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Thursday, March 22 News

Bankwell hires new first vice president

Thomas D. Jones has joined Bankwell as first vice president, commercial lender and head of business development for the Wilton offices.

He is a financial professional with more than 20 years of experience lending to businesses through real estate finance, equipment leasing and lending, inventory finance, fleet services and franchise finance.

"Mr. Jones brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role at the Bank," Bankwell President Heidi DeWyngaert said in a news release.

Bankwell also has two branches in New Canaan.

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As head of Bankwell's Wilton offices, Jones will be responsible for developing new banking and lending relationships, managing existing customers and underwriting new and existing loans in Wilton and throughout Fairfield County.

"I look forward to building relationships with the Wilton community," Jones said in a news release. "As a banker who understands the needs of clients and small businesses, I feel confident that the community will benefit from Bankwell's strong reputation for lending and local decision making."

Jones was most recently vice president of commercial real estate at EverBank, based in Shelton, where he helped to lead the transition from GE Real Estate to EverBank. Before that, he had an extensive career at GE as a managing director of GE real estate division and regional sales manager for GE's commercial equipment finance division. At GE, he received many performance recognition awards including Summit Club, Pinnacle Club and the CEO Boundaryless Sales Award. Earlier in his career at Metlife Capital, he received the Performance Recognition Award.

Jones received a Bachelor of Science in finance from Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.