new business. Gary Harkins also joins as Managing Director, responsible for growing commercial loan and deposit relationships, and will report to team leader and SVP Tim Juliano. Harkins joins Sterling from Gold Coast Bank, Mutchler joins from BNY Mellon and Clausen, Akalski and Fazio all join from Capital One Bank.

Read the full press release to learn more about these key hires.