Celtic Bank announced Richard Gaetano has been hired as Vice President of Business Development in the bank’s SBA and Commercial Lending Department. Gaetano will be based in Southbury, CT.

Gaetano is a 12-year veteran in the finance and banking industry. Gaetano has advised small business owners in the areas of commercial mortgage-backed securities, SBA lending, factoring finance, asset management and financial planning. During this time, Gaetano served as the managing director of Pricom Capital, a New York-based commercial finance brokerage firm; private wealth manager for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in New York City; and most recently, VP of Business Development at American Business Lending, a Dallas-based SBA non-bank lender.

“We are delighted to have someone with Richard’s background join our team of SBA lending professionals,” said Craig Calafati, EVP of SBA Lending at Celtic Bank. “Celtic Bank is currently the sixth largest SBA lender in the nation. Our ability to attract top talent like Richard is a testament to our continued growth as a nationwide leader in small business banking,” added Calafati.