New York Community loses 16 banker teams to competitors

At least 16 teams of bankers have left New York Community Bancorp to accept posts at Peapack-Gladstone Financial in Bedminster, N.J., and Dime Community Bancshares in Hauppauge, N.Y. Peapack said in a press release that it hired Andrew Corrado as president of Peapack Private’s commercial bank in New York City. He became Flagstar’s head of […]

Fintech Adro raises $1.5M in pre-seed funding

Adro, a New York fintech that aims to help international students access U.S. financial services, has raised $1.5 million pre-seed funding. The company said in a press release that the round was led by Era, with participation from Ex Nihilo Ventures and the Cornell Tech Syndicate. Adro said it will use the funds to add […]

Washington Trust reshuffles top management

Washington Trust Bank in Spokane has shuffled its leadership team. The $11.4 billion-asset bank said in a press release that Jack Heath had become its CEO, succeeding Peter Stanton, who remains executive chairman. Heath was president and chief operating officer. Kevin Blair succeeded Heath as president, while Jim Branson was named COO. Blair was chief […]

Georgia Bankers Association lines up next CEO

The Georgia Bankers Association will soon have a new CEO. The association said in a press release that Tripp Cofield will succeed the retiring Joe Brannen on July 15. Cofield is president and CEO of the association’s affiliates GBA Insurance Trust, Paragon Benefits and GBA Retirement Services. He will join the association’s board in conjunction […]

FineMark Holdings in Fla. raises $30M via private placement

FineMark Holdings in Fort Myers, Fla., raised $30 million through a private placement. The $4.1 billion-asset company sold common stock on March 29, according to data compiled by Performance Trust Capital Partners. Performance Trust had no additional details about the private placement.

Mode Eleven in Wyo. winding down BaaS ops after Fed order

Mode Eleven Bancorp in Hulett, Wyo., will voluntarily dismantle its Banking-as-a-Service platform after being hit with an enforcement action from the Federal Reserve. The parent of the $110 million-asset Summit National Bank entered into a cease-and-desist order with the Fed on March 28. The order barred the bank from engaging in “expansionary activities related to […]

NYCB’s new CEO asks investors to back steps to complete recapitalization

The new leader of New York Community Bancorp is making the case for shareholders to back steps needed to fully recapitalize the Hicksville company. Joseph Otting, a former Comptroller of the Currency, said in a regulatory filing that addressing the $114 billion-asset company’s issues will not occur overnight – but it is doable. “We understand […]

Blue Ridge in Va. raises $150M, reaffirms timeline for BaaS exit

Blue Ridge Bankshares in Charlottesville, Va., has completed its capital raise led by Kenneth Lehman and Castle Creek Capital and confirmed that will fully exit its Banking-as-a-Service business by the end of this year. The $3.1 billion-asset company disclosed in a regulatory filing that it raised $150 million by selling common stock, convertible preferred stock, […]

Michigan State FCU’s CUSO invests $6.2M in eight fintechs

Reseda Group, a wholly owned CUSO of Michigan State University Federal Credit Union in East Lansing, has invested $6.2 million in eight fintechs. The $7.6 billion-asset credit uni0on said in a press release that its CUSO made new investments CU Lift Fund, direct auto loan funding; CURevl, college planning and education finance; Debbie, personal financial […]

KeyCorp to invest $25M in pact with community advocacy group

KeyCorp and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition have reached an agreement to invest $25 million into minority and underserved markets. Jesse Van Tol, the NCRC’s CEO, made the announcement at the organization’s Just Economy conference, starting that the agreement resolves a dispute between the parties. The NCRC had raised concerns in the past about the […]

Fintech Brim Financial raises $85 million in funding

Brim Financial, a Toronto company that sells tech to help banks launch and manage credit card programs, has raised $85 million of Series C funding. The fintech, founded in 2017, said in a press release that the funding round was led by EDC Investments and included Vistara Growth, White Owl Group, Epic Venture and Zions […]

Climate First raising capital as end of de novo period nears

Climate First Bancorp in Orlando, Fla., is planning to raise more capital. The $600 million-asset company said in press release that it will run the capital raise through September. The bank, which opened in 2021 after raising $44 million, will shed its de novo status in June. The bank is looking to raise $100 million, […]

South Ottumwa Savings in Iowa selects insider as new president

South Ottumwa Savings Bank in Ottumwa, Iowa, has a new president. The $547 million-asset bank said that Natalie Bolin had taken over the position. She has been the bank’s senior vice president of operations and chief financial officer. “Natalie has played a crucial role in the success of South Ottumwa Savings Bank,” Teri Messerschmitt, the […]

