Empire National Bank in Islandia, N.Y., has named former Commerce Bank president and chief executive Robert Falese to its board.

The $517 million-asset Empire created a new board seat for Falese, a bank spokesperson said. In a press release, Douglas Manditch, Empire's chairman and chief executive, noted Falese's experience at both Commerce and as chairman of commercial banking for TD Bank.

"Bob is a 40-year veteran of the banking profession," Manditch said. "His experience provides us with a valuable and respected resource as we chart the bank's future growth."

Falese is the president of his own investment firm, Falese Investments, and consults with the private-equity firm Patriot Financial Partners.

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