3/2017

Peapack-Gladstone Bank Announces New Hires and Promotions

Steven W. Andersen joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank as Vice President, Private Mortgage Banker.  Headquartered in both the Bank’s Bedminster and Teaneck locations, Steven is responsible for originating residential mortgages for high-net-worth clients and prospects while striving to further develop and maintain private wealth relationships.  Mr. Andersen brings to the Bank 28 years’ of experience in the financial services industry with 22 years in mortgage lending.  Previously, he held positions as Mortgage Consultant at PNC Mortgage, Hudson City Savings Bank, Citibank and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.  Mr. Andersen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Ramapo College and is active within his community as a baseball and softball coach for Ramsey Recreation.

Eric Brommer has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Senior Accountant at Peapack-Gladstone Bank.  Joining the Bank in 2010, Eric is responsible for financial reporting, budgeting and incentive plan analysis. A resident of Hillsborough, New Jersey, Mr. Brommer holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Accounting and Finance from Rider University. 

Cheryl D. Gaskins joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank as Vice President, Commercial Closing Officer. Ms. Gaskins has 25 years of financial services experience and is part of an experienced team responsible for closing and funding commercial loans in accordance with approvals, regulatory requirements and company policies and procedures.  A resident of Jersey City, Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Florida A&M University and Masters of Arts in History from Ohio State University.

Arlene Goczalk has been promoted to Assistant Cashier, Senior Loan Specialist at Peapack-Gladstone Bank.  She has 17 years of financial services experience previously serving at Unity Bank.  Ms. Goczalk is responsible for the automation of existing loans and servicing of Small Business Administration and Syndicated Loan portfolios.  A resident of Annandale, New Jersey, Arlene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Kean College.

Lindsey Ann Groves has been promoted to Assistant Cashier, Portfolio Manager at Peapack-Gladstone Bank.  A resident of Ringoes, New Jersey, she is responsible for the maintenance and management of the Community Banking loan portfolio.  Previously, she was employed in the Small Business Administration Division of CIT’s Post-Closing group and as Loan Officer at Union Building Trades Federal Credit Union.  Ms. Groves holds a degree in Business Administration from The College of New Jersey.

Ann Henning has been promoted to Assistant Cashier, Human Resources Specialist at Peapack-Gladstone Bank.  Ms. Henning joined the Bank in 2012 and is a resident of Hillsborough, New Jersey.

Dory A. Housel has been promoted to the position of Assistant Vice President, Senior Staff Auditor at Peapack-Gladstone Bank.  Dory has 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry previously holding positions at Hunterdon County National/First Fidelity, Town & Country Bank, Somerset Trust/Summit Bank, and Liebenzell Mission, USA.  Ms. Housel joined Peapack-Gladstone Bank in 2000 performing in various capacities throughout the branch and internal network.  She is a resident of Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania and attended Raritan Valley Community College.

M. Deenah Lopinto has been promoted to Vice President, Credit and Underwriting, Risk Management at Peapack-Gladstone Bank.  She is responsible for credit underwriting and analysis of middle market and real estate transactions, loan review, and the training and supervision of junior credit analysts and summer interns.  Deenah joined the Bank in 2013 previously serving as Credit Analyst at Commerce Bank/TD Bank, Vice President, Middle Market Banking at JPMorgan Chase, and Senior Audit Manager at Chemical Bank.  She gained a solid foundation in commercial lending and credit through Chemical Bank’s formal Credit Training and Advanced Credit Skills programs. A resident of Morris Township, New Jersey, Ms. Lopinto holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and International Business from New York University.

Jill Petroro, joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank as Managing Director, Trust Officer, Private Wealth Management.  Headquartered in the Bank’s Morristown location, Jill provides the Bank’s white glove experience and is responsible for trust and estate management which encompasses the preservation and transference of wealth.  Prior to joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Jill served as Executive Director at Family First HomeCare, LLC in Morris Plains, New Jersey; Trust Officer/Managing Director at Beacon Trust Company in Morristown, New Jersey; and Senior Associate at the former Pitney Hardin, LLP in Florham Park, New Jersey.  Ms. Petroro holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia University and Juris Doctor Degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.  A resident of Randolph, New Jersey, she holds admissions to the State Bars of both New Jersey and New York.

Amanda Pullizzi has joined Peapack-Gladstone Bank as Assistant Vice President, Senior Personal Custody Officer, Private Wealth Management.  Based at the Bank’s Headquarters, Amanda provides the Bank’s white glove experience in servicing Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s high net-worth Wealth Management clients and supporting the business.  Mr. Pullizzi previously held a position at Bank of New York Mellon in New York, New York as a Private Wealth Management Administrator, specializing in personal custody for over 100 accounts while also providing direct support for client service.  She holds an Associate of Science Degree in Finance from William Paterson University.  Additionally, Amanda is pursuing an MBA in Business Finance from William Paterson University.

Caitlin Smyth has joined Peapack-Gladstone Bank as Assistant Vice President, Assistant Brand and Marketing Director.  She is responsible for providing support in the development and implementation of comprehensive marketing programs that focus on and are in alignment with the Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s missions, objectives and core principles. Caitlin brings to the Bank 10 years of advertising and branding experience.  Previously, she held positions in New York, New York as Associate Director, Project Management at VSA Partners; Senior Program Manager at Interbrand; and Account Supervisor at mcgarrybowen.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Economics from the University of Richmond.  A resident of Jersey City, New Jersey, Ms. Smyth is a Certified Project Manager and Scrum Master. 

Linda E. Taquinto has been promoted to Assistant Cashier, Trust Operations Manager, Private Wealth Management.  Linda oversees and assists with the daily management of trust operations tasks.  She joined Peapack-Gladstone Bank in 2003 and previously held positions in Branch Administration and as Branch Manager and Tax Assistant.

Stephen Mattina is Promoted to Vice Persident at Boiling Springs Savings Bank
At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of Boiling Springs Savings Bank, Stephen Mattina was promoted to Vice President. Mattina joined the bank in May 2016 as the Internal Loan Review Manager. Prior to working at Boiling Springs Stephen was a Credit Risk Analyst-AVP at Investors Bank. Mr. Mattina graduated from Seton Hall with a degree in Economics and did his graduate studies at ABA Stonier School of Banking. 




Matthew E. McGoey Promoted to Vice President at Boiling Springs Savings Bank
Boiling Springs Savings Bank announced the promotion of Matthew E McGoey  to Vice President.McGoey joined Boiling Springs in June 2015 as Staff Counsel. Prior to entering the banking industry he worked at the Law Offices of Charles A Gruen, and Durkin & Durkin, LLP. Matthew graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and went on to receive his Juris Doctor Degree from Brooklyn Law School. He is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association where he sits on the In-House Counsel Committee. 





NVE Bank Appoints Frank Chadwick as Hillsdale Branch Manager 
NVE Bank announced that Frank Chadwick has been appointed as Assistant Secretary/Branch Manager for NVE’s Hillsdale location,located at 159 Broadway in Hillsdale, New Jersey.  Chadwick has 16 years of experience as a Branch Manager, serving most recently as Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager for M&T Bank in Mahwah, New Jersey.   Chadwick earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Scranton where he majored in English. 




Michael Serao Appointed to  Vice President/Business Development Manager at Sussex Bank
Sussex Bank announced the recent appointment of Michael Serao to Vice President/Business Development Manager of their Astoria Banking Center. Mr. Serao has over 15 years of banking experience which includes positions at Quontic, Chase and TD Bank in Astoria. Serao has an extensive background in the banking industry including business development, sales, branch management and building community relationships. He severs on over ten different boards in the Astoria market and is a very active community member. Serao's philanthropy work includes working with children with autism, senior citizens with disabilities and has worked actively in the LGBT community. Some of his honors include HX Magazine Businessman of the Year, Business Leadership award from the Powhattan Democratic Club, Man of the Year from the Long Island City KOC, Business Leadership from the Borough President and numerous City Council, and state recognitions. He has a degree in Business Management and Marketing from Queensborough Community College and resides in Hewlett Harbor with his partner, Dr. Fidel Abreu of Fidel Abreu DDS, PLLC. 




2/2017
Robert Bishopp Appointed to Financial Advisor at Sussex Bank
Investment Professionals, Inc. (IPI) and Vito Giannola, Executive Vice President of Sussex Bank, announced the appointment of Robert Bishopp as a new Financial Advisor for Sussex Bank’s Sussex Investment Services. Bishopp comes to Sussex Investment Services with over 10 years of experience as a Financial Advisor.  His practice focuses on long-term financial planning and education for investors. Bishopp holds a FINRA Series 7 (General Securities Representative), NY State Life, Accident & Health Insurance and New Jersey Insurance Producer Licenses.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters of Business Administration from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. Bishopp will be working out of Sussex Bank's Oradell Banking Center.  

 



Oritani Bank Promotes Ivonne Reimundo to BSA Officer
Oritani Bank announced that it has promoted Bergen County resident Ivonne Reimundo to BSA Officer. In her new role as BSA Officer, Reimundo will be responsible for executing and enhancing BSA/AML/OFAC compliance policy, procedures and annual risk assessments. Additionally, Reimundo will review customer AML risk rating assessments, conduct AML and OFAC related transaction monitoring, offer account recommendations to business/internal units and assist the Chief Compliance Officer in updating and conducting BSA training for the Board of Directors, corporate and branch staff. Prior to joining Oritani Bank, Reimundo spent 11 years at Spencer Savings Bank. During her tenure, she held several supervisory and management positions before obtaining a position in the Compliance department as an AML Investigator. Reimundo attended Berkeley College and currently resides in Bergen County with her two daughters.
 


Highlands State Bank Announces Promotions
Julianne DePue has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Loan Operations.  Currently with over 30 years’ in banking and finance, Ms. DePue joined Highlands State Bank in May 2010 as the Assistant Vice President of Loan Operations and in 2012, was promoted to Vice President of Loan Operations.  With expertise in consumer and commercial compliance regulations, DePue’s responsibilities include residential, consumer, and commercial loan servicing, consumer loan processing oversight, and management of a rapidly growing Loan Operations department.






Jason Rivera has been promoted to Assistant Vice President.  He is currently working as the Branch Manager of Vernon. Rivera has been in banking for the past 13 years. He began his career with Valley National Bank and moved over to Highlands State Bank in 2010 as an Assistant Manager. He currently resides in Wantage NJ with his wife Rimma and their 2 children.Rivera is also a soccer trainer in the local community and has trained children in all age groups for different schools and organizations/clubs.








Teri Walker has been promoted to Assistant Secretary.  Having joined Highlands State Bank in October 2012 after 20+ years in the nonprofit sector, Walker’s background includes Human Resources, Payroll, Executive Support, and Program, Event, and Office Management.  In addition to her role as Assistant Secretary, Walker also currently serves as Highlands State Bank’s Audit Liaison. 






Eduardo Lopez has been promoted to Assistant Treasurer. Lopez has eleven years of banking experience and joined Highlands State Bank in 2009 when the Totowa branch opened its doors to the community.  He is the Assistant Branch Manager at this location for the past six years.







Haven Savings Bank Announces Employee Promotions
John Wessling, president & CEO, Haven Savings Bank announced the following employees have been promoted at the bank. Their new corporate titles will be:
Paul Deponte – Senior Vice President/ Chief Financial Officer
Julie Kagan – Vice President/ Human Resource Manager
Thomas Buthorn – Vice President / Controller
Klaudia Ripatrazone – Assistant Vice President/BSA Officer
Neelum Teckwani – Assistant Vice President/ Commercial Credit Analyst
Sun Yong Mellawa – Assistant Vice President/ Assistant Controller
Congratulations to all!

John Raleigh Joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the appointment of John Raleigh, Senior Managing Director, Commercial Private Banking at Peapack-Gladstone Bank.
Located in Darien, Connecticut Mr. Raleigh is responsible for the market growth in the Connecticut, New York and New England markets providing exceptional client service through the Bank’s unique private banking approach.

Raleigh has over 30 years of financial services experience holding key positions in the middle market, corporate, leverage finance and asset-based banking segments.  Prior to joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank, he worked at Citibank as the Region Manager of Upper Middle Market Banking for the Florida, New York and Connecticut markets.  Raleigh also served as a Senior Credit Officer and instructor to the Bank’s Commercial Risk Management Program.  Prior to that, he was Vice President, Northeast Region for HSBC in New York where he was named Officer of the Year multiple times for outstanding performance.   Raleigh held equally impressive roles at Sanwa Business Credit, Fleet Capital Corporation and Coast Business Credit covering the Northeast markets. He started his career at JPMorgan Chase in New York where he completed formal credit training.

A resident of Darien, Connecticut, Raleigh holds an M.B.A. in finance from Iona College and B.B.A. in accounting, finance and mathematics from Pace University.  He is a Board and Finance Committee member of the Laurel House, Stamford, Connecticut and is engaged in other charities including build-On, Habitat for Humanity and Malta House.  

Roselle Savings Bank's JIll Schafhauser to Retire, Detlef Felschow to Assume Leadership Role
     
 William E. Fredericks, Chairman of the Board of Roselle Savings Bank, announced that current Roselle Savings Bank President and CEO Jill G. Schafhauser will be retiring, effective January 27, 2017. Current Executive Vice President and COO, Detlef (“D”) Felschow will assume the position of President and CEO. 

Jill Schafhauser spent her entire 46-year banking career with Roselle Savings Bank, including 16 years as CEO and bank president. She followed in the banking footsteps of her mother, Mrs. Frances Hunter, who preceded her as an officer of the bank. During her time at the helm, the bank has grown and evolved from an institution that offered traditional banking services to one that is now firmly entrenched in the world of high-tech banking products, while still remaining true to its community roots. Roselle Savings Bank today has locations in Roselle, Cranford, Bernardsville and High Bridge. Schafhauser will remain active with the bank as a member of its board of directors. She is currently a director on the NJBankers NJBA Service Corp. Board of Directors and formerly served on the NJBankers (NJ League of Community Bankers) Board of Governors, Executive Committee and Operations & Technology Committee. She also served as trustee of the New Jersey Community Bankers Education Foundation.

In addition to her dedication to New Jersey community banking organizations, Schafhauser is well known for her support of local communities, with involvement in such groups as Inroads to Opportunities (formerly known as the Occupational Center of Union County), HomeSharing (where she was honored in 2013 with the Shuey Horowitz Humanitarian Award), EverFi, Inc.’s Financial Literacy Program at Abraham Clark High School in Roselle, in addition to annual support of local chapters of The American Cancer Society and the United Way.

Felschow has been with Roselle Savings Bank for two years. Prior to that he served as Senior Vice President / Chief Operating Officer of Hilltop Community Bank, and had previously served as Senior Vice President, Retail Banking at The Ramapo Bank. He graduated from the University of Delaware Stonier Graduate School of Banking.  In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Berkshire Bank Names Costello President of First Choice Loan Services, Inc.
Berkshire Bank announced the appointment of Allan Costello as President of its wholly-owned subsidiary First Choice Loan Services, Inc., a best in class mortgage banking business originating loans across a national platform. 
 
As President, Costello will work with the current leadership team of First Choice Loan Services including Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Norman T. Koenigsberg and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Ralph Picarillo in developing strategic initiatives. With this new position, he will be instrumental in setting corporate policies and procedures for this subsidiary consistent with the strong compliance culture at Berkshire Bank. In addition, he will continue to serve as Executive Vice President for the Bank’s Home Lending Division leading its sales and operations functions including loan origination, underwriting, compliance, processing and servicing. 
 
Costello has been integral to developing the growth, improved operational efficiencies and strong mortgage oversight and governance of Berkshire Bank Home Lending.  In his new role, he will execute on First Choice Loan Services’ strategic vision and cultural integration as part of Berkshire Bank, and support its current leadership in driving Berkshire to new heights in performance and regulatory compliance.
 
Costello brings a strong understanding of governance and compliance requirements with over 30 years of experience in auditing, risk management, compliance, accounting, operations and banking.  He joined Berkshire Bank in 2011 and held the position of Senior Vice President, Audit before  transitioning to the Home Lending Division.  Prior to Berkshire Bank, Costello’s career was focused in the auditing and financial fields, including Director at Accume Partners, Divisional Vice President of Bank Protection at Charter One Bank and Chief Financial Officer at Rhinebeck Savings Bank.
 
Costello holds a Bachelors of Business Administration-Accounting from Siena College and graduated from the American Bankers Association- Graduate School of Banking. Costello is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner.   
 

Oritani Bank Promotes Jason E. Wallace to Chief Compliance Officer, Senior Vice President 
Oritani Bank, headquartered in the Township of Washington, announced that it has promoted Saddle Brook resident Jason E. Wallace to Chief Compliance Officer, Senior Vice President. 
In his new role, Wallace will be responsible for identifying and addressing regulatory issues and changes impacting Oritani’s products, services and operations as it relates to BSA/AML, retail, CRA, fair lending, corporate security, deposit and lending compliance. He will also insure that the Bank’s policies and procedures comply with all applicable laws and regulations and oversee training of all bank directors, officers and employees.  Wallace previously served as Oritani Bank’s BSA Compliance Officer for more than a year and supervised the Bank’s BSA Compliance. Wallace led a team of analysts responsible for safe guarding the financial institution from any suspicious activity. He also acted as the subject matter expert resource for the Bank, its Board of Directors and Executive Management on BSA/AML/OFAC and related regulatory compliance issues.

Prior to joining Oritani Bank, Wallace worked in a supervisory role at McGladrey LLP where he participated in the creation, tracking, and oversight of engagement work plans, timelines, budgets, project management, and resource allocations for global financial institution engagements. Additionally, Wallace worked for global financial institutions such as Bank of New York Mellon on Wall Street and Citi in NYC, where he worked as an analyst in various AML positions. 

Wallace holds his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Albany, SUNY and obtained his NJ Bankers Certification from the BSA Committee. He is also part of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists. Wallace is on the Board of Directors as Saint Albans Montessori Academy of Learning (Queens, NY) as Treasurer. 