Cadance Bank reshuffles executives ranks

Cadance Bank has shuffled several high-level executives. The $50 billion-asset bank said in a press release that Hank Holmes, its chief banking officer, is leaving to pursue opportunities tied to entrepreneurship, start-ups and building organizations. Holmes will serve as a special adviser to Billy Braddock, who succeeded him as chief banking officer, until June 30. […]

Union State Bank agrees to buy Exchange State Bank in Iowa

Union State Bank in Greenfield, Iowa, has agreed to buy Exchange State Bank in Adair, Iowa. The $96.5 million-asset Union State filed its application with Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on March 29 to buy the $39 million-asset Exchange State. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter. The price wasn’t disclosed. “It was […]

FinWise in Utah names new president, chief financial officer

FinWise Bancorp in Murray, Utah, has a new president. The $586.2 million-asset company disclosed in a regulatory filing that James Noone will remain president of unit FinWise Bank. He succeeded Kent Landvatter, who remains chairman and CEO. Separately, Finwise hired Robert Wahlman as chief financial officer. Wahlman, who previously served as CFO at Axiom Bancorp, […]

OptimumBank in Fla. raises $8M from private placement

OptimumBank Holdings in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., raised nearly $8 million by selling common and preferred stock.   The $791 million-asset company disclosed in a regulatory filing that it entered into subscription agreements with six investors to sell 1.5 million shares of common stock and 526,000 preferred shares.   OptimumBank also entered into registration rights agreements […]

Five Star in Calif. to raise $71M in common stock offering

Five Star Bancorp in Rancho Cordova, Calif., is looking to raise about $71 million from selling common stock. The $3.6 billion-asset company said in a press release that it should complete the offering on April 1. Five Star plans to use the offering’s net proceeds for general corporate purposes and to support continued growth. Keefe, […]

Old National CFO on leave as he faces molestation charges

Old National Bancorp in Evansville, Ind., has put its chief financial officer on leave following his arrest on child molestation charges. The $52.4 billion-asset company disclosed in a regulatory filing that its board placed Brendon Falconer on leave after becoming “aware of a situation involving … Falconer relating to a personal matter unrelated to the […]

Five Star Bank parent in New York sells insurance agency

Financial Institutions in Warsaw, N.Y., has sold its insurance agency to NFP Property & Casualty Services. The $6.2 billion-asset parent of Five Star Bank said in a press release that it sold SDN Insurance Agency for an undisclosed amount. William Gallagher, the agency’s president, joined NFP as part of the deal. “In the nearly 10 […]

Northrim in Alaska selects insider as its new CEO

Northrim BanCorp in Anchorage, Alaska, has its next leader lined up. The company said in a press release that Mike Huston will become its CEO on April 6. Huston, who was named president in 2022, will also serve as chief operating officer. Huston will succeed Joe Schierhorn, who will remain chairman. “We continue to implement […]

Former Marcus head to oversee retail banking at Santander U.S.

Santander U.S. has hired the former head of Marcus. The bank said in a press release that Swati Bhatia, as head of retail banking and transformation, will oversee consumer and business banking, along with digital transformation efforts. Bhatia succeeded Pierre Habis, who joined Synchrony Financial last year. Santander “has reached an inflection point as we progress […]

Houston group taps new CEO for proposed de novo bank

The organizers for a proposed Houston bank have added more directors, hired a new CEO, and again reapplied for deposit insurance. The group first applied with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in February 2022 to form Houston Bank of Commerce & Trust, reapplying in May 2023. The latest application has shortened the proposed de novo’s […]

Ally Financial snags top Discover exec as its new CEO

Ally Financial in Charlotte, N.C., has hired Michael Rhodes as its new CEO. Ally said in a press release that Rhodes will start on April 29. He will also join Ally’s board. Rhodes recently served as CEO of Discover Financial Services, which is being acquired by Capital One Financial. He will replace Jeffrey Brown, who […]

Gouverneur Bancorp in N.Y. selects outsider as next leader

Gouverneur Bancorp in Gouverneur, N.Y., has a new CEO.   The $204.9 million-asset company said in a press release that Robert Barlow was also named president of the company. He succeeded Charles Van Vleet Jr., who will remain president and CEO of GS&L Municipal Bank and assist with the executive transition.   Barlow was vice […]