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Customers Bank Announces Leadership Changes in Its Commercial Real Estate Lending Division

WYOMISSING, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Customers Bank, a leading super-community bank with operations in Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and New England, announced today that Barbara Bergman and Brett Long have both been promoted to Co-Managing Director, Commercial Real Estate Lending Group following the retirement of Kenneth Keiser, Executive Vice President, Group Director Multi-Family and Investment CRE Lending.

“While we are all sorry to see Ken leave, we deeply wish him a happy and healthy retirement,” stated Richard Ehst, President and Chief Operating Officer for Customers Bank. “Barbara and Brett have been tremendous assets to our customers and we’re excited to watch them take on new challenges as they continue to help our customers grow their businesses and succeed.”

In her new role, Bergman will manage a seven-person team and take primary responsibility for portfolio management, risk weighting, refinance risk, portfolio reviews and underwriting compliance. Previously, Bergman was a senior vice president and chief credit officer with Customers Bank. Bergman has more than 25 years of banking experience working with well-known financial institutions including Edward Jones, Sterling National Bank (formerly Provident Bank of New York), Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and others.

As Co-Managing Director, Long will take primary responsibility for the team’s new business development and loan securitization. Long, who has been with Customers Bank for more than seven years has held several positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as an executive vice president within the commercial real estate lending group.

About Customers Bancorp, Inc. and Customers Bank

Customers Bank is a super-community bank with $10.1 billion in assets as of March 31, 2019, offering commercial and consumer banking services along the I-95 corridor from Washington, DC to Boston; and in Chicago. Commercial products include cash management; commercial and industrial loans; small business loans; SBA government-guaranteed loans; commercial and multi-family real estate loans; and financing for leasing businesses and residential developers.

Customers Bank provides consumer banking services including savings, checking, and money market accounts; certificates of deposit; residential mortgages; and consumer loans. Additional consumer products include “BankMobile Vibe online banking,” marketed by the BankMobile Division and “Ascent Money Market Savings,” marketed by the Customers Bank Digital Banking Division.

Customers Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve System with deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Customers Bank is an equal opportunity lender. Customers Bank takes pride in delivering extremely high levels of customer service while charging comparatively very low fees; service that makes our clients say, “Wow.”

Commercial clients enjoy Single Point of Contact service with one team to handle all banking needs. Retail bank clients are afforded Concierge Banking® Services that brings banking to them, when and where they need it.

Customers Bank, with its headquarters located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, is a subsidiary of Customers Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company. The voting common shares of Customers Bancorp, Inc. are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CUBI.

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