Lincoln 1st Bank Welcomes Anthony Petrillo to Board of Directors
Lincoln 1st Bank, which has served the personal and commercial banking needs of customers throughout northern New Jersey for nearly a century, welcomed Anthony Petrillo to its Board of Directors.

As Executive Vice President of Pearl Media, Petrillo works with brands and agencies nationwide to create unique experiential media activations.  His team works with a Fortune 500 client base, helping them communicate brand benefits through award-winning consumer engagement campaigns.  

Petrillo dedication to regional business development in his home area of Montville weighed heavily in Lincoln 1st’s decision to name him to its board.  Despite its growth, Lincoln 1st Bank takes pride in retaining a hometown appeal, both in its personal approach to customer service and refusal to sell mortgage loans in the secondary market.

He began his career in theatrical film distribution, releasing films nationwide for movie studios.  Working at IFC Films, Petrillo helped develop and implement a progressive national release of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a film that grossed over $240M domestically – the largest independent release of all time.  He later joined Lionsgate FIlms, where he developed, negotiated and implemented over 100 movie releases including the famed Saw horror movie franchise, the Tyler Perry franchise, Fahrenheit 911 and the 2005 Academy Award Best Picture, Crash.

In 2008, he joined Pearl Media and has since developed award winning experiential advertising campaigns for clients like Chevy, Merrill Lynch, JetBlue, AT&T, TNT and Lifetime.

Berkshire Bank Appoints Key Corporate Finance Officers
Nihill named SVP, Treasurer; O’Rourke assumes additional new role as EVP, Finance Expansion of Finance Team Supports Growth

 Berkshire Bank announced the following key appointments within its Corporate Finance Department to accelerate the company's progress and to empower the next level of leadership.
 
Kevin Nihill - Senior Vice President, Treasurer. Nihill has been serving as the lead of Berkshire's Strategic Analytics group. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services industry in a number of treasury, financial modeling and finance-related roles and joined the company in 2010. Nihill is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) charter holder, earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and received his M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Allison O'Rourke - Executive Vice President, Finance. O'Rourke will assume the role of Executive Vice President, Finance. With this new position, she will be responsible for leading Financial Planning and Analysis, including budgeting, planning and profitability, in addition to Investor Relations and Financial Institution Banking. O'Rourke joined the bank in 2013 from NYSE Euronext as Vice President, Investor Relations, and has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Smith College.

Oritani Bank Promotes John S. Krantz to Vice President of Residential Lending
Oritani Bank, headquartered in the Township of Washington, announced the promotion of Glen Rock resident John S. Krantz to Vice President of Residential Lending. Krantz will continue to oversee the Residential Mortgage Loan Portfolio, while ensuring the efficient and effective production of new loans.  He will also make sure the department is compliant with operating policies, procedures and outside regulatory requirements.  Prior to joining Oritani Bank, Krantz worked as Assistant Vice President and Mortgage Operations Administrator at Atlantic Stewardship Bank. He also was employed through various positions at Fleet Bank.  Krantz holds his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Pace University. Additionally, Krantz is certified by the American Institute of Banking. 
 

1/2017
NJBankers Endorsed Service Provider Pentegra’s Colleen Zanicchi Promoted to Senior Vice President
Pentegra announced that Colleen Zanicchi has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Human Resources. As Senior Vice President, Zanicchi will oversee the development and implementation of Pentegra’s human resources policies and programs including recruitment and retention, along with compensation and benefit programs. She will also oversee the management of all of Pentegra’s facilities at its locations nationwide. She joined Pentegra in January, 1995. Since that time the organization has tripled in size and scale with more than 260 employees and $11 billion in assets under management for clients nationwide. An accomplished human resources professional with more than twenty years of expertise, she is a graduate of the State University of New York, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  She also holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR)) designation from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRIC) and the Society for Human Resources Management – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designation. 





Berkshire Bank Appoints Cimino to SVP Regional Operations Leader
Berkshire Bank is excited to announce the appointment of Jeannine Cimino to Senior Vice President, Regional Operations Leader for the Mid- Atlantic Region. Cimino brings over 20 years of industry experience, the last 6 of which have been dedicated to her role of Director of Marketing and Sales for First Choice Bank. Through the recent acquisition of First Choice Bank, Berkshire Bank appointed Cimino to her new position of SVP, Regional Operations Leader. As SVP, Regional Operations Leader, Cimino will be responsible for branch leadership and guiding a team of Private Bankers and My Banker, Relationship Managers in the Mid-Atlantic Region to assist in attaining desired profitability goals through the generation of new business in the new market. Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: BHLB) completed the merger and acquisition of First Choice Bank effective December 2, 2016. With this acquisition, the Bank added eight bank branches in the areas of Princeton, New Jersey and Greater Philadelphia and First Choice Loan Services. Berkshire Bank will continue with the tradition of First Choice Bank to be a neighborhood bank and support its communities through nonprofit giving and volunteerism. The Bank is dedicated to maintaining local leadership and flexible decision-making while providing its customers the strength and resources of a big bank. Cimino will support the smooth transition of the newly acquired branches and will provide leadership to this new market. Cimino holds a B.S. in Business Management and Finance from Brooklyn College. Dedicated to her community, Cimino serves as Chair of the Hamilton Area YMCA's Marketing Committee, Vice Chair of the Mid Jersey Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board for Ryan's Quest.

Somerset Savings Bank Announces Officer Appointment
Somerset Savings Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Raymond Roche to Vice President and Internal Auditor. Roche has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry including internal auditing, financial control and SEC reporting.  Most recently he served as First Vice President in the Internal Audit Department at Israel Discount Bank in New York City.  Roche resides in Verona, NJ.







Valley National Bank Promotes Thomas Iadanza to Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer 
Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp announced the promotion of Thomas Iadanza to Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. 
Iadanza joined Valley National Bank in 2012 through the acquisition of State Bank of Long Island. Iadanza had served as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Valley’s Commercial and Consumer Lending Divisions. As Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, Mr. Iadanza will be responsible for Commercial Lending, Commercial Real Estate Lending, Consumer Lending, and Credit Underwriting encompassing all of Valley’s markets in New Jersey, New York and Florida. Iadanza received a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from St. John’s University. 





Regal Bank Announces New Branch and New Hires
   
A new branch of Regal Bank opened for business in Somerville, New Jersey on January 9, 2017. The new branch is located at 151 Adamsville Road, previously PNC Bank.  Along with the new branch comes a new staff to serve area residents and businesses. Emilio Ramil has been hired as the assistant vice president and branch manager, and Charles “Chip” Wirth has been hired as the assistant branch manager. 
 
Both Ramil and Wirth bring several years of experience to the new branch. Ramil worked as a territory manager with Valley National Bank for more than three years and as a branch manager with TD Bank for six years. Wirth spent 16 years as a financial sales and service representative for PNC Bank and was selected to the PNC Mentor Program to counsel new hires. 
 
Regal Bank’s services include commercial mortgages, business loans and lines of credit, home equity lines of credit, residential mortgages, and traditional commercial banking products for small- to medium-size businesses. The Bank also offers Internet banking, bill pay, remote merchant capture, and other technology-based products.
 
 
Valley National Bank Appoints Kevin Chittenden to Executive Vice President – Chief Residential Lending Officer
Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp, announced the appointment of Kevin Chittenden to Executive Vice President – Chief Residential Lending Officer. 

Chittenden has over 25 years of extensive experience in the financial services industry, including retail banking management and consumer lending development.  Most recently, he served as a Vice President,  Region Manager for a prominent financial institution.  As Valley’s new Chief Residential Lending Officer, he is responsible for shaping the strategic vision of the Bank’s residential lending business.  This includes oversight of the Bank’s residential lending operations, sales, lending practices, policies, procedures and activities in the secondary market.  

Chittenden holds a Bachelors Degree in Finance from Texas Tech University. 


Rosa Fornino Appointed to Vice President/Business Development Officer at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Stewardship Bank, announced the appointment of Rosa Fornino to Vice President/Business Development Officer of their Wayne Valley Office, located at 311 Valley Road, Wayne, New Jersey.

Fornino has an extensive background in the finance industry including customer service, sales, community outreach and management. She will be focused on business prospecting in her new role at ASB and strengthening relationships within the community.

Fornino, who resides in Wayne, New Jersey, is a member of the Wayne Chamber of Commerce and Rotary.  Additionally, Ms. Fornino has a long-standing relationship with William Paterson University and has taught financial lessons to both students and faculty at the university. 


Amy Duffau-Leonard Appointed to Vice President/BSA Officer  at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Stewardship Bank, announced the appointment of Amy Duffau-Leonard to Vice President/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) Officer. 

Leonard has over fifteen years of banking experience with a focus in BSA including; filing Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs) and Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) Regulations. Ms. Leonard, who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BS in Accounting, is also CAMS certified (Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist). 

Additionally, she is a member of the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists as well as the NJBanker’s BSA Committee.

 

 
12/2016
NVE Bank Appoints Michael C. Lee as Leonia Branch Manager 

Robert Rey, President and Chief Executive Officer of NVE Bank, announced that Michael C. Lee has been appointed as Branch Manager for NVE’s Leonia branch, located at 310 Broad Avenue in Leonia, New Jersey. 

His previous banking experience includes serving as a Personal Banker at J.P. Morgan Chase & Company where he was instrumental in opening the Fort Greene, Brooklyn branch location.  Most recently,  Lee served as a Real Estate Associate at Ridgeco Properties, located in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.    

Lee, who is fluent in Korean, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University where he held a double major in Economics and Political Science.  He also holds a Certificate in Business Administration from Georgetown University.  Mr. Lee resides in Palisades Park, New Jersey.
 

Michael Milich Appointed to Vice President/Loan Officer at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Stewardship Bank, announced the appointment of Michael Milich to Vice President/Loan Officer of their Mortgage Department. Milich will be responsible for the origination of mortgage loans based upon the established guidelines of the Bank; with the purpose of effectively increasing the Bank’s production of mortgage loans, promoting the Bank’s brand and extending their market share with quality service.

He brings over twenty nine years of residential, commercial lending sales and operations experience to his new position. Most recently Michael was a Mortgage Development Officer for Boiling Springs Bank and he holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island.

Additionally, Milich is a 2015 New Jersey Monthly Magazine “Five Star Mortgage Professional” recipient.


Raciel V. Perez Joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announce the appointment of Raciel V. Perez, Senior Vice President, Senior Underwriter, Credit Administration at Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Perez is responsible for structuring and underwriting loans in the wealth management and commercial and industrial (C&I) divisions of the Bank. He joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank with 30 years of financial services experience previously serving as Senior Credit Officer, Director, Credit Risk Management at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, New York, New York where he was primarily responsible for decisioning credit requests for the North American Private Bank division. Additionally, he was a key contributor to the risk system development, outlining system requirements for ongoing collateral monitoring, and credit exposure and portfolio measurement metrics.  Prior to that he served as Senior Credit Transactor of the Global Private Banking Group at HSBC Bank USA and formerly held senior underwriting, credit, marketing and auditing roles at Royal Bank of Canada and Citigroup in New York City.



Jason Miller Joins Pentegra as Regional Director 

Pentegra Retirement Services announced that Jason Miller has joined the organization as Regional Director for qualified retirement plan sales. Reporting to Pete Swisher, Pentegra Senior Vice President of National Sales, Miller will lead the company’s business development efforts throughout Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.  Miller has more than 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, with a strong concentration of expertise in retirement plans.  An accomplished financial services professional, prior to joining Pentegra, he held similar roles at Mutual of Omaha, Great West (Empower) and Transamerica Capital, Inc. 
 







Valley National Bank Appoints Kevin Chittenden to Executive Vice President – Chief Residential Lending Officer

Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp announced the appointment of Kevin Chittenden to Executive Vice President – Chief Residential Lending Officer. 

Chittenden has over 25 years of extensive experience in the financial services industry, including retail banking management and consumer lending development.  Most recently, he served as a Vice President,  Region Manager for a prominent financial institution.  As Valley’s new Chief Residential Lending Officer, he is responsible for shaping the strategic vision of the Bank’s residential lending business.  This includes oversight of the Bank’s residential lending operations, sales, lending practices, policies, procedures and activities in the secondary market.  

He holds a Bachelors Degree in Finance from Texas Tech University.  


Lakeland Bank Appoints Financial Advisors

Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bank, is pleased to announce the following appointments.

Geoffrey L. Franklin has been hired as Vice President, Financial Advisor for the Investment Services Division based in Hackensack. Franklin will be serving the Englewood, Hackensack, Rochelle Park, and Teaneck Offices. He joins Lakeland Bank with more than 20 years of investment management experience at JPMorgan Securities where he was most recently the Senior Financial Advisor in JPMorgan’s Chase Wealth Management group serving the Montclair market. Franklin earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in finance from the University of Delaware. He has Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses as well as NJ and NY Life and Health Insurance licenses. Franklin resides in Ridgewood.





Robert Siegler has been hired as Vice President, Financial Advisor for the Investment Services Division based in Butler. Siegler will be serving the Bloomingdale, Butler, Pompton Plain, Ringwood, Wanaque, and Wayne Offices. He was most recently a Financial Advisor with JPMorgan Securities in Rockland County, N.Y. and prior to that, a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors in New City, N.Y. Siegler earned a bachelor’s degree from Ramapo College and has earned the CRPC® from the College for Financial Planning. He has Series 7 and 66 licenses as well as NJ and NY Life and Health Insurance licenses. Siegler resides in Mahwah.






Matthew Stanek has been hired as Assistant Vice President, Financial Advisor for the Investment Services Division based in Bernardsville. He will be serving the Bernardsville, Madison, Mendham, Morristown and Summit Offices as well as the Middlesex and Monmouth County market. Stanek was most recently a Private Client Banker with JPMorgan Chase Bank’s Wealth Management group in Upper Montclair. He earned a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and has Series 6 and 63 licenses as well as a NJ Life and Health Insurance license. Stanek resides in Morris Plains.






Liberty Bell Bank Names Herring Executive Vice President
Liberty Bell Bank President  and CEO,  Benjamin Watts  announced that John Herring has been  promoted to  Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank.  Mr. Herring previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. 

John plays an active role in numerous community organizations and is currently the President of the Rotary Club of Moorestown and the President-Elect of the South Jersey Chapter of the Risk Management Association. He also serves on the Finance Committee of Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice, Mt. Laurel, NJ.

Herring joined the bank in 2004 as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2005. He became the Chief Lending Officer in September of 2008.  John graduated magna cum laude from Mount Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and has thirty-three years commercial banking experience in Southern New Jersey.


Richard Glicini Appointed to Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer at Sussex Bank

Anthony Labozzetta, President & Chief Executive Officer of Sussex Bank, announced the recent appointment of Richard Glicini to Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer. In this newly-created role, Rich will be a key driver in transforming the Employee Experience as Sussex Bank continues on its journey of becoming the employer of choice in the industry. More specifically, Glicini will focus his efforts on embedding the Bank’s unique company culture in all employee programs and practices including recruiting and on-boarding, employee engagement, rewards and recognition, leadership development and talent management, employee health and wellness, employee communications and other strategic workforce initiatives. In addition, he will be responsible for managing several other corporate administration functions of the Bank.

Glicini comes to Sussex Bank with more than 25 years of professional experience as a strategic business partner with a proven track record of leading complex organizational change initiatives. Prior to joining Sussex Bank, he held a series of senior executive roles with Pearson plc, the world’s largest education and testing company. As SVP, Human Resources for Pearson Education, he was responsible for managing all HR functions for the company’s 20,000 education employees and most recently as SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility for Pearson, he developed and led the company’s global social responsibility agenda.


11/2016
Lakeland Bank Announces Branch Manager Promotions, Transitions and New Hires 

Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bank, announced the following appointments.



Giuseppe Cascio
has been promoted to Vice President, Area Branch Manager, North Haledon and Wyckoff. Cascio joined Lakeland in May 2001 as a Teller and was promoted to Assistant Treasurer, Branch Manager in April 2007. He was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager in March 2011 and to Vice President, Branch Manager in April 2014. He is a graduate of ITT Marco Polo in Italy and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. 







Hafeza Mohammed
transitioned to Vice President, Area Manager, Hackensack Main Street and Polify. Mohammed joined Lakeland in April 2011 as an Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager for the Morristown Office. In April 2014, she was promoted to Vice President, Area Manager of Butler and Carey Avenue. Prior to that, she worked for Santander Bank as a branch manager in West Orange. Mohammed earned a bachelor’s degree from University of West Indies. She is a member of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.






Jerry Slavik
transitioned to Vice President, Area Manager, Waldwick, Westwood and Hillsdale. Slavik joined Lakeland in March 2015 as Vice President, Area Manager of the Wyckoff and Park Ridge offices. Prior to that, he was with TD Bank in Fair Lawn as Store Manager and was a Store Manager at Wachovia/Wells Fargo in Ridgewood. Slavik has a bachelor’s degree in communications from William Paterson University. He is a member of Rotary International and a former president of Fair Lawn Rotary Club.






James A. Konzel
has been hired as Vice President, Area Manager for the Hampton and Newton Park Place Offices. Konzel joins Lakeland with more than 26 years of banking experience most recently as Vice President at TD Bank in Park Ridge and Ridgewood. Prior to that, he was Vice President at Chase Bank in Ridgewood. He is a former member of the Ridgewood Rotary and the recipient of the TD Wow Star Award in 2011 and 2016. He was also a Chase Bank Leadership Winner in 2007 and 2009. 








DawnMarie Montgomery-Otis
has been hired as Vice President, Area Manager for the Teaneck and Englewood Offices. Montgomery-Otis joins Lakeland with more than 20 years of industry experience most recently as Vice President, Senior Manager at TD Bank responsible for the Hackensack, Newark and Hawthorne locations. Prior to that, she was with CitiGroup as Vice President, Senior Manager in Nutley. Montogmery-Otis serves as a board member for NJIT and CLSA and is a director for Hackensack Chamber of Commerce. 




