Provident Bank, a New Jersey-based financial institution, announced that Walter Sierotko of Pequannock, N.J., has been promoted to executive vice president, chief lending officer. Sierotko is based in the bank’s Iselin, N.J. administrative headquarters.
He will now be responsible for the strategic direction of the commercial lending function of the bank, and overseeing the management and development of the Bank’s commercial lending lines of business. In addition, as a member of the bank’s executive management team, he will work closely with senior leaders to focus on the strategic growth of lending and deposit relationships.
“I’m confident in Walt’s ability to strengthen and lead our overall commercial lending efforts. Since joining Provident in November 2015, his leadership has contributed to the steady growth and profitability of the bank’s commercial real estate lending portfolio,” said Chris Martin, chairman, president and CEO. “Walt’s expertise and commitment to our lending strategy firmly positions us for the continued growth of our commercial lending business.”
Sierotko has more than 30 years’ banking experience in commercial real estate lending and credit administration. He previously served as EVP, Director of Real Estate Lending for Provident. Sierotko has also held senior leadership positions with Bank of New York, HSBC, and Wells Fargo.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland. Sierotko is a member of NAIOP and serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest New Jersey.
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