RockBridge Commercial Bank ( announced the recent hires of Steven Lehwald as a vice president – commercial lending and Patti Batyske as senior vice president – operations and branch manager.

Lehwald spent the last three years with Bank of North Georgia as a vice president in the corporate division. Earlier in his career he worked with Washington Mutual Bank and SouthTrust Bank.

“Steven has eight years of lending experience, and has developed a portfolio of clients that are right on-target with the mission of RockBridge Commercial Bank,” said Lauch McKinnon, president and CEO. “His consultative approach with clients makes him an excellent fit with our bank.”

Batyske came to the bank from Nantahala Bank & Trust Company in Franklin, North Carolina, where she was previously a senior vice president of operations. She also worked at the Bank of Hiawassee and United Community Banks in Hiawassee and Blairsville, GA, respectively.

“Patti is a seasoned banker with more than two decades of experience in the Southeast, and we warmly welcome the contributions she is bringing to the RockBridge team,” added McKinnon.

Atlanta-based RockBridge Commercial Bank closed on the largest banking capitalization in Georgia state history last year at $36.6 million. The bank opened its doors in November at 5607 Glenridge Drive, Suite 100, Two Premier Plaza. The bank targets commercial clients seeking $1 million to $5 million for working capital, expansion and real estate needs.