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People’s United Bank Bolsters ABL Team with 3 Senior Industry Specialists

October 01, 2018, 08:00 AM

People’s United Bank, N.A. announced the hiring of three senior industry specialists to its Asset-Based Lending team. Joe Accardi, Tony Cortese and Greg Russano each bring more than 25 years of commercial lending experience and will be responsible for new business development, client relationships and liaising with People’s United’s community partners in the Northeast and nationally. Each will be based in Iselin, New Jersey.

Joe Accardi, Senior Vice President, Business Development: Accardi brings 35 years’ experience with responsibility for new business development and client relationships. Accardi is a longtime member of the Commercial Finance Association and currently serves on the Education Committee. He was a faculty member of the New York Institute of Credit for 16 years and served on the Institute’s Board of Trustees. Additionally, Accardi has served on committees of various charitable organizations, including most recently Eva’s Village. He holds a BA Cum Laude in Economics from Rowan University, an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and is a graduate of The Stonier Graduate School of Banking and The London Business School’s Leadership Development Program.

Tony Cortese, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager: Cortese brings 35 years’ of commercial lending experience, focusing on business development, portfolio management and credit risk. Most recently Cortese was employed at Santander Bank for more than 15 years where he held various senior positions. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rider University and his CPA credentials in New Jersey. He is a member of the CFA and NJ Society of CPAs.

Greg Russano, Senior Vice President & Regional Team Leader: Russano brings 25 years of secured lending experience and will be responsible for a new business team covering New Jersey and Pennsylvania. His prior roles included various new business development and relationship management positions with Santander Bank, Bank of America and National Bank of Canada. He is an active member of the CFA, TMA and ACG in New Jersey, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Franklin & Marshall College, and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“Greg, Tony and Joe each bring a unique skill-set and an understanding of the ever-changing needs of our clients, delivering tailored, flexible capital solutions,” said Mike Maiorino, EVP of Specialized Lending at People’s United Bank. “Our clients increasingly demand banking partners who understand their business, and have the ability to act as an advisor, helping them to overcome financing and growth challenges.” 


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