News & Announcements
February 1, 2019
Dear Valued Client,
We are excited to announce that Union Bank & Trust has officially acquired Access National Bank, including their Middleburg bank and wealth management divisions. As such, it is my pleasure to officially welcome you to Virginia’s first statewide independent regional bank in nearly 20 years. We believe that customers have a right to expect more from the companies they do business with– and you can expect more from us. Voted Best Bank in Virginia by Forbes Magazine, we hope you are ready to bank better with us by your side.
In conjunction with the timing of the system conversion later this spring, I am pleased to share that we will unify the combined bank under the new Atlantic Union Bank brand name. This will bring consistency to our bank name throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
We are also unifying and expanding our first-class wealth management division as the Union and Middleburg businesses come together as Middleburg Financial. You will have access to additional resources and expertise to help you grow and protect your assets through retirement planning, estate planning, investments, asset management, and more.
In the months ahead, we’ll provide more information, but here’s what you need to know right now:
- Everyday banking. While our companies merged February 1, you’ll continue to bank with us the same way you always have until later in the second quarter of 2019. That’s when the two bank operating systems and processes will combine. Our wealth management systems will convert at a later time.
- The same smiling faces will continue to serve you. We know how valuable our teammates are to our clients. Access National and Middleburg branch teammates have been invited to join the Union family and will continue to serve you. In almost all cases, you’ll continue to partner with your current wealth advisor and relationship manager.
- Get more for you and your business. Atlantic Union Bank will bring back Free Checking for consumers, as well as Saturday hours at select locations and faster funds availability upon conversion. For our commercial clients, our combined assets will allow for 5X the lending capacity and will offer an expanded Treasury Management suite of services.
Most importantly, you should know that our commitment to putting our clients first endures. Our goal is to make this transition as seamless as possible. In fact, we’ve created a special email address for you to provide any feedback you may have on our progress. Please send your comments to me at FeedbackForJohn@BankatUnion.com. If you have additional questions about the merger, please call our Customer Care Team at 800-990-4828, or reach out to your wealth advisor or relationship manager. For account related questions, please call 877-369-5200 until conversion. We look forward to serving you.
John C. Asbury
CEO, Union Bank & Trust (soon to be Atlantic Union Bank)
Merger Client FAQs
How will customers benefit from this merger?
The combination of Access and Union brings enhanced lending capabilities, additional locations throughout Virginia (plus some in North Carolina and the eastern shore of Maryland), and a greater selection of product offerings for our customers. We’ll also have commercial offices in Baltimore, and North Carolina in Raleigh, Greensboro, and Charlotte.
We’re bringing back Free Checking for consumers and small businesses as of today and Saturday hours at select locations later this spring.
Our combined asset size allows us to offer increased lending limits to commercial clients – about 5X that of Access before the merger. Plus, we offer an enhanced suite of Treasury Management services.
Will a systems conversion impact my account?
Until we combine our bank systems, expected during the second quarter of 2019, Access will continue to operate under the Access name (as a division of Union Bank & Trust) and use its existing operating systems. Access customers will continue to use their same checks, debit card, online banking access, etc. We will communicate any changes well in advance of the systems conversion.
Will the terms of my loan change?
No, there will be no changes to existing loan terms.
How can I prepare for conversion?
Union has successfully completed several mergers, including acquiring Xenith Bank just last year with minimal disruption (Xenith was a little larger than Access). Union has a track record of successful bank mergers and systems conversions. We will work hard to make this a seamless transition for you and will communicate any changes well in advance. Please keep an eye on your mailbox and your inbox!
Here’s a tip – make sure you know your Online Banking credentials! We’re all used to browsers saving them these days. Knowing your Online Banking credentials will make the transition much easier. Also, if you feel your contact information may be out of date, please update it accordingly as we may use that information to restore your credentials if needed.
I understand that Union offers free checking for consumers? Is that correct?
I’ve been an Access client for some time, and I appreciate the bank’s attention to and expertise in my industry. Will this change with the merger?
No, we truly value the industry expertise among our team of Relationship Managers – it was one of the key reasons we were interested in acquiring Access. You can expect the same attention going forward, but with the benefits of added scale which include a higher lending limit and a greater selection of product offerings – that will allow the combined company to serve you and others in your industry better.
Will I be able to use a Union branch location?
Not yet. Until the conversion and integration are complete, the branches operating under the Union Bank & Trust name will use different systems than Access and Middleburg branches. Please continue to use Access and Middleburg branches as your bank until conversion which is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2019. We will communicate details to you well in advance of core systems conversion. Once you see Atlantic Union Bank branches, please come in, and we’ll be happy to serve you throughout Virginia, as well as in North Carolina and the Maryland eastern shore!
When will the bank rebrand?
The rebranding of Union Bank & Trust, Access National Bank, and Middleburg Bank to Atlantic Union Bank will happen concurrently with the systems conversion later in 2019.
When will the wealth divisions rebrand?
Union Wealth Management will embrace the Middleburg brand and logo and rebrand to Middleburg Financial at the same time as the bank later in 2019.
How will this impact my FDIC coverage?
If you have deposit accounts at both Access National Bank and/or Middleburg Bank as well as Union as of February 1, 2019, when the merger closed, your deposit totals will be combined to determine FDIC insurance coverage.
We take your privacy seriously, and just as Access does today, Union does not share your information with unaffiliated third parties. A copy of Union’s privacy notice is enclosed to provide additional information concerning our practices.
Will Union close any Access or Middleburg branches?
There is minimal overlap between Access and Union locations. The Access Richmond – Forest Avenue location is the only Access branch impacted by the merger, which will close at conversion and consolidate with Union’s Village branch. We have several other convenient locations throughout Richmond as well. Upon consolidation, impacted employees will transition to other branches, so clients will continue seeing familiar faces.
Where is Union's headquarters?
The Union headquarters is in Richmond, VA.
I have a question that isn’t answered here….how can I get an answer?
