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Bankwell Financial Group Inc (BWFG.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Blake Drexler

57 2015 Outside Chairman of the Board

Christopher Gruseke

54 2015 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Penko Ivanov

45 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Heidi DeWyngaert

Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer

Todd Lampert

51 2013 Corporate Secretary, Independent Director

Gail Brathwaite

52 2017 Director

Carl Porto

48 2015 Director

Frederick Afragola

73 2013 Independent Director

George Bauer

83 2012 Independent Director

Michael Brandt

49 2014 Independent Director

Richard Castiglioni

63 2013 Independent Director

Eric Dale

52 2013 Independent Director

James Fieber

60 2013 Independent Director

William Fitzpatrick

65 2013 Independent Director

Daniel Jones

76 2013 Independent Director

Victor Liss

78 2013 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Blake Drexler

Mr. Blake S. Drexler is an Outside Chairman of the Board of Company. He was Executive Chairman of the Board of Bankwell Financial Group, Inc.Mr. Drexler is a portfolio manager with Mariner Capital since 2011. From 2004-2011, he was a private equity investor and partner in both 5-Mile Ventures and Great Point Partners, both located in Rowayton, Connecticut. He was previously Managing Director of Derivative Products at Greenwich Capital Markets for 22 years and a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, The Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Mr. Drexler joined the board of directors in 2001 and served on the board of The Bank of New Canaan from its organization. He served as Executive Chairman of the Company from August 2014?–?February 2015.

Christopher Gruseke

Mr. Christopher Gruseke is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Company & Bank. He has also been appointed as CEO of the Company's subsidiary, Bankwell Bank, and to the Board of Directors of the Company and Bank. He Chief Strategic Officer of Bank and Company. He was Director of Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. He was a founding investor and Director of Bankwell Financial Group's predecessors, BNC Financial Group, Inc., and The Bank of New Canaan. Mr. Gruseke brings 30 years of capital markets, operations, sales and finance experience to his role at the Company. Most recently, he was a member of the Executive Committee at CRT Capital, a Stamford, Connecticut-based broker/dealer. He previously served as Co-Chief Operating Officer and a Member of the Board of Directors of Greenwich Capital Markets. In his capacity as Chief Strategic Officer, Mr. Gruseke will report to the Company's present Executive Chairman, Blake S. Drexler, and work with the Management Team to grow the Company profitably in accordance with its strategic plan. Mr. Gruseke is a longtime resident of New Canaan, Connecticut, where he resides with his wife and three children. He is actively involved in the community, including St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and has trained as a Chaplain in the Greenwich Hospital system. He earned a B.A. at Williams College and an M.S. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Penko Ivanov

Mr. Penko Krassimir Ivanov serves as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. Mr. Ivanov comes to Bankwell with more than 24 years of experience in accounting and finance. His more recent roles included CFO for the US Operations of Doral Bank, where he created a scalable Finance organization to support the rapid growth of several business units from infancy to $3 billion in assets and CFO of Darien Rowayton Bank. He began his career with Ernst & Young and held various accounting/finance positions at PepsiCo, GE Capital and Bridgewater Associates. He has a proven track record in building, improving and overseeing all Finance areas, including Controllership, SOX, Treasury, FP&A, as well as internal and external reporting functions. Mr. Ivanov holds MBA and Bachelor Degrees in Accounting and Finance from the University of South Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is also Six Sigma Black Belt certified.

Heidi DeWyngaert

Ms. Heidi S. DeWyngaert is an Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. He is President of The Bank of New Canaan, a subsidiary of the company. Ms. DeWyngaert is a career banker, with over 30 years of commercial real estate and commercial banking experience. Ms. DeWyngaert joined us in 2004. She previously worked for Webster Bank, where she managed the Fairfield County, Connecticut commercial real estate group. Prior to that, she spent 10 years as Vice President of Commercial Real Estate at First Union National Bank. Ms. DeWyngaert received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and her MBA from American University.

Todd Lampert

Mr. Todd Lampert Esquire., is an Independent Director, Corporate Secretary of Bankwell Financial Group, Inc.Mr. Lampert is the founder of and has been the managing member of the law firm of Lampert, Toohey & Rucci, LLC located in New Canaan, Connecticut, since its inception in 1993, where he is the head of the litigation department, representing banks and title companies in construction and real estate matters for over 24 years. From 1985 to 1987, Mr. Lampert was a stock broker with Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. He joined our board of directors in 2007 and served on the board of The Bank of New Canaan from its organization.

Gail Brathwaite

Ms. Gail E.D. Brathwaite is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. She was appointed to an open Director position at the Company and Bank on March 29, 2017. She joined the Company in April 2013 as Chief Operating Officer with over 30 years of experience in the areas of retail banking, mortgage banking operations, IT, human resources and M&A. She left the Company on December 11, 2015, while still performing consulting services. Ms. Brathwaite is President and Chief Executive Officer of G.E.D.B. Consulting, a consulting firm that she worked for from December 11, 2015 until present, and from May 2012 to March 2013. Previously, Ms. Brathwaite was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NewAlliance Bank from 2002 to 2011. Before joining NewAlliance, Ms. Brathwaite was SVP, Director of Branch Administration, Compliance and Loss Control at The Dime Savings Bank in New York. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pace University. Ms. Brathwaite provides the Board with over 30 years of experience in executive and operating roles at the company and larger banking institutions.

