Daily News: November 19, 2013

Signature Bank Adds Three Private Client Banking Teams

Signature Bank said it has added three private client banking teams to its network. To date, in 2013, ten private client banking teams have joined Signature Bank.

Darren Kay was named group director and SVP, and will lead a new team from the bank’s office in Manhattan. Kay most recently served as market sales executive-SVP at Capital One Bank in midtown Manhattan. In this role, he and his team members, who have worked together for five years and are also joining Signature Bank, all focused on business banking.

Natalie Krisztin, formerly senior business banker working with Kay, was named associate group director and VP at Signature Bank, while Rebeca Vargas and Jason Lasky, previously sales support specialists, will both serve as senior client associates.

Brian Mazzotta was also appointed group director and SVP, joining from Capital One Bank in Melville, Long Island, NY, where he served as VP-business banking. Mazzotta will join the Signature Bank Hauppauge, Long Island, NY private client banking office. Joining Mazzotta’s team are associate group directors Dawn Arrasate and Michael Pollman as well as senior client associate Pat Magri.

David Artis’ team joins Signature Bank from HSBC’s branch at in the SoHo area of New York City, and will be based in the bank’s Union Square, New York City office. Artis, group director and SVP, was senior branch manager for seven years before joining Signature Bank. With a career encompassing 33 years of banking expertise, Artis had spent 25 years at Chase as a branch manager in New York City. Daniel Topple and Richard Wang were each named associate group directors for Artis’ team. Carmen Beltre will serve as senior client associate on Artis’ team.

“These team appointments validate what we have been stating about the strength of our pipeline for attracting new talent,” commented Joseph J. DePaolo, president and chief executive officer at Signature Bank. “The latest additions are a direct and diverse representation of the current market transformation. While the mega banks continue to undergo organizational changes and evolve their strategies, we remain focused on attracting veteran bankers who can execute the single-point-of-contact relationship banking approach for which Signature Bank has become known.

“To date, in 2013, we have capitalized on these market opportunities by appointing ten new teams. We are pleased to bring all this new talent to our franchise, and will continue to take advantage of the disarray within the metro New York-area banking landscape by identifying veteran bankers whose priorities are a commitment to client care and attention,” DePaolo said.

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