While some things will change, our commitment to putting our customers first endures. Our goal is to make this transition as seamless as possible. In fact, we’ve created a special email address for you to provide any feedback you may have on our progress. Please send your comments to FeedbackForJohn@BankatUnion.com. If you have additional questions about the merger, please call us at 800-990-4828 or talk to your Relationship Manager or Wealth Advisor. We look forward to serving you.
Important Information Regarding the Bank Secrecy Act's Beneficial Ownership Rule
Effective May 11, 2018, under the Bank Secrecy Act's "Beneficial Ownership" rule under 31 CFR 1010.230, all financial institutions will be required to ask for additional information when new commercial deposit/loan accounts are opened, or existing ones are changed. This rule is intended to assist the government and law enforcement in combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism and applies to all U.S. financial institutions and their business clients.
Nothing is required of you until each time you open a new account or change an existing account. The purpose of this communication is to inform you of the new Beneficial Ownership Rule.
Access National Bank will request information about Beneficial Owners of Legal Entity Customers when opening or renewing a deposit, loan, or safe deposit box account as it relates to the following:
Ownership — Any individual who directly or indirectly owns 25% or more of the equity interests in the legal entity. Up to four individuals may be identified. In some cases, there may not be an individual identified under ownership, i.e., if no individual owns 25% or more.
Control — The control factor requires one (1) identified individual (usually an account signer) with significant managerial control over the legal entity, e.g., an executive officer, senior manager, or any other individual who regularly performs similar functions. An individual identified under ownership can also be identified as the control person.
Any beneficial owner will need to provide a copy of one form of identification, such as a driver's license or passport, if we do not already have it on file. The identified control person of each covered entity is required to complete a certification form and provide personal identification information, i.e., date of birth, social security number, residential address, and telephone number.
Certain exemptions apply, such as sole proprietors and unincorporated associations. We will guide clients through the beneficial ownership requirements as it pertains to their account(s).
Please contact 703-777-6327 if you have any questions about this upcoming requirement for business clients.
Access National Bank Offers Support to Businesses Affected by Potential Government Shutdown
RESTON, Va. – As threats of a potential government shutdown and disruption of funds gain momentum, Access National Bank (“Access”) reaffirms its promise to assist government contractors and other impacted businesses in the wake of political and fiscal turbulence.
“During periods of government uncertainty that can impact the finances of the private sector, we feel it is important to contact your bank to see what pragmatic solutions they can offer,” said Mark Moore, President of Access.
Clients of the Bank reported challenges associated with the 2013 shutdown and concerns of a similar nature arising earlier this year. Access retains a variety of short-term options for its commercial banking clients.
The banking team at Access and its Middleburg Bank division work one-on-one with clients to reduce cash flow funding disruptions in industry-specific segments. Government Contracting, in particular, is the Bank’s No. 1 industry vertical.
“We take our role as trusted advisors seriously, especially in this vital segment of the economy,” Moore added. “We stand behind our clients and can provide adjustments to conventional borrowing and modifications to existing loan terms to ensure a continuation of cash flow.”
“We have been down this path before—and there is no published ‘playbook’ to follow, per se,” said Adam Nalls, SVP and leader of the Bank’s Government Contracting segment. “However, our team has the experience to swiftly provide a nuanced approach to problem-solving.”
Both Moore and Nalls encourage any business affected by a potential government shutdown or disruption or other challenges to contact an Access banking relationship manager to discuss resolutions, questions, and concerns.
“Regardless of whether or not Congress and the Executive branch reach an agreement, the looming dynamics underscore why businesses must feel secure about their banking relationships,” Moore said.
Access National Bank Promotes Chhaya Muth to Vice President to Continue Leading Alexandria Financial Service Center
“I am thrilled to be part of the Access team and contribute to our success in Alexandria,” Muth said. “I look forward to continuing to help my current clients, business partners, and prospects achieve new financial heights.”
Muth joined the Bank in 2016 upon the opening of its Alexandria FSC. Under his leadership, the Alexandria FSC is the most successful in the Bank’s history, with branch deposits exceeding $130 million before the two-year anniversary.
As a steward in the Alexandria community, Muth is a board member and the Resource Development Committee Chair for Alexandria-based nonprofit, New Hope Housing. He also serves on the board and is the Membership Committee Chair for Eisenhower Partnership, winning the organization’s Rising Star award for leading its growth in 2018.
“Alexandria is a financially-rich market and Chhaya has contributed to Access’s tremendous growth in the area in a short timeframe,” said Cindy Caldwell, SVP and Client Services Regional Executive for Access. “As we kick off 2019, we are confident Chhaya will continue his trend of success in the area to serve current and prospective clients in new ways.”
Access National Bank Welcomes Government Contractor Banker, Daniel L. Hampton, SVP, to its Expanding Commercial Lending Segment
“I have always admired Access National Bank as one of the most trusted banks in our market, especially among the government contracting community,” Hampton said.
Hampton previously worked as the lead government contracting lender at John Marshall Bank and Alliance Bank here in Northern Virginia. He specializes in creative solutions tailored to each client’s lending, depository, and cash management needs.
Hampton’s banking career began at BB&T upon his graduation from Elon University’s Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, from which he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management Information Systems. While at BB&T, he jumpstarted his career as a commercial lender through their Management Development Training Program.
“As a government contracting-focused lender, it is exciting to join a team that understands the unique needs of this industry,” he added. “Access has the expertise and solutions to assist not only government contractors but other industries as well. I look forward to building on their trend of excellence.”
In addition to his lending career, Hampton is active in his community. He founded and currently serves as the President of Backpack Buddies Foundation of Loudoun, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps school-aged children in Loudoun County access meals on the weekends. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Leesburg, having served as their Treasurer and President.
“Daniel is an experienced government contracting banker and adding him to our growing team further demonstrates the Bank’s commitment to this market,” said Adam Nalls, SVP and leader of Access National Bank’s government contracting segment. “Our clients will benefit from his knowledge across all areas of lending and depository services.”
Access National Bank Promotes Roland St. Clair-Barrie to Vice President in its Commercial Lending Team
“Access National Bank has proven its commitment to our clients through accessibility, knowledge of the local economic environment, and agility in responding to their needs,” St. Clair-Barrie said. “I am proud to continue serving our diverse clientele and continue building more long-term business relationships with the professionals in our expanding footprint.”
