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As part of its market growth strategy in Connecticut, KeyBank announced a number of new hires and promotions across its lines of businesses serving consumers, businesses and communities in the region. “The message is that KeyBank is focused on growing this market, and we continue to attract new talent and invest in our bankers to drive that growth,” said Connecticut and Massachusetts Market President James R. Barger. “At a time when so many families and businesses are impacted by the financial effects of fighting COVID-19, it is important to Key to have the resources to help customers, companies, and communities re-build their financial wellness.”

The following new bankers have joined Key’s commercial and business banking teams:

Michael McGuire has joined KeyBank Commercial Banking as Middle Market Relationship Manager, responsible for managing new and existing relationships with middle market commercial clients with annual revenues ranging from $25 million to $250 million in the Hartford/Springfield area. McGuire has more than 10 years of commercial banking and credit experience from previous roles at Bank of America and TD Bank. He is an active volunteer with both Habitat for Humanity and Foodshare, Inc. He holds a BS from Saint Peter’s University and lives in Southington.

Melissa Bierowka has joined KeyBank Business Banking team as Senior Business Banking Relationship Manager serving business clients throughout greater New Haven. In this role, she will generate new and manage existing client relationships for businesses with annual revenues ranging from $3 million to $25 million. Bierowka has more than 15 years of business banking and finance experience, most recently with Capital One Bank. She is a member of the Real Estate Investors Association, HYPE of Hartford, and the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. Melissa graduated from Central Connecticut State University and resides in Southington.

Maryssa Tedder also joins KeyBank Business Banking as a Business Banking Relationship Manager serving business clients throughout greater New Haven and Waterbury areas. She brings 13 years of business banking and branch experience from previous positions with Bank of America and Citizens Bank. She holds a BA from American Intercontinental University. Tedder is active in the community, volunteering for local nonprofits including the CT Food Bank, Easter Seals, Junior Achievement, Ansonia Public Schools, Naugatuck YMCA and more. She lives in Naugatuck.

In addition to the above new hires, KeyBank announces the following leadership promotions within its Retail Banking business:

Courtney Jinjika has been promoted to the newly created position of East Region Retail Executive, responsible for sales, service and operations of Key’s branch network throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Hudson Valley/Metro New York, Pennsylvania, and Central and Southwest Ohio. Her 19-year career with KeyBank started as a teller in Seattle, WA and advanced to banking roles of increasing leadership. In 2017, Jinjika became Regional Retail Leader for Connecticut and Massachusetts. She serves on the board of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, and lives in Glastonbury.

Mark Commune has been promoted to Regional Retail Leader -New England, replacing Courtney in her former role. In addition to leading the retail teams in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Mark’s role has been expanded to also include leadership of Key’s Maine and Vermont branch teams. Commune joined KeyBank in 2018 as Area Retail Leader for Central Connecticut. Prior banking experience includes leadership and employee development roles at Santander Bank and Citizens Bank. Mark holds a BS from Southern Connecticut State University, and lives in Cheshire, where he is involved with coaching and managing youth sports.

Neil Cyr has been promoted to Area Retail Leader – Central Connecticut, providing leadership and coaching to staff in Key’s branches throughout the greater Hartford and Manchester areas. Cyr joined KeyBank in 2012 as a branch manager. Prior to that, he spent five years with Bank of America in a similar role. Neil is involved in his community and has coached youth hockey in Cromwell for the past 20 years and currently is the Hockey Director for the CT Whalers. Neil has as BA from University of Hartford and lives in Middletown.

Christopher Pearson has been promoted to Area Retail Leader – CT Shoreline, providing leadership to Key’s 20 branches serving the shoreline towns of Connecticut. He previously served as Experience Leader for the Central Connecticut area. Person joined KeyBank as Guilford branch manager in 2016, bringing 20 years of banking experience from prior positions with TD Bank and Wachovia. Pearson graduated from Southern Connecticut State University and is a member of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. He resides in North Branford and is an active volunteer for North Branford Little League Baseball.

About KeyCorp/KeyBank:
KeyCorp’s roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $156.2 billion at March 31, 2020.

Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of more than 1,000 branches and approximately 1,400 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit KeyBank is Member FDIC.

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