Amboy National Bank, Old Bridge, N.J., has hired James B. Barlow as regional director of business development, focusing on middle-market businesses in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

He had been a managing partner at Barlow Research Associates Inc., a market research firm with which, despite the name, he has no family connection.

Mr. Barlow started his banking career with Chemical Bank in 1969. He was named a vice president in 1979 but left that year to be vice president of the correspondent banking division of Midlantic Bank in Newark.

In 1983 he went to Marine Midland Bank in New York; he was vice president of correspondent banking, trade services, and trade finance there in 1993 when he was hired by Barlow Associates.

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