Daily News: March 8, 2013

Provident Bank Expands Wealth Management Services


Provident Bank announced it expanded wealth management services and filled several new roles.

“Provident Bank provides dedicated resources to our banking teams designed to provide access to a full array of wealth management options seamlessly to our growing and sophisticated client base,” said Rodney Whitwell, chief operating officer and co-leader of wealth management services.

“We have designed our wealth management services platform to provide dedicated service delivery to the unique segments of our client base. We have dedicated resources for our clients that require more straightforward financial strategies and dedicated resources specifically aligned to our clients that require more complex financial strategies – all delivered with the same level of highly personalized service,” added David S. Bagatelle, New York Metro market president and co-leader of wealth management services.

John K. Lynch w hired as a senior financial consultant and will focus on the bank’s markets throughout the lower Hudson Valley for clients with more complex financial needs. Lynch has more than 20 years of business development experience in private banking and investments. He joins Provident Bank from Wells Fargo Private Bank where he served as a senior private banker since 1999.

Also aligned with clients that need more complex needs, Michael J. Desmond, was hired by the bank in July 2012 as senior wealth advisor and is responsible for the wealth management platform for the New York City Metro market.

Brahna Singer, wealth management sales manager, joined Provident Bank in July 2012 and is responsible for building the retail wealth management program and managing the staff of financial consultants and wealth advisors. Singer has assembled a strong team of financial consultants to support the retail wealth management program.

Several financial consultants have supported Provident Bank through LPL Financial for many years. Richard Eggers started supporting Provident Bank with LPL Financial in 1998. Prior to joining LPL Financial, Richard worked for MetLife where he specialized in working with small businesses on their life insurance and retirement plans. Eggers covers the market surrounding the Stony Point financial center in Rockland County and is very active in the local community.

Jeff Hahofer joined LPL Financial to support Provident Bank in 2003 and covers the markets surrounding the Nanuet, Nyack, and Orangeburg financial centers in Rockland County. Prior to joining LPL Financial, Jeff served as a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch since 1997.

Roy Nazaroff joined LPL Financial to support Provident Bank in 2006 and covers the markets surrounding the Florida, Warwick, and Goshen financial centers in Orange County. Prior to joining LPL Financial, Roy served as a financial consultant at New Horizons Asset Management. He previously also served as a financial consultant at GE Capital Management and Prudential Financial Services.

Daniel Lofrese joined LPL Financial to support Provident Bank in 2009 and covers the markets surrounding the Monroe, Chester, and Woodbury financial centers.

“Provident Bank is fortunate to have such a strong group of seasoned financial consultants that have been working with our clients for many years,” said Singer.

Two recent hires in October 2012 round out the team of financial consultants. Christopher Dursi joins Provident’s wealth management services with more than 25 years of experience as a financial consultant and covers the markets surrounding the Carmel, Congers, Airmont and Suffern financial centers. Dursi is rejoining Provident Bank after ten years at Capital One Financial Advisors. He served as a financial consultant with IFMG serving Provident Bank in 2002.

Lilibeth Ramos joins Provident’s wealth management services with more than 10 years of experience as a financial consultant and covers the markets surrounding the Hillcrest, New City, Haverstraw and Mt. Ivy financial centers. Ramos was previously a personal banker at JP Morgan Chase.