Gateway American Bank of Florida, Fort Lauderdale, has hired Patricia Cloninger as senior vice president and manager of the bank's newly created asset-based lending division.

She was a senior vice president and manager of the commercial finance department of SunTrust Bank South Florida.

Ms. Cloninger came to SunTrust in 1987 from Marine Midland Business Loans, for which she was the Charlotte, N.C., regional manager.

She had joined the national asset-based lending firm in 1973, when it was called Commercial Credit Business Loans, and worked for the company 14 years, including one after Marine Midland Bank of Buffalo bought it.

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