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Metropolitan Commercial Bank Appoints Head of Commercial Real Estate Lending

November 15, 2018, 07:00 AM

Metropolitan Commercial Bank announced the appointment of Mark S. Wancier as head of commercial real estate (CRE) effective immediately. He will report to Scott Lublin, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. Wancier will be responsible for the overall operations of its commercial real estate lending division.

Wancier brings more than 20 years of lending and investing experience across a broad range of commercial real estate institutions, including both large banks and boutique firms. Most recently, he was head of commercial real estate origination and capital markets at Bank Hapoalim (BHI), the U.S. branch of Israel’s largest bank. Wancier was responsible for sourcing, structuring and executing new commercial real estate business in the U.S., while continuing to track and service the bank’s existing CRE loan portfolio.

Prior to working at Bank Hapoalim, Wancier was vice president, real estate debt group, at JPMorgan Investment Management, where he was responsible for underwriting and structuring CRE debt investments, including CMBS. Before that, he served as an underwriter at Arbor Realty Trust. Wancier received Bachelor of Arts degrees in economics and psychology from Northwestern University and received a master’s degree in real estate finance and investment from New York University.

“Mark brings to Metropolitan Commercial Bank over two decades of experience in the commercial real estate lending market. His wide range of experience makes him a great fit to lead our commercial real estate lending team,” said Mark DeFazio, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We are excited that Mark has joined Metropolitan Commercial Bank’s commercial real estate lending team. We look forward to utilizing his expertise as we continue to grow our extensive commercial real estate lending business,” said Scott Lublin.

“I am delighted to join Metropolitan Commercial Bank and help support its continued growth as a relationship-driven bank that combines personal service, a unique entrepreneurial approach, and a suite of compelling products and services,” said Wancier.


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