Coleman Movers & Shakers — First Internet Bank, Joseph I. Weiner, and Robert G. Russell Jr. 

July 16, 2020 

By Caity Witucki
Contributing Editor, Coleman Movers & Shakers

Coleman Movers & Shakers — First Internet Bank, Joseph I. Weiner, and Robert G. Russell Jr. 

First Internet Bank Welcomes Four New SBA BDOs

Last week, First Internet Bank announced that its SBA Lending team has added four new Senior Business Development Officers. The moves, fueled by their continued strategic growth, will provide further support for new and existing small business clients nationwide.

“We are excited to add these experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds to what is already a strong, talented team,” says Vice President, National SBA Sales Manager Mark Gibson. “Our goal is to continue to build a world-class SBA Lending division.”

Natalie Beane joins First Internet Bank from Q2 Business Capital, a division of First Savings Bank. Her past experience includes time with BankUnited Small Business Finance. She is an alumna of University of Chicago and received her MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Greg Pitner brings 20+ years of financial industry experience to First Internet Bank. He was previously with Q2 Business Capital, BankUnited and Evergreen Growth Partners L.L.C., among others. He received his Bachelor’s degree from DePauw University.

Marissa Salazar-Ames is an experienced SBA professional as well, joining from BankUnited. Past experience includes SBA Business Development with Wells Fargo Bank and Florida Shores Bank. Marissa has both B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University – Kingsville.

Lynne Singletary comes to the SBA team from BankUnited. Previously, Lynne worked in similar positions with Fifth Third Bank and Silver State Bank, among others. She is a graduate of Florida International University.

Joseph I. Weiner Joines First Bank of the Lake’s SBA Lending Team

Joseph I. Weiner, CCIM has joined First Bank of the Lake’s SBA Lending team as Vice President, SBA Lending Specialist. In this role, Weiner will focus on owner-occupied commercial real estate, business acquisition and franchise utilizing the SBA Government Guaranteed Lending Program.

Weiner joined First Bank of the Lake’s SBA team in June 2020. He has over 20 years of commercial real estate and lending experience in the Texas marketplace. Weiner is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Texas and has been active in commercial real estate and lending since earning his Bachelor of Science degree in both Finance and Marketing from Fordham University in New York.

Weiner is an active member of several professional real estate and business organizations, including Certified Commercial Investment Institute Member (CCIM); Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW); National Association of Realtors (NAR); Real Estate Council of San Antonio (RECSA); Central Texas Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (CTAGGL) and the Texas Association of Business Brokers (TABB). During his career, Weiner received the coveted “President’s Award” for excellence while at CIT Group and attained the prestigious CCIM designation from the CCIM Institute in Chicago.

“I’m excited about this new opportunity to join the team of such a progressive bank,” says Weiner. “I look forward to being part of a dedicated, talented team and helping the bank continue to drive forward and expand their SBA lending portfolio.”

Robert G. Russell Jr. Named President and CEO of Patriot Bank

Robert G. Russell Jr. has been named president and CEO of both Patriot Bank and its parent company, Patriot National Bancorp, based in Stamford.

Russell joins Patriot from Millington Bank of Morris and Somerset counties of New Jersey, where he served as executive vice president and COO. Previously, he was president and CEO of NJM Bank, and before that, as its chief financial and investment officer.

“I am excited to be joining the Patriot Bank team, having watched its consistent growth and performance over recent years and its current positioning in asset classes and technology,” says Russell. “Patriot has cultivated very strong ties to the communities that it serves, with assets, loans and deposits all growing 25% or better over the last three years. It’s a great opportunity to leverage these investments and lead Patriot to its next level.”

Patriot maintains SBA lending offices in Jacksonville and Stamford.