Hickson Rejoins Berkshire Bank as SVP Commercial Regional President

PITTSFIELD, MA, October 26, 2016 – Berkshire Bank, America's Most Exciting Bank®, is excited to announce that Jim Hickson has rejoined Berkshire as SVP Commercial Regional President for the Pioneer Valley and Connecticut markets. In his new role, Jim will focus on growing the Commercial Lending Business, as well as, expanding relationships with products and services offered through the Bank's other business lines including Wealth Management, Private Banking, Insurance and Retail Banking.

Jim brings to the Bank over 26 years of financial experience. His previous roles include Commercial Banking Team Leader for People's United, SVP ABL Relationship Manager Berkshire Bank, and also held positions within TD Bank, KPMG Consulting and Fleet Capital.

"We are very pleased to have Jim return to the Bank in this new role. Jim's appointment further demonstrates our commitment to the Pioneer Valley and will enable Berkshire to continue to develop our already strong presence in Connecticut, under the direction of SVP, Commercial Regional Leader Peter Samson," said Senior EVP Commercial Banking, George Bacigalupo.

Jim holds a BS from Boston College and an MBA from Boston University. He is Board Chair and President of the Board of Directors for Common Capital, a Board member for the New England Certified Development Corporation, and serves on the Wilbraham Friends of Recreation. Jim resides in Wilbraham, MA with his wife and three daughters.

Jim's office is located at 1259 East Columbus Ave, Springfield, MA 01105. Jim Hickson, SVP Commercial Regional President, Connecticut and Pioneer Valley, 413-523-7920, [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 $7.9 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. The company has a pending agreement to acquire First Choice Bank, a $1.1 billion bank with eight branches in Princeton, New Jersey area and a national mortgage originations subsidiary. Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts Most Charitable Companies in 2016 by the Boston Business Journal. To learn more, visit https://clicktime.cloud.postoffice.net/clicktime.php?X=XID112uJZRKX7636Xd1&U=www.berkshirebank.com&T=BERK&HV=
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