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BankNewport Names Irene Mendez Community Lending Loan Officer


NEWPORT, R.I. (June 25, 2021) – BankNewport is pleased to announce that Irene Mendez has joined its Residential Lending team as a Community Lending Officer.  In her new role, Mendez facilitates the loan process for clients, including first-time homebuyers, reviewing their credit reports, income and assets information, and advising on loan products that best fit their needs.

Prior to joining BankNewport, Mendez was a real estate agent at Empire Real Estate Group in East Providence and also worked as a community lending coordinator for Rhode Island Housing.  She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and the National Association of Rhode Island Realtors.

PIcture of Irene Mendez

“We are thrilled to welcome Irene to BankNewport,” said Gina Lauro, Vice President, Mortgage Producing Sales Manager, BankNewport.  “Her experience in the housing industry is a great complement to the responsibilities of her new position, and will be a valuable asset for our customers.

Mendez holds a degree in Business Management from the Community College of Rhode Island.  A native of Central Falls, RI, she currently resides in Woonsocket.

About BankNewport:
Founded in 1819 and headquartered in Newport, BankNewport offers a full suite of loan and deposit products and services for families and businesses throughout Rhode Island.  With $2.0 billion in assets, BankNewport is one of the oldest community banks in the United States and, as a mutual organization, is committed to the financial success of its customers, employees and communities. BankNewport has 17 branch locations, with commercial lending offices in Cumberland and Providence.

BankNewport business lines include OceanPoint Marine Lending, specializing in consumer marine and recreational vehicle financing programs, and OceanPoint Insurance, a Trusted Choice independent insurance agency, providing a broad range of property casualty insurance products, including employee benefits and marine related insurance products.