Steele specializes in franchise finance and joins from Pacific Premier Franchise Capital (PPFC). As an account manager at PPFC, she was responsible for identifying and establishing lending relationships with restaurant franchisees across the country in more than 25 different brands and was charged with both originating and facilitating the closing of franchise finance transactions. Based in the Dallas area, Steele built a network of national relationships and contacts in the growing franchisee lending space."We continue to strengthen our sales officer network nationally with the appointment of these seasoned finance-focused professionals. These appointments will further enhance our already-strong presence in the construction, transportation and franchise arenas. We anticipate our construction finance business to continue growing as demand for equipment increases with greater national infrastructure rebuilding. In addition, our franchise finance direct business line, which commenced two years ago, has thrived. We expect to continue capitalizing on opportunities that expand our reach amongst established franchisees across recognized restaurant brands," explained Walter Rabin, president and chief executive officer at Signature Financial. "The significant construction equipment finance experience Mark and Dave bring is a natural fit for our business and will prove highly beneficial to Signature Financial. We welcome Jason back to his Signature Financial roots, where we know he is a proven leader and strong producer, particularly in the transportation sector. Devin will contribute to our ongoing franchise finance portfolio, where we concentrate on lending to proven restaurant concepts that continue to evolve and expand," Rabin concluded. "There are significant opportunities in the marketplace for us to expand the specialty finance side of our business, and we continue to capitalize on them. The appointment of these four new executive sales officers is indicative of the breadth and depth of experience available to us. We look forward to the contributions these individuals will make as we further diversify our balance sheet," said Joseph J. DePaolo, president and chief executive officer at Signature Bank.
About Signature Bank and Signature Financial LLCSignature Bank, member FDIC, is a New York-based full-service commercial bank with 30 private client offices throughout the New York metropolitan area, including those in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, Long Island, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island and Connecticut. The Bank's growing network of private client banking teams serves the needs of privately owned businesses, their owners and senior managers. Signature Bank offers a wide variety of business and personal banking products and services. Its specialty finance subsidiary, Signature Financial LLC, provides equipment finance and leasing. Signature Securities Group Corporation, a wholly owned Bank subsidiary, is a licensed broker-dealer, investment adviser and member FINRA/SIPC, offering investment, brokerage, asset management and insurance products and services. Signature Financial is a specialty finance subsidiary of Signature Bank, dedicated to equipment finance and leasing, transportation financing, franchise finance and commercial marine finance. Signature Financial operates from 29 locations throughout the country. Since commencing operations in May 2001, the Bank has grown to $39.05 billion in assets, $29.04 billion in loans, $31.86 billion in deposits, $3.61 billion in equity capital and $3.35 billion in other assets under management as of December 31, 2016. Signature Bank's Tier 1 and risk-based capital ratios are significantly above the levels required to be considered well capitalized. Signature Bank ranked on Forbes' Best Banks in America list for the seventh consecutive year in 2017 and was recently named Best Business Bank for the third consecutive year by the New York Law Journal in the publication's seventh annual reader survey. The Bank also ranked second in the Best Private Bank and Best Attorney Escrow Services categories in the listing. Additionally, Signature Bank was cited among the top three of the nation's best private banking services providers in the 2017 Best of The National Law Journal reader rankings. The Bank was also named Best Commercial Bank of the Year - U.S. by International Banker in their International Banker 2017 North and South American Awards program. For more information, please visit www.signatureny.com. This press release and oral statements made from time to time by our representatives contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to risks and uncertainties. You should not place undue reliance on those statements because they are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties relating to our operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and may be beyond our control. 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