Bob Bernard Joins Sterling National Bank’s Long Island Team

MONTEBELLO, N.Y., July 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sterling National Bank (NYSE:STL) today announced that Bob Bernard has joined the bank as Senior Vice President and Senior Managing Director. Bernard will be based at Sterling’s Melville office and report to Ed Blaskey, Executive Vice President and Long Island Market President.

Bob Bernard, Senior Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Sterling National Bank

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With extensive experience in commercial real estate finance, Bernard will focus on growing Sterling’s commercial lending activities on Long Island. His focus will include generating increased business by building new client relationships, through client relationship management, and client advisory. Sterling will continue to expand its reach in the region, delivering quality services to middle market commercial clients in variety of industry sectors.

Bernard was most recently Senior Vice President and Long Island Regional Manager for People’s United Bank, where he oversaw a team of relationship managers and credit analysts who delivered loans, deposits, and treasury products. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Lending for Capital One Bank, where he developed relationships with key Long Island commercial real estate clients. Throughout his career Bernard worked with a number of other leading banking organizations, focusing on commercial lending and real estate finance.

“Bob has deep and longstanding relationships throughout the Long Island market that we will seek to leverage as we continue to build our services across the region,” said Blaskey. “His track record of managing commercial real estate portfolios and his results-oriented approach will be important assets for our team.”

Bernard holds both an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University.

About Sterling National Bank
Sterling Bancorp, of which the principal subsidiary is Sterling National Bank, specializes in the delivery of financial services and solutions for small to mid-size businesses and consumers within the communities we serve through a distinctive team-based delivery approach utilizing highly experienced, fully dedicated relationship managers. Sterling National Bank offers a complete line of commercial, business, and consumer banking products and services. For more information, visit

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