Berkshire Bank Appoints Cimino to SVP Regional Operations Leader

Pittsfield, MA – – Berkshire Bank, America's Most Exciting Bank®, is excited to announce the appointment of Jeannine Cimino to Senior Vice President, Regional Operations Leader for the Mid- Atlantic Region.

Cimino brings over 20 years of industry experience, the last 6 of which have been dedicated to her role of Director of Marketing and Sales for First Choice Bank. Through the recent acquisition of First Choice Bank, Berkshire Bank appointed Cimino to her new position of SVP, Regional Operations Leader.

As SVP, Regional Operations Leader, Cimino will be responsible for branch leadership and guiding a team of Private Bankers and My Banker, Relationship Managers in the Mid-Atlantic Region to assist in attaining desired profitability goals through the generation of new business in the new market.

Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: BHLB) completed the merger and acquisition of First Choice Bank effective December 2, 2016. With this acquisition, the Bank added eight bank branches in the areas of Princeton, New Jersey and Greater Philadelphia and First Choice Loan Services. Berkshire Bank will continue with the tradition of First Choice Bank to be a neighborhood bank and support its communities through nonprofit giving and volunteerism. The Bank is dedicated to maintaining local leadership and flexible decision-making while providing its customers the strength and resources of a big bank. Cimino will support the smooth transition of the newly acquired branches and will provide leadership to this new market.

"This regional operations designation reflects the important leadership role Jeannine will play in our New Jersey market," stated Tami Gunsch, EVP, Retail Banking, "and we are thrilled to have an experienced professional to support Berkshire Bank's commitment to a customer focused approach."

Cimino holds a B.S. in Business Management and Finance from Brooklyn College. Dedicated to her community, Cimino serves as Chair of the Hamilton Area YMCA's Marketing Committee, Vice Chair of the Mid Jersey Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board for Ryan's Quest.

Jeannine Cimino is located at 840 Rt. 33 Mercerville, NJ 08619 and her contact info is:, 609-528-4876.

About Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank, America's Most Exciting Bank®. The Company, recognized for its entrepreneurial approach and distinctive culture, has $9 billion in assets and 99 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey and Pennsylvania providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services. Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts Most Charitable Companies in 2016 by the Boston Business Journal. To learn more, visit, call 800-773-5601 or follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Berkshire Bank is the official bank of NESN's Boston Bruins coverage and the community partner of Boston Seasons at City Hall Plaza.

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