St. Clair-Barrie joined Access in November 2016 as Assistant Vice President in its Commercial Lending team, focusing on growing the Bank’s commercial lending portfolio in various segments.
In his expanded role, St. Clair-Barrie will continue his contributions to the Bank’s portfolio growth through commercial and industrial (C&I) financing, asset-based lending (primarily to government contractors), and commercial real estate transactions, serving small- to middle-market businesses with $1-$200 million in annual revenue.
St. Clair-Barrie’s career began upon his graduation from the University of Lynchburg with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Prior to becoming a lender, he worked as a commercial underwriting analyst and bank officer, supporting the credit, risk management, regulatory, and distribution functions of commercial customers.
He is also an active member and contributor to many local organizations, including the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Reston Chamber of Commerce, and the Small and Emerging Contractor’s Advisory Forum.
“Roly approaches every current and prospective client with the goal of creating immediate value through his vast market knowledge and ability to provide full-service financial solutions,” said David Talebian, EVP and Group Manager at Access. “He is a client-focused banker and we look forward to his continued success as we continue to grow.”
Rafael Martinez, CTP, VP, Commercial Lending Elected President of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of the Community Association Institute
“I am honored to be entrusted with the leadership of an organization that leads the way on education and advocacy for common interest community stakeholders while representing Access National Bank, which recognizes the importance of the industry and has invested resources to provide support for WMCCAI’s mission,” Martinez said.
Martinez currently leads Access’s community association segment with more than 10 years of industry experience in community association and nonprofit treasury management and lending.
WMCCAI is a 501(c)(6) organization and the largest Community Associations Institute chapter globally, serving more than 3,000 members including community association leaders and residents, community managers, community association management firms, and companies serving community associations.
“I am looking forward to building upon the success this organization has established for the industry over the last 41 years,” he added.
“On behalf of the senior lending team, I would like to congratulate Rafael on his election as WMCCAI’s president,” said David Talebian, EVP and Group Manager for Access. “Rafael’s investment in our community translates into his work as a trusted advisor for our community association segment, giving our clients the tools to reach new financial milestones.”
Access National Bank Congratulates Its Clients Named Finalists for the 2018 Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards
RESTON, Va. — Access National Bank (“Access”) extends its congratulations to clients nominated for this year’s Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards, presented by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council.
“Government contracting is an incredibly dynamic community,” Adam Nalls, SVP and Group Manager at Access National Bank, said. Nalls leads Access’s Government Contracting Segment. “We are thankful to work with these organizations on a daily basis and witness their impact on the industry.”
The 16th annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards recognizes the “best-in-class among the government contracting industry.”
Among those nominated for one of the four Contractor of the Year Awards (COTY) is Evans Incorporated (COTY up to $25 million in annual revenue), Invictus International Consulting (COTY up to $25 million in annual revenue), Ad Hoc (COTY $25-75 million in annual revenue), Atlas Research (COTY $25-75 million in annual revenue), and Attain (COTY $75-300 million in annual revenue). In addition, Attain CEO and Chairman, Greg Baroni, is nominated for Executive of the Year ($75-300 million in annual revenue).
“We are excited to see these companies receive the recognition they deserve,” said Mark Moore, President of Access. “Their success gives us the ability to leverage more on-target solutions for our government contracting segment clients. Our team looks forward to their continued success as we finish out the last quarter of 2018 and move into the new year.”
The winners will be announced at the Annual Awards Gala on Nov. 5.
Access National Bank Welcomes Veronica Sharifaie, AVP, to its Expanding Commercial Lending Team to Assist Dental Segment Growth
“I am proud to rejoin the area’s premier community bank,” Sharifaie said. “I am eager to make my contributions to Access’s continued success.”
Sharifaie transitioned into Commercial Banking in 2006 with Access National Bank after starting her career as a Relationship Banking Manager at BB&T and later as a Consumer Loan Processor/Underwriter with JPMorgan Chase. During her initial tenure at Access, she held various positions, including Portfolio Management Associate, Loan Documentation Analyst, and Credit Analyst/Real Estate Manager.
She later gained experience with Commercial Real Estate while working as a Commercial Real Estate and Credit Analyst at Virginia Heritage Bank in Tysons Corner.
Most recently, she served as Vice President, Portfolio Management Officer with Freedom Bank in Fairfax, where she continued to focus on commercial real estate transactions, such as acquisition, development and construction analysis, and cash flow analysis of income-producing properties.
“I am particularly excited to rejoin Access now that I have had the opportunity to observe the Bank from the viewpoint of a competitor,” Sharifaie added. “From this perspective, I am impressed with how Access can achieve significant growth while remaining committed to its core values and the communities it serves.”
Outside of banking, Sharifaie has been an active member of the Risk Management Association Potomac Chapter since 2014. She is slated as the incoming president after serving as vice president since 2015.
“Veronica is a gifted lender whose skills transcend many important industry verticals,” said John Yaremchuk, EVP and leader of the Bank’s dental segment. “I am delighted to have her on this emergent dental team as we gain increasing momentum for a prosperous 2019 and beyond.”
Access National Bank Welcomes Thomas Davis as Senior Vice President in Its Expanding Commercial Lending Team
“I admire community banks and support their mission, so I am thrilled to join Access National Bank’s talented commercial lending team,” Davis said. “I am eager to assist the Bank in achieving its strategic objectives as we close out 2018 and plan for the coming year.”
Davis has spent the majority of his 27-year banking career in the same geographic footprint as Access. Over the last 18 years, he focused on building and managing high-performing, middle-market commercial customers.
Before joining Access, Davis served as Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager for John Marshall Bank and was instrumental in developing a strong market presence for John Marshall, continuing his track record of accomplishments throughout his career.
“Access has built a terrific reputation within the Northern Virginia business community, and I look forward to continuing that trend of excellence,” he added.
Davis’s career began upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from New England College, with a minor in economics. He diversified his banking knowledge with courses offered by the Risk Management Association, American Institute of Banking, and American Bankers Association in lending, credit, and management.
