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Berkshire Hills Bancorp Continues Growth of 44 Business Capital Units With Three Veteran SBA Lending Professionals

Berkeley, Rawls, tucker bolster Berkshire’s Efforts to revitalize SMEs

boston, September 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent company of Berkshire Bank, a socially responsible community bank with a financial center in New England. New Yorkis pleased to announce the addition of three seasoned lending professionals to its 44-person Business Capital team.

Shay Berkley, Josh Rawls, When Tracy Tucker Join Berkshire Bank’s 44 Business Capital team of experienced lending professionals.

This extension provides even more support Berkshire’s Exciting Strategic Transformation (BEST) program and ongoing commitment to businesses and entrepreneurs. New team members provide additional financing expertise and support each client relationship. For over 30 years, 44 Business Capital has provided lending solutions to hundreds of companies across a variety of industries and consistently ranks among the top 20 bank SBA 7(a) loan originators in the country.

“Shay, Josh and Tracy are highly qualified lenders who know firsthand the impact sound lending has on businesses and the communities they serve. Greg Poleman, SVP, Business Banking at 44 Business Capital. “Having spent decades in the SBA lending environment, they know that creating value for businesses strengthens communities. .”

More information about their background is included below.

Shay Berkley, First Vice President of SBA Lending

With over 30 years of banking experience specializing in SBA lending, Shay helps secure businesses across the country. $325 million 7a, 504 and USDA funding.

Shay’s passion is to serve entrepreneurs with a consultative approach, listening to their histories, passions and goals. This triggers questions that help you think outside the box and come up with the optimal financing scenario for each particular small business owner.

residence Atlanta, Georgia, Shay is an active volunteer at an animal shelter. She earned her BBA degree in Business Administration. Georgia State University.

Josh Rawls, First Vice President SBA Loans

Josh Rawls has over 20 years of banking experience and will help grow 44 Business Capital’s small business lending footprint. Alabama, TennesseeWhen MississippiFor the past seven years he has been SBA Lender for Regions Bank. Prior to that, he worked as an SBA Underwriter, Commercial He Underwriter, Branch Manager. He enjoys working with small business owners to create practical solutions that fit their needs.

where Josh and his wife Degee live Hoover, Alabama with their son.he is a graduate Southern Mississippi University I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in Banking and Finance.

Tracy Tucker, First Vice President of SBA Lending

Tracy Tucker of Denver, Colorado Join 44 Business Capital with over 25 years of SBA 7a and 504 financing experience.she is colorado The market for being a top lender to serve small businesses. Tracey passionately works with entrepreneurs in a consultative approach by listening carefully to borrowers to achieve their financial goals.

Tracey began her career at SBA as an underwriter for Norwest Bank. Prior to 44 Business Capital, he was a SBA Lender at Continental Bank, where he was Vice President of SBA Lending at Wells Fargo, Bank of the West, Wachovia and Heller Financial. She has focused on commercial real estate, business acquisitions and franchising. Tracey earned her BSBA in Finance. Creighton University.

about Berkshire hills bancorp
Berkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent company of Berkshire Bank. The bank’s goal is to be the leading high performing, socially responsible community bank in New England, Upstate New York and beyond. Berkshire Bank provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management and investment services.Head office location boston, Berkshire about $11.6 billion operates over 100 financial centers in New England, New York, a member of the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. For more information, call us at 800-773-5601 or follow us on Facebook.
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44About business capital
44 Business Capital is the direct small business lending arm of Berkshire Bank and provides SBA loans to small businesses. Small businesses are defined as businesses with net income less than $5 million and net assets less than $15 million. 44 Business Capital Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, washington dc, Virginia, connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, new jersey, New York, north carolina, Georgia, Alabama, florida, coloradoWhen Chicago, IllinoisOur clients include, but are not limited to, manufacturers, restaurants, professional services, retailers, wholesalers/distributors and healthcare professionals. These SBA loans are fully amortizing (i.e., no call or balloon terms) with terms of up to 25 years, providing long-term certainty in an uncertain economic environment. Member FDIC Equal Home Lenders.

Berkshire Bank Media Contact:
Alicia Jacobs AVP, Public Relations
Phone: (413) 242-6540 x 6540
[email protected]

44 Business Capital Contact:
Greg Poleman
senior vice president
Phone: (267) 434-2368
[email protected]

Investor Contact:
Kevin ConSenior Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Development
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (617) 641-9206

David GonchCapital Markets Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (413) 281-1973

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