Executive Team

 

Keith Mestrich: President & CEO

Keith joined the bank in 2012 after serving four years as the CFO of SEIU. A 25-year veteran of the labor movement with Workers United, UNITE HERE, UNITE and the AFL-CIO, he started at Amalgamated as Director of the bank’s Washington D.C. office. Keith is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Roosevelt Institute, Democracy Alliance, Progressive Congress, Sidney Hillman Foundation, Capital and Main, The Workers Lab, Working America Education Fund, The Public Utility Law Project, Hot Bread Kitchen and the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Girls Who Invest and The Patriotic Millionaires, and is a Trustee on the Consolidated Retirement Fund. Read more about Keith Mestrich here.

Rupert Allan: Executive Vice President, Chief Trust Officer

After thirty years in the Asset Management industry, Rupert came to Amalgamated from Loeb King Capital Management where he was Managing Director and Head of the Client Group. Before moving to the USA in 2006 , he held senior level positions in the UK at Societe Generale and Credit Lyonnais and in the US had executive roles at subsidiaries of Mass Mutual and Prudential Financial.

 
 

Dixiana Berrios: Executive Vice President, Director of Bank Operations

Dixiana has been managing various aspects of Bank Operations for two decades. She joined Amalgamated from Sterling National Bank where she was the Director of Bank Operations. Dixiana has supervised all aspects of consumer and commercial bank operations including deposits, loans and leases, payments, remittance, and e-commerce. She is active with various industry groups and civic organizations.

Sam Brown: Executive Vice President, Business Development

Sam Brown joined Amalgamated Bank after serving as Director of the White House Business Council in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement. As the president’s liaison to the private sector, Sam worked on economic policies to help America’s working families and businesses succeed. Before leading the Business Council, Sam held various positions with President Obama. He served as founding Chief Operating Officer of Organizing for Action and Finance Chief of Staff for the Obama-Biden 2012 campaign.

 
 

Duane L. Crisco: Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer

Over the course of a 30 year career, Duane has successfully grown a number of Middle Market Lending businesses. Before joining Amalgamated Bank, Duane served as a Managing Director and the Northeast/MidAtlantic Market Executive at GE Capital. Prior to GE, Duane was a Managing Partner at SwingBridge Capital LLC and a Director/Team Leader at BankBoston N.A. He began his career at The Chase Manhattan Bank N.A. and is a Graduate of their Management Development and Global Credit Programs.

Landon Ewers: Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Landon joined Amalgamated Bank in 2014 after seven years at the Service Employees International Union, where he served as Deputy CFO. Landon’s experience includes financial systems management, technology planning and change management. In addition to leading the bank’s internal technology teams, Landon’s background managing nonprofit finance and compliance systems complements the unique needs of Amalgamated’s clients.

 
 

Drew LaBenne: Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Drew came to Amalgamated Bank in 2015 from JPMorgan Chase, where he was Chief Financial Officer for Business Banking. Prior to JPMC, Drew spent 17 years at Capital One Financial in various positions in operations, marketing and finance. Drew was a key member in building Capital One’s banking franchise through acquisitions and organic growth. He held positions as the CFO of Retail Banking and the CFO of Commercial Banking.

Mark Minter: Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Risk Officer

A seasoned credit and risk executive, Mark joined Amalgamated from RBS Citizens Financial Group, where he was Head of Corporate Banking Commercial Portfolio Management and Chief Credit Officer (CCO) - Wholesale. Mark began his banking career at JPMorgan Chase where he held lending positions in Textiles and Apparel, Foreign Direct Investment, and High Tech. He then held management roles at IBJ Whitehall Bank. Mark served on the board of Project Renewal, a nonprofit providing housing and job training for homeless individuals.

 
 

Martin Murrell: Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Martin has over 15 years of experience in design, implementation and management of consumer digital financial services. He joins Amalgamated Bank from American Express, where he launched and led “Personal Savings” for six years and headed up the Strategic Planning Group international office in London. Prior to that, he was with Capital One, where he pioneered their first direct bank offering, led an internal team focused on enhancing customer experience, and developed a number of secure consumer online payment systems. Martin was also a consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Washington D.C., and led a technology start-up in Cambridge, UK.

Peter Neiman: Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Peter joined Amalgamated Bank in 2016 from Unum Group where he served nine years as Vice President of Brand and Advertising. He led the repositioning and marketing efforts for all of Unum’s insurance brands in the U.S. and U.K. Before that, Peter was a Senior Vice President at a number of large New York City advertising agencies including, Grey, JWT, Ogilvy and Bozell. Over his career, he has created integrated marketing campaigns for thirty-five companies including financial industry giants Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, NASDAQ and Commerce Bank.

 
 

Mark Pappas: Executive Vice President, Chief Audit Executive

Mark joined the bank from Morgan Stanley where he developed and executed a comprehensive, risk-based audit plan and developed an integrated scorecard to evaluate key risk indicators and audit issues. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mark held senior level audit positions at both international and national banks, such as Credit Agricole, Bankers Trust, Standard Chartered and Credit Suisse. Mark is a former President and current Executive Committee member of the Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Internal Auditors Division. He is also a board member of his local church and a youth soccer coach and active NCAA soccer referee.

Jim Paul: Chief of Staff

Prior to joining Amalgamated in 2011, Jim was Chief Operating Officer of Ullico Inc., a labor-owned insurance and financial services company. Before that, Jim was Executive Vice President and President of the Graphics Division of New Media for Chyron Corporation, a video broadcast engineering company. In addition, Jim has held a variety of senior level human resources, operations and administrative management positions at organizations such as PRC, now part of Northrup Grumman, Bell Atlantic and Tele-TV, a joint venture of several regional Bell operating companies and Creative Artists Agency.

 
 

Edgar Romney: Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Edgar joined Amalgamated Bank after completing law school in 2006. He began his tenure with the bank in the General Counsel office in the role of Associate General Counsel. Over the past nine years, Edgar has focused on banking laws and regulations, regulatory compliance and examinations, and has served as a legal adviser to Amalgamated’s senior management. He also managed the bank’s compliance function in 2015. His areas of expertise include regulatory compliance, risk management, outsourced technology service providers, e-commerce, and data security and privacy. He is active with various industry groups.

Toni-Ann Sforza: Executive Vice President, Director of Human Resources

Toni-Ann is a human resources leader with a background in banking. She joined Amalgamated in 2012 from Hudson Valley Bank. Toni-Ann became interested in a career in HR while at Meiselman, Packman, Nealon, Scialabba & Baker P.C., a firm specializing in labor and employment law. Her experience spans all facets of HR including talent acquisition, employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits, and training and development. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Association of Professional Women.

 
 

Deborah Silodor: Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Deborah joined the Amalgamated Bank's Legal department in 2007-08. Prior to joining Amalgamated, Deborah was Counsel at Lowenstein Sandler in New Jersey, specializing in Commercial Litigation. Earlier in her career, Deborah served as an Enforcement Attorney with the Office of Thrift Supervision.