The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Celebrate Fairfax, Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, the Catholic Business Network, and local Rotary and Optimist groups are among Davis’s extensive community involvement.
“Tom has established deep relationships in our local market and can leverage those relationships to expand beyond the standard industry parameters,” Mark Moore, President of Access, said. “His skills and connections will help our organization grow while maintaining our roots in serving small- to middle-market businesses.
“We are delighted to have such a dynamic banker on this team and look forward to a prosperous year-end and beyond for the Bank and our clients.”
James Sams, AVP, Commercial Lending Graduates in Top 10 Percent at Virginia Bankers Association School of Bank Management
"I am honored to have been given the opportunity to attend the School of Bank Management and represent Access National Bank," Sams said. "Access has a tremendous commitment to helping employees achieve a higher level of success."
The three one-week summer sessions are offered through the Virginia Bankers Association and "provide a multidimensional educational experience in banking," with lectures, case studies, and home study problems.
Sams added, "The knowledge gained and relationships made during my three years in the program established a strong foundation, allowing me to advance my banking career further."
"On behalf of all senior lenders, I would like to congratulate James for his success in bank school," said Adam Nalls, SVP, Commercial Lending & Group Manager for Access. "He is a talented young lender who embodies the 'trusted advisor' mantra. With his accomplishments, we look forward to watching him grow even further while propelling our clients to greater financial heights."
Access National Bank Extends Partnership with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
RESTON, Va. — Access National Bank (“Access”) is committed to making a difference in the community it serves and is proud to extend its partnership with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) with a $2,500 contribution to hundreds of individuals and families in the Dulles Corridor.
“We are honored to maintain a long-standing relationship with Access National Bank,” Rebecca H. Kolowé, WFCM Executive Director, said, “because they, like us, understand that hunger is not just something people experience during the holidays. Access makes a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors throughout the year by working as a financial mentor.”
From left to right: Diane Holland, VP, Financial Service Center and Relationship Manager, Access National Bank; Rebecca Kolowé, Executive Director, Western Fairfax Christian Ministries; Mary Ellen Walsh, Director of Development, Western Fairfax Christian Ministries; Cindy Caldwell, SVP, Client Services Regional Executive, Access National Bank
Access employees have served on the WFCM Board and assisted with fundraising through networking in the community.
“Their guidance has supported close to 400 families and more than 1,000 individuals visiting our pantry every month,” Kolowé added.
WFCM serves the Chantilly, Centreville, Clifton, Fairfax Station, and Fair Oaks regions of Fairfax County by providing emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities, and other basic necessities to families living below the poverty line (defined by an annual income of $23,850 for a family of four, according to the U.S. Census Bureau).
“As a community bank, we embrace our responsibility to support and empower local, community-based organizations serving important constituencies who are often overlooked by mainstream society,” Michael Clarke, Access National Bank CEO, said. “This work is critical to upholding and enhancing the quality of life that makes Virginia a great place to live and work. We are privileged to be afforded the opportunity to share our nonprofit industry expertise and help contribute to WFCM’s impact and growth.”
Access National Bank Welcomes Mark Wright, SVP, to Commercial Lending Team
“As consolidation in the industry brings increasing changes to the banking landscape, it is easy to recognize the value community banks provide to local businesses,” Wright said. “Access is a distinguished market leader in delivering tailored solutions to its clients, and I am delighted to be part of the team.”
Wright is a seasoned commercial banker with more than 30 years of experience at both large regional and community banks. As a native of Virginia, he began his banking career at a community bank in Roanoke upon graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in Business Finance.
He later accepted a position at SunTrust in Northern Virginia, serving the needs of commercial clients. Afterward, Wright spent 10 years in community banking, expanding his focus to include commercial real estate.
Wright brings a broad range of commercial lending experience in a variety of industries, along with experience with commercial real estate investors and developers.
“I am thrilled to welcome a banker of Mark’s caliber to our team, as we continue expanding our commercial lending portfolio,” Mark Moore, President at Access National Bank said. “He embodies the trusted advisor model of Access National Bank, and our current and prospective clients will benefit from his expertise.”
Middleburg Bank, a division of Access National Bank, Welcomes Vickie Hanel as Manager of Purcellville Financial Service Center
PURCELLVILLE, Va. — Middleburg Bank, a division of Access National Bank (collectively, “Access”), has hired Vickie Hanel to lead its Purcellville Financial Service Center.
“I am honored to be part of the Access National and Middleburg Bank team,” Hanel said. “I have worked at large financial institutions and small community banks. After experiencing both cultures, I appreciate the community focus Access brings while delivering industry expertise to a growing market. With my return to my Virginia roots, I am thrilled to join not only the Bank, but also the Purcellville community where I have bought a home. I am privileged to live and work in this great town.”
Hanel recently moved to Purcellville after 13 years serving as a Regional Manager and Branch Administrator at a community bank in Charleston, South Carolina.
Her banking career spans 34 years, starting at Crestar Bank in her hometown of Lynchburg, where she worked in various positions until becoming her branch’s Assistant Manager. She left Crestar for a Branch Manager position at BB&T and later moved to South Carolina to pursue her goal to be a Regional Manager.
While in Charleston, Hanel worked at a community bank, helping develop retail banking infrastructure, training programs, deposit rates and marketing initiatives.
Additionally, Hanel participated in the Daniel Island Rotary Club in Charleston, and plans to join the Purcellville chapter. She has already become active with the Purcellville Business Association and the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce.
“With Vickie’s experience in various realms of the banking industry, our Loudoun County clients will benefit from utilizing her as a trusted advisor to help them achieve their financial goals,” Cindy Caldwell, SVP, Client Services for Access, said.
Access National Bank Promotes Tom Ciolkosz to Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager & Nonprofit, Trade Association Team Leader
“Access differentiates itself in the market by working as a ‘trusted business advisor’ for prospects, clients and business referral partners,” Ciolkosz said. “I invest time acquainting myself with my clients’ unique needs, offer referral sources and ultimately partner with them in helping to grow their business. It’s rewarding to work for a bank who values cultivating meaningful relationships within our communities.”
