Berkshire Bank Expands Its Private Banking Team in Capital Region New York

ALBANY, NY, April 9, 2015 – Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank®, is excited to announce that Cindy Barford has been hired to the role of Senior Vice President, Private Banking. In this position, Barford will specialize in financial client management catering to Capital Region executives, business owners, medical practitioners and professionals by providing personal and business comprehensive, customized banking solutions.

Barford will be based out of Berkshire’s regional headquarters at 41 State Street, Albany, New York and will be available to customers throughout the Capital Region. She has more than 30 years of experience in the New York market working with clients to develop customized solutions addressing their banking, investment, trust and estate planning and insurance needs.

In commenting on the appointment Sean Gray, Executive Vice President, Retail Banking said “I am pleased to have Cindy join America’s Most Exciting Bank® and take on a leadership role in the Capital Region New York. She has extensive relationships and private banking experience throughout the Albany marketplace that will help us continue our outstanding success in the region.”
Prior to coming to Berkshire, Barford worked for Key Bank beginning in 1979 and most recently as a Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager for Key Private Bank. She holds licenses for New York Life Accident and Health, Variable Annuities and has a Certified Wealth Strategist Designation.

Berkshire Bank’s Private Banking group provides integrated, comprehensive customized banking solutions to the affluent market. As a client, all of your personal and/or business banking needs are managed by one private banker and supported by an experienced team providing superior service, priority access and attention, flexible financial solutions and expert advice. Berkshire Bank Private Banking has a team of experts located throughout its footprint ready to respond to clients’ ever-evolving banking and financial needs.

Contact Cindy Barford, SVP, Private Banking at Berkshire Bank
Cindy Barford can be reached at (518) 729-1448 or


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 $6.5 billion in assets and 91 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services. In 2014, Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts Most Charitable Companies by the Boston Business Journal. To learn more, visit or call 800-773-5601. Berkshire Bank is the official bank of the Boston Bruins coverage on NESN. Berkshire has a pending agreement to acquire Hampden Bancorp, the parent of Hampden Bank, which has $706 million in assets and operates ten offices in the Springfield, Massachusetts area.