Gary E. Walker, JD, LL.M, CFP® Joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the appointment of Gary Walker, Senior Managing Director, Wealth Private Banker for the wealth management division of Peapack-Gladstone Bank.  Operating out of the Bank’s Morristown location, Walker is a lead point of contact for the Bank’s new and existing individual client relationships in the development and coordination of comprehensive wealth management plans, offering the Bank’s full array of customized, private banking services.  In working with individuals and family relationships, he is responsible for implementing and monitoring comprehensive estate, tax and financial planning while providing the Bank’s one-touch client service.
 
Walker has over 32 years of experience in both the financial services and legal arenas.  Before joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank, he served as Vice President, Relationship Manager at Glenmede Trust Company, N.A.  As the senior wealth advisor for their Morristown and Princeton, New Jersey offices, he worked with clients and their outside advisors on estate, tax and financial planning solutions for their most complex family relationships.  Prior to that he served as an attorney in the private law sector, most recently as a Partner at Herold and Haines, P.A., specializing in estate and tax planning as well as trust and estate litigation and administration.  Walker’s former experience also includes service with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent.
 
He holds a B.S. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude from Manhattan College, a JD, Cum Laude from Boston College Law School, a Masters of Law in Taxation (LL.M) from New York University School of Law and has earned the Certified Financial Planner® designation.  Gary has served as Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Mid-Jersey Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Member, Board of Trustees of the Somerset Hills YMCA; Member, Board of Trustees of the Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center; and President of the Greater Middlesex/Somerset Estate Planning Council.  He is currently a Member, Board of Trustees of the Estate Planning Council of Northern New Jersey and a Member, Bergen County Estate Planning Council.  


Timothy E. Doyle is Promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the promotion of Timothy E. Doyle to Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer at Peapack-Gladstone Bank.  In his current role, Doyle is responsible for the Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance programs at Peapack-Gladstone Bank as well as Operational Risk, supervision of stress testing and policy and regulatory compliance.
 
He has over 30 years of financial services experience in transaction and relationship banking including leveraged structuring, execution, marketing and management.  Prior to joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer at Crown Bank, Indus American Bank and Millennium bcp Bank.  In years prior, he had credit and leadership responsibilities at Sovereign Bank, Summit Bank/Fleet National Bank and CIBC World Markets.
 
Doyle graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce with Honors and MBA from the University of Windsor (Canada).  He is a member of the New Jersey Bankers Association Commercial Lending and Enterprise Risk Management Committees, member of the Professional Risk Managers International Association and is certified by the Enterprise Risk Management Association.


10/2016
Karl A. Towns Joins The First National Bank of Elmer
The First National Bank of Elmer announced that South Jersey native and community banker Karl A. Towns has joined the bank as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer / Chief Risk Officer. Towns was recently the SVP/Chief Compliance Officer for Audubon Savings Bank, a mutual savings bank in Audubon, NJ. He also served as EVP of Banking Alliance Division for EPX. He is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking and ACAMS Certified Anti-Money Laundering. Through his years of experience as an accomplished banking professional, he continues to be a valued member of the South Jersey Community. Karl also serves his community as an educational advocate for children with autism and other disabilities and is a former Board Member for Exceptional Care for Children (ECC). He resides in Erial, Gloucester County, New Jersey with his wife and son.

Vernon Banker Appointed to National Council
The American Bankers Association has selected Steven C. Ackmann, president and chief executive officer Highlands State Bank to serve on ABA's Community Bankers Council. Ackmann attended the ABA Community Bankers Council meeting in Washington on Oct. 3-5. During this meeting, bankers talked at length about the current challenges facing community banks across the country, including recent regulations, pending legislation and fintech innovations. David Wasserman, house editor for The Cook Political Report, was one of the featured speakers at the meeting.The ABA Community Bankers Council, which meets twice a year, is made up of approximately 100 bankers from institutions with generally less than $3 billion in assets. Members are appointed by the ABA chairman. Ackmann serves as CEO and president of Highlands Bancorp, Inc. and Highlands State Bank since September 2014, previously president and chief operating officer of Highlands State Bank since 2012. His 40 years of banking career includes 14 years as president, chief operating officer and director of Prornistar Financial Corporation in Johnstown, Pa. Other previous duties have included service as the CEO, President and Director of Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank in Scranton, Pa. He also served as president of Ti1e Bank of Princeton, N.J. Mr. Ackmann is active with several non-profit organizations and has served as the chairman and as board member for various non­ profit community and business organizations.

Oritani Bank Hires Vice President of Business Development and  Senior Commercial Banker
  

Oritani Bank announced that it has hired Jegan Vengada as Vice President, Business Development Officer and Kurt Breitenstein as Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending. .  Vengada brings 15 years of industry experience, eight of which were exclusively spent in the business banking segment. In his new role at Oritani Bank, Vengada will be responsible for new business acquisition in the Oritani marketplace located in Bergen, Hudson, Passaic and Essex Counties.  He has expertise in providing services to medical professionals, which will be his primary focus.

Prior to joining Oritani Bank, Vengada served as a Vice President at Bank of America in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. He was also an Assistant Vice President at the First National Bank in Maryland. Vengada earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Limoges, France, as well as his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. He holds his Business Law and Business Credit certification from the Maryland Bankers Association.  He is an active volunteer at the Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City. Vengada recently married Surbhi Pandey, they reside in Jersey City. 

Breitenstein has 30 years of experience in banking and 26 years of experience in credit and lending. He has held senior lending positions at Sussex Bank, Valley National Bank, and Interchange Bank. In his new role of Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending, Breitenstein will be responsible for developing new client relationships and leading Oritani’s New Jersey’s team by expanding the Bank’s presence in the New Jersey and surrounding markets.
 
Breitenstein holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Government from Skidmore College, as well as an MBA in Finance from Long Island University. Breitenstein is a longtime member of the Commercial Lending Committee of the NJ Bankers Association and serves on the Executive Advisory Committee for Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, NJ.


Investors Bank Hires New Treasurer
Investors Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISBC), the holding company for Investors Bank, has announced that Daniel F. Dougherty, CFA, has joined Investors Bancorp, Inc. and Investors Bank as Senior Vice President and Treasurer. Dougherty, who has more than 20 years of banking and treasury experience, succeeds Maria Lopes, who stepped down from her role in October.

Dougherty comes to Investors from Astoria Bank, where he was Senior Vice President and Treasurer.  Before joining Astoria, Dougherty was Senior Vice President and Assistant Treasurer at Israel Discount Bank of New York. Dougherty spent the earlier years of his banking career at FHLB of New York, North Fork Bank and GreenPoint Bank.

A chartered financial analyst, Dougherty is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, and has an MBA in Finance from St. John’s University. He has a BA in economics with a minor in business from SUNY at Stony Brook.



Mercadien Names New Managing Director, Announces Other Promotions
                
Conrad L. Druker, CPA, CGMA, and managing director of The Mercadien Group, announced that Samuel J. Kenworthy, CPA, MST, CGMA, has been promoted from director to managing director of The Mercadien Group and principal of Mercadien, P.C., CPAs. Kenworthy, a senior member of the firm’s Tax Advisory and Family Office Groups, has been with Mercadien for 8 years and in public accounting for 19 years.   

Additionally, Eric M. Whelan, CPA, MST, CGMA, and Emily A. Hoffman, CPA, CGMA, have been promoted to the level of director, from manager positions, and Arpita Patel, CAMS, has been promoted to the level of manager, from a supervisor position. Mr. Druker added, “Other professionals throughout Mercadien were also promoted, all of which reflects their contributions to the continued positive and expanding service experiences enjoyed by our clients, and the resultant growth in our business.”

Kenworthy serves a diverse clientele of individuals and families, including high-net worth families, and multi-generational business owners in a wide variety of industries. He also works with global companies and their employees on various international tax advisory and compliance matters. He has given professional education seminars and authored articles on these topics.  He is a member of the American Institute and New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Philadelphia and Bucks County Estate Planning Councils, and the Associated Builders and Contractors of NJ.  He earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from The College of New Jersey and a Masters of Taxation from Philadelphia University and resides in Yardley, PA. 
 
An integral member of the firm’s tax advisory practice with vast experience in public accounting, Whelan is involved in the quality control group for tax compliance and return preparation, and responsible for managing all types of tax engagements for businesses and individuals. He has in-depth knowledge of multi-state corporate and individual income tax planning and preparation and representation of clients before the IRS and various state taxation agencies. Additionally, Mr. Whelan works with business owners and chief financial officers to help them operate and grow their organizations more effectively, by providing planning, budgeting and forecasting services. Whelan earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from Georgian Court University and a Masters of Taxation from Philadelphia University. He is a member of the American Institute and New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and resides in Forked River, NJ.

Emily Hoffman directs the Compliance Oversight Services Group, where she is responsible for planning and performing fiscal and programmatic oversight of projects, contract and statutory compliance, budget monitoring, risk management, audits and agreed-upon procedures, for commercial, healthcare, and federal, state and local government entities. She is highly regarded in the areas of internal control structures and audit and compliance program design and implementation.  Hoffman is a member of the American Institute and New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Government Accountants’ Trenton, NJ chapter, and the board of directors of Dress for Success of Mercer County.  She earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from American University, and resides in Bordentown, NJ.  

A member of Mercadien’s Financial Institutions Services Group, Arpita Patel oversees the Anti-Money Laundering/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) team through the completion of internal audits, validations, risk assessments and consulting projects for community and commercial banks. She acts as a key resource for bank clients through complex regulatory examinations and audits, while consulting on enhancing and strengthening their BSA programs, primarily through assessment of their policies and procedures; training staff on high-risk relationship reviews and red flags; and suspicious activity reporting and monitoring. A Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Patel is a graduate of Drexel University, where she earned a B.S. degree in Accounting and Entrepreneurship, serves on the board of the Accounting Advisory Council, and is a member of the Alumni Association. She resides in Philadelphia, PA.


9-2016
Francesco S. Rossi Joins Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation and Peapack-Gladstone Bank as Chief Accounting Officer 
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (“the Company”) (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank (“the Bank”) announced the appointment of Francesco (Frank) S. Rossi to Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer of the Company and the Bank.  Rossi brings 20 years of financial services experience, with extensive expertise in financial reporting, accounting, and tax compliance.  He is responsible for managing the Bank’s Controller’s Group and Financial Reporting and Budgeting Group.

Rossi began his career with KPMG, spending five years focused on the audit of financial institutions. He then joined Sound Federal Savings Bank of New York, spending five years as Vice President, Controller, until the Bank was merged into Hudson City Bank of New Jersey. Frank then spent 10 years with Hudson City Bank, within financial reporting and progressing to Principal Accounting Officer (i.e. Chief Accounting Officer) for his last 18 months with the Company, until its merger into M&T Bank. At Hudson City, Mr. Rossi was responsible for the development and preparation of internal, public, and regulatory reporting, financial analyses, the internal control environment, and accounting and tax functions. 

Rossi earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in accounting and finance from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and is currently a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the New York State Society of CPAs.  He is an active volunteer for Jan Peek homeless shelter in Peekskill, New York providing meals for those in need. 


Diane Scriveri Joining CSBK as Chief Commercial Loan Officer
CSBK announced the appointment of Diane Scriveri to Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Loan Officer.

Scriveri is a New Jersey banking veteran whose career has spanned a number of institutions, primarily within Bergen County. During her community banking career, she has served in various senior management positions in the commercial and residential real estate areas. 

She is very active in both industry and community organizations. She currently serves as Chair of the New Jersey Bankers Association Residential Mortgage Committee, and as a member of the New Jersey Bankers Association Commercial Lending Committee and the American Bankers Association – Mortgage Technology and Commercial Lending Groups. Scriveri also serves in various positions with several Bergen County community outreach organizations.


The Honorable James S. Rothschild Jr. Returns to Riker Danzig
Morristown-based law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP announced that the Honorable James S. Rothschild Jr. has returned to the Firm after serving for 14 years as a Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey. The majority of his time on the bench was spent serving as a Civil Judge in Essex County.  The Supreme Court of New Jersey elected Rothschild to be the Complex Civil Litigation Judge in Essex County for the last several years of his tenure.  

Judge Rothschild also was a member of the Supreme Court’s Civil Jury Charges Committee.  He has lectured extensively on developments in civil law, both for ICLE and at the Judicial College.  In addition to commercial litigation, he has experience in numerous areas including tort cases, coverage litigation, environmental matters, medical, legal, accounting and engineering malpractice issues, zoning and land use battles, public bidding matters, contract interpretation, construction disputes, class actions and discrimination cases.

Prior to the bench, Judge Rothschild was a partner at Riker Danzig.  His practice focused on litigation and insurance coverage matters. Judge Rothschild joins Riker Danzig’s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation Groups.  

Riker Danzig Welcomes Five Associates
Morristown-based law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP is pleased to welcome five 2016 Fall Associates: Joshua M. Carmel, Clarissa Gomez, Hannah J. Greendyk, Sarah A. Heba and Ashley Higginson.
Joshua M. Carmel joins the Firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance Group.  Carmel received his law degree from Emory University School of Law in 2016.  He graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in English and Classics from Gettysburg College. 

Clarissa Gomez joins the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Group.  Gomez received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2014, where she served as the Articles Editor of the Seton Hall Legislative Journal.  She graduated in 2010 with a B.A., cum laude, in English and Women & Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey.  Following law school, Gomez was the Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward M. Coleman, P. J. S. C., New Jersey Superior Court in Somerville, and the Honorable Michael A. Hammer, U.S.M.J., United States District Court, District of New Jersey. Gomez is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.

Hannah J. Greendyk joins the Firm’s Corporate and Tax, Trusts & Estates Departments.  Greendyk received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, cum laude, in 2016.  She graduated in 2013 with a B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science from Seton Hall University.

Sarah A. Heba joins the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Group.  Heba received her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 2015.  She graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in English Literature from Rutgers University.  Following law school, Heba was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Travis L. Francis, A.J.S.C., New Jersey Superior Court in New Brunswick. Heba is admitted to practice in New Jersey.

Ashley Higginson joins the Firm’s School Law and Governmental Affairs Departments.  Higginson received her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 2015.  She graduated from Princeton University in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science. Higginson is admitted to practice in New Jersey. This past summer, she participated in the USA Track & Field Olympic trials.  She qualified for and competed in the final of the 3,000 meter steeplechase.  Higginson trained and competed while pursuing her law degree at Rutgers Law School.  She also competed for the USA in the steeplechase at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, and won a gold medal in the steeplechase at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.  


Lindsey Terpstra Promoted to Assistant Secretary at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Stewardship Bank, announced the promotion of Lindsey Terpstra to Assistant Secretary/Branch Operations Manager. 
Terpstra joined ASB in May of 2006 as a Teller and progressively worked her way to her current position. In 2013, She had advanced to a Customer Relationship Manager at ASB’s Ridgewood Office and she is currently serving as the interim Branch Manager of ASB’s North Haledon Office which is located at 33 Sicomac Road. Terpstra holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Pace University.  






Kayde Shabrack Promoted to Assistant Secretary at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Stewardship Bank, announced the promotion of Kayde Shabrack to Assistant Secretary/Supervisor of their Operations Department.
Shabrack, a graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, joined Atlantic Stewardship Bank in September of 2005 as a Part Time Teller while attending college.  In 2010, she steadily progressed to the bank’s Deposit Operations Department and she is currently responsible for the oversight and handling of the bank’s Electronic Customer Service Solutions.  Shabrack is an active member of the Living Word Church and serves as the Youth Leader.





Ryan Petrie Promoted to Assistant Secretary at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Stewardship Bank, announced the promotion of Ryan Petrie to Assistant Secretary/Senior Accounting Associate of their Accounting Department. 
Petrie, a resident of North Haledon, New Jersey, has over 15 years of financial banking experience. He joined ASB in May of 2001 as a Part Time Teller and progressed to his current position, where he was also appointed as the Regulatory Reporting Specialist. Petrie holds a B.A. from Seton Hall University and an M.B.A. from Montclair State University.  






Stuart Vorcheimer Joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the appointment of Stuart Vorcheimer to the position of Senior Managing Director, Market President.  Operating out of the Bank’s Teaneck location, Stuart will be responsible for directing a team of private bankers helping to build the Bank’s wealth, lending and deposit business while servicing commercial businesses in the Northern New Jersey area.

Vorcheimer has worked in the financial services industry for 27 years with a focus on middle market companies ensuring long-term achievement of their financial goals.  Most recently, as Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager, Middle Market and Commercial Banking at Capital One Bank, he led a successful effort to grow business revenues through commercial banking relationship and portfolio management, cross sell strategies and new client acquisition. Additionally, he was responsible for the Contractor Lending Specialty Team which led to relationship success in the New Jersey marketplace.  Previously, as Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager at Bank of America, Stuart was instrumental in the growth, profitability and cross sell of all bank products achieving the Bank’s Pinnacle Award for five consecutive years.
 
Vorcheimer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in business administration from the University of Hartford.  He is Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan YMCAs, the largest YMCA association in New Jersey.  Additionally, Stuart serves as co-chair of the Metropolitan YMCA’s annual Kids Care golf tournament and serves on the executive, investment, executive compensation committees and the YMCA merger task force.


8-2016

Wells Fargo Private Bank Names Jason Williams as Senior Managing Director for the Northeast region
Wells Fargo Private Bank announced that Jason Williams has been named senior managing director for The Private Bank for the Northeast region, which includes New Jersey.  In his new role, Williams is responsible for the region’s overall revenue growth, team member development, client acquisition and relationship building, and financial results. He will oversee 970 team members in 28 offices in New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. Reporting to Williams in New Jersey is Amrit Walia, the Private Bank’s regional managing director for the state. 

Williams joined The Private Bank in 2003 in the Dallas market, relocated to Los Angeles in 2004 to serve as a regional brokerage manager, and became regional director in Miami in 2009, following Wells Fargo’s merger with Wachovia Bank.  He was later promoted to regional managing director overseeing the Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, and Palm Beach regions.

Williams received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Abilene Christian University. During his tenure in Florida, Williams has served on the board of the directors for The Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center, The Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science, and The I Have a Dream Foundation. 