Ciolkosz joined Access in 2011 as Vice President, Client Services Manager. During his tenure, he expanded his relationship management skills to the nonprofit and trade association segment, eventually becoming the segment team leader. He routinely works in conjunction with other segments such as accounting firms, government contractors, and companies with $200 million+ in revenue. Additionally, he is further honing his banking industry knowledge by serving in his second year at the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management.
In addition to his robust bank duties, Ciolkosz serves numerous local organizations in either a membership or directorial capacity. Some of his participation includes the Board of Directors for Greater Washington Society of CPAs (GWSCPA), Loudoun Hunger Relief, and Brain Injury Services; Town of Lovettsville Planning Commission Chairperson; and membership with the American Society of Association Executives and the FAR Network.
“Tom’s promotion reflects the significant contributions he has made to the Bank’s strategic focus on better serving our nonprofit and trade association clients,” Michael Clarke, CEO of Access, said. “His industry knowledge has proven to be an invaluable asset to both the Bank and the clients who benefit from his expertise.”
“Tom earned this title with his diligent work over the past seven years,” Cindy Caldwell, SVP, Client Services at Access said. “He works with all business lines to grow deposits, loans, and investments. I am looking forward to watching his contributions and leadership evolve as our Bank continues this next chapter of 2018 and beyond.”
Access National Bank Promotes David A. Talebian to Executive Vice President, Commercial Lending
“Access National Bank sets itself apart from the competition with a talented group of bankers providing industry-specific knowledge, coupled with tailored services and solutions,” Talebian said. “I look forward to continuing to contribute to our long-term success as the organization grows.”
Talebian has been with the Bank since 2007 upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Virginia Tech. He later completed commercial lending and bank management education programs offered by both the Virginia Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association.
“David has been with the Access National team from the start of his tremendous career journey, making him one of our ‘homegrown’ success stories here,” Mark Moore, President at Access National Bank, said.
Talebian consistently ranks among the Bank’s top producers annually, with a portfolio comprising of commercial and industrial (C&I) financing, commercial real estate loans, and professional services for businesses typically with $5 million to $200 million in revenue.
In his role, Talebian will continue to serve in a leadership capacity with his team of commercial lenders. In addition, he will remain a primary player in corporate and leveraged finance sectors, medical services, government contracting sectors, and asset-based lending.
He will also support a wide range of essential corporate banking verticals for the Bank, and serve as a member of the Bank’s Executive Loan Committee.
“David’s contributions and leadership have been impactful toward the growth and success of our company,” Moore said. “We are looking forward to his ongoing leadership to propel us to greater heights.”
Access National Mortgage and Middleburg Bank Host First-Time Homebuyer Seminar
Access National Mortgage (“Access”) and Middleburg Bank (“Middleburg”), both divisions of Access National Bank, hosted their First-Time Homebuyer Educational Seminar (“the Seminar”) on Wednesday, March 7 at the Middleburg Community Center.
Young, prospective first-time, as well as seasoned, homebuyers in the Loudoun area joined to discover new financing, lending, and credit-rebuilding options to help them meet their homeownership goals.
Sixty-seven percent of attendees expressed interest in Access’s services when the Seminar concluded.
“I have been in this industry for more than 18 years, so I know buying your first home can be daunting,” Bill Stern, Sales Manager at Access National Mortgage, said. “But, the audience was active and engaged throughout the seminar.”
Middleburg Bank hosts Foxcroft School Winter Mission Program for a Fifth Consecutive Year
MIDDLEBURG, Va. – Middleburg Bank (“Middleburg”), a division of Access National Bank (“Access”), hosted students from Foxcroft School (“Foxcroft”) in Middleburg to learn about banking from Feb. 5 to Feb. 9 at the Middleburg Financial Service Center.
It is the fifth year Middleburg Bank has taken part in Foxcroft’s Winter Mission Program, where students are required to participate in an internship-style program during their winter break. Foxcroft is one of the nation’s leading boarding schools for girls, preparing young women in grades 9 to 12 for success in college and in life.
“We are honored to get the opportunity to work with the Foxcroft girls for another year,” Cynthia McGlumphy, VP, Financial Service Center Manager, said. McGlumphy has organized the banking program since its inception in 2013. “Middleburg and Access are committed to serving the community and setting teens up for financial success early.”
The girls began the week with an introduction to Middleburg Bank with a tour of the Financial Service Center and a brief history of the Bank and its positive impact on the community.
Students explored a diverse range of banking principles and operational processes, such as industry-specific segments, mortgage, risk management, lending, and more. Employees from both the Middleburg and Access National Bank sides led discussions on their respective fields of expertise.
Finally, on the last day, Marybeth Muir, SVP, Business Intelligence & Workflow for Access, led a panel discussion about women leaders in banking and finance. Featured panelists included Amelia Stansell, VP, Commercial Lending; Cindy Caldwell, SVP, Client Services; Meg Taylor, EVP, Chief Financial Officer; and Karen Puleo, Chief Human Resources Officer.
“Middleburg and Access have a role in the community as trusted advisers for our clients and the community,” said McGlumphy. “Highlighting the impact women have on this industry validates the girls’ aspirations, even if they choose a field outside of banking.”
Access National Mortgage to Host First-Time Homebuyer Educational Seminar
RESTON, Va. – (Access National Mortgage) – Access National Mortgage, a division of Access National Bank, will host a first-time homebuyer educational seminar (“the Seminar”) on Wednesday, March 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Middleburg Community Center.
“Having been in this industry for more than 18 years, I know buying your first home can be daunting,” Bill Stern, Sales Manager at Access National Mortgage, said. “Our goal with the Seminar is to open a forum for first-time and even seasoned homebuyers to meet with mortgage specialists who understand the local market and the tools to facilitate successful homeownership.”
The presentation segment will focus on different catalysts to achieve homeownership, including methods to improve and build credit, finding solutions to obtain financing approval regardless of credit history, and loan programs with 100 percent financing to reduce down payment costs.
