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Kudos on the promotion: Banker Mark Noto is the new head of Business Lending at Investors Bank.

Brooklyn Heights

Say “hello” to banker Mark Noto. The native son has just been appointed head of business lending at Investors Bank, and is now one of the institution’s top three commercial lending executives.

In this new position Mark will report to chief lending officer Richard Spengler and cover New York, Long Island and New Jersey, as well as manage the bank’s lending units, including healthcare, cash-value insurance, and small business and community financing, which is an awful lot to oversee.

Mark has guided the transformation of business-lending units by recruiting and developing business-lending teams in the bank’s New Jersey and New York markets, and under his leadership, business lending continues to achieve significant annual growth, said Spengler.

“Mark broadened our range of financing options by introducing new specialized lending components, and the results have been excellent,” he said.

Mark combined his skills as a business lender with proven leadership and mentoring capabilities, according to bank president and chief executive officer Kevin Cummings.

“He is an exceptional individual with a straightforward manner that earns clients’ trust and forms the foundation for long-term relationships, and that is why he was the clear choice,” he said.

It’s a clear choice that Mark Noto deserves a Standing O, too!

Investors Bank [81 Court St. between Livingston and Schermerhorn streets in Brooklyn Heights (718) 855–8500].


Expanding the territory

A shout-out to John Banks for being appointed the new president of the Real Estate Board of New York.

Standing O pal and Brooklyn Chamber president Carlos Scissura had these good words to day:

“Congratulations to my good friend John Banks, his record speaks for itself, and I know firsthand how terrific he is from our time together on the Charter Review Commission in 2010. There is not a doubt in my mind that he is the right man for this job, and I look forward to working with him to continue to build Brooklyn’s already booming real estate industry.”

Standing O pal Carlos also added a fond farewell to former board president Steve Spinola.

“Congratulations for all of his accomplishments,” he said.

Standing O says, “Hello and goodbye,” and wishes all great success.

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce [335 Adams St. at Boerum Place in Downtown, (718) 875-1000].

Dyker Heights

Toys for Tots drive

Hats off to Petri Plumbing and Heating, Inc., the borough’s trusted plumber since 1906. It is now a partner of the Toys for Tots program and until Dec. 25, the night that Santa drops down the chimney, it will be a collection location for residents and businesses to drop off toys for the drive.

Owner Michael Petri told Standing O, “I am very excited to be a part of Toys for Tots and give back to the neighborhoods my company serves. The service experts will be wearing Santa caps to pick up donations while stopping up those pesky leaks and plumbing problems we take care of.”

Petri is also offering special promotions to customers who provide toys for the drive. Area residents can also drop off their donations at its Dyker Heights office.

“The holiday season is very important in this business,” Standing O pal Michael added. “Not only are we inundated with service calls and plumbing inspections, we are constantly giving back to the community.”

Petri Plumbing didn’t stop at the drive, it also gave $500 to BrooklynEats Cares to benefit local food pantries and soup kitchens.

You only have a week, readers, so get a move on and make those donations.

Petri Plumbing and Heating [901 Bay Ridge Pkwy. at Ft. Hamilton Parkway in Dyker Heights, (718) 748–1254].

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