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Berkshire Bank Expands Small Business Banking Services in the Capital District NY

August 19, 2014

ENP Newswire - 19 August 2014

Release date- 18082014 - Complementing its growing presence in the Capital District of New York, Berkshire Bank, America's Most Exciting Bank, has recruited an experienced small business banking team.

Joining Berkshire is: Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas, Vice President, Business Banking Team Leader; Tracey Costanza, Vice President, Business Banking Officer; Eric Navarra, Vice President, Business Banking Officer; Gregory Novitsky, Vice President, Business Banking Officer; and Michael Stefanik, Vice President, Business Banking Officer. The new team's market footprint in New York includes the following counties: Albany; Schenectady; Rensselaer; Saratoga; Columbia; Greene; Fulton; and Montgomery.

Click here to download headshots and a group photo of Berkshire Bank's Capital District New York Small Business Banking team.

The new Small Business Banking team, previously with First Niagara Financial Group, will be based out of Berkshire's regional headquarters at 41 State Street, Albany, New York. The team will be led by Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas, who has over 30 years of experience, most recently as the regional small business team leader at First Niagara Bank. Zalewski-Wildzunas is a previous recipient of the prestigious Women of Excellence award from the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber and Executive of the Year award from the Chamber of Schenectady County.

The team will be responsible for managing and developing Berkshire's small business accounts and lending portfolio in the Capital District New York region, working closely with the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). The team brings with it a great deal of expertise in a wide range of small business lending, lending programs for women business owners, business development, financial analysis, commercial lending and real estate lending to complement the Bank's commercial, home lending, insurance and wealth management teams.

In commenting on the new Capital District New York Small Business Banking team Peter Rice, Senior Vice President, Small Business Operations said 'Berkshire's culture, operations and strong product offerings continue to attract top talent and customers to our bank. 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.' Berkshire Bank is a preferred Small Business Administration (SBA) lender, works closely with the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC), is a participant in the Massachusetts Treasurer's Office Small Business Partnership Program and offers a full suite of financial services for small businesses. Berkshire's Small Business division is dedicated to helping business customers grow their companies, and the surrounding communities succeed. Berkshire has a team of dedicated small business banking professionals located in every region throughout its footprint trained to help customers find the best combination of services to make their businesses succeed-today and in the future. Berkshire Bank has thirty full-service retail branches in the Capital District of New York. Nine of these locations feature Berkshire's state-of-the-art teller pods, providing more personalized service, faster transactions, improved accuracy and enhanced security. These branches also include a multi-functional Community Room, which offers a free space for local small businesses and community members to hold meetings or activities.

Contact Berkshire Bank's Capital District Small Business Banking Team

Berkshire Bank's Capital District New York Small Business Banking team will be located at 41 State Street in Albany, NY. Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas can be reached at (518) 858-4719 or Tracey Costanza can be reached at (518) 461-8293 or Eric Navarra can be reached at (518) 588-9801 or Gregory Novitsky can be reached at (518) 728-2631 or Michael Stefanik can be reached at (518) 727-7456 or

About Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank, America's Most Exciting Bank. With over 165 years of banking experience, the company has $6.3 billion in assets. Berkshire Bank continues to expand its footprint with 90 full-service branch locations in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont, offering a network of financial services including personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management. To learn more, visit or call 800-773-5601. Berkshire Bank is the official bank of the Boston Bruins coverage on NESN.

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