In addition to the Access National Mortgage team, featured real estate industry leaders include Regina Pinkney, Business Development Officer for Virginia Housing Development Authority; Ryan Clegg, REALTOR® with Atoka Properties; and Danielle Tubbs, Director of Operations and Settlement for Bankers Title Shenandoah.
“We are looking forward to helping ‘lay the foundation’ for potential buyers at any stage of life,” Stern added.
Access National Mortgage is a federally-chartered institution operating as a Correspondent Lender closing loans in all 50 states. It regularly funds more than $1 billion in residential mortgages annually and is an Equal Housing Lender. Click here to register for the seminar.
Access National Bank Sponsors Symposium on Local Small Business Growth & Financing
The inaugural event was the first phase of a larger effort by Access and Middleburg to host financial education events to help foster healthy economic growth in the communities of Middleburg, Aldie, Upperville, The Plains, Marshall, and Delaplane. More events similar to this are planned for the future in other areas within Loudoun, Fauquier, and Fairfax counties.
Access National Bank Extends 16-Year Partnership with Brain Injury Services
Access National Bank ("Access") is committed to making a difference in the community and is proud to continue its 16-year partnership with Brain Injury Services (BIS) with a $25,000 contribution to children and adults in need. Tom Ciolkosz, VP, Nonprofit Segment Team Leader facilitates the relationship between Access and BIS. Ciolkosz's financial expertise assists in strategically guiding the organization by serving as a member of the BIS Board of Directors.
"The magnitude of the contributions Access National Bank has made over the years to Brain Injury Services is humbling," Denise Hyater, BIS Executive Director, said. "Brain Injury Services is profoundly grateful to Access National Bank for their continuing philanthropic and leadership support. They are a longstanding partner in our effort to help local survivors of acquired brain injuries benefit from individually-managed, person-centered care and resources designed to address their post-acute needs. We thank Access National Bank and look forward to our ongoing partnership."
Pictured from L-R: Michael Clarke (Access National Bank), Denise Hyater (Brain Injury Services), Tom Ciolkosz (Access National Bank), Kendel Paulsen (Brain Injury Services).
About Brain Injury Services:
Brain Injury Services (BIS) has taken a leadership role in developing community-based services for brain injury. BIS takes pride in serving over 500 survivors and their families each year helping them build the skills and confidence they need to lead a productive, fulfilling life. Visit their website at BrainInjurySvcs.org.
Access National Bank Named 2017 NVAR Affiliate of the Year
Access National Bank is this year's recipient of the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS® (NVAR) Affiliate of the Year award. Read the official press release to catch up on this year's NVAR Installation and Appreciation Ceremony. Thank you to our friends at NVAR for your continued support!
Pictured L-R: Marshall Chapman, Mortgage Loan Officer, Access National Mortgage; Tom Ciolkosz, VP, Nonprofit Segment Team Leader, Access National Bank; Michael Clarke, CEO, Access National Bank; Bob Adamson, Chairman, NVAR Board. Photo courtesy of NVAR.
Roy L. Giese Joins Access National Bank as Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending to Launch Automotive Dealership Banking Division
December 19, 2017 — Access National Bank (“Access” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that Roy L. Giese has joined Access National Bank as a Senior Vice President in the Commercial Lending division. Mr. Giese will be concentrating on Automotive Dealership Banking.
Mr. Giese is a tenured automotive dealership banking expert with more than 30 years of experience managing dealer relationships in Virginia and Metro DC. He previously oversaw the Automotive Dealership Banking Teams for First Virginia Bank and BB&T. He is active in the Washington Area New Auto Dealers Association (WANADA) and the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association (VADA).
“Access National Bank’s entrepreneurial spirit melds well with the Automobile Dealership industry,” Giese said. “I look forward to continuing to serve local auto dealerships with targeted financial services.”
Mr. Giese lives in Springfield, Virginia. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College and the Banking School of the South at Louisiana State University.
“With Roy’s wealth of experience in the automotive industry, our new Automotive Dealership Banking division has a promising future ahead for the Company and our clients,” said Michael W. Clarke, CEO of Access National Bank. “We are fortunate to have someone of Roy’s caliber join our dynamic organization.”
Access National Bank and Middleburg Bank, a Division of Access National Bank, Welcome John Dane, Senior Vice President and Team Leader at Richmond Branch
December 12, 2017 — Access National Bank (“the Bank” or “Access”) and Middleburg Bank (“Middleburg”), a division of Access National Bank, welcome John G. Dane, SVP and Team Leader in the Bank’s Richmond market.
“I am excited to be part of Access National,” Dane said. “There is no other community bank headquartered in Virginia that can deliver the same level of industry expertise and client-focused service.”
He is a native of the Tri-Cities area and later went to study at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He holds an MBA from the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University in Boston.
Dane began his banking career with BB&T in its Management Development Program and subsequently placed as a Small Business Banker at their branch in Chester, Virginia.
As his career progressed, Dane worked at other community banks in the Richmond area as a Commercial Lender and Special Assets Officer before electing to work in Correspondent Banking at Community Bankers’ Bank in Midlothian, Virginia.
Outside of banking, Dane was appointed by then Gov. Bob McDonnell to the Virginia College Building Authority, which provides financing for capital projects and educational equipment for state higher education institutions and a “conduit financing mechanism” for private, nonprofit higher education institutions. He now serves as vice chair.
“Access National and Middleburg pride themselves on being community-focused banks,” said David Leudemann, EVP, Commercial Banking for Middleburg. “John’s from Richmond and understands the needs of this diverse community. That, coupled with his invaluable industry expertise, will benefit current and prospective Richmond-based clients as Access and Middleburg move forward post-merger.”
In addition to his industry repertoire, Dane currently serves on the Commonwealth Catholic Charities Board and the Partnership for Families Board. He is also a member of the River City Rotary, previously serving as the organization's Charter President.
Dane resides in Midlothian with his wife, Maria, and sons Gavin, 7, and Sullivan, 18 months.
“As a native of Richmond, I know the Access National model will be well-received by many Richmond businesses,” Dane said, “both big and small.”
Access National Bank continues to enhance its focus on Government Contractor Lending
December 5, 2017 — Access National Bank ("the Bank") is expanding its Government Contracting ("GovCon") division to provide amplified services for this critical industry.
