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David Hankins is a Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for the Central & Southern New Jersey market in Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this capacity, his responsibilities include leading a team of specialists focused on understanding each client’s unique needs to deliver strategic financial guidance and solutions. David’s mission is to help local companies thrive by achieving their business goals, no matter how simple or how complex.

Bringing over 35 years of experience, David joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2010. David has also served as a Vice President and Client Manager in Business & Commercial Banking units for a number of local and national banks all within the Central and Southern NJ marketplace.  David began his banking career at the former United Jersey Bank of Hackensack & Keyport New Jersey in 1980 where he went through the Bank’s formal credit training program and progressed to the role of Vice President of the Business Banking Group serving central & southern NJ. Throughout his banking career, David has served mid-sized companies throughout this geographic area to their commercial banking needs.


To help create a more sustainable future for the companies and communities, David has served as a volunteer with several not-for-profit organizations, such as The Family & Children’s Services Organization, focused on  ending hunger and homelessness, and most recently with The ARC of Ocean County in providing help with their various building projects.


Originally from Belmar, New Jersey, David graduated with a History & Economics Degree, with a concentration in Accounting, from Assumption College in Worcester, MA. David is also a Graduate of the AIB banking program of NJ.



    • Technology Services
    • Wholesale Trade
    • General industries
    • Engineering Firms
    • Government Contractors
    • Transportation
    • Manufacturing
    • Professional Services

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With access to the global resources of Bank of America, our team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Cynthia Leefe

Assistant Vice President

Sales Support Associate

Amita Bhatia

Vice President

Treasury Sales Officer

Kate Hornigold

Vice President

Treasury Sales Officer

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With Bank of America Business Banking by your side, you can be assured your business has the power to grow and thrive.

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