 


Lakeland Bank Appoints Hubert Urruttia
Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bank, announced Hubert E. Urruttia has been appointed to Assistant Treasurer, Business Process Analyst in the Business Intelligence department based at the Milton Operations Center in Oak Ridge. Urruttia joins Lakeland Bank with 10 years of industry experience most recently with Sterling National Bank (formerly Provident Bank) in Montebello, N.Y. He began his career as a Teller and advanced his position through the Community Business Lending and Marketing departments to eventually become Business Intelligence Developer in a newly created Business Intelligence Department. Urruttia currently resides in Orange County, N.Y.





Sokol Behot Joins Cullen and Dykman
Cullen and Dykman LLP announced that all attorneys from New Jersey based Sokol Behot LLP  joined Cullen and Dykman as of August 1, 2016.

Sokol Behot LLP’s 14 attorneys joined Cullen and Dykman LLP, resulting in a combined regional law firm with over 150 attorneys. Joe Behot joined Cullen and Dykman as a partner and will serve on Cullen and Dykman’s Executive Committee, while Leon Sokol is joining Cullen and Dykman as a senior partner and will retain his extensive involvement in the management of the New Jersey practice.  Both Leon and Joe will remain based in the Hackensack office. Neil Yoskin will manage Cullen and Dykman’s Princeton office.

As of August 1, 2016, Cullen and Dykman expanded to include offices in Hackensack, Newark and Princeton, New Jersey to complement the firm’s current offices in Manhattan, Long Island, Albany, Brooklyn, and Washington, D.C.

With the addition of the Sokol Behot attorneys, Cullen and Dykman will offer clients extensive depth and expertise in a broad range of practice areas including banking, commercial real estate, corporate, litigation, bankruptcy, energy and utilities and environmental law and offer comprehensive regulatory representation before State and Federal agencies.

Timothy Carone Promoted to Assistant Secretary at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Stewardship Bank,announced the promotion of Timothy Carone to Assistant Secretary/Portfolio Manager of their Credit Risk Department. 

Carone has over 20 years of financial experience with a focus in commercial credit analysis, account management and risk analysis. He joined ASB in August of 2011 and prior to that held a position at Valley National Bank as a Credit Analyst.  

Additionally, he is a member of ASB’s Leadership Development Training Program and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercyhurst University.




Christine Gormley  Promoted to Assistant Vice President/Lending Administration Manager at Atlantic Stewardship Bank

Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Stewardship Bank, announced the promotion of Christine Gormley from Assistant Secretary/Loan Workout Specialist to Assistant Vice President/Manager of their Commercial Lending Administration Division. 

Gormley joined ASB in March of 2012 as their Loan Workout Specialist in the Bank’s Loan Workout Department.  She has over 25 years of financial services experience having held positions in credit and collections as well as in foreclosure and loss mitigation.  Additionally, Gormley previously worked for Superior Bank in New York where she was the REO Asset Manager. 

In her new role, she will be responsible for managing and supervising their Commercial Lending Administration Group.  Gormley will also oversee departmental work processes and ensure timely work flows with loan closings to provide the optimal customer experience. 


Wilson Tam Joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the appointment of Wilson Tam, Senior Vice President, Head of Multifamily Underwriting.  Operating out of the Bank’s Teaneck and Bedminster Headquarters locations, Tam will be responsible for the Bank’s multifamily credit and underwriting functions.

He is a career banker with over 22 years of financial services experience focusing on credit underwriting, portfolio management and compliance risk management.  Prior to joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Wilson held key positions at Capital One as Senior Director, Commercial Business Risk Office; Senior Vice President, Special Assets Officer; and Senior Vice President, Senior Underwriter/Team Leader, Middle Market Lending and Marine Finance.  

Prior to his tenure at Capital One, he held key positions as Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager at Bank of America and Account Manager, Preferred Banking and Manager, Independent Business at TD Bank.  

Tam earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from McGill University.  He holds a Total Leadership Certificate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Leadership Group Coaching Certificate from Magnus Group.  
He is a volunteer recreational coach for Montville Township and speaks English, French and Chinese.


Lakeland Bank Announces New Business Banking Officer Positions
Thomas J. Shara, president and chief executive officer of Lakeland Bank recently announced the expansion of its Small Business Lending division. 

Lakeland’s Small Business Lending division has experienced solid continuous growth over the last five years and to meet the increasing demand in this segment, the Bank has created three new Business Banking Officer positions. The addition of these roles will provide a refined geographic focus to allow for individualized attention and a primary resource to the Bank’s branch network.


Mark McCoy
has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Market and Business Banking Manager and the Business Banking Officers will report to him. McCoy joined the Bank in 2010 as Vice President, Business Development Officer based in Montville. In 2011, he transitioned to Vice President, Small Business Loans for the Small Business Lending division based in Oak Ridge, N.J. McCoy earned an M.B.A. in finance from Seton Hall University and holds a Master of Arts in diplomacy and international relations with a specialization in Latin America and the Caribbean. He earned his B.S. in business administration from Rider University. 






Mark Bahnuk
has been promoted to Vice President, Business Banking Officer, Small Business Sales. He will be based in Mendham and will be responsible for Somerset and Union counties as well as sections of Morris and Sussex counties. Bahnuk joined the Bank in 2004 and has worked in a variety of lending and credit related roles with the Sussex County Lending Team, the former Caldwell Lending Team, credit administration and most recently as a Vice President, Loan Officer for the Bernardsville Lending Team. He is a graduate of James Madison University with a degree in finance. 
 




Daniel Leary has been promoted to Vice President, Business Banking Officer, Small Business Sales based in Montville. He will be responsible for Essex County and parts of Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties. Leary joined the Bank in 2008 as Branch Manager in Wayne, was promoted to Vice President, Branch Manager in Newton in 2011, and assumed the role of Area Manager for Hampton and Andover in 2011. He attended Bergen Community College and transferred to Felician University where he is working toward a bachelor’s degree. Leary is a member of the Newton Rotary, Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce, Success by 6 and is a United Way of Northern NJ Local Operating board member. 





Karim Waheeb has been promoted to Vice President, Business Banking Officer, Small Business Sales. He will be based in Hackensack and will be primarily responsible for the Bergen County area and sections of Passaic County. He joined Lakeland in 2015 as a Vice President, Area Manager for the Teaneck and Englewood branches. Waheeb has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Phoenix, and a New Jersey Life Insurance Producer License plus Series 6 and 63 Licenses for Securities and Investments. He is a member of the Teaneck Chamber of Commerce and Habitat for Humanity.






Lakeland Bank Announces Appointments 
Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bank, announced the following promotions and new hire officer appointments.

Mary Karakos was appointed to the newly created position of Commercial Loan Chief Administrative Officer based in Oak Ridge. She joined the Bank in 1992 as a Commercial Loan Workout Officer based in Branchville and in 1996 was promoted to Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer based in Sussex County. In 2004 she was promoted to Vice President, Team Leader, Sussex County Lending Team and in 2007 was promoted to Senior Vice President, Team Leader. Karakos is a former board member for the Sussex County Economic Development Partnership and the Sussex County Community College Foundation. 







Jeffrey Wichman
was promoted to Senior Vice President, Credit Manager based in Oak Ridge. He joined Lakeland in 2013 as Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Loan Officer for the Bernardsville Commercial Lending Team. Before joining the Bank, Wichman was with Heritage Community Bank in Randolph as First Vice President Commercial Lending, and prior to that, was Chief Operating Officer at Saddle River Valley Bank. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and holds an MBA in finance from Miami University. 






Neill Schreyer has been appointed to Senior Vice President, Asset Recovery Manager in the Credit department based in Oak Ridge. Schreyer was most recently with Sussex Bank in Rockaway, N.J. as the Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer. Prior to that, he was with Noble Community Bank/Highlands State Bank in Sparta as the Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Rutgers University and has a master’s degree in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus. 






Susan Smith has been appointed to Senior Vice President, Credit Administration Manager in the Credit department based in Oak Ridge. Smith was previously Vice President, Credit Advisor at HSBC Private Bank in New York City and prior to that was Vice President, Credit Administration Officer with Peapack-Gladstone Bank in Peapack, N.J. She has a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. 








Sharon Fagan has been appointed to Assistant Vice President, Commercial Portfolio Manager based at the Hudson Valley Loan Production Office in Highland Mills, N.Y. Fagan was previously with Sterling National Bank (formerly Provident Bank) for nearly 17 years. She was based in Montebello and Middletown, N.Y. and was most recently Assistant Vice President, Commercial Portfolio Manager. 







Mary Ann Popek has been appointed to Assistant Treasurer, Branch Operations Manager at the Waldwick Office. Popek was previously with Catskill Hudson Bank in Kingston, N.Y. as a Branch Administrator and prior to that she was with TD Bank (formerly Hudson United Bank) in Mahwah, N.J. as a Project Manager.








Glen Rock Savings Bank Promotes Mari DeSacia to Branch Manager of West Orange Location and Danielle Lucas as Assistant Branch Manager
    
Glen Rock Savings Bank has tapped banking veteran Mari DeSacia to become Branch Manager of its location at 474 Prospect Avenue in West Orange, NJ.   DeSacia, who was also promoted to Assistant Vice President in the bank’s corporate structure, will be responsible for all of the branch’s day-to-day operations. She spent the last decade as Checking Supervisor for Llewellyn-Edison Savings Bank, which was acquired by Glen Rock Savings Bank last year.  Throughout her 40-year career, she has held various upwardly mobile positions at the bank.  She is a resident of West Orange. 

Glen Rock Savings Bank also has named Danielle Lucas Assistant Branch Manager at the same West Orange location.  Ms. Lucas will report directly to Ms. DeSacia and help oversee all branch activities.  She was previously a  customer service representative dating back to 2001, also with Llewellyn-Edison until last year’s merger with Glen Rock Savings Bank.  


ICBA Appoints New Executives for Membership and Government Relations
The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) promoted John McNair to executive vice president of member relations and named Joshua Habursky as a director of advocacy. McNair has served in senior management roles at ICBA for 12 years, most recently as senior vice president of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. As executive vice president of member relations, he will lead national initiatives to broaden member engagement with ICBA’s state-of-the-art educational programs and extensive network of products and services tailored specifically for community bankers. McNair holds a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Wilmington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Delaware.
Habursky will direct the association’s grassroots and advocacy apparatus. Habursky has managed grassroots programs at other trade associations and government and political organizations. He has published articles in leading political science journals, including Campaigns & Elections magazine and Roll Call, and serves as an adjunct professor at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media. Habursky holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Washington & Jefferson College and a Master of Arts in Government from Georgetown University.


Kevin E. Beisswenger Appointed Senior Managing Director, Commercial Lending at Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announce the appointment of Kevin E. Beisswenger, Senior Managing Director, Commercial Lending at Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Beisswenger brings to the Bank over 25 years of automotive financial industry experience with an established track record in sales and new business development.  He will pursue growth of the Bank’s commercial and industrial lending business, expanding presence and influence within the automotive market, while providing exceptional client service and a unique private banking experience.

Previously, he served as National Manager, Dealer Sales and Service, at Toyota and Lexus Financial Services where he was instrumental in managing and growing the business in the New York and New Jersey marketplace.  There he led a sales team that was responsible for Toyota Financial’s efforts for all dealership-related commercial lending, credit lines, retail and lease lending and insurance product sales. On the operations side, he was responsible for risk management, team training, customer experience and competitive pricing programs.  Prior to that at General Motors Acceptance Corporation, Beisswenger gained valuable experience in all aspects of financing, collections and client satisfaction.  

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management from Clemson University.  He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus and supports the Boys & Girls Club of America, the Sparrow’s Nest, and along with his wife Christine, the American Cancer Society as a Pacesetter at their annual Making Strides event. 


Capital Bank of New Jersey Announced Two Recent Officer-Level Promotions and a New Hire 
           
Tammy Oliva has been promoted to IT Officer. A Cumberland County resident, Oliva joined Capital Bank in early 2015 as its IT Manager. A former Minotola Bank employee, she brings a friendly, helpful, community bank approach to her work.
Jamie Doroshuk has been promoted to Assistant Controller. Doroshuk, worked at Capital Bank from 2008 to 2009 as a part-time teller while in college pursuing her M.B.A. In 2011 she returned to the bank as its full-time Senior Staff Accountant.
Finally, Donna Giovinazzi was recently hired as the bank’s Assistant Vice President/Woodbury Heights Branch Manager. Giovinazzi comes to Capital Bank after spending 17 years at The Bank/Fulton Bank of New Jersey, during which time she held several different branch and training positions. Ms. Giovinazzi is a life-long Gloucester County resident.


RIKER DANZIG WELCOMES NEW ASSOCIATE ALEXANDER T. YARBROUGH
Morristown-based law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP welcomed Alexander T. Yarbrough, who has joined the firm’s Corporate Group and will be working in both the Morristown and New York offices.   Yarbrough focuses his practice in the areas of securities law, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.  Yarbrough also advises clients in connection with M&A transactions, including the negotiation and drafting of asset purchase agreements and stock purchase agreements. 

He received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2015, where he was a member of Seton Hall University School of Law’s Moot Court Board and the Seton Hall Legislative Journal.  He graduated in 2012 from Florida State University with a B.S. in Business Management and International Affairs.  


Century Savings Bank Announces New Members of Executive Management

Century Savings Bank appointed two new members to its executive management team. Bringing with them over 69 years of combined banking experience, Joseph Stella, III joins Century as Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, and Joseph Dafcik as Senior Vice President/Chief Operating and Compliance Officer. The bank is equally pleased to report the addition of Hugh McCaffrey to its Board of Directors.

L. Joseph Stella III, CPA, CGMA

As the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Stella will be responsible for overseeing the bank’s accounting department as well as the overall financial operations of the bank. A seasoned, “roll-up-the-shirt sleeves” professional with effective, decisive communication skills, and leadership qualities, Joe has a proven track record of progression in banking and financial services. Stella most recently served as CFO for Colonial Bank, FSB. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from Wilmington University of Delaware, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting (BSA) from Villanova University. 

Joseph J. Dafcik
Under the general supervision of the Board of Directors and the President/CEO of Century Savings Bank, Joseph Dafcik will, as the Chief Operating and Compliance Officer (COO), oversee and provide overall direction to core operational departments. He will also be responsible for executing the bank’s regulatory compliance activities as well as serving as the bank’s CRA Officer. Dafcik is a 37-year veteran of the banking industry with multi-departmental experience. He spent nearly three decades at Minotola National Bank serving in various capacities throughout his tenure. Among them: Branch Manager, Loan Officer, and Compliance/CRA Officer. Most recently, Joe served as the COO/Compliance and Security Officer of The First National Bank of Elmer.

Hugh McCaffrey
McCaffrey’s appointment to Century’s distinguished Board of Directors is following the retirement of two prominent long-term Directors.  McCaffrey, President of Southern New Jersey Steel Company, brings over three decades of experience in strategic planning, construction and contract management, and new business development. As a prominent and active member of South Jersey’s landscape, McCaffrey has served on many boards throughout the years, most notably as President of the Mid-Atlantic Steel Fabricators Association, Director of Colonial Bank FSB and Cape Bank, Trustee for Inspira Health Network, and Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA.  McCaffrey is also a member of the CEO Group of Cumberland County, and the Vineland Rotary Club, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from La Salle University.


Tammy Oliva has been promoted to IT Officer. A Cumberland County resident, Oliva joined Capital Bank in early 2015 as its IT Manager. A former Minotola Bank employee, she brings a friendly, helpful, community bank approach to her work.


Judith Keyes Promoted to Vice President/Training Officer at Atlantic Stewardship Bank

Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Stewardship Bank, announced the promotion of Judith Keyes from Assistant Vice President to Vice President/Training Officer. As ASB’s Training Officer, Keyes has over 36 years of experience in the banking industry with skilled knowledge in areas including training and development, marketing, community outreach and compliance. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Ramapo College of New Jersey and holds an MBA in Strategic Human Resources Management from Grand Canyon University.  Keyes’ responsibilities cover a multitude of disciplines at the bank and she also serves as ASB’s Community Reinvestment Act Officer.

She is a member of the Wyckoff-Midland Park Rotary and the Northern NJ Chapter of American Society of Training and Development. Additionally, Keyes is the past President and current Board Member of Paterson Habitat for Humanity and past President of the Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary.



Jeffrey J. Halverstadt Appointed to Vice President/Commercial Lending Officer at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Stewardship Bank, announced the appointment of Jeff Halverstadt to Vice President/Commercial Lending Officer of their Commercial Lending Division headquartered at 612 Godwin Avenue in Midland Park, New Jersey. Halverstadt has over thirty years of commercial banking experience, which includes investment management, franchise lending, private banking and middle market commercial lending. Most recently he served as a Middle Market C&I Team Leader at Investors Bank. Halverstadt is the Chairman Emeritus and current Board Member of the Morris County Economic Development Corporation, Housing Commissioner/Chairman Emeritus of the Summit Housing Authority, a Co-Founder and Trustee of the Summit Affordable Housing Corporation and a Board Member of Trans Options, Inc.

He holds a B.A. in Economics from Denison University and a MBA in Finance from New York University, Leonard Stern School of Business.




Karen A. Scafidi Promoted to First Vice President Compliance Officer at Atlantic Stewardship Bank

Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Stewardship Bank, announced the promotion of Karen A. Scafidi from Vice President to First Vice President of their Compliance Department.

Scafidi has over 35 years of professional experience in the financial industry including compliance, loan operations, retail mortgage, consumer lending, commercial lending and branch operations. Ms. Scafidi joined ASB in February of 2007, and is a graduate of the National School of Banking. 

Additionally, she volunteers her time in the fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.



Maureen Gillan Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer Highlands State Bank
Highlands State Bank is pleased to announce that Maureen Gillan has joined their team and serves as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer in our Totowa office, located at 650 Union Boulevard in Totowa, New Jersey. She brings with her more than 20 years of hands-on banking expertise. Maureen is successful in developing banking relationships emphasizing in commercial real estate financing and business lending in the New Jersey Market.  

Throughout her distinguished 20 year career, she has developed new banking relationships with Accountants, Attorneys, Medical Professionals, and other cultural organizations. Her personal drive, passion and analytical mind provides her with the innate ability to be ideally suited for the banking profession. Her goal is to develop and foster business relationships together with her team at Highlands State Bank.



