Position your business for growth.

The size and reach of your business require a special kind of partnership and support that fulfills your complex management and financing needs.

At Popular Bank, our Commercial Banking team is here to meet your current needs and future demands with our greatest resource—our team members. With care, insight, and expertise across industries, each member of our team will help you clarify your goals and set strategies to achieve and sustain growth for your business.

Commercial Banking

Kenneth Mitchell

SVP, Director of Commercial Banking

New York Region

(212) 417-66840
(917) 613-4344
kmitchell@popular.com

Kenneth Mitchell is a Popular Bank Senior Vice President and Head of Commercial Banking for New York Metro. As a member of the Senior Management Team, he plays an instrumental role in advancing Popular Bank’s vision to meet the growing and diverse financial needs of its customers and communities. Ken oversees all Middle Market, Healthcare, and Commercial Real Estate Lending across the organization, leading his team in providing strategic lending and financing solutions. As a seasoned banker, he’s helped hundreds of companies secure the financing they need for success.

Ken joined Popular Bank in 2014 as Senior Vice President and Director of Popular National Healthcare Financing, where he successfully developed and built a national healthcare specialty finance division which offers a full range of strategic financing services, including acquisition financing, working capital lines, equity recapture, bridge financing and capital improvement loans. The group services diverse market segments including the senior housing market, as well as, post-acute care, and a variety of other asset classes within the industry.

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Following his successful leadership of Popular National Healthcare Financing, Ken continued to advance his expertise. In 2017, his responsibilities grew to include the management and oversight of Middle Market Lending. In this role, he and his team specialize in providing working capital, asset-based lending, and traditional secured loans for proprietary and not-for-profit organizations, professional services, manufacturing and other specialty area businesses. On January 1, 2020, Ken was named Head of Commercial Banking in New York Metro, including Popular’s Commercial Real Estate Division. Through his vision and leadership, the division continues its long-established reputation for providing permanent financing for investor commercial real estate transactions, as well as, a very active construction platform.

Ken has more than 30 years of leadership experience within the financial services and commercial banking industries. Prior to joining Popular Bank, he served as the Vice President and Team Leader of the Commercial Healthcare Banking Division of M&T Bank, where he managed a lending portfolio of $1 billion. He has additionally held Vice President and Assistant Vice President positions with Bank of New York and TD Bank, respectively.

Ken is a graduate of the Pace University Lubin School of Business and received an M.B.A. in Finance from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. An active member of his community, he lives in Westchester with his wife Kelly and three children and has proudly held several volunteer leadership positions with notable community and nonprofit organizations.

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Healthcare Banking

Andrew Boland

Director of Healthcare Financing

National

(212) 417-6656
(917) 273-6785
aboland@popular.com

Andrew Boland is a Senior Vice President and Director of Popular National Healthcare Financing, a national specialty finance division offering a full range of strategic financing services, including acquisition financing, working capital lines, equity recapture, bridge financing and capital improvement loans. Leveraging more than 17 years of leadership experience and industry expertise, he spearhead’s the group’s strategic vision to service diverse market segments including senior housing, post-acute care, healthcare facilities and a variety of other asset classes within the industry.

Andrew joined Popular Bank in 2014 as a Vice President of Healthcare Financing and later assumed the role of Team Lead. During this time, he was instrumental in advancing the Bank’s mission to provide dynamic commercial financing solutions to meet growing and diverse customer needs. He was named to his current role of Director of National Healthcare Financing in February 2020. Prior to joining Popular Bank, Andrew held several notable positions within the financial services and commercial banking industries.

A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Andrew is an active thought leader within the healthcare commercial banking space. He currently resides in Connecticut with his family.

Commercial Real Estate

Greg Miedrzynski

Commercial Banking Team Leader

New York Region

(212) 417-6654
gmiedrzynski@popular.com


Gregory Miedrzynski is a Senior Vice President and Team Leader in Popular Bank’s New York Commercial Real Estate Lending Group which offers a full range of financing services, including acquisition land financing, construction financing, and multifamily loans.

Greg has more than 28 years of banking experience. He joined Popular Bank in 2005 and has been instrumental in advancing the Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Loan Portfolio. Prior to joining Popular Bank, Greg held several notable positions within the financial services and commercial banking industries including Independence Community Bank and European American Bank (EAB). Greg earned his MBA from Pace University and his bachelor’s degree from St. Francis College.

