Berkshire Hills Bancorp Continues Progress of 44 Enterprise Capital Division with Three Seasoned SBA Lending Professionals

Barkley, Rawls, and Tucker Bolster Berkshire’s Dedication to Fueling Small Companies

BOSTON, Sept. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. ( NYSE: BHLB), the parent company of Berkshire Bank, a socially responsible community bank with financial centers in New England and New York, is excited to announce the addition of three seasoned lending professionals to its 44 Business Capital team.

Shay Barkley, Josh Rawls, and Tracey Tucker join Berkshire Bank’s 44 Business Capital team of experienced lending professionals.

This expansion further supports Berkshire’s Exciting Strategic Transformation (BEST) program and ongoing commitment to businesses and entrepreneurs. The new team members will provide additional lending expertise and support to each client relationship.  For over 30 years, 44 Business Capital has provided financing solutions to hundreds of businesses in a variety of industries and is consistently ranked among the top 20 bank SBA 7(a) loan originators in the country.

“Shay, Josh, and Tracey are talented lenders who know firsthand the impact that sound lending has on businesses and the communities they serve,” said Greg Poehlmann, SVP, Business Banking at 44 Business Capital. “Having spent decades in the SBA lending environment, they know creating value for businesses strengthens communities. This kind of knowledge and ability is essential for small business lending.”

More information on their backgrounds is included below. 

Shay Barkley, First Vice President, SBA Lending

Shay has over 30 years of banking experience specializing in SBA lending to help companies across the nation secure over $325 million in 7a, 504 and USDA funding.

Shay’s passion is to serve entrepreneurs with a consultative approach by listening to the history, passion, and goals. This triggers questions to help think outside the box and come up with the best financing scenario for each special small business owner.

Residing in Atlanta, Georgia, Shay is an active volunteer in animal shelters. She earned a BBA degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University.

Josh Rawls, First Vice President SBA Lending

Josh Rawls has more than 20 years of banking experience and will help expand 44 Business Capital’s small business lending footprint to Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi. For the last seven years he was an SBA Lender with Regions Bank. Prior to that he worked as an SBA underwriter, commercial underwriter, and as a branch manager. He enjoys working with small business owners to create practical solutions that fit their needs.

Josh and his wife, Degee, live in Hoover, Alabama with their son. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Banking and Finance.

Tracey Tucker, First Vice President, SBA Lending

Tracey Tucker of Denver, CO joins 44 Business Capital with over 25 years of SBA 7a and 504 lending experience. She is well-recognized in the Colorado market for being a top lender for servicing small businesses. Tracey works passionately with entrepreneurs with a consultative approach by listening closely to borrowers to meet their financial goals.

Tracey started her SBA career as an underwriter for Norwest Bank. Prior to 44 Business Capital, she was a Senior SBA Lender for Continental Bank and has served as Vice President of SBA Lending at Wells Fargo, Bank of the West, Wachovia and Heller Financial. Her emphasis has been on commercial real estate, business acquisition and franchises. Tracey earned a BSBA in Finance from Creighton University.

ABOUT BERKSHIRE HILLS BANCORP
Berkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank. The Bank’s goal is to be a high-performing, leading socially responsible community bank in New England, Upstate New York, and beyond. Berkshire Bank provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management, and investment services. Headquartered in Boston, Berkshire has approximately $11.6 billion in assets and operates more than 100 financial centers in New England and New York, and is a member of the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. To learn more, call 800-773-5601 or follow us on Facebook, 
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ABOUT 44 BUSINESS CAPITAL
44 Enterprise Capital, a direct small enterprise lending division of Berkshire Financial institution, gives SBA Loans to Small Companies. Small companies are outlined as corporations with lower than $5MM in internet revenue and fewer than $15MM in internet value. 44 Enterprise Capital has workplaces in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Colorado, and Chicago, Illinois. Our shoppers embrace however will not be restricted to producers, eating places, skilled companies, retailers, wholesalers/distributors, healthcare professionals. With phrases as much as 25 years and totally amortizing (i.e., no name or balloon provisions), these SBA loans present long-term certainty in an unsure financial setting. Member FDIC Equal Housing Lender.

Berkshire Financial institution Media Contact:
Alicia Jacobs AVP, Public Relations Officer
Tel: (413) 242-6540 x 6540
[email protected]

44 Enterprise Capital Contact:
Greg Poehlmann
Senior Vice President
Tel: (267) 434-2368
[email protected]

Investor Relations Contacts:
Kevin Conn, SVP, Investor Relations & Company Improvement
Electronic mail: [email protected]
Tel: (617) 641-9206

David Gonci, Capital Markets Director
Electronic mail: [email protected]
Tel: (413) 281-1973

SOURCE Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc.

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