Blue Foundry Bank strengthens its risk department with new hire and esteemed leader Brent Ciurlino. Taking on the position of EVP, Chief Risk Officer and reporting to the CEO, Ciurlino will be responsible for all aspects of the bank’s Enterprise Risk and will work to ensure that the Bank achieves its financial and operational objectives while appropriately identifying and mitigating risk factors.
“Blue Foundry is a sound innovative community bank, positioned to build and grow its customer base and community presence,” said Brent Ciurlino. “I look forward to enhancing the established Enterprise Risk Management platform and working with the executive team to implement sound, strategic and visionary risk leadership that will facilitate safe growth as well as expand the bank’s product and customer core.”
Ciurlino has an extensive background with experience in banking, risk management, credit/lending, regulatory oversight, system platforms, and community business lending. He joins Blue Foundry Bank following his most recent role as SVP of Risk and Operations at Newtek Business Service Corp, one of the largest SBA lenders in the country. In addition to his career in the private sector, Cuirlino has served appointments as Director, Office of Credit Risk Management (OCRM) for the US Small Business Administration and as Corporate Manager, Western Region for the FDIC. “Brent is a seasoned veteran in the banking industry and we’re thrilled to draw upon his expertise,” said James D. Nesci, CEO and President of Blue Foundry Bank. “His ability to think strategically, adapt accordingly, and lead effectively makes him a valued asset to the Blue Foundry team.”
Apart from his impressive resume, Ciurlino has a number of compelling interets and a highly unique background. He attended the University of Maine and Washington State University respectively for his undergraduate and graduate studies in Applied Resource Economics, Statistical Analytics, and Finance. As his career progressed, he landed the role of CEO of a $2.0B international commercial bank in Jamaica where he lived with his wife, a native of the island, and developed a love for Caribbean art and cuisine. While he enjoys hobbies like skiing, biking, cooking, and golf his passion for philanthropy runs just as deep. He spends a great deal of his time with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Teens for Technology, Friends of Jamaica, Bread for the City-DC, Christ Episcopal Church, Branson Center of Entrepreneurship, and World Bank/IFC & USAID.