Lakeland Bank Announces Employee of the Quarter Awards 

Lakeland recently honored six employees with the Employee of the Quarter Award at a ceremony held at the headquarter office in Oak Ridge. 
 
Roseann Crouch
is a Human Resource Assistant/Recruiter in the Human Resources department located in Oak Ridge and has been with the Bank since 2015.

Kenneth Lawson is a Senior Credit Analyst for the Hudson Valley Lending Team located in Highland Mills, N.Y. and has been with the Bank since 2015.

Angelina Louis is a Small Business Closing Specialist in the Small Business Lending department located in Oak Ridge and has been with the Bank since 2010.

Mark Pooley is a Maintenance Worker in the Facilities/Maintenance department located in Branchville and has been with the Bank since 2011.

Melissa Tadiello is a Senior BSA-Fraud Analyst in the BSA-Fraud department and has been with the Bank since 2013.

Marianne Carter is a Teller Manager for the West Milford Branch and has been with the Bank since 2004.


Louise Rohner Promoted to Vice President/Branch Manager at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Stewardship Bank, announced the promotion of Louise Rohner from Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager to Vice President/Branch Manager of their Pequannock Branch. Rohner joined Atlantic Stewardship Bank in 1991, as a Customer Service Representative in their Hawthorne Branch and progressed to her current position. She has a vast background in banking, which allows her to provide excellent customer service and solutions that meet customer’s needs.  Additionally, Rohner, is a volunteer with the Friends of the Holland Christian Home and the Pequannock Township Food Pantry as well as a member of the Pequannock Township Chamber of Commerce.





Christina Sacerdote Appointed to Vice President/ Loan Workout Officer at Sussex Bank
Anthony Labozzetta, President & Chief Executive Officer of Sussex Bank, announced the appointment of Christina Sacerdote to Vice President/ Loan Workout Officer. Sacerdote joined the bank to continue improving the loan credit quality. She comes with a wealth of experience in the industry having spent over 29 years in banking. Sacerdote began her banking career at Interchange Bank as a Credit Analyst and progressed into a Commercial Loan Officer and then finally a Workout Officer. After that she held a position at CIT managing commercial relationships in their Small Business Administration/Asset Recovery Department. She most recently served as the Loan Workout Officer with Lakeland Bank for the past 13 years.

Sacerdote is a former graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and a Master’s in finance. She also received undergraduate and graduate certificates from the ABA National Commercial Lending School.


RIKER DANZIG PARTNER ZAHID QURAISHI ELECTED A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE C. WILLARD HECKEL AMERICAN INN OF COURT AT RUTGERS SCHOOL OF LAW
Zahid Quraishi, a partner in Riker Danzig's White Collar Criminal Defense Group, has been elected a member of the Executive Committee of the C. Willard Heckel American Inn of Court at Rutgers School of Law.  The Inn meets six times a year at Rutgers School of Law in Newark and focuses on criminal practice and procedure and litigation skills in both criminal and civil litigation. The Inn brings together highly experienced and distinguished justices, judges, trial attorneys, members of the bar, and Rutgers Law School students to enhance their skills and focus on emerging and important issues facing the bar and bench.

Quraishi has extensive experience representing clients with government enforcement and compliance issues involving potential criminal charges.  He regularly manages complex federal and state court litigation on behalf of corporations, and their officers, directors, and employees.  Quraishi has represented both companies and individuals in connection with criminal investigations involving violations of securities law, healthcare fraud, money laundering, environmental statutes, public corruption, and tax laws among other white collar areas of law.  His practice also has extended to representing both corporations and individuals in complex federal and state civil litigation.



Bruce H. Stanwood Appointed Senior Managing Director, Commercial Private Banking at Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank appointed Bruce H. Stanwood as senior managing director, commercial private banking.  Building upon the bank’s successful growth, Stanwood is now a part of the commercial banking team providing clients with an exclusive one-touch private banking experience.

He has over 35 years of financial services experience focused on new business development, portfolio, business line and credit risk management, and the creation of both domestic and global financial solutions for clients.  Stanwood previously served at Citibank, N.A., NY as director and senior credit officer and prior to that in the commercial banking arena at Trust Company of New Jersey.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting from St. Peter’s University and an M.B.A. in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He holds designation as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and is a former Trustee of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Stirling where he presently serves as a member of the Finance and School Endowment Committees.


Secure Lending Solutions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Highlands State Bank, Hiring of New Mortgage Loan Originator
Secure Lending Solutions , a wholly owned subsidiary of Highlands State Bank, announced the hire of our new Mortgage Loan Originator, Sherri Grayson Aboyoun. She brings over 17 years of banking experience. You may know her as the former Branch Service Manager of Valley National Bank in Glen Rock over the past 5 and a half years. As a seasoned industry professional, possessing a proven track record of customer service excellence along with SLS’s wide array of mortgage products and state of the art technology, she is a great addition to our talented sales and operations staff.






David Nunez Promoted to Senior Vice President, Head of Community Banking at Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the promotion of David Nunez to senior vice president, head of community banking at Peapack-Gladstone Bank.  In his current role, Nunez oversees Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s community banking underwriting and portfolio management group. 

He is a career banker with over 25 years of financial services experience with a concentration in community banking and underwriting.  Prior to joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank in 2014, he served as senior director, underwriter at Capital One Bank in Fairfield, New Jersey with a focus on middle market lending.  Previously, he held positions as vice president, loan officer at First Hope Bank in Hackettstown and at Fleet Bank with a concentration in loan review and asset-based lending.

Nunez earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in economics from Montclair State University and holds RMA (Risk Management Association) Credit Risk Certification. 


Cecelia T. Lardieri Promoted to Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources at Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announce the promotion of Cecelia T. Lardieri to Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources at Peapack-Gladstone Bank.  In her current role, Cecelia oversees Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s Human Resources operations including benefits and payroll administration, talent acquisition and employee relations functions.

Lardieri has 17 years of Human Resources experience.  Prior to joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank in 2013, she served key roles as Human Resources Generalist at Hunterdon Medical Center, Commerce Bank (TD Bank) and Trust Company Bank (Capital One).

She holds Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resources Management - Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certifications.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social and Behavioral Science and Minor in Psychology from Seton Hall University.


Karen Mullane Promoted to Vice President/Branch Manager at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Stewardship Bank, announced the promotion of Karen Mullane from Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager to Vice President/Branch Manager of their Wyckoff Branch.

Mullane joined ASB in October 2008, with an extensive background in sales and customer service. She has over twenty years of banking experience and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in both Business Administration and Human Resources Administration from Muhlenberg College. 

Mullane is a resident of Ramsey, New Jersey and is a member of the Wyckoff Chamber of Commerce and Ramsey Responds, which is a community service organization that helps people in need.



John M. Willis Promoted to First Vice President Commercial Lending Officer at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Atlantic Stewardship Bank announced the promotion of John Willis from Vice President to First Vice President Commercial Lending Officer.
John Willis joined ASB in January of 2013 and has over nineteen years of financial and banking experience with skilled knowledge in credit, equipment financing and commercial lending. Additionally, Willis received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University, an MBA in Finance from DePaul University and holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA.  

He is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, Inc. (NYSSA), CFA Institute member and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity member and resides, with his wife of 23 years, and son in West Milford, New Jersey.




Amboy Bank promotes Mary Riccardi to Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer
Amboy Bank announced that Mary Riccardi has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer.  Mary Riccardi’s 21-year career with Amboy Bank began when she joined the Bank as Controller in 1995.  She was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2007 and Senior Vice President in 2009.  
She has been a CPA for almost 30 years.  She is a graduate of The College of New Jersey having earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  Prior to joining Amboy Bank, she consulted for and audited banks as a Senior Manager for KPMG.  In addition, she was Vice President and Controller for Flemington National Bank and Trust Company.


George Galanis Appointed to Vice President/Business Development Sales Manager at Sussex Bank
Sussex Bank announced the  appointment of George Galanis to Vice President/Business Development Sales Manager of their Astoria Branch.  alanis has over 19 years of banking experience and prior to joining Sussex Bank was a Branch Manager with Astoria Bank.

He has an extensive background in the banking industry including business development, sales, branch management and building community relationships. He has worked in the Astoria and Whitestone communities for the past 16 years. Galanis is also a Life Licensed Agent and will be obtaining his Series 7, Series 63 and Health certification under their subsidiary Sussex Investment Services. 

He has received numerous awards for his accomplishments at his prior bank including: Mentor of the Year, Top Performing Branch in an 86 Branch network for 2012 and Top Overall Performing Branch from 2011-2015.  In his previous role he was in charge of managing one of the largest branches in the footprint.

Galanis is also very involved in the local Astoria community serving as a Board Member of the East River Kiwanis Club, a member of the Long Island City/Astoria Lions Club and Treasurer of the Astoria Restoration Project.


Gregory R. Reisenauer Appointed to Vice President/Commercial Lending Officer at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Atlantic Stewardship Bank announced the appointment of Gregory R. Reisenauer to Vice President/Commercial Lending Officer of their Commercial Lending Division headquartered at 612 Godwin Avenue in Midland Park. 

Reisenauer has over ten years of financial and lending experience and previously worked for institutions including Sun National Bank, Provident Bank and most recently First Commerce Bank, where he was a Commercial Loan Officer. He has extensive knowledge in managing portfolios of commercial mortgages, constructions loans, term loans and lines of credit, while also generating new business through customers, branch managers and centers of influence.  

Additionally, Reisenauer resides in Pearl River, New York, and has a B.S. in Business Administration from St. Thomas Aquinas College.



Barbara E. Komor Promoted to First Vice President of Operations & Electronic Services at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Atlantic Stewardship Bank, recently announced the promotion of Barbara E. Komor from Vice President to First Vice President of Operations & Electronic Services.

Komor, who graduated from Rutgers Business School with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, has over 27 years of banking experience. Prior to joining ASB in July of 2013, Ms. Komor was a founding Associate for Freedom Bank. She has extensive banking experience in operations, electronic services, compliance and commercial lending along with branch and vendor management. 

Additionally, Komor resides in Ramsey, New Jersey and volunteers with the American Cancer Society by assisting in their fundraising efforts.


Karol Ciechanowski Joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the appointment of Karol Ciechanowski as Senior Managing Director, Commercial Private Banking specializing in providing commercial banking clients with an advice-led strategy.  Karol is now a part of the Bank’s commercial banking team and will focus on the southeastern New York State and the New Jersey marketplace.
 
Headquartered in Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s Bedminster private banking location, Ciechanowski is responsible for growing the Bank’s commercial banking business, expanding regional influence and building upon the Bank’s success in the commercial banking arena. He joins the Bank after a successful 15-year career in the financial services industry as a former relationship manager at JP Morgan Chase and most recently at Citibank where he served as a director and area manager for the New York boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island as well as the State of New Jersey; at Citibank Ciechanowski led business banking teams while partnering with commercial banking peers responsible for relationship management, growth and portfolio retention of Citi’s business banking clients.  
 
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Master’s Degree in marketing management from St. John’s University.  He is deeply involved in various community not-for-profit organizations and is a USA swimming certified coach.  



CSBK Hires Elias Konstantopoulos as Manager and Rebekah Ortiz as Supervisor of New Hoboken Banking Center
CSBK has hired Elias (Eli) Konstantopoulos as Banking Center Manager and Rebekah Ortiz as Banking Center Supervisor of its new Hoboken location, which celebrated its grand opening last month. 

Konstantopoulos will be responsible for overall management of banking center staff and activities, with a focus on driving growth in the new market. Ortiz assists Eli in managing daily bank operations and is the primary contact for CSBK clients. 

He arrives at CSBK with six years of bank management experience. Most recently, he was VP Branch Manager at PNC Bank, and before that,Branch Manager at Wells Fargo.  Ms. Ortiz, Hoboken "born and raised," has nearly a decade of banking experience, most recently as a Relationship Banker with Capital One.

As CSBK opens new  Banking Centers, it is introducing an open-concept design that facilitates easier, more personalized interaction.  The space exudes a cool, friendly atmosphere in which visitors feel relaxed and comfortable. Both Eli and Rebekah will help customers capitalize on some of CSBK’s finest assets, such as digital banking, including mobile check deposit and photo bill-pay, and competitive rates on home mortgages. 

With community involvement a fundamental part of CSBK’s culture, Konstantopoulos and Ortiz also work to promote the bank’s presence in Hoboken, actively engaged in community outreach efforts through sponsorships, donations to local organizations, scholarships and community events.


Laura T. Collura Joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the appointment of Laura T. Collura, senior vice president, director of corporate learning.  In her new role, Collura will oversee the Bank’s new Career Development Institute and head the Bank’s private bank corporate learning team stationed at its Bedminster Headquarters and 300 Carnegie Center Princeton, New Jersey location.

She is a proven Human Resources executive with expertise in aligning people strategies with business strategies.  Laura brings to the Bank over 20 years’ experience in the human resources arena, most recently as Senior Vice President, Human Resources Director, Retail at TD Bank in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey where she supported over 15,000 employees from Maine to Florida and collaborated in the development of people initiatives, policies and programs. Collura also held impressive roles as vice president, human resources manager and vice president, senior human resources business partner/employee relations manager at Bank of America (formerly Fleet Bank).

She attended Bucks County Community College with a focus on business management.  She is an Elite Member of the National Association of Professional Women.

Lakeland Bank Appoints Jenifer Thoma First Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources

Lakeland Bank announced that Jenifer Thoma will be appointed to the position of First Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources based in Oak Ridge, N.J. as of June 13. Ms. Thoma has more than 20 years of experience and demonstrated success in leadership and organization development, talent management and acquisition, performance management, succession planning, compensation and benefits, change management, and  employee communications and relations. Prior to joining Lakeland Bank, she held the senior Human Resources executive position at Byram Healthcare, a privately held, international provider of medical supplies and equipment, Bowlmor AMF, a bowling center operator with 320 multiple locations, Century 21 Department Stores, a 50 year-old discount department store chain with stores and distribution centers in New York and New Jersey, and The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P). Thoma holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from New Jersey City University and a Master of Science in Organizational Management and Human Resource Development from Manhattanville College.

Lakeland Bank Appoints Thomas F. Splaine First Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer
Lakeland Bank announced that Thomas F. Splaine, Jr. was appointed to the position of First Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer based at the company’s corporate offices in Oak Ridge, N.J. Splaine, a CPA, has more than 25 years of industry experience, most recently at Investors Bank from 2004 through 2015 in various capacities including SVP, Financial Planning and Analysis and Investor Relations, and as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Investors Bank, he was employed by Hewlett-Packard Financial Services, CIT and KPMG LLC. Splaine holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Rider University.


Regal Bank Hires Ronald F. Field as Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager
Regal Bank welcomes Ronald F. Field as Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager for their Somerset, NJ Branch. Prior to joining Regal Bank, Field spent 12 years as vice president/branch manager of Peapack-Gladstone Bank. He will manage the branch located on Elizabeth Avenue, previously Community First Bank. Regal Bank’s services include commercial mortgages, business loans and lines of credit, home equity lines of credit, residential mortgages, and traditional commercial banking products for small to medium size businesses. The Bank also offers Internet banking, bill pay, remote merchant capture, and other technology-based products.



Riker Danzig Partner Elected to 2nd Vice Chair of the Taxation Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP announced that Jason Navarino, a partner in Riker Danzig's Corporate and Tax Groups, has been elected 2nd Vice Chair of the Taxation Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Navarino previously served as Secretary of the Taxation Section.  The announcement was made at the Annual NJSBA Conference in Atlantic City.  In addition to his involvement in the NJSBA, he is also a member of the New York State Bar Association and its Tax Section, and he serves on several nonprofit boards.

He has considerable experience advising both large and small business clients with respect to structuring and documenting domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures in a tax-efficient and tax-compliant manner, forming operating and investment partnerships and limited liability companies, and managing other related tax and corporate matters.  Navarino also counsels nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations with respect to tax, corporate, employment and intellectual property matters.


Valley National Bank Appoints Robert J. Bardusch to Executive Vice President Chief Information Officer

Valley National Bank announced the appointment of Robert J. Bardusch to Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer. Bardusch brings over two decades of financial technology leadership expertise to his current role.  Formerly, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for a prominent financial services company.  As Chief Information Officer, he is responsible for implementing information technology solutions that support Valley’s strategic vision while improving cost effectiveness, service quality and business development using technology driven solutions.  

He received a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s Degree in Information Systems and Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He is actively involved in The Pennsylvania State University, College of Information Sciences and Technology as an advisory board member and Odyssey of the Mind as a regional board member and tournament director.  

Boiling Springs Savings Bank's Nicole Linardos Named Jersey's Best Marcom Professional Under 40
Boiling Springs Savings Bank announced that Nicole Linardos, marketing coordinator, was named by the New Jersey Advertising Club (NJADClub) in conjunction with the Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association (JSPRAA) as a 2016 Jersey’s Best Marketing and Communications Professional Under 40. This award shines a spotlight on individuals who represent the “Best-of-the-Best” in their marketing and communications fields through their outstanding work, creativity, leadership, giving back to their industry and as well as the communities they work and play. This program identifies the rising stars that have made a substantial impact on the industry before they’ve reached the age of 40. Linardos was honored at the Jersey’s Best Awards Dinner at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township on April 28, 2016.  
 
She joined Boiling Springs in 2006 as a Teller and then shortly thereafter became an Assistant Branch Manager in the Florham Park office. She began her career in Marketing when she joined the Bank’s Marketing Department in 2009 as a Marketing Coordinator. In her current position she is responsible for coordinating a wide range of marketing and social media initiatives to ensure a consistent brand message. Linardos graduated from Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. She was inducted into Seton Hall University’s Marketing Honor Society. Linardos is a committee member of NJBankers Public Relations and Marketing Committee and the New Jersey Bank Marketing Association. She is an avid volunteer in her community and in Bergen County.

The Provident Bank’s Bill Ruckert Appointed to New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 
The Provident Bank’s Bill Ruckert has been elected to the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce (NJCC) Board of Directors. The board oversees the NJCC in their mission to promote a vibrant business environment and economic prosperity through vision, expertise and innovative solutions. 
 
