Commercial & SBA Lending

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Commercial Lenders

Jim Bardon
James Edward Bardon
Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer
NMLS# 1064059


Jim has over 30 years of experience as a Commercial Lending Officer and joined the Bank in 2001. He is a current member of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Bridgeport Regional Business Council. Jim  received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Keene State College and currently resides in Trumbull.

Mark CandidoMark A. Candido
Regional Director, Commercial Lending
New Haven Regional Lending Center
NMLS# 1031052

With a diverse lending background and over 45 years experience, Mark leads the New Haven Regional Lending Center team to develop new business throughout the greater New Haven region. He currently serves as President and Chairman of the Community Investment Corporation, Chairman of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council, and as a director of the Hamden/New Haven YMCA and the Hamden Education Foundation. Mark, a resident of Hamden, graduated from University of Chicago School of Banking and is a past recipient of the Good Scout award (2013) and Small Businessperson of the Year award (2011).

Photo of Vinny DiGilioVinny DiGilio
Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer
NMLS# 764718

Vinny joined the Bank in 2018 and has over 12 years of experience. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Connecticut State University, and graduated from the Connecticut Bankers Association's Connecticut School of Finance and Management. Vinny received the New Leaders in Banking award in 2016 and currently resides in Danbury.

Margot Melass
Margot Jane Melaas
Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer
 NMLS# 1064058

With over 25 years of commercial lending experience, Margot joined the Bank in 2000 and specializes in construction financing. She is a graduate from Western Connecticut State University and New England School of Banking. Margot is an active member of the Tribury Chamber of Commerce. She is a resident of Woodbury and volunteers with the Woodbury Junior Women's Club.

photo of Laura KraussLaura Krauss
Assistant Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer
NMLS# 1710743  

Laura has been with the Bank since 2011. Prior to joining the Commercial Banking team, she worked in the Trumbull Branch and the Credit Department.  Laura grew up in Monroe and is a Shelton resident. She obtained her BA from Manhattanville College and graduated second in her class with honors from Sacred Heart University where she completed her MBA. She regularly represents the Bank at community functions, leads the Bank’s annual food drive, and volunteers with local organizations.

Small Business Lender

Whit Holden

Whit Holden 
Vice President, Small Business Lending Manager 

NMLS# 1440924

Whit has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and he joined the Bank in 2015. He specializes in commercial real estate, small business lending, and franchise financing. A lifelong Fairfield County resident, Whit received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves as Treasurer for the McGivney Community Center in Bridgeport, and previously served on the Resource Development Committee of the United Way of Western Connecticut. 

Senior Commercial Lending Officer

Mary JaschaMary Jascha
First Vice President, Senior Commercial Lending Officer
NMLS# 1099166

Mary joined the Bank in 2013 and has over 30 years of experience. She specializes in asset based lending. Mary has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration. She also volunteers with the United Way and resides in Monroe.