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Mickey Belgrod, Director, joined First Citizens' Maritime Finance business in 2017 and is responsible for originating new business opportunities, managing existing client relationships and executing vessel finance transactions.

Mickey has spent more than two decades in the maritime industry, working across commercial, operational and technical roles, both at sea and ashore. Prior to joining First Citizens, Mickey spent 6 years as an Oil Trader at World Fuel Services where he generated relationships with global shipping companies and managed their fleet bunkering programs, employing financial derivative instruments to mitigate volatile oil markets as well as coordinating physical fuel deliveries around the world. Earlier in his career, Mickey sailed on commercial vessels in the merchant marine and piloted towing vessels on the Mississippi River and US inland waterway system, obtaining his Master of Towing endorsement on his United States Coast Guard license. Mickey also spent nearly a decade serving in the United States Navy as a reservist and retiring honorably at the rank of Lieutenant.

Mickey earned a B.S. in Logistics & Intermodal Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY and earned an MBA in Finance from The New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

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Maritime Finance offers customized solutions for secured loans to a global client base of vessel owners and operators.

First Citizens Bank helps personal, business, commercial and wealth clients build financial strength that lasts. Founded in 1898 and headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., First Citizens is the largest family-controlled bank in the United States, providing a unique legacy of strength, stability and long-term thinking that has spanned generations. We offer an array of general banking services including a network of 500-plus branches in 23 states; commercial banking expertise delivering best-in-class lending, leasing and other financial services coast to coast; and a nationwide direct bank. Parent company First Citizens BancShares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCNCA) is a top 20 U.S. financial institution with more than $218 billion in assets. Discover more at

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