In his role as Senior Relationship Manager, Ruckert is responsible for attracting and managing relationships with privately held, middle market companies, headquartered in New Jersey.  In addition, Ruckert provides a leadership role both internally and externally in support of the Bank’s strategic objectives, including the professional development of colleagues. He has been working with the bank for 10 years.


Riker Danzig Partner Zahid Quraishi Elected a Trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
Zahid Quraishi, a partner in Riker Danzig’s White Collar Criminal Defense Group, has been elected a Trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey.  The AFBNJ is the voice of the federal bar in New Jersey, with distinguished judges, attorneys from the private bar, and federal law enforcement attorneys as members.  
Quraishi has extensive experience representing clients with government enforcement and compliance issues involving potential criminal charges.  He regularly manages complex federal and state court litigation on behalf of corporations, and their officers, directors, and employees. He has represented both companies and individuals in connection with criminal investigations involving violations of securities law, healthcare fraud, money laundering, environmental statutes, public corruption, and tax laws among other white collar areas of law.  His practice also has extended to representing both corporations and individuals in complex federal and state civil litigation.
 


Lakeland Bank Announces Officer Promotions
Thomas J. Shara, president and chief executive officer of Lakeland Bank announced the following officer promotions.

Kimberly Coleman to Assistant Treasurer, Sr. BSA-Fraud Analyst, Milton
Coleman joined the Bank in June 2006 as a BSA Analyst and was promoted to Sr. BSA-Fraud Analyst in January 2014. She graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. 

Celina Grbic to Assistant Treasurer, Branch Operations Manager, North Haledon
Grbic joined the Bank in January 2014 as a Senior Sales Representative in the Teaneck Office and was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager of the North Haledon Office in June 2015. Prior to joining Lakeland, she worked for Santander Bank as a Financial Specialist in Cedar Grove.

Mary Miller to Assistant Treasurer, Branch Operations Manager, Park Place
Miller joined the Bank in November 2004 as a Teller in the Branchville Downtown Office. She advanced within retail banking and was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager, Park Place in November 2014. Miller is working toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Centenary College. She is Vice President for the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council and an alternate Board Member for the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce where she received the 2014 Don Meng Volunteer of the Year award. 

Elizabeth Pearson to Assistant Treasurer, Branch Operations Manager, Bloomingdale
Pearson joined Lakeland Bank in March 2001 as a Customer Service Representative. She advanced within retail banking and was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager in April 2003. 

Julia Stachura to Assistant Treasurer, Assistant to the President, Oak Ridge
Stachura joined the former NBSC in July 1988 as a Teller. She advanced within retail banking and transitioned to an administrative position as Assistant to Executive Administration in June 1999. Stachura was promoted to the Assistant to the President position in August 2001. 

Tracey Trovato to Assistant Treasurer, Branch Operations Manager, Carlstadt
Trovato joined the Bank in January 2009 as a Teller in the newly opened Rochelle Park Office. She advanced within retail banking and was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager in April 2015.

Amy R. Block to Vice President, Mortgage Originator, Park Ridge
Block joined the former Community State Bank in August 1999 as an Assistant Vice President, Mortgage Originator. For five consecutive years, she has received the Five Star Mortgage Professionals Award which recognizes service professionals who provide quality services to their clients. Block graduated from Ramapo College with a bachelor’s degree in social work and resides in Park Ridge.


Max Custer to Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, Teaneck 
Custer joined the Bank as a Seasonal Clerk in June 2008 and was hired as a Junior Credit Analyst in July 2011. He was promoted to Senior Credit Analyst, Teaneck Commercial Lending Team in August 2012, to Assistant Treasurer, Senior Credit Analyst in March 2013, and to Assistant Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer in October 2014. He earned a bachelor’s degree in general business and entrepreneurship from University of Maryland and a MBA in accounting and finance from Rutgers Business School. Custer is a member of CIANJ’s Generation Now Committee.

Kristina DeLuca to Vice President, BSA-Fraud Manager, Milton
DeLuca joined the Bank in May 2005 as a Teller. She transferred to Investment Services as a Financial Advisor Assistant in December 2007 and transferred in January 2011 to the BSA-Fraud Department as a Junior BSA Analyst. DeLuca advanced within the BSA-Fraud department and was promoted to Assistant Treasurer, Sr. BSA Analyst in May 2014 and to Assistant Vice President, BSA-Fraud Manager in March 2015. 

Gary DeFranco to Vice President, Area Manager
DeFranco joined Lakeland in December 2008 as Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of the newly opened Rochelle Park Office. He was promoted to Vice President, Branch Manager in March 2011 and is now responsible for managing the Rochelle Park and Carlstadt Offices. 

Frank Di Dolci to Vice President, Area Manager
Di Dolci joined the former Pascack Community Bank in December 2012 as Vice President, Branch Manager of the Westwood Office and is now responsible for managing the Westwood, Hillsdale, and Park Ridge Offices. Prior to joining Pascack, he worked for Valley National Bank as an Assistant Vice President, Branch Sales Manager in Totowa. 

Lisa Johnson to Vice President, Consumer Loan Officer, Milton
Johnson joined Lakeland in September 2007 as an Asset Based Accounting Clerk in the Loan Operations department.  She transferred to the Consumer Loan department in February 2010 as an Assistant Treasurer, Consumer Loan Officer and was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Consumer Loan Officer in October 2012. 

Michael Moreland to Vice President, Mortgage Originator, Bernardsville
Moreland joined Lakeland Bank in July 2014 as a Mortgage Loan Originator. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked for Peapack-Gladstone Bank as an Assistant Vice President, Loan Officer. 

Jerry Slavik to Vice President, Area Manager
Slavik joined the Bank in March 2015 as a Vice President, Area Manager for the Wyckoff and Park Ridge Offices. He is now responsible for managing the Wyckoff and Waldwick Offices. Prior to joining Lakeland, he was a Store Manager at TD Bank in Fair Lawn. Slavik has a bachelor’s degree in communications from William Paterson University. He is a member of Rotary International and former president of the Fair Lawn Rotary Club. 

Robert Surovich to Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, Wyckoff
Surovich joined Lakeland in September 2012 as an Assistant Treasurer, Senior Credit Analyst for the Wyckoff Commercial Lending Team. He moved into the position of Assistant Treasurer, Portfolio Manager in April 2013 and was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Portfolio Manager in March 2014. Prior to joining the Bank, Surovich worked for Hudson Valley Bank as a Junior Relationship Manager in Yonkers, N.Y.

Marlena Taglieri to Vice President, BSA–Fraud Manager, Milton
Taglieri joined the Bank in January 2005 as a Credit Analyst Trainee in the Credit Administration department. She transferred to the BSA-Fraud department as a BSA/AML Specialist in April 2006. Taglieri advanced within the BSA-Fraud department and was promoted to Assistant Treasurer, BSA-Fraud Manager in January 2010 and to Assistant Vice President, BSA-Fraud Manager in March 2011. 

Mark McCoy to Senior Vice President, Market and Small Business Manager, Oak Ridge
McCoy joined Lakeland in June 2010 as a Vice President, Business Development Officer.  He transferred to the Retail Division in January 2011 as Vice President, Small Business Banking Coordinator. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked for Sovereign Bank as a Cluster Manager in Lawrenceville, N.J. McCoy earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Rider University and a MBA in finance and MA in diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University in 2015.




Lincoln 1st Bank Hires Daniela Marino as Business Development Specialist
Lincoln 1st Bank, which has served the personal and commercial banking needs of customers throughout northern New Jersey for nearly a century, has hired Daniela Marino as Business Development Specialist. Marino is responsible for growing Lincoln 1st’s consumer and commercial loans business, while continuing to originate residential loans for the lending department. She also will work on strengthening the bank’s residential, consumer and commercial sales processes, and on developing and maintaining relationships with attorneys, realtors, CPAs and networking groups to further strengthen the bank’s client base. In addition, Marino will develop marketing and sales initiatives to enhance Lincoln 1st’s business retail and lending initiatives.

With more than 15 years of experience in financial services, including a special focus on retail and wholesale mortgage sales, she has earned tremendous respect throughout the Tri-State Area.  She is a former Board of Directors member of the LML Division of MBA, a member of PCBOR’s in Passaic County, and is a licensed mortgage banker and BNI member.  Most recently, Marino served as Senior Mortgage Loan Officer for M&T Bank. 


Atlantic Stewardship Bank Announces New Service for Express Loan Approvals
Atlantic Stewardship Bank announced that it recently launched a new Express Loan Approval process to assist small business customers with their lending needs. Whether it is a line of credit or term loan, ASB has made the process more efficient for small business customers with localized decision making to allow for expedited turnaround.  Express Loan applicants have been receiving a decision within two business days and can close within a week of applying. 



Dunne Named Senior Vice President/Chief Risk Officer of Kearny Bank
John Dunne has recently been named Senior Vice President/ Chief Risk Officer of Kearny Bank.  Dunne is a St. Francis College graduate and he earned his MBA degree in Finance from Pace University. He is a certified bank auditor and certified risk professional with over 30 years of banking experience. In his position he’ll oversee Enterprise Risk Management, BSA/Compliance and Bank Information Security.





Riker Danzig Partner Mark Hall Elected An Officer Of The Bankruptcy Law Section Of The New Jersey State Bar Association

Morristown-based law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP announced that Mark Hall, partner in Riker Danzig’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group, has been elected an Officer of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). Hall’s practice focuses on all aspects of bankruptcy, restructuring, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy litigation and related commercial litigation, including the representation of debtors, creditors committees, financial institutions, secured lenders, unsecured creditors and other parties in interest in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy/reorganization cases. He is also a Court-approved and trained mediator, serving on the Bankruptcy Mediation Panel for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.  

Hall was formerly an intern for the Office of the Governor, writing speeches for Governor Christine Todd Whitman while participating in the Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Undergraduate Associates Program.

In addition to his involvement in the NJSBA, Hall recently served as the Chair for the Lawyers Advisory Committee to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, and as a member of the New Jersey Local Bankruptcy Rules Revision Committee. He currently serves as Vice President of the New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyers Foundation, and as an Officer and Master for the Bankruptcy Inn of Court.  


RIKER DANZIG PARTNER BETHANY ABELE NAMED A “NEW LEADER OF THE BAR” BY NEW JERSEY LAW JOURNAL
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP announced that commercial litigation partner Bethany A. Abele has been named a “New Leader of the Bar” by the New Jersey Law Journal.  Following a rigorous evaluation process, the Law Journal selects lawyers who “have already built accomplished careers and, despite their youth, have established themselves as leaders within their firms and organizations, as well as within the larger legal community.”

Abele focuses her practice on banking and title insurance litigation.  She has represented title insurance companies and their insureds in a wide variety of actions, including coverage investigations, disputes between the insurance company and insured, and serving as retained counsel in matters concerning allegations of forgery, mortgage fraud schemes, priority disputes, boundary line disputes, and actions arising from alleged title defects.  Abele has also defended class action suits against banks and title insurers and has handled numerous complex commercial foreclosure actions.

Abele has taken on leadership roles in the community.  She is serving as a Trustee of the Morris County Bar Association, for which she is Co-Chair of the Women Lawyers Committee, as well as serving on the Leadership Council for the Young Professionals Group of Morristown Medical Center.  She is also heavily involved with alumni boards at Lafayette College.


Thomas Brower Joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the appointment of Thomas Brower, Senior Managing Director, Commercial Private Banking.  Headquartered in the Bank’s Princeton location, Brower is responsible for further growth of the commercial and industrial lending business and expanding regional influence with a focus on providing exceptional client service and the bank’s unique private banking experience.

Brower brings to the bank more than 19 years of financial services experience focused on new business, increased portfolio fee income and credit risk management.  He has a proven track record in forging new business relationships and achievement of revenue growth and profitability.  Most recently, he served as senior vice president, business development officer at PNC Bank responsible for the development of highly effective sales strategies for companies located in the New York Metro area.  Prior to that he was senior vice president, business development officer at JP Morgan Chase in Philadelphia.  Earlier, Brower held equally impressive roles, providing financial solutions to corporate and institutional clients as Director, business development officer at Wells Fargo in New York City; vice president, portfolio manager at Princeton Advisory Group in Princeton, New Jersey; and as vice president, Investment Banking at Bank of America, New York, New York.



Lakeland Bank Appoints Nigro to EVP, Chief Risk Officer

James M. Nigro has been appointed to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer based in Oak Ridge, N.J. Nigro has more than 30 years of industry experience most recently at The Provident Bank in Iselin as Senior Vice President, Credit Risk Manager. He began his banking career in October 1984 at Summit Bank in Berkeley Heights where he subsequently held various credit and lending positions in Chatham, Cranford, Dayton, and Bridgewater. Nigro ultimately advanced to Vice President, Regional Sales Manager, a position he held until June 2001 when he left Summit Bank to pursue opportunities with the former Somerset Hills Bank in Bernardsville as Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer. In May 2013, Lakeland acquired Somerset Hills Bank and Nigro stayed through December 2013. He graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University with a bachelor’s degree in finance, and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and the Financial Management Association. Nigro has served as a Director and Treasurer for Morris Habitat for Humanity since January 2013 and currently serves as Secretary for the Morris County Housing Alliance, an organization he has been active with since January 2010. He is also a member of the Risk Management Association and serves on a committee of the New Jersey Bankers Association. Nigro is a resident of Mendham Township.

Kathryn Rosa and James Donado Join Highlands State Bank
Highlands State Bank announced that Kathryn Rosa has joined the Bank as senior vice president, compliance & BSA officer.  Rosa is responsible for ensuring the bank is adhering to applicable regulatory compliance banking laws, including the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).  She will be working in the main office located in Vernon, NJ. The bank also announced the appointment of James Donado as vice president and commercial loan officer in its Totowa office. Donado brings 25 years of experience in banking with emphasis in commercial real estate financing and business lending, primarily in the northern and central New Jersey markets.  


TD Bank Names Adam Birch Sales and Service Manager of Monmouth Regional Store in Tinton Falls, N.J. 
TD Bank has promoted Adam J. Birch to Assistant Vice President, Sales and Service Manager of the Monmouth Regional Store at 500 Shrewsbury Ave. in Tinton Falls, N.J. He is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store serving customers across Monmouth County.

Birch has nine years of retail banking experience. He joined TD Bank in 2007 as a Customer Service Representative and later served as a Store Supervisor and a Teller Service Manager before his most recent position as Assistant Store Manager.


TD Bank Names Carl Willers Relationship Manager, Vice President in Commercial Banking for Camden, Burlington, Mercer Region in N.J.
TD Bank has promoted Carl G. Willers to Relationship Manager, Vice President in Commercial  Banking, based in Cherry Hill, N.J. He is responsible for building business customer relationships, serving mid to large-sized companies in Burlington, Camden and Mercer counties in western New Jersey.

Willers has 17 years of banking experience. He joined TD Bank in 2002 as a Store Manager and served in that role in Mt. Laurel, Cinnaminson and Hamilton, N.J., before his most recent position as Small Business Specialist in Burlington County.


Lisa Chalkan is Promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer at Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the promotion of Lisa Chalkan to Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer at Peapack-Gladstone Bank.  In her current role, Lisa directs Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s credit professionals and quality assurance teams to efficiently manage the quality of the loan portfolio.






Liberty Bell Bank Announces Promotions 
 
                
Liberty Bell Bank today announced that Bruce Collins, of Chester Pennsylvania, has joined the bank as Assistant Vice-President/ Senior Credit Analyst. Beverly Monk, of Woodbury, New Jersey, has been promoted to Assistant Vice-President/Deposit Operations Manager.     



Four New Mortgage Loan Originators Join the Atlantic Stewardship Bank Team

Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Stewardship Bank (ASB), announced the appointment of four new Mortgage Loan Originators who will be responsible for the origination of mortgage loans based upon the established guidelines of the Bank; with the purpose of effectively increasing the Bank’s production of mortgage loans, promoting the Bank’s brand and extending their market share with quality service.

Brian D. Cotter, Vice President/Loan Officer, brings over thirty years of finance and banking experience to ASB.  Cotter is a successful loan originator with knowledge of residential and commercial loan programs.  Most recently Cotter, who has a BA degree in Accounting, from William Paterson University, worked for Grand Bank as a Residential Mortgage Area Manager. 

Anil Vasani, Vice President/Loan Officer, recently joined the ASB Team with over twenty-five years of mortgage loan origination experience and strong business development skills.  Anil has been in banking his entire career and most recently was with Grand Bank.  Additionally, Vasani has a BA in Accounting from Commerce College of India.

Glenn Kirsinger, Vice President/Loan Officer, brings close to twenty eight years of finance, sales and banking experience to his new position at ASB.  Kirsinger has been responsible for developing sales teams for the companies he’s worked for and is very effective at developing marketing and sales strategies.  Most recently Kirsinger was a Mortgage Advisor for PHH Coldwell Banker Home Loans and he holds a BA in Political Science from Drew University.


David J. Tepper was hired as a Vice President & Residential/Commercial Mortgage Loan Officer, responsible for the origination of commercial and residential mortgage loans at ASB.  Tepper brings over twenty-five years of finance and banking experience in his new role and most recently worked for Gibraltar Bank as a Senior Loan Officer. Further, Tepper has a degree in Business Administration from Brookdale College.     



Oritani Bank Hires Senior Commercial Banker
Oritani Bank, headquartered in the Township of Washington, announced recently that it has hired Michele M. Calise of Dumont, NJ as Senior Vice President Retail Banking. Calise has more than 30 years of commercial banking experience and has previously lead sales and service activities for more than 90 branches of Wachovia Bank/Wells Fargo in NJ and NY. In her new role at Oritani Bank, Calise will be responsible for all deposit gathering efforts including marketing, advertising, training and deposit product development.




Riker Danzig Partner Ronald Leibman Named to the Law360 Transportation Editorial Advisory Board
Morristown-based law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP announced that Ronald Leibman, partner and co-chair of Riker Danzig’s Transportation and Logistics Group, has been named to the Law360 Transportation Editorial Advisory Board for 2016. The purpose of the board is for Law360 to gain insight from experts in the field on how best to shape future coverage.

