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Univest Expands Commercial Banking Team in the Lehigh Valley

Univest Bank and Trust Co. recently announced it has expanded its commercial banking team in the Lehigh Valley by adding two commercial lenders with extensive experience serving commercial, industrial and commercial real estate clients. The new team will partner with businesses in the Lehigh Valley to meet their financial needs.

Stephen Patterson joins as senior vice president and senior relationship manager. He brings 34 years of experience in the financial services industry to his role at Univest. Previously, Patterson served as senior vice president and business development officer at Fulton Bank. He received a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University. He is past chair of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on their Board of Governors and Executive Committee. Additionally, he serves as the Treasurer of the Lehigh Valley Workforce Board, as President of the Board for the Wilson Area Partners in Education Foundation, as a member of the Board of Associates for the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and as the Treasurer for the Riegelsville Union Cemetery. Patterson resides in Williams Township, Pa.

Robert Lepley joins as a vice president and relationship manager. He brings more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry to his role at Univest. Most recently, Lepley served as vice president and relationship manager for ESSA Bank and Trust. Lepley received a bachelor’s degree from DeSales University. He is active in the local community serving as an ambassador for the Lehigh Valley Chamber, as a member of the Presidential Advisory Board for DeSales University, as a Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Member, and as a member of the Borough of Hellertown Planning Commission. Lepley resides in the Lehigh Valley.

 

Get to know Stephen:

What is your specialty or area of focus and what qualities do you have that make you good at what you do?
I focus on meeting with business owners to not only discuss their business but to truly understand their business which will help me be their partner and learn how to help them achieve their financial needs.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my three daughters. The youngest one is going to graduate high school this year, so I look forward to reprioritizing my non-work time.

Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?
My favorite quote is, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” By Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Any other details that you’d like to share?
I’m happily married to my wife, Amy.

 

Get to know Robert:

What is your specialty or area of focus and what qualities do you have that make you good at what you do?
I specialize in commercial real estate, construction, C&I, and relationship management.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy working on my classic car, trying new restaurants and traveling

Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?
Our rewards in life will always be in the exact proportion to our contribution.

Any other details that you’d like to share?
I have a daughter, Renee, in her Junior year at DeSales University in the nursing program. I’m originally from Bucks County but have lived in the Lehigh Valley since 1994.

 

Univest Bank and Trust Co. is Member FDIC, Equal Opportunity and SBA Preferred Lender.