The most strategic and vital component to the Bank’s involvement in the GovCon community is a tenured staff with a combined 150+ years of industry experience which they leverage to provide on-target, customized solutions to each client.
Under the new leadership of Adam Nalls, SVP, Commercial Lending and Government Contracting Team Leader, the GovCon segment of the Bank provides a creative approach to asset-based lending, merger & acquisition (M&A) financing, and leveraged financing.
Mr. Nalls is an eight-year veteran of Access National, and is involved with the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF).
“The Washington, D.C. Metro area thrives on government contracting, and this sector is at the very core of our customer base,” Nalls said. “As a local bank, Access National understands the industry in both a business and geographical sense.”
Most recently, the Bank welcomed Michael Marsden, VP, Government Contract Lending. He adds more than 25 years of banking and commercial financing experience, and has financed more than 400 companies – most with a concentration in GovCon.
Marsden is a committee member of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and is an active member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). He also volunteers on weekends at Vinson Hall, a retirement community in McLean, Virginia for retired officers from the United States Military.
“Having been part of this industry for so long, I’ve witnessed a sundry of banking processes,” said Marsden. “Access National Bank’s innovative banking platforms provide government contractors the logistics they seek on an individual level.”
President Mark Moore joined the Bank in 2016, having previously worked in the GovCon and technology sectors for more than 30 years. Along with more than two decades of commercial banking focus in these sectors, Moore served as a partner at two distinguished investment banking firms, specializing in M&A advisory services, private equity investments, and capital formation support. He is also involved with SECAF with Mr. Nalls.
Additionally, the Bank offers the benefit of being a Preferred SBA lender to assist in growing government contracting organizations of all sizes. With the recent merger with Middleburg Bank, Access National Bank has increased its legal lending limit to $35 million, and is now able to offer the benefits of Middleburg Bank’s trust banking and wealth services platforms.
Middleburg Bank, a Division of Access National Bank, is hosting a Small Business Keys to Financial Success Financial Education Symposium on January 17, 2018
November 30, 2017 — Middleburg Bank, a Division of Access National Bank, will be hosting a Small Business Keys to Financial Success Financial Education Symposium (“the Symposium”) on Wednesday, January 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Middleburg Community Center (inclement weather date of January 24, 2018). The purpose of the Symposium is to offer local business owners financial resources to help them grow and sustain their business. Light fare and beverages will be provided.
This inaugural event is part of a larger effort by Access National Bank, and its Middleburg Bank division, in partnership with the Town of Middleburg and other local leaders to lend success tips to the small business-driven communities of Middleburg, Aldie, Upperville, The Plains, Marshall and Delaplane.
Economic experts and financial industry leaders featured at the Symposium include: Jamie Gaucher, Business & Economic Developer for the Town of Middleburg; Beth Wilson, Vice President of Business Finance Group; Michael Clarke, CEO of Middleburg Bank; and Ted Lauer, SVP of Commercial Lending of Access National Bank.
“As a community-focused bank, we believe in these sorts of ‘grassroots efforts’ to support the small business backbone of our economy,” commented Michael Clarke, CEO of Middleburg Bank. “Our role as a trusted financial advisor is to provide relevant resources on a more personal level with the objective of fostering a community of thriving small businesses.”
The Town of Middleburg Business and Economic Development Director, Jamie Gaucher, said of the partnership with Middleburg and Access National Bank that “the Symposium is part of the Town’s focus on encouraging entrepreneurship, by providing a forum to discuss strategic financial tactics from which small businesses can benefit.”
The Middleburg Community Center is located at 300 West Washington Street/P.O. Box 265,
Middleburg, VA 20118. To register online, Click Here.
Access National Bank Grabs Greater Market Share in Greater Washington
October 11, 2017 — Access National Bank grabbed greater market share in the Greater Washington region, jumping from No. 20 to No. 16. Read the full Washington Business Journal article.
Access National Bank is Now Open in Arlington
June 26, 2017 — Access National Bank is pleased to announce the opening of its new Arlington Financial Service Center, located at 2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 100 Arlington, VA 22201 — in the heart of the Courthouse neighborhood. The office is managed by veteran Arlington banker, Athena Ullrich, Vice President, who can be reached at 703-871-5721 or by email.
The opening of this new Financial Service Center will allow Access National to better support Arlington’s vibrant business and nonprofit community. The Bank offers extensive experience in several key industries including CPA Firms, Legal Services, Medical Practices, National Trade Associations, Nonprofits and Government Contractors.
“We have been trusted advisors to our clients in Arlington for many years,” said Michael W. Clarke, CEO. “We are thrilled to bring our business banking expertise and style of proactive relationship banking to the commercial epicenter of Arlington with truly exceptional bankers led by Athena, further solidifying us as the community bank of choice for local businesses.” Clarke concluded, “Along with our new partners at Middleburg Financial Corporation with whom we merged in April, this new Arlington location is a clear signal that we are still hiring and continuing to expand in metro DC as the bank built for business.”
Access National Bank’s Merger with Middleburg Bank is Complete
April 3, 2017 — Access National Bank has completed its previously announced merger with Middleburg Bank, creating a $2.8 billion-asset bank ranked fifth in deposit market share among Virginia-based banks under $10 billion in assets. Read the full press release. This strategic merger, that legally closed on April 1, 2017, allows us to better serve our clients with an increased lending limit, a broader range of products and services, and a more expansive geographic footprint. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
Will the name of the bank change?
- No. Access National Corporation is the holding company and Access National Bank is the lead brand. You will continue to see Access National Bank signs where you see them today. Corporate headquarters will remain in Reston.
- While Access is the surviving entity in the merger, we are also preserving the strong Middleburg Bank brand along with those for Middleburg Investment Services and Middleburg Trust Company, each of which will operate as a division of Access National Bank. We will leverage the strengths of these brands along with those of Access National Bank including Access National Mortgage, Access Capital Management, Access Investment Services and Capital Fiduciary Advisors. As a result of this strategic merger, we will be able to offer our clients greater benefits in banking, mortgage and wealth services.
