Crestmark Announces Staff Promotions and Appointments in its East Division

TROY, Mich., (June 21, 2018) — Crestmark announced the following staff promotions and appointments in its East Division, which represents the eastern half of the United States and includes Crestmark’s offices in Florida, Michigan and New York.

“These talented Crestmark professionals help our clients in a variety of ways,” said Crestmark Executive Vice President and East Division President Steven Tomasello. “We appreciate their hard work and expertise as we develop and change.”

Eva Chaleff was promoted to assistant vice president, underwriter, from underwriting officer. Based in Boynton Beach, Florida, she reports to John Trendell, senior vice president, underwriting manager for the Midwest region. Chaleff began her Crestmark career in 2015 as a field exam intern, and later served as a staff field examiner. She was promoted to junior underwriter in 2016. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University.

Adam Colley has been promoted to first vice president and East Division underwriting team leader from vice president, senior underwriter. Based in Troy, he reports to John Trendell, senior vice president, underwriting manager for the Midwest region. Since joining Crestmark in 2006, Colley has served as a client analyst, field examiner, and underwriting analyst; and in early 2013, he was promoted to assistant vice president, underwriter. Later that year, he was again promoted to vice president; and in 2014, was promoted to senior underwriter. He earned both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration.

Lolita Edwards has been promoted to account executive, officer, from client services representative, officer. Based in Boynton Beach, Florida, she joined Crestmark in 2001 with the company’s acquisition of the factoring company Westgate Financial, where she started as an office manager in 1994.

Jean Hellmann has joined Crestmark as vice president, senior account executive for the Midwest region. Based in Troy, she reports to Jeff Silverstein, senior vice president, portfolio manager. Previously, Hellmann has served as a personal banker for Flagstar Bank; as vice president, relationship manager for Bank of America; as vice president, portfolio manager for Wells Fargo; as assistant vice president, commercial loan manager for NBD Bank; and field examiner and audit manager for National Bank of Detroit. Hellmann earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University.

Jacob Holmes has been promoted to vice president, account executive, from assistant vice president. He is based in Boynton Beach, Florida, and reports to Jeff Silverstein, senior vice president, portfolio manager. Holmes joined Crestmark in 2012 as field examiner for the Southeast region. Holmes earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration (business/finance/accounting) from Northwood University.

Brian Kwiatkowski has been promoted to joint venture analyst officer in Crestmark’s Troy location, which houses the Joint Ventures Group, under the direction of Larry Pearce, executive vice president and Joint Ventures Group president.  Kwiatkowski joined Crestmark in 2013 as an invoice analyst, and in 2015 he became a junior field examiner; and then joined the Joint Ventures Group as a joint ventures analyst in 2017. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Oakland University.

Benji Sarjoo has joined Crestmark as assistant vice president, account executive for the Trade Services Division. Based in New York, he has more than 30 years of commercial finance experience. Previous roles include: supervisor at Best Match Corp; credit analyst at Milberg Factors; accounts receivable specialist at Webster Associates Development; senior loan administrator and receivables specialist at HSBC Business Credit; and senior accounts receivable specialist at Bank of New York. Sarjoo earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lehman College.

Damion Taylor has rejoined Crestmark as vice president, account executive for the Midwest region. Based in Troy, he reports to Jeff Silverstein, senior vice president, portfolio manager. Taylor previously served as senior vice president and portfolio manager for Sterling Commercial Credit; vice president, relationship manager for PNC Business Credit; first vice president, portfolio manager and vice president, account executive for Crestmark from 2006-14; with previous mortgage, loan, and credit experience at Charter One Bank, Washington Mutual, Fifth Third Bank, GMAC Business Credit, and Bank One (formerly NBD Bank). Taylor earned a master’s degree in business administration, finance from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Central Michigan University.