Carl Porto

Mr. Carl Michael Porto II is Director of the Bankwell Financial Group, the holding company for Bankwell Bank. Mr. Porto is an attorney and Managing Principal in the law firm of Parrett, Porto, Parese & Colwell, Professional Corporation, with offices in Hamden and Guilford. Mr. Porto was formerly on the board of The Bank of New Haven and Citizens Bank of Connecticut and Citizens Bank of Rhode Island. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the New Haven County Bar Association. He received a B.A. from Boston University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Frederick Afragola

Mr. Frederick R. Afragola is an Independent Director of Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. Mr. Afragola is Chairman Emeritus of the Bank. He was the formational President and Chief Executive Officer of The Bank of New Canaan from its opening in 2002 until his retirement in 2008. From 2008 to June 2013, Mr. Afragola acted as a consultant through his company, FRAME Advisors, LLC. He joined our board of directors in 2013 and served on The Bank of New Canaan’s board of directors from its organization. Prior to his role at the Bank, Mr. Afragola was Chief Executive Officer and President of New Canaan Bank and Trust and, subsequently, Chief Executive Officer and President of Summit Bank and has been active in banking since 1994.

George Bauer

Mr. George P. Bauer is an Independent Director of Bankwell Financial Group, Inc.Mr. Bauer is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GPB Group, Ltd., a Connecticut based investment banking firm, since 1990. Mr. Bauer spent 31 years with IBM Corp., holding executive positions in marketing, finance and business systems, including Chief Financial Officer positions of several IBM divisions. He has significant experience with community banks, serving both as a director and a shareholder. Mr. Bauer joined our board of directors in 2012.

Michael Brandt

Mr. Michael J. Brandt is an Independent Director of the Company since 2014. Mr. Brandt is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Prudential Retirement, Hartford, Connecticut (a division of Prudential Financial, Inc.). Prior to 2010, he was the Region Head, and Chief Operating Officer, Americas, for Babcock & Brown, New York, NY. Prior to Babcock, he served in a number of senior financial and managerial positions at GE Capital. Mr. Brandt holds a BS in Accounting from Syracuse University and an MBA in Finance, Management and International Business from New York University. He is a certified public accountant.

Richard Castiglioni

Mr. Richard Castiglioni, Esquire., is an Independent Director of Bankwell Financial Group, Inc.Mr. Castiglioni is a partner with the law firm Diserio, Martin, O’Connor & Castiglioni in Stamford, Connecticut, founded in 1983. Mr. Castiglioni is a founding partner of his law firm and head of its litigation department. Mr. Castiglioni has represented banks and the FDIC in litigation matters including foreclosures, workouts and loan restructures for more than 30 years. He joined the board of directors in 2013 and served on the board of The Bank of New Canaan since 2009.

Eric Dale

Mr. Eric J. Dale, Esquire., is an Independent Director of Bankwell Financial Group, Inc.Since 2002, Mr. Dale has been a partner with the law firm Robinson & Cole, LLP in Stamford, Connecticut. He was a director of a public company, Zerotree Technologies, Inc., from 2000 until its merger with e-Media, LLC in 2002. Mr. Dale joined our board of directors in 2008 and served on the board of The Bank of Fairfield from its organization until its merger with The Bank of New Canaan.

James Fieber

Mr. James A. Fieber is an Independent Director of Bankwell Financial Group, Inc.Since 2007, Mr. Fieber has been the managing member of Fiebro Acquisitions, LLC and The Fieber Group, LLC, privately held companies that make strategic investments in real estate and other asset classes for its principal partners and investors. Mr. Fieber also has primary investment responsibility for the Fieber Family Office. In that capacity, Mr. Fieber manages various closely held entities. He earned his law degree and MBA from Duke University.

William Fitzpatrick

Mr. William J. Fitzpatrick, III, is an Independent Director of Bankwell Financial Group, Inc.Since 2008, Mr. Fitzpatrick has been a partner with the law firm, Fitzpatrick, Fray & Bologna, LLC, located in Fairfield, Connecticut. He joined our board of directors in 2008 and served on the board of The Bank of Fairfield from its organization until its merger with The Bank of New Canaan.

Daniel Jones

Mr. Daniel S. Jones is an Independent Director of Bankwell Financial Group, Inc.Mr. Jones is the president of NewsBank, Inc. since 2009, and he serves on the board of Advanced Technology Services, Inc., where he is Chairman of its Compensation Committee. Mr. Jones previously worked as a staff auditor at Haskins & Sells and Vice President of First National Bank. He joined board of directors in 2007 and served on the board of The Bank of New Canaan from its organization. Mr. Jones previously served as a founder and director of New Canaan Bank and Trust and was the Chairman of its Compensation Committee and a member of its Loan and Audit Committees from 1978 to 1999. In addition, Mr. Jones was a director of Summit Bank and a member of its Compensation Committee from 1999 to 2002.

Victor Liss

Mr. Victor S. Liss is an Independent Director of Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. Mr. Liss was, from 1992 to 2002, the Vice-Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trans-Lux Corporation, a public company that is a designer and manufacturer of digital signage display solutions for the financial, sports and entertainment, gaming and leasing markets. From 2002 to 2004, he acted as a consultant to Trans-Lux Corporation. Mr. Liss began his career at Trans-Lux Corporation in 1968, where he served as Treasurer until 1982 and later Chief Financial Officer from 1982 to 1992. Mr. Liss also served as a director of Trans-Lux Corporation from 1988 to 2010. He has served on a number of other boards of public companies and is a certified public accountant and is active in many local professional and charitable organizations. Mr. Liss joined board of directors in 2008 and was the Chairman of the Board of The Bank of Fairfield from its organization until its merger with The Bank of New Canaan. He is a former executive officer of a public company and a certified public accountant.