The BrightFit logo and the Sterling National Bank logo on a plum-colored background

PEARLRIVER, NEW YORK, [– April 12, 2021]  -- Sterling National Bank, the wholly-owned operating bank subsidiary of Sterling Bancorp (NYSE: STL), today announced it has entered into a Banking as a Service agreement with BrightFi, a provider of cloud-based digital banking platform technology and services to regional and community banks and non-bank entities.

This collaboration with BrightFi marks the latest in a series of strategic partnerships and digital technology investments for Sterling, and follows the recent announcement of Banking as a Service partnerships with Google Pay and Rho Technologies. Sterling will provide banking solutions in support of BrightFi’s cloud-based direct to consumer and digital banking technology and operations platform.

“We are excited to partner with BrightFi in building and delivering an innovative set of services that bring digital banking solutions to those that need it most,” aid Matthew Smith, Executive Managing Director; Direct Banking and Banking as a Service. “Our Banking as a Service partnerships allow us to deliver best in class, digitally-enabled banking solutions to a broader group of clients. We see our collaboration with BrightFi as an opportunity to create and deliver seamless banking experiences to current and future clients.”

“For too long, those communities most in need of banking have seen solutions taken away and traditional banks say ‘no.’ Together, with Sterling National Bank, we’re going to change that,” said Michael Coghlan, CEO of BrightFi and its parent company, Verdigris Holdings, Inc. “We’re excited to partner with Sterling because, like us, they are community-focused, committed to making a difference, and willing to think creatively to bring solutions that make banking easier for customers of all sizes.”

About Sterling National Bank:
Sterling National Bank specializes in the delivery of financial services and solutions for small to mid-size businesses and consumers within the communities we serve through a distinctive team-based delivery approach utilizing highly experienced, fully dedicated relationship managers. Sterling National Bank offers a complete line of commercial, business, and consumer banking products and services. For more information, visit

About BrightFi:
BrightFi, a subsidiary of Verdigris Holdings Inc., delivers a cloud-based technology and operations BaaS platform that lets financial institutions and non-banks who want to launch banking products configure, test and deploy new products or digital brands at a fraction of the time and cost. BrightFi Services significantly reduces the cost to serve banking customers and brings banking to even more communities and customers that need it most. For more information, visit:

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