Daily News: March 9, 2012

Bridge Bank Expands Boston Office, Hires Perkins as VP

Bridge Capital Holdings, whose subsidiary is Bridge Bank, said it hired Chris Perkins as VP, relationship manager for the Northeast region. Perkins will be working from Bridge Bank’s Boston office.

“Chris has an extensive track record of providing creative financial solutions to early stage companies throughout the technology industry,” said Dick Sweeney, vice president and Northeast market manager at Bridge Bank. “We’re extremely fortunate to have him on board as we continue to expand our client base on the east coast.” Perkins will be primarily focused on serving technology industry clients in the Cambridge area, in addition to the broader New England region including New York City.

“There continues to be a growing demand for Bridge Bank’s technology banking services, especially in Boston, where many innovative tech firms are headquartered,” added Paul Gibson, senior vice president and market manager at Bridge Bank. “With his background in banking and working with venture capital and private equity firms, Chris will help to extend Bridge Bank’s services to more companies who are seeking access to capital for growth and reinvestment.”

Perkins was most recently with Massachusetts Growth Capital, and served as the chief investment and risk officer of a $75 million mezzanine fund. He has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry, and has focused much of his career on providing debt and equity financing to institutionally-backed companies across many industries, including technology manufacturing firms, in addition to working on restructuring and leveraged buyout transactions.