Coleman Mover’s & Shakers — Gregory M. Smith, Tim Kellander, and Sharon Christy

January 28, 2021

Caity Roach

Coleman Mover’s & Shakers Gregory M. Smith, Tim Kellander, and Sharon Christy

Gregory M. Smith Promoted to President of Commerical Banking at Peapack-Gladstone Bank 

As President of Commercial Banking at Peapack-Gladstone Bank in New Jersey, Gregory M. Smith will oversee the bank’s entire commercial banking organization, including the bank’s commercial real estate department, residential lending department, and SBA lending department.

Smith is a seasoned business banking professional who joined Peapack-Gladstone Bank from Capital One. At Capital One Bank, Smith held several senior-level strategic, sales and team leadership roles, where he was responsible for generating millions of dollars in new business loans.  Prior to Capital One Bank, he worked at Summit Bank for 15 years, moving up the ranks to senior regional vice president, responsible for directing a significant segment of the New Jersey market. 

Smith holds an MBA in Business Administration and Finance from Rider University, where he graduated Suma Cum Laude, and a BS in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he also graduated with distinction.

Tim Kellander Promoted to SBA Relationship Manager at Key Bank

“This role will provide a great opportunity for me to work alongside our Pittsburgh business banking team to help facilitate SBA transactions including ownership transitions, business acquisitions, start-ups, and growth/expansion strategies,” says Tim Kellander. “I have always had a passion for SBA lending and I’m very excited to help new and existing business owners navigate the challenges and reap the benefits of the SBA lending programs.”

As an SBA Relationship Manager at Key Bank, Kellander will help new and existing small business owners gain access to the capital they need to thrive utilizing the SBA 7(a) and 504 loan programs. Prior to joining Key Bank four years ago, Kellander served as a commercial portfolio underwriter at First Niagra Bank where he was tasked with independently analyzing commercial loan requests ranging from $3 Million to $50 Million. 

Kellander holds an MBA from Waynesburg University and a BS in Music Education from Duquesne University. 

Sharon Christy Joins Economic Development Foundation as an SBA 7(a) Specialist

As an SBA 7(a) Loan Specialist, Sharon Christy will be packaging and closing SBA loans for banks and credit unions across the state of Michigan. Her responsibilities will include fielding questions regarding loan eligibility, structuring projects, and packaging and closing loans on behalf of lenders.

Christy has over 40 years of commercial banking experience. Prior to joining the Economic Development Foundation, Christy served as a senior SBA Loan Processor at Horizon Bank. She has also held positions at Chemical Bank, Macatawa Bank, and Grand Bank.