Daily News: March 25, 2016

Former First Niagara Execs to Lead New Blue Hills ABL Division


Blue Hills Bank hired bankers A. Keith Broyles and Yvonne Kizner to lead its new Asset-Based Lending initiative. Formerly senior vice president and first vice president, respectively, at First Niagara Commercial Finance, Broyles and Kizner join Blue Hills Bank as senior vice presidents of Blue Hills Bank’s Asset-Based Lending division.

Broyles has more than 25 years of experience in nearly all facets of asset-based lending. Before leading the ABL team at First Niagara Commercial Finance where he specialized in borrowing needs of companies seeking $3 million to $25 million dollars, Broyles was senior vice president/relationship manager at Sovereign/Santander and served as senior business development officer at TD Bank, Siemens Financial Services and CIT Group. Broyles began his career at Shawmut Bank. He is a member of the Commercial Finance Association and the Turnaround Management Association.

Kizner is an experienced professional in the asset-based lending community with specialized knowledge of liquidation values and asset valuation. She worked with Broyles at First Niagara Commercial Finance as first vice president where she was director of collateral control and compliance. Before that, Kizner served as the president of HCP Asset Advisors, launching the appraisal division for Hudson Capital Partners.

Kizner began her career at Coopers & Lybrand as a senior associate. She later became managing director of Gordon Brothers Asset Advisors where she received the Phil Frieze Award honoring a Gordon Brother employee who gives back to the community through philanthropic activities. Kizner is also a member of the Commercial Finance Association and the Turnaround Management Association.

“The addition of an experienced ABL team to Blue Hills Bank is complementary to our existing commercial banking structure and market,” commented Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking Thomas E. O’Leary. “It will allow us to provide products and services to a segment of the market which is attractive to us. Keith and Yvonne are experienced and accomplished ABL bankers who will bring us immediate credibility in this competitive marketplace.”

“Blue Hills Bank’s entry into the asset-based lending sector is the next progression of the bank’s growth strategy,” said Blue Hills Bank president and CEO William M. Parent. “Our ability to compete and win across the commercial marketplace is directly related to the talent of the colleagues we recruit and retain. I am very pleased to welcome Keith and Yvonne to our commercial lending team and look forward to seeing this team grow under Tom’s leadership.”