Berkshire Bank Grows Wealth Management Team in Capital Region NY

PITTSFIELD, MASS, June 29, 2015 – Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank®, is excited to announce that Mary Ellen Cologero has been hired to the role of Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager.  In this position, Cologero will be responsible for developing and maintaining personalized client relationships, and focused on providing financial and investment guidance to high net worth families in the Albany, Hudson Valley and Metro New York.

Cologero 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 25 years of experience in the New York market working with clients to develop customized solutions addressing their investment, financial, trust, endowments and portfolio planning needs.

Charles Leach, Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Group Leader, said, “We are excited to welcome Mary Ellen to our Wealth Management team.  Her client-first approach to delivering in-market fiduciary, financial planning, and asset management expertise, as well as knowledge of the Capital Region market will serve us well and bring great value to the clients that we serve.” 

Prior to coming to Berkshire, Cologero worked for Key Private Bank most recently as a Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager and Market Leader with their Family Wealth Group.  She received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in economics and business and has obtained a certificate from the School of Advanced Financial Management.  Cologero holds the CFP® designation from the College for Financial Planning, and is currently enrolled in the Certified Investment Manager Association (CIMA) program, provided through the Wharton School of Business.  She is a board member of Hospice Ulster/Dutchess County and Hope Fund. 

Contact Mary Ellen Cologero, SVP, Senior Portfolio Manager

Mary Ellen can be reached at 518-729-1425 or [email protected]


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 $7.3 billion in assets and 96 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.  


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