Provident Bank of Amesbury, Mass., has hired Gary Coltin as the senior vice president of retail banking, marketing, and public relations.

Mr. Coltin was the executive vice president of consumer banking at Cambridge Savings Bank.

Before that he was a senior vice president at Eastern Bank in Boston.

Provident has $435 million of assets.

MIDDLE ATLANTICSkylands Community Bank of Hackettstown, N.J., a unit of Fulton Financial Corp. in Lancaster, Pa., announced that Michael Halpin, its president and chief executive, retired on Aug. 31.

Mr. Halpin had been the $1.2 billion-asset bank's president and CEO before Fulton bought Skylands Financial Corp. in 2000. Earlier he was the treasurer at Skylands Community, which he joined in 1995. He had been president, CEO, and a director of Lakeland Financial Corp. since 1990 and started his banking career in 1962.

Stephen R. Miller succeeded Mr. Halpin and will remain the president of the bank's First Washington division. He is also a senior lending officer. Mr. Miller joined Skylands in 1993 as a commercial lender and became the First Washington president last year.


 Penn Liberty Bank of Wayne, Pa., has promoted Bryan E. Forcino to vice president of commercial banking.

Mr. Forcino had been the assistant vice president of commercial banking managing relationships in Chester and Delaware counties for Penn Liberty since 2006. He joined the $299 million-asset unit of Penn Liberty Financial Corp. in 2004 as a credit analyst for the commercial lending division.


 Hyperion Bank of Philadelphia has hired John J. Braunlich as its vice president of commercial lending.

Mr. Braunlich was a vice president at National Penn Bancshares Inc.

Before that he had worked for PNC Bank and Commerce Bank in Philadelphia.

Hyperion has $46.9 million of assets.


 Community National Bank of Great Neck, N.Y., has hired Deborah Cassidy and David Seelenfreund, giving both the dual title of commercial loan officer and vice president.

Ms. Cassidy will be based in the $257 million-asset bank's Huntington branch, overseeing business and professional relationship management, specifically in medical markets. She was a vice president and commercial banking officer at First National Bank of Long Island. Before that she was vice president of business banking at Dime Savings Bank of New York, which Washington Mutual Bank bought in 2002, and earlier had the same title with National Westminster Bank U.S.A., which Fleet Bank bought in 1995.

Mr. Seelenfreund will be based in Community National's headquarters and oversee business development, underwriting, and portfolio management. He was a vice president at New York Commercial Bank. Earlier he was an assistant vice president at both Banco Popular and Valley National Bank in Wayne, N.J.

SOUTHEASTAlliance Bank and Trust Co. of Gastonia, N.C., announced that its president and chief executive, G. William Sudyk, has left the company to pursue other interests.

Mr. Sudyk was the organizing CEO for the $167 million-asset bank, which received its charter in 2004. Before that he was a marketing executive at SouthTrust Bank.

Daniel C. Ayscue, Alliance's chief financial officer and chief operation officer, was named interim president and CEO.

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