Liberty Bank Adds Three More Commercial Bankers

by Liberty Bank | Jan 15, 2020

To Expand Presence in Key Markets in CT; Further Enhance Chief Credit Risk Function

David W. Glidden, President and CEO of Liberty Bank, today announced the hiring of three highly-experienced, reputable commercial bankers to expand the Bank’s market presence in Connecticut as well as enhance its credit risk function.

Liberty is announcing the following hires: Dan Flynn, Senior Vice President & Chief Credit Risk Officer; Stephen Roche, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager, Commercial Banking covering the Greater Hartford market; and Rick Rabideau, 1st Vice President & Relationship Manager in Commercial Banking covering northern Connecticut up to the Mass border.

“As we look to develop new C&I and wholesale lending relationships in our footprint, strengthen our overall commercial banking portfolio and grow deposits and loans, it requires us to make strategic hiring decisions to build market presence, grow our commercial relationships and continue to provide exceptional customer service to our current customers. Dan, Stephen and Rick are the type of talent we’ve recruited to strategically position Liberty as a more competitive, community regional bank of choice,” said Glidden.

“While we continue to be laser focused on our customers, we need to build on our identity as a strong community regional bank – this means enhancing our presence in key markets and building more relationships with businesses right here in Connecticut,” said Eugene Shugrue, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. “Dan, Steve and Rick are key additions who will help us do just that for our customers.”

Today’s news from Liberty Bank follows their announcement in December 2019 that Jeff Hubbard joined Bank as Senior Vice President, Regional Manager covering the Greater New Haven market. Flynn, Roche and Rabideau started at Liberty Bank on Monday, January 13, 2020. 

Stephen Roche Liberty BankSTEPHEN ROCHE, who will cover the Hartford market for Liberty, joins the Bank after a successful career with United Bank (now People’s United Bank) where he managed a team of commercial bankers and portfolio managers. Prior to United, Roche had a nearly 15 year career at TD Bank, where he held the role of Senior Vice President and Regional Manager responsible for managing a team of Middle Market bankers in Connecticut. Roche was also with People’s United Bank in Hartford from 1994 to 2001. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

Rick Rabideau Liberty BankRICK RABIDEAU, who will covering the northern Connecticut to the Mass border market, comes to Liberty Bank after serving as SVP, Commercial Team Leader for United Bank (now People’s United Bank) in the Western Mass/Springfield market. Prior to United, Rabideau was with People’s United Bank where he served as Senior Vice President, Commercial Team Leader in Springfield. His banking career started in 1986 with Shawmut Bank, where he was a commercial banker from 1988 to 1996 and then joined First International Bank/UPS Capital. Rabideau, a resident of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Holy Cross in Worcester.

Dan Flynn Liberty BankDAN FLYNN has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Risk Officer. He is replacing Denise Brewer, Liberty’s current Chief Credit Risk Officer, who is retiring from Liberty in March 2020. Dan joins Liberty after spending the last five years at United Bank (now People’s United Bank) where he held the title of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Wholesale Banking. His career spans three decades in various functions of commercial banking, including individual loan and deposit production, credit risk, senior management and team building.

Prior to United, Flynn was Senior Vice President and Market Manager at People’s United Bank in Western Mass and an Executive Vice President and Senior Lender with the Bank of Western Massachusetts. Dan serves on the Massachusetts Bankers Commercial Credit Committee and the CDC New England CT Loan Committee and is very active with nonprofit organizations in Greater Springfield.

About Liberty Bank

Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is Connecticut’s oldest bank, with over $5.8 billion in assets and 60 banking offices throughout the central, eastern, western and shoreline areas of the state. As a full-service financial institution, Liberty offers consumer and commercial banking, home mortgages, insurance, and investment services. Named ‘Top Workplace’ by the Hartford Courant for eight consecutive years, Liberty maintains a longstanding commitment to superior personal service and unparalleled community involvement.

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