Leibman focuses his practice on the business and supply chain needs of manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, motor carriers and third party logistics providers.  He is also experienced in general corporate law and commercial litigation. Leibman currently serves on the H.H. Franklin Supply Chain Advisory Board of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He has written and lectured on a variety of logistics and business topics to industry and educational groups including the Association for Corporate Growth - New York, the Cosmetic Drug and Allied Lines Credit Group, the Food Marketing Institute and The Knowledge Group.  Leibman has published articles and has been quoted in various publications including Law360, the New Jersey Law Journal, Inbound Logistics, and New Jersey Business.


Watts Appointed To Foundation Board
Ben Watts, President and CEO of Liberty Bell Bank, has been appointed to the Rowan College at Burlington County Foundation Board. 






Boiling Springs Savings Bank Announces Promotions to Assistant Vice President

Robert E. Stillwell, President and CEO announced at a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of Boiling Springs Savings Bank, Mary Anne Butler and William L. Schwerzler were promoted to Assistant Vice President.

Butler joined Boiling Springs in June of 2009 and is currently the Deposit Services Assistant Manager. Prior to joining Boiling Springs, she was the Assistant Vice President of Operations at NVE Bank. Butler earned an Associate of Applied Science degree at Bergen Community College. She currently resides in Saddle Brook. 

Schwerzler began at Boiling Springs in 2013 and is currently the Bank’s Senior Credit Analyst. He has over twenty-five years of banking experience, with over eight years of commercial credit analysis experience. Prior to joining Boiling Springs, he held various positions including: Residential Mortgage Manager, Home Equity Manager, Residential Construction Assistant Manager, and Mortgage/Consumer Loan Officer. Schwerzler graduated from Fairleigh Dickenson University with a Master of Business Administration degree.  He is a former youth coach for baseball, basketball, soccer, and softball. He currently resides in Wyckoff with his wife Ann and they have two children, Kelly and Ryan. 


TD Bank Names Damien Ghee Senior Relationship Manager in Middle Market Lending for Central & Eastern PA
TD Bank promoted Damien M. Ghee to Senior Relationship Manager, Vice President in Commercial Lending, based in Philadelphia. He will continue to be responsible for developing prospective lending opportunities and providing credit and non-credit solutions for Middle Market clients in Public Finance, Nonprofit, Higher Education and Commercial & Industrial, located across Central and Eastern Pennsylvania.

Ghee has 15 years of experience in financial services, commercial lending and retail banking. He joined TD Bank in 2001 as a Customer Service Representative and later served as a Store Supervisor, Small Business Credit Analyst, Senior Credit Analyst, Portfolio Manager and Commercial Credit Manager before his most recent position as Relationship Manager.  Ghee is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, National Black MBA and Urban League of Philadelphia.

He is a member of the board of People’s Emergency Center (PEC), TD Bank’s Minority Leadership Subcommittee, and the Regional Diversity Council for PA/NJ. He received an MBA from Boston University (2012) and an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University (2004).


The Provident Bank Names Leonard G. Gleason General Counsel
The Provident Bank has named Leonard G. Gleason  as its general counsel.  In this position, Gleason will continue to provide advice and counsel to the Bank and its various business units.  
 
Gleason joined Provident Bank in 2004 as Associate General Counsel and has more than 30 years of legal experience in the financial services industry.   He also serves as general counsel of the Bank’s wealth management subsidiary, Beacon Trust Company and its affiliates, as well as investor relations officer of Provident Financial Services, Inc. 

Gleason received his Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and his undergraduate degree in accounting from St. Peter’s College.  



Eileen D. Piersa was promoted to Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Highlands State Bank announced the promotion of Eileen D. Piersa to Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Highlands State Bank and its parent company Highlands Bancorp, Inc.  Piersa has served as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Highlands State Bank since the Bank’s inception in 2005, and Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Highlands Bancorp, Inc. since its inception in 2010.

Piersa is a graduate of Montclair State University and received her MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.   She has over 30 years of banking experience and has previously held financial management positions with other local financial institutions including First Fidelity Bank, Independence Bank of New Jersey, and Commerce Bank. She is a member of the NJ Bankers Association’s CFO Committee and the Institute of Management  Accountants.
 



NVE Bank Appoints John Nowicki to Vice President/Senior Credit Underwriter 
Robert Rey, President and Chief Executive Officer of NVE Bank announced the appointment of John J. Nowicki to Vice President/Senior Credit Underwriter, effective March 28, 2016.

Nowicki has over 9 years of experience in the banking industry, specializing in commercial lending and all aspects of credit underwriting.   He previously held senior level positions at Spencer Savings Bank, City National Bank of New Jersey and Amboy Bank and most recently served as Vice President/Credit Manager at Indus American Bank in Iselin, New Jersey.   He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Delaware and underwent formal credit training at Kennedy Moran Associates LLC.  He and his family currently reside in Matawan, New Jersey.


Robert V. Puccio Joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:  PGC) and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announce the appointment of Robert V. Puccio as Senior Managing Director, Commercial Private Banking specializing in commercial and industrial lending. Puccio is now a part of the bank’s commercial lending team and will focus on the southeastern New York State and northeastern New Jersey marketplace.  





Century Savings Bank Adds Jones and Rothman to Lending Team
Century Savings Bank announced that it has added two new members to its growing lending team. Bringing with them over 40 years of combined banking and lending experience, Ronda Jones joins Century as Vice President/Credit Officer and H. Michael Rothman joins as Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer.

In her new capacity, Jones will be responsible for overseeing the bank’s credit department, mentoring junior credit analysts and enhancing the bank’s current local decision-making abilities. 

Rothman will be responsible for developing and maintaining commercial lending and business deposit relationships, while generating new business opportunities that will further expand the bank’s commercial construction loan program. 


Atlantic Stewardship Bank Appoints Nine New Business Development Board Members and Two Members Retire

Atlantic Stewardship Bank’s Board of Directors announced the appointment of nine new members to its Business Development Boards. Members are appointed for a three-year term, during which they will promote the bank to individuals and businesses throughout the Bergen, Morris and Passaic County communities where the bank maintains branches and continues to be faithful to its customers.

New appointees to the Bank’s Bergen Board are Richard J. Brady, Esq.; Edward Nieuwenhuis, Jr., DPM Foot & Ankle Associates of Wyckoff, LLC; and  William Soodsma, Managing Partner for Search Consultants.  Newly appointed to the Bank’s Passaic Board are Heidi L. Borst, with Jeff Borst Electrical Contractor and Beatrice Davis, with SearchPath of New York Metro.

Appointees to the Bank’s Morris Board are David Kahl, VP/CEO & Director of Business Development for A.C. Daughtry, Inc.; Joseph Lobozzo, Sr., President of LDJ Builders, Inc.; Mark P. Van Grouw, CPA, Manager of SaxBST LLP; and Deborah Van Vugt, Owner of Van Vugt Farms, LLC. 

Two members retired after serving their respective terms on the Bank’s Business Development Boards. Retiring from the Passaic Board was Mary Forshay, who was the Chairwoman of the Passaic Board and Joseph Pellegrino, Chairman of their Morris Board.  William Monaghan III, Esq.,was appointed as the new Chairman of the newly combined Passaic and Morris Boards.  



(March 2016)
Noah Bank Names Dong Pil Joo as First Executive Vice President and Chief Loan Officer
Noah Bank named Dong Pil Joo as First Executive Vice President and Chief Loan Officer.  In this position, Joo will manage all lending activity, including SBA and commercial lending, as well as loan portfolio management and collections.  He has over 30 years of banking experience.


Michael McCambridge Promoted to SVP / Chief Financial Officer at Roselle Savings Bank
Roselle Savings Bank has announced the appointment of Michael McCambridge as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Roselle Savings Bank. Prior to joining the Bank, McCambridge served as Senior Vice President / Finance at Hudson City Bancorp, Inc. He had previously served as First Vice President / Investments among several other positions at the same institution.

McCambridge received a B.S. in Accounting from Ramapo College, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware.  He earned his CPA designation in the State of New Jersey.


 

Mary Spiteri Promoted to First Vice President at Boiling Springs Savings Bank
Boiling Springs Savings Bank announced Mary Spiteri was promoted to first vice president. Spiteri is a CPA with over twenty years in the banking industry. She began at Boiling Springs in 1993 and currently holds the position of Financial Analyst. Prior to joining the Bank, she worked for a private firm that conducted internal audits of financial intuitions. Ms. Spiteri graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. 


Spiteri is a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs (NJSCPA), the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and Financial Managers Society (FMS). She is a Board Member of 55 KIP Center, a senior center located in Rutherford. 


TD Bank Names Jose Catedra Store Manager in Trenton, N.J.
TD Bank promoted Jose M. Catedra to Store Manager of the location at 50 East State St. in Trenton, N.J. He is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store serving customers throughout the area. 

Catedra joined TD Bank in 2008 and has 10 years of retail banking experience. He most recently served as Sales and Service Manager in the TD Bank in Mercerville, and before that as Assistant Store Manager in Somerville.  


Agustin Velasco Joins TD Bank as Store Manager in Clark, N.J.

TD Bank  named Agustin H. Velasco as vice president, store manager of the location at 1010 Raritan Road in Clark, N.J. He is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store serving customers throughout the area.

Velasco has 16 years of banking experience. Prior to joining TD Bank, he served as first vice president at JP Morgan Chase in New York City. 

Velasco is presently pursuing an MBA from Rutgers University. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University.



Jessica Nazarian Joins TD Bank as Store Manager in Blackwood, N.J.
TD Bank named Jessica Nazarian as vice president, store manager of the Blackwood location at 601 College Drive in Blackwood, N.J. She is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store serving customers in Camden County.

Nazarian has 10 years of retail banking experience. Prior to joining TD Bank, she served as Store Manager at Wells Fargo Bank in Philadelphia. 

Nazarian is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and BNI. She is a 1995 graduate of Willingboro High School.


Jerry Buffalino Joins TD Bank as Senior Relationship Manager in Commercial Lending for Middlesex and Mercer Counties
TD Bank named Gerald (Jerry) Buffalino as Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager in Commercial Lending, based in New Brunswick, N.J. In his role as a senior loan officer, he will initiate and manage banking relationships by providing lending, deposits, treasury and other banking solutions for middle market companies across Middlesex and Mercer counties.

Buffalino has 30 years of banking and lending experience. Prior to joining TD Bank, he served as a Senior Managing Director at Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Buffalino is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, New Jersey Chapter.

Buffalino serves on the Cabinet of the Champions for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Metuchen, and is a member of the Holmdel St. Catherine’s Parish Employment Council. He received an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from Fordham University.

Philadelphia Fed Announces New Director Phoebe A. Haddon
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia announced the appointment of Phoebe A. Haddon, chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden, as a Class C director of its board of directors. Her three-year term begins in March 2016.

Haddon became chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden in 2014 and is responsible for the daily administration of more than 6,500 students in 39 undergraduate and 28 graduate programs. Previously, she was dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Before that, she was a faculty member at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law for nearly 30 years. Haddon has written extensively on equality in education and access to counsel for civil litigants.





Philadelphia Fed Names Michelle Reardon Vice President of Public Affairs
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia announced the appointment of Michelle Reardon to vice president of the Bank’s Public Affairs Department. Reardon was previously with DuPont, where she held various leadership roles in the company’s corporate communications department. She will report to Deborah Hayes, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs. 

Effective March 28, Reardon will work closely with the Bank’s senior executives in planning and executing communications strategies to support internal and external communications. Her responsibilities will include media relations, crisis communications, web communications, graphics, publications, and editorial services as well as the Bank’s conference center and Money in Motion exhibit.



Lakeland Bank Appoints Carol Goodwine
Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bank,  announced  Carol J. Goodwine has been appointed to assistant treasurer, Compliance Analyst in the Compliance Department based at the Milton Operations Center in Oak Ridge. Goodwine joins Lakeland Bank with more than 25 years of industry experience most recently with Ulster Savings Bank in Kingston, N.Y. as an Assistant Vice President, Compliance and BSA Officer. Prior to that, she was with Orange County Trust Co. in Middletown, N.Y. as a Compliance/BSA Officer. Goodwine attended Lynchburg, Ramapo and Orange County Community colleges and has her ICBA BSA/AML certification. She is a resident of Burlingham, N.Y.

 




TD Bank Names Patricia Lazzaretti-Zalocki Sales and Service Manager of 64th and 3rd Store in New York City

TD Bank has promoted Patricia Lazzaretti-Zalocki to assistant vice president, sales and service manager of the 64th and 3rd store at 1091 3rd Ave. in New York, N.Y. She is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store serving customers on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and across Metro NYC.

Lazzaretti-Zalocki has 10 years of retail banking experience. She joined TD Bank in 2014 as assistant store manager at the 77th and 2nd store in Manhattan. Before that, she served as an assistant manager at Citibank in Clifton, N.J. 

Lazzaretti-Zalocki is an active member of the Community Help Center which promotes events, drives sales to small businesses and helps support the Brazilian community. She graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Lutheran University of Brazil.


RIKER DANZIG WELCOMES TWO NEW ASSOCIATES
       
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP welcomed Carrie G. Zalewski, who has joined the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group, and Michael S. Kettler, who has joined the firm’s Environmental Group.  

Carrie G. Zalewski practices primarily in securities litigation and arbitration.  Zalewski received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2010.  She earned her B.A. in Political Science and English from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2007.  Prior to joining Riker Danzig, Zalewski served as a law clerk to the Honorable Travis L. Francis, Superior Court of New Jersey.  Previously, she also worked as an analyst at Bloomberg and interned with FINRA in its Enforcement Division.

Michael S. Kettler joins Riker Danzig’s Environmental Group, and has experience in litigation and environmental counseling.  Kettler received his J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law in 2012.  He earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to joining Riker Danzig, Kettler was an associate at K&L Gates LLP in New York.

DEBRA CANNARIATO PROMOTED TO FIRST VICE PRESIDENT AT BOILING SPRINGS SAVINGS BANK
At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of Boiling Springs Savings Bank, Debra Cannariato was promoted to first vice president.
 
Cannariato began at Boiling Springs in 2007 as Business Development Officer and she currently holds the position of Marketing & Sales Manager. Prior to joining Boiling Springs, she was the First Vice President/District Manager for JP Morgan Chase, where she was responsible for business development and operations of a fourteen branch territory. Throughout her banking career, she held various positions at other financial institutions, including Vice President/Regional Manager at The Bank of New York.
 
She served as Charter Secretary to the Bergen County 200 Club, an organization formed to honor valorous accomplishments of Police, Fire, and Ambulance workers and to provide assistance and education to their families, should they lose their lives in the line of duty. She is a former Township of Saddle Brook Council Member, former Bergen County Community Development Member, and former Trustee of the Saddle Brook Free Public Library. Ms. Cannariato was a founding member of the Saddle Brook Historical Society. She is an avid volunteer; volunteering her time at New Concepts for Living Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, and Oasis, a Haven for Women and Children. Cannariato is also a recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) Award and the Bergen Council Boys Scouts Appreciation Award. 
 

THERESA O’KEEFE PROMOTED TO FIRST VICE PRESIDENT  AT BOILING SPRINGS SAVINGS BANK
At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of Boiling Springs Savings Bank, Theresa O’Keefe was promoted to first vice president.

O’Keefe began at Boiling Springs in 2003 as the Branch Coordinator, responsible for managing seventeen office locations. Prior to joining the Bank, she worked at The Bank of New York and National Community Bank, holding various management positions, including Branch Manager and Regional Service Manager. Ms. O’Keefe graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Felician College.  

She is past President of the Rutherford Chamber of Commerce, recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) Award, President-elect of the New Jersey State Safe Deposit Association, and Director of the Saint Mary High School Alumni Association Board. She volunteers her time at Oasis, a Haven for Women and Children, located in Paterson, where she co-developed a Teller Training Program to help students learn a marketable skill set which benefits women throughout Passaic County. She currently resides in Bergen County.  


1st Constitution Bank Expands Lending Team
1st Constitution Bank has expanded its lending team hiring Christina YoungbloodBill Allan and Sriramulu Krishnamurthy, who bring extensive experience to the bank’s lending function.  Ms. Youngblood and Mr. Allan are Vice Presidents and Commercial Lending Officers, and Krishnamurthy is a Vice President and SBA Lending Officer. Karen Conway has also joined the management team as a Vice President and Business Development Officer.


The First National Bank of Elmer announced that Joanna M. Penman has joined the bank as Senior Vice President and Chief Banking Officer

Joanna Penman brings to the bank more than 25 years of banking experience in the South Jersey community.  Most recently, she was the vice president of business banking for Cape Bank, one of South Jersey’s largest community banks with 22 banking centers and 5 loan offices.  Previously, Penman was with Commerce Bank in Retail Banking for the Atlantic/Cape May Region.She is actively involved in supporting the local community and is Secretary for the Somers Point Rotary Club.  She is a trained volunteer for CASE-Court Appointed Special Advocates which supports children and families in the family court system.  





Northfield Bank Promotes Denny John to Senior Vice President
John W. Alexander, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northfield Bank, announced that Denny John, chief information officer, is promoted to senior vice president.  John will continue to have leadership responsibilities for all facets of technology and information security. John joined Northfield Bank in 1996 as a teller and most recently served as vice president, IT operations prior to being appointed chief information officer in March 2015. John is an active member of the Information Systems Audits and Control Association and Financial Services Information Sharing Center.


Northfield Bank Promotes William R. Jacobs to Executive Vice President
John W. Alexander, chairman and chief executive officer of Northfield Bank, announced  that William R. Jacobs, chief financial officer, was promoted to executive vice president.  Jacobs will continue to have primary responsibility for the accounting and financial reporting functions of the Company, as well as its treasury functions. He joined Northfield Bank in 2006 as vice president and controller and was promoted to senior vice president in 2010 and chief financial Officer in 2013. Prior to joining Northfield, Bill was an audit manager with an international accounting and auditing firm.  He served a wide variety of banking clients in the more than 5 years with the firm. Jacobs is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of New Jersey and an active member of the New Jersey Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association. He earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Georgian Court University.