Should I expect any changes? What does the combination with Middleburg Financial mean for my local branch?
- Right now, it’s business as usual. You can continue banking as you always have with us, using your local branch, our online platform and other digital services. And, of course, your relationship manager is here to serve you. We expect to complete full integration of our computer systems in early August, at which time you’ll gain the convenience of additional locations, where you may transact business.
- We will preserve Access National Banking Centers in the communities where we are currently located and, following systems integration in August, will have additional locations to serve you. Middleburg Bank branches will operate as a division of Access National Bank and the computer systems at those locations will convert to Access in early August.
- What’s not changing is our commitment to delivering personal service and tailored financial solutions.
What will happen to my accounts? Should I use the same checks, online login credentials and other banking services?
- There will be no changes to your banking products and services at this time.
- Keep using your checks and online banking services as you do today.
- Middleburg Bank’s systems will convert to Access National’s in early August. We do not expect any impact on Access National clients and, of course, will work to ensure a smooth transition for Middleburg Bank clients.
- If there are any changes in the future, you will be notified well in advance. Be assured, whenever possible we will construct any changes so that you will not be required to take action.
If I have deposit accounts at Middleburg Bank as well as Access National, are those deposits insured separately by the FDIC?
- The deposits at Access National Bank and Middleburg Bank continue to be insured separately for at least six months after the merger. Special rules for certificates of deposit may extend that period.
- This six-month grace period provides depositors the opportunity to restructure accounts, if desired. Learn more about FDIC coverage.
Who can I contact if I have any more questions?
If you have any questions or wish to discuss the merger, please do not hesitate to contact us as you normally would. All of our associates are committed to serving your needs just as we always have.
Access National Bank Extends Its 15-Year Partnership with Brain Injury Services
February 9, 2017 — Access National Bank is committed to making a positive difference in the community and is proud to announce its continued support of and long-time partnership with Brain Injury Services (BIS) in the form of a $25,000 contribution. For more than 15 years, the Bank has forged a great working relationship with BIS that extends far beyond providing financial support. Year-after-year, Bank staff faithfully volunteer their time and talents at the annual BIS golf tournament fundraiser. Additionally, the Bank’s Nonprofit Segment Team leader, Tom Ciolkosz, has actively served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the BIS Board.
“As a community bank with longstanding ties to Brain Injury Services, we embrace our responsibility to help the efforts of an organization that plays such a vital role in providing assistance to empower people living with head trauma related disabilities,” said Michael W. Clarke, Access National Bank, CEO. “We also feel privileged to be able to share our nonprofit industry expertise that has helped contribute to the organization’s growth and impact,” continued Mr. Clarke.
“Brain Injury Services truly values the financial guidance and support Access National Bank has provided to us since the inception of the organization. These funds will enable us to not only reach more survivors of brain injury but also allow us to be more creative in how best to serve their post-acute needs, like providing therapeutic interventions or more personalized social services,” stated Karen Brown, BIS, Executive Director. “We really wouldn’t be able to make the substantive impact on the community without Access National’s help.”
(L-R) Michael W. Clarke, Access National Bank, CEO; Karen Brown, BIS, Executive Director; Tom Ciolkosz, Access National Bank, Nonprofit Segment Team Leader; Rick Ferraro, BIS, President; Steven A. Reeder, Access National Bank, EVP, Chief Deposit Officer
About Brain Injury Services:
Brain Injury Services (BIS) has taken a leadership role in developing community based services for a brain injury. BIS takes pride in serving over 500 survivors and their families each year helping them build the skills and confidence they need to lead a productive and fulfilling life. http://braininjurysvcs.org/
Veteran Banking Executive, David J. Leudemann, Joins Middleburg Bank as Executive Vice President, Market Executive Overseeing Commercial Banking
January 25, 2017 — Access National Corporation (NASDAQ: ANCX) (“Access” or the “Company”) and Middleburg Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: MBRG) (“Middleburg”), holding company for Access National Bank and Middleburg Bank, respectively, are pleased to announce the addition of David J. Leudemann to the Middleburg Bank Executive Team, serving as the Executive Vice President - Market Executive who will oversee commercial banking for Middleburg Bank. Mr. Leudemann will remain in a leadership role once the two organizations complete the pending merger, slated for second quarter 2017.
Mr. Leudemann has a long and illustrious banking career spanning over thirty years, most recently serving as the Dulles Corridor Market President for BB&T. Management of both Access National Bank and Middleburg Bank believe that Mr. Leudemann’s experience and leadership will create a stronger commercial-focused conduit between the two successful organizations upon their combination. In his new role at Middleburg Bank, Mr. Leudemann will help the organization maximize the opportunities presented by the pending merger with focus on bringing industry specific, locally delivered expertise to Loudoun’s business community including government contract lending, asset based lending, medical practice financing, SBA 504 and M&A financing. As both a Loudoun County market expert and resident, Mr. Leudemann views this rare local leadership role as an opportunity to positively impact the economy by investing in his own community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and for Northern Virginia Family Service and is a member of the Committee for Dulles. He formerly served on the boards of several large nonprofits.
“The addition of Mr. Leudemann to the Middleburg team, coupled with investments in sophisticated online banking technologies to more effectively serve the government contracting sector and other commercial industries signifies an organizational recalibration hinged on delivering diversified capabilities,” stated John C. Lee, Chairman of the Board of Middleburg Financial Corporation and who will serve as Chairman of the combined organization upon completion of the merger. Mr. Lee is a highly respected executive in the data center industry who founded Lee Technologies, Inc., now Schneider Electric, which supports Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies, and he currently serves on the Board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.
“We feel very fortunate to have a banker of David’s caliber join our dynamic organization following completion of the pending merger and contribute his commercial expertise,” stated Michael W. Clarke, CEO of Access National Corporation. “The hiring of David is an important next step to realizing our merger objectives announced in October 2016 where we remain committed to preserving the 92-year old Middleburg brand heritage and its loyal client base, while being able to offer expanded commercial banking capabilities along with true concierge private banking and wealth services to the broader Loudoun market,” continued Mr. Clarke. Read the full press release.