Lewis Joins Berkshire Bank Commercial Lending Team in Mid-Atlantic Region

Pittsfield, MA- March 23, 2017 – Berkshire Bank, America's Most Exciting Bank®, is excited to announce a new addition to its Commercial Leadership Team. Maryann Lewis will serve as Senior Vice President, Commercial Regional Leader for the mid-Atlantic Region covering both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Lewis brings nearly 20 years of industry experience. Her business focus has been in leading and developing commercial and industrial loan teams as well as executing strategic initiatives designed to drive continued revenue growth.

As SVP, Commercial Regional Leader, Lewis will supervise team leaders, relationship managers, portfolio managers and administrative support personnel in the mid-Atlantic region to achieve desired sales and profitability goals through the generation of new business, in addition to the retention and growth of an existing portfolio. This will extend to the development of a strong regional sales process, including calling programs focused on existing and prospective customers as well as well-established centers of influence.

"Lewis will be essential in developing the Bank's initiatives in cultivating growth and retention through a cohesive sales and relationship strategy throughout the Bank's new market," stated Mike D. Carroll, EVP, Commercial Lending. "We are excited to onboard such an experienced professional to support Berkshire Bank's commitment to a customer focused approach."

Lewis holds a BBA in International Trade from Hofstra University and an MBA from St. Mary's College.

Lewis is located at 4420 Route 27 Suite A, Kingston, NJ 08528 and can be reached at 609-301-5027 or MLewis@berkshirebank.com.

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 $9.2 billion in assets and 97 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 www.berkshirebank.com, 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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