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NewBridge Bank Opens Charlotte Loan Production Office

August 24, 2012

Greensboro, N.C. – NewBridge Bank has opened a new Charlotte loan production office with an experienced commercial banking team led by Tim Ignasher, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Manager and Charlotte City Executive. Ignasher and his team will be based out of NewBridge Bank’s Charlotte mortgage banking office at 6000 Fairview Road, Suite 650.

“Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and one of the largest metropolitan regions in the Southeast,” said David P. Barksdale, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer for NewBridge Bank. “Our Charlotte loan production office adds to NewBridge Bank’s expansion into the major growth regions of North Carolina which also include the Piedmont Triad, Raleigh and Wilmington markets.”

Tim IgnasherIn his new role as Commercial Banking Manager and City Executive, Ignasher will develop new client relationships in Charlotte and surrounding communities. He will also be responsible for developing and managing the loan portfolio of the region’s loan production office.

With over 25 years of experience, including the last three as an Area Executive for a local community bank, Ignasher is an accomplished commercial banker and highly qualified leader. In past positions he was responsible for managing a portfolio, credit administration and regulatory needs for a $190 million community bank and for leading a team of commercial bankers spanning three counties around Charlotte. A native of Huntington, N.Y. and graduate of the University of Houston, Ignasher has lived in Charlotte for the last 21 years with his wife and two children, Hannah and Crosby, both of whom are in college.

“We are honored to to have Tim join the NewBridge Bank team and lead our growth efforts in Charlotte,” said Barksdale. “His comprehensive experience in the financial services industry, expert knowledge of the Charlotte market and proven leadership skills will bring tremendous value to our clients and shareholders.”

The new commercial lending team will also include Philip Chandler, Senior Vice President and Commercial Banker; Kevin Kennelly, Vice President and Commercial Banker; Becky Berolatti, Vice President and Treasury Services Specialist; and Miriam Hood Carroll, Assistant Vice President and Commerical Underwriter. Including Ignasher, all five banking professionals have previous experience opening a loan production office and developing a commercial banking portfolio for a local community bank in the Charlotte area.

Philip ChandlerIn his new role as Senior Vice President and Commercial Banker, Philip Chandler will develop new client relationships and will be responsible for managing the banking relationships of a portfolio of commercial clients located in the Charlotte area. He has 15 years of experience and is skilled in managing all aspects of the lending function including business development, analyzing, structuring, negotiating, and closing commercial loans. A graduate of Appalachian State University and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, Chandler resides in Charlotte with his wife, Anna, and two children, Caleb and Sloane.

Kevin KennellyKevin Kennelly will also be responsible for developing and managing client relationships in his role as Vice President and Commercial Banker. He has over 10 years of capital markets, underwriting and lending experience. His portfolio management has included a broad array of commercial real estate, medical, and commercial and industrial clients. A native of Charlotte, Kennelly is a graduate of Charlotte Latin School, The University of Virginia, and The American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania.

Becky BerolattiAs Vice President and Treasury Services Specialist, Becky Berolatti will support the commercial banking team to build comprehensive financial partnerships with clients. In her previous role, she managed and oversaw the bank’s Charlotte deposit accounts totaling more than $15 million and worked directly with clients to ensure superior levels of operational efficiency. Berolatti graduated from Elon University and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, as well as Chair of the Nominating Committee, for Hospitality House of Charlotte.

Miriam CarrollMiriam Hood Carroll will leverage her role as Assistant Vice President and Credit Underwriter to actively participate in client calling with the commercial banking team. She will rely on her experience underwriting manufacturing, distribution, and service companies as well as non-profits and multiple types of commercial real estate. Carroll graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University where she was awarded the Wall Street Journal Award for Excellence in Finance.

“This team is one of the best I’ve worked with in my 25 years of banking, and I’m thrilled to be joining NewBridge Bank alongside them,” said Ignasher. “I am confident in our abilities to introduce the NewBridge Bank brand in Charlotte and deliver exceptional banking services founded on NewBridge Bank’s four Guiding Principles: do what is right; always do your best; treat others as you want to be treated; and financial success begins with integrity.”

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