Freedom Bank of Virginia in Fairfax has named to its board a consultant to a fund that recently invested in the bank.

Robert D. Falese Jr. joined the $390 million-asset Freedom Bank's board on Wednesday. Falese is a consultant to Patriot Financial Partners, which recently agreed to invest $10 million in Freedom Bank as part of a $16 million private placement.

Falese's 40-year banking career includes a stint as chief executive of Commerce Bancorp in Cherry Hill, N.J., which was acquired by TD Bank in 2007.

Falese is also a director of the $629 million-asset Empire Bancorp in Islandia, N.Y.

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