Level One Bank of Farmington Hills, Mich., has hired Matthew Thompson as an assistant vice president of mortgage banking.

Thompson had worked in the lending division at Comerica Bank for more than 10 years. In his new job he oversees residential loan originations at the $89 million-asset bank's branches in Farmington Hills, Novi and Wixom.


Two River Community Bank in Middletown, N.J., has hired Donna M. Hamilton as vice president of its mortgage banking and retail lending division.

Hamilton was the vice president and regional sales manager for the Northeast at Bear Stearns' Residential Mortgage Corp. in Scottsdale, Ariz. Before that she worked for Sovereign Bank. Two River has $623 million of assets.

Bank of New Jersey Inc. in Fort Lee has promoted Michael Lesler to president and chief operating officer of the holding company and its Bank of New Jersey unit.

Lesler was executive vice president and the chief financial officer of the $317 million-asset company and bank. Before that he was a senior vice president at Interchange Capital Co., the leasing arm of Interchange Bank. Earlier he was a senior vice president and the CFO at Bridge View Bank in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Lesler was also promoted to a seat on the boards of the company and bank.

Valley National Bancorp in Wayne, N.J., has named Peter Crocitto and Alan D. Eskow senior executive vice presidents.

Crocitto is to remain the chief operating officer of the $14 billion-asset company, a post he has held since April 2008. He had been an executive vice president since 1996. He joined Valley National in 1977.

Eskow is to remain the company's chief financial officer, a job he has held since 2000.


Christiana Bank and Trust Co. in Greenville, Del., has hired Lisa Parry Howard as a senior personal trust administrative officer.

Howard worked for Veritable LP Investment Consultants. Before that she worked in the trust and estate practices of the Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Shiekman and Cohen law firm in Philadelphia. She reports to Joseph D. Freney, the vice president and group manager of personal trust services for the $279 million-asset subsidiary of National Penn Bancshares Inc.


Pacific West Bank in West Linn, Ore., has promoted Steve Gray to chief executive officer.

He is to remain president, a post he assumed last year. He is a founder of the $74 million-asset bank, which opened in 2004. Before that he was the corporate controller at Microsoft.

He succeeded Doug Leeding, who retired. Leeding is also a founding member of the bank.

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