Vincent Martucci

Commercial Banking Team Leader

New York Region

(212) 445-1815
vmartucci@popular.com


Vincent Martucci is a Senior Vice President and Commercial Real Estate Team Leader for Popular Bank. He is seasoned Commercial Real Estate Lender with over 20 years in experience in construction, permanent and bridge financing. As one of the Team Leaders of the Real Estate Department he plays an instrumental role in advancing Popular Bank’s annual loan origination growth goals, managing/training loan officers, and helping customers achieve their lending needs. In addition, he has served on Popular Bank Foundation Board a Bank program that donates to non-for profits through the NY Metro Area.

Mr. Martucci joined Popular Bank in 2015 through the acquisition of Doral Bank. At Doral Bank he was recognized as the top producing loan officer. This was mainly due to his experience and knowledge of New York real estate along with structuring deals that were within the Bank’s lending parameters. He has maintained and continues to develop relationships with Borrowers and Brokers within the industry.

Jorge Morera

Commercial Banking Team Leader

South Florida Region

(786) 953-0133
jmorera@popular.com


Jorge Morera currently oversees the Commercial Real Estate Department, for the State of Florida, at Popular Bank. He is a trusted Leader, who retains extensive experience in the Commercial Banking Space, and serves as a strategic advisor to clientele.

With more the 25 years of Banking Experience, Jorge has served many roles in the banking industry. He truly started from the ground up, commencing his career as a part time teller, then being promoted to credit analyst, lending assistant, Commercial Banker, and has served in several leadership rolls.

Before joining Popular Bank, Jorge launched his career at Ocean Bank where he was employed for over 17 years, subsequently, Jorge has worked for Regions Bank and City National Bank, in Leadership positions. Jorge graduated with a Business degree from Florida International University in 1989 and has resided in South Florida since 1977.

Jorge feels his greatest accomplishment in his career is the strength of his business and colleague network, which he feels has fueled his success. On the personal side, Jorge is a big sports fan and exercise enthusiast and enjoys rooting for all local teams.

Middle Market

Ezra J. Escamilla

Commercial Banking Team Leader

New York Region

(212) 445-1830
eescamilla@popular.com


Ezra Escamilla is a Senior Vice President and Head of Middle Market financing for Popular Bank. He and his team advance Popular Bank’s vision to meet the growing and diverse financial needs of its customers and communities. Ezra oversees all the New York Metro region’s Middle Market financing activities, leading his team in providing strategic lending and financing solutions. As a seasoned banker, he’s helped hundreds of companies secure the financing they need for success.

Ezra joined Popular Bank in 2017, he uses his 14 years of banking experience in C&I, Not-For-Profit and Real Estate financing, to grow and service the Bank’s Middle Market financing platform. He works with companies, investors and principals that are seeking working capital, acquisition, bridge, equity recapture, capex, term and mortgage financing.

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Ezra leads a team that specializes in financial solutions for a variety of sectors within the Middle Market vertical. In this role he is responsible for servicing existing clients and generating new opportunities. These efforts directly result in over $120MM in year over year loan growth over various financing facilities and low-cost deposits, including treasury management and other cross sell opportunities which have resulted in significant year over year fee income for Popular Bank.

He and his team continue to seek financing opportunities ranging from $5MM to $100MM within the New York Metro region in all areas of the Middle Market vertical.

Ezra holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Utah and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Ezra started his banking career as an Executive Associate at a super regional bank, when he is not working, he enjoys skiing and the outdoors with his wife and three children who reside in New York City.

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Elsa Pelaez-Lopez

Commercial Banking Team Leader

South Florida Region

(786) 953-1305
(786) 202-4991
epelaezlopez@popular.com

Elsa Pelaez-Lopez, who joined the Popular Bank in 2014, is Senior Vice President and the Head of the South Florida Middle Market Team for Popular Bank. As a Corporate Banker for the last 30 years, her expertise lies in establishing corporate relationships and providing her client base with holistic financial solutions that enhance a company’s ability to expand, and that supports the company’s working capital and financing needs.

She founded the Middle Market Group and today she overseas an experienced team of Bankers with diversity of experience and skill set with an average tenor of 20 years of banking in South Florida. Elsa and her team have provided the following financing solutions to its clients: Asset Based Lending, Real Estate Financing, Equipment Financings, SBA, Eximbank, Credit Insured Foreign Receivables, Treasury Management and Trade Finance. Elsa’s team has helped South Florida companies in such industries as food, insurance, wholesale, telecom, manufacturing, technology, and distribution.

Prior to joining Popular Bank, Elsa was a Corporate Vice President with City National Bank. Elsa has a BBA and an MBA from the University of Miami. She is involved in her community and is a Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Miami Dade County, City of Miami Finance Committee member, and is active with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program.

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