Northfield Bank Promotes Robin Lefkowitz to Executive Vice President
John W. Alexander, chairman and chief executive officer of Northfield Bank, announced, the promotion of Robin Lefkowitz to Executive Vice President. Lefkowitz will have primary responsibility for leading Northfield’s branch network and business development teams. She joined Northfield Bank in 2006 as director of business development and was promoted to senior vice president in 2010. Prior to joining Northfield, she served in leadership roles at Independence Community Bank in Brooklyn, NY; SI Bank & Trust in Staten Island, NY and GreenPoint Bank in New York, NY. Lefkowitz is an active member of many community groups including the: Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, Staten Island Mental Health Society, Richmond University Medical Center Foundation; Wagner College Chai Society, Woodbridge Township Economic Development Corporation, Executive Women’s Council; and Business Ambassador for the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation. Lefkowitz holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science with a minor in economics, from Brooklyn College and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Wagner College.

Riker Danzig Elects Three New Partners and One New Counsel

Morristown-based law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP is pleased to announce that it has elected three new partners and appointed one new counsel, effective January 1, 2016.

Riker Danzig’s newly-elected partners are:

Bethany A. Abele practices in Riker Danzig’s Commercial Litigation Group.  Abele represents title insurance companies and their insureds in a wide variety of actions, including coverage investigations, disputes between the insurance company and insured, and serving as retained counsel in matters concerning allegations of forgery, mortgage fraud schemes, priority disputes, boundary line disputes, and actions arising from alleged title defects.  Abele has also defended class action suits against banks and title insurers and has handled numerous complex commercial foreclosure actions. Abele is a Trustee of the Morris County Bar Association and serves as the Co-Chair of the Morris County Bar Association Women Lawyers Committee.  She is also a member of the Morris County Bar Association Financial Services Committee, the Civil Litigation Committee, and the Mentor Committee.  Abele serves on the Leadership Council for the Young Professionals Group of Morristown Medical Center.  She is a member of the Lafayette College Alumni Interfraternity and Sorority Board and is an Alumni Admissions Representative for the College as well. Abele earned her J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law, cum laude, and earned her B.A. degree from Lafayette College, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Zahid N. Quraishi practices in Riker Danzig’s White Collar Criminal Defense Group.  Quraishi has extensive experience representing clients with government enforcement and compliance issues involving potential criminal charges.  He regularly manages complex federal and state court litigation on behalf of corporations, and their officers, directors, and employees.  Quraishi has represented both companies and individuals in connection with criminal investigations involving violations of securities law, healthcare fraud, money laundering, environmental statutes, public corruption, and tax laws among other white collar areas of law.  His practice also has extended to representing corporations and individuals in complex federal and state civil litigation.  Before joining Riker, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey for over five years. Quraishi previously represented the United States as an Assistant Chief Counsel with the Department of Homeland Security.  He also served as a military prosecutor in in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  Quraishi received his law degree from Rutgers Law School - Newark where he was the Managing Business Editor of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal and a member of the Rutgers Moot Court Board. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in 1997.

Tracey K. Wishert practices in Riker Danzig’s Insurance and Litigation Groups.  Wishert focuses her practice on insurance coverage and insurance defense matters. She regularly advises clients on a variety of coverage and indemnity issues, including complex insurance allocation, additional insured coverage, tortious interference, breach of contract, and bad faith. Wishert has experience in all aspects of litigation in matters involving construction defect and construction injury claims, premises liability, professional liability, and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act liability. Wishert graduated cum laude from Fordham University School of Law where she was the Writing and Research Editor of the Fordham Urban Law Journal and a member of the Federal Litigation Clinic. Wishert received her B.A. degree from Stanford University in 1999.

Elected to Counsel is:

Jonathan M. Sandler practices in Riker Danzig’s Commercial Litigation Group. Sandler has represented a wide variety of clients in all aspects of complex litigation matters in state and federal courts.  He has also handled a wide range of appellate matters in jurisdictions including the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the New Jersey Supreme Court and the New Jersey and New York Appellate Divisions.  In addition to his litigation practice, Sandler routinely advises clients on numerous contractual, regulatory and compliance issues. While pursuing his law degree at Rutgers Law School - Newark, Sandler was Senior Editor of the Rutgers Law Record and winner of the Chief Justice Richard J. Hughes Prize. He received his J.D. in 2006 from Rutgers and his B.S., cum laude, from Montclair State University in 2002. 


Philadelphia Fed Announces New Directors
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia announces the appointment of Michael J. Angelakis, chairman and CEO of Atairos Management, L.P. External Link and senior advisor to the Executive Management Committee of Comcast Corporation, to chairman of its board of directors. Angelakis succeeds James E. Nevels, who retired from the Bank’s board on December 31, 2015. Brian McNeill, president and CEO of TouchPoint, Inc. External Link, is appointed to deputy chairman, replacing Angelakis in this role. Their one-year terms begin in January 2016.

 

In addition, Patricia Hasson, president and executive director of Clarifi External Link, was elected as a Class B director, and David R. Hunsicker, chairman, president, and CEO of New Tripoli Bank External Link, was reelected to a second three-year term as a Class A director.

Michael Angelakis - Angelakis was previously deputy chairman of the Bank’s board and had been a Class C director at the Bank since January 2012. Before founding Atairos in 2015, he was vice chairman and chief financial officer at Comcast and was responsible for corporate development, strategic planning, investor relations, venture capital, corporate reporting, taxation and internal audit, and additional financial, administrative, and oversight responsibilities. After joining Comcast in 2007, he was recognized by Institutional Investor magazine as one of America’s Best CFOs six times. From 1999 to 2007, he was a managing director and member of the Management and Investment Committees at Providence Equity Partners. Before that, he was CEO of State Cable TV Corporation and Aurora Telecommunications and served as a vice president at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in New York.

Angelakis, a trustee and graduate of Babson College, is also a graduate of the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School and a member of the boards of directors of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Duke Energy Corporation.

Brian McNeill - McNeill, who had been a Class C director since 2014, led the expansion and creation of TouchPoint Inc., a new parent holding company where he is now president and CEO. In 2000, he became president and CEO of Southco, a designer and manufacturer of engineered access hardware that is now a subsidiary of TouchPoint. During his tenure, McNeill led Southco’s global expansion. Before joining Southco, he was executive vice president of Danaher Corporation and had spent 17 years at Ingersoll-Rand Company as an officer of the company and in several executive positions.

Since 2001, McNeill has served on the board of advisors of the Berwind Group and as cochair of the board for the past three years; he is currently chairman of the Finance Committee. He has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in industrial engineering from Rutgers University.

Patricia Hasson - Patricia Hasson spent more than 12 years as a banking executive before joining Clarifi in 1998. She was appointed to the inaugural Consumer Advisory Board of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2012 and is on the Oversight Board for the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity. She also served on the Federal Reserve Board Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) and chaired the CAC’s Housing & Community Development Committee. Hasson has an M.B.A. from Villanova University and a B.S. in finance from the University of Dayton.

The Bank’s board of directors oversees the Bank’s operations, offers observations on economic conditions, establishes the Bank’s discount rate, and serves as a link between the Federal Reserve and the communities in the District. There are nine directors on the board. In keeping with the Federal Reserve Act, District member banks elect three Class A directors to represent banking and three Class B directors to represent the public. The Board of Governors appoints three Class C directors to represent the public, including the chair and deputy chair of the board. Neither Class B nor Class C directors may be directors or officers of a bank or bank holding company, and Class C directors may not have any financial interests in such organizations.

 

Lakeland Bank Promotes Schwarz, Lalwani and Rath 
Thomas J. Shara, president and CEO of Lakeland Bank, announced the following promotions:

Ronald E. Schwarz has been promoted to Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer based in Oak Ridge, N.J. Schwarz joined Lakeland Bank in 2009 as Chief Retail Officer and has over 40 years of retail banking experience in Northern New Jersey. In this new role, Schwarz will oversee Retail Banking, Commercial Lending and Marketing. Prior to joining Lakeland, he was Executive Vice President and Market Executive of Retail Banking at Sovereign (now Santander) for their Northern New Jersey division. Prior to Sovereign, he was Senior Vice President and NJ Retail President for Independence Community Bank and also held positions with Broad National Bank, Urban National Bank, Midlantic National Bank and United Jersey Bank. Schwarz is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and is a board member and past Chairman for Hudson County Community College Foundation. He also serves as treasurer on the board of directors for the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges.





Ellen Lalwani
 has been promoted to First Senior Vice President, Chief Retail Officer based in Oak Ridge, N.J. Lalwani joined Lakeland Bank in August 2008 as Senior Vice President, Director, Retail Sales and has more than 20 years of retail banking experience. Before joining Lakeland, she was Vice President, Retail Sales Manager at TD Banknorth in Mahwah, N.J. Prior to that, she was Sales Manager for Key Bank in Parsippany, N.J. and Senior Vice President, Director, Direct Banking for Hudson United Bank in Mahwah, N.J. Lalwani earned a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in economics from St. John’s University. She is a member of the Society of Industry Leaders – Bank Technology, the St. John’s University Alumni Association and has taught religious education since 2001 at St. Luke’s Church in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.






John F. Rath, III
 has been promoted to First Senior Vice President, Group Manager New York Commercial and Middle Market Lending based in Highland Mills, N.Y. Rath joined Lakeland in March 2015 as Senior Vice President, Group Leader, Hudson Valley Loan Production Office and Middle Market Commercial & Industrial Lending. He was previously with TD Bank as Senior Vice President and Group Manager for Corporate, Middle Market, Commercial and Small Business lending in the Lower Hudson Valley region. Prior to that, he was with The Bank of New York. Rath is a Board member and past Chairman for Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress and serves on the boards of Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, the SUNY Orange Foundation, and the Bardavon 1869 Opera House. He has been an Advisory Board member for the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley for 25 years and was Co-Chairman of their Capital Campaign. 





TD Bank Names Daniel Siconolfi Sales Officer II in Treasury Management for Northern N.J. and Rockland County, N.Y. Region  
TD Bank promoted Daniel M. Siconolfi to assistant vice president, sales officer II in treasury management, based in Mahwah, N.J. He is responsible for providing treasury management services to commercial and small business clients throughout central and northern Bergen County in New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y.

Siconolfi joined Treasury Management Services at TD Bank in 2013. He serves as Assistant Soccer Coach at Rutgers-Newark University. Siconolfi holds a Master’s of Public Administration (2012) and an undergraduate degree (2009) from Rutgers University.

 

Boiling Springs Savings Bank Announces Promotions And Retirement Of Senior Executive Vice President, Louis S. Paulter
After 45 years of service in the banking industry, Louis S. Paulter, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer announced that he will be retiring on May 1, 2016. He began at the Bank in 1971 as a Management Trainee and throughout his career he has worked in numerous departments including Mortgage Services, IRA, Human Resources and Information Services. Paulter graduated from University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He is a past President of the Rutherford and East Rutherford Kiwanis Club and a former President of the Institute of Financial Education of North Jersey, Chapter 111. 

At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of Boiling Springs Savings Bank, Kenneth Grimbilas, Chairman of the Board, announced the first phase of the Bank’s succession plan. 
The Board, working in concert with President and CEO, Robert E. Stillwell, has revised the Bank’s organization chart to best utilize the skills of its management team to ensure the stability and viability of the organization for the years ahead. The following individuals have been promoted to the positions enumerated: 

MaryEllen Doster – Senior Executive Vice President
Kenneth G. Emerson – Executive Vice President 
Frank Weber – Executive Vice President
Acela Roselle – First Senior Vice President

Furthermore, Kenneth G. Emerson has been appointed to the revised position of Chief Operations and Strategy Officer. Emerson has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry. He began at Boiling Springs Savings Bank in 2002 as Chief Information and Technology Officer/Director of Strategic Planning and then was appointed to the position of Chief Risk Officer in 2011. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked at FinPro, Inc. as Managing Director and held various positions at other financial institutions including Summit Bank, Valley Savings Bank, Howard Savings Bank and Carteret Mortgage Company. Emerson graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. Currently, he serves as a Trustee and Treasurer of the Montclair Historical Society, a nonprofit promoting preservation, study and appreciation of local history. Mr. Emerson is a former Trustee and Treasurer of the Rutherford Downtown Partnership. He currently resides in Mendham with his wife, Dana and their two daughters, Abigail and Natalie.

 

Valley National Bank Appoints Dianne M. Grenz to Executive Vice President, Director of Retail Operations and Marketing

Valley National Bank announced that Dianne M. Grenz, Executive Vice President and Director of Sales, Shareholder Relations and Public Relations, will assume the titles of Director of Retail Operations and Director of Marketing as well. 
                                 
Grenz joined Valley National Bank in 1995.  She has held a number of prominent positions at the Bank over her tenure and was promoted to Director of Sales in 2014.  In this role she leads the development, implementation and execution of Valley’s business strategies and sales initiatives throughout New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and Pennsylvania.

As Director of Retail Operations, her responsibilities encompass all phases of branch operations in order to ensure that the branch network delivers efficient, comprehensive and competitive products as well as friendly, personalized service.  She is also responsible for Retail Banking’s administrative operations including: branch policies and procedures; development of new retail deposit products; sales promotions; and the branch sales compensation program as well as vault services. 

As Director of Marketing, Grenz manages the Bank’s marketing and advertising strategies.  This includes developing effective short and long-term marketing strategies that align with the Bank’s sales strategies.  She also provides planning and leadership to the Marketing Department by ensuring that the appropriate resources, systems and competencies are developed in order to meet the Bank’s strategic goals. In addition to Sales, Retail Operations and Marketing she manages the Bank's 24/7 Customer Service Center, Valley’s Wealth Management Division, Shareholder Relations and Public Relations as well.

Grenz graduated from Centenary College, Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in Marketing and Management and received her Executive M.B.A. in Marketing and Management from the Business School of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is a Board Member of the Center of United Methodist Aid to the Community (CUMAC), a member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey’s Program Services Committee, as well as a Volunteer and Mentor for Wish Granting, a volunteer for Barnabas Health Hospice and a member of Livingston’s Vision 20/20 Committee, Rutgers TeamUp Program and the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation Committee. 



Valley National Bank Appoints Andrea T. Onorato to Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
Valley National Bank announced that Executive Vice President Andrea T. Onorato will assume the title of Chief Administrative Officer.
                                            
Onorato joined Valley National Bank in 1977 and brings 39 years of banking experience to her position.  She has held several prominent positions at Valley over her tenure, including the role as Director of Retail Operations.  As Chief Administrative Officer she is responsible for managing a number of departments, including Deposit Operations, Alternate Delivery Channels, Digital Banking Solutions, Commercial Loan Servicing, Corporate Property Management and will have oversight of the Information Services Department. In addition, Onorato manages Business Process Management, which works collaboratively with various business units throughout the Bank to streamline, automate and enhance current processes in order to improve customer service, workflow, and efficiency.

Onorato received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from William Paterson University and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. 

 



Newfield Bank Welcomes Two New Lenders
        
Newfield National Bank was proud to welcome Todd Sciore to the commercial lending staff as Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer and Justin Adams also as a Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer.

Sciore has 18 years’ experience in banking of which 16 years’ has been in lending. He is a graduate of Richard Stockton University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. Sciore presently sits on the Grant Review Panel for the Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission. His responsibilities will be to manage an existing loan portfolio, as well as to develop new business.

Adams began his banking career as a credit analyst and became a commercial lender in 2007. He comes to Newfield National Bank with a total of 12 years banking experience. He attended Rowan University graduating with a BA in Economics. Adams is currently a member of the Franklin Township Planning Board. His responsibilities will be to develop new business and manage an existing loan portfolio.

 


Christine Gormley Appointed to Lending Administration Manager at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer at Atlantic Stewardship Bank (ASB) announced the promotion of Christine Gormley from Loan Workout Specialist to Manager of their Commercial Lending Administration Division. 

Gormley joined ASB in March of 2012 as their Loan Workout Specialist in the Bank’s newly formed Loan Workout Department.  She has thirty years of financial services experience having held positions in credit and collections as well as in foreclosure and loss mitigation.  Additionally, Gormley previously worked for Superior Bank in New York where she was the REO Asset Manager.

In her new role, Gormley will be responsible for managing and supervising their Commercial Lending Administration Group.  She will also oversee departmental work processes and ensure timely work flows with loan closings to provide the optimal customer experience.

 




The Provident Bank Names Walter Sierotko Executive Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Director Will Lead Bank’s $2.6B Commercial Lending Division
The Provident Bank has named Walter “Walt” Sierotko of Pequannok, Executive Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Director, Lending Division. In his new role, Sierotko will be responsible for The Provident Bank’s $2.6 billion commercial lending portfolio, credit quality management and asset retention, in addition to leading the division’s daily operations.
 
Sierotko spent the majority of his career in leadership positions in commercial real estate lending and credit with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Bank of New York. Most recently, he was Senior Credit Officer of Real Estate HSBC Bank USA, NA. 
 
Sierotko is a current board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Northwest New Jersey, in addition to chairing the Finance Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.

 


Peluso Named Vice President/Government Banking Officer at Kearny Bank
Robert J. Peluso
 has been named Vice President/Government Banking Officer at Kearny Bank.
Prior to joining the Bank, he served as Vice President/ Relationship Banker & Managing Director Government Banking at Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Mr. Peluso graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Montclair State University and earned his MBA in Corporate Finance from Fairleigh Dickenson University.

In his position, Peluso will enhance the Bank’s strategic direction to capitalize on the government banking and non-profit opportunities in our marketplace. He will support and manage Kearny’s government and non-profit deposit and lending relationship portfolios. He will also engage community partnerships, chambers of commerce, economic development programs, and government associations to provide a superior banking experience.

Peluso serves as a Council Vice President in Parsippany-Troy Hills, where he resides with his wife Ildiko and son Robert. He has also been the President of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce for the past 17 years and
is the Founder and President of the Parsippany Area Visitor Center and a Board Member of the Morris County Economic Development Corp. In addition, Peluso serves as an advisory board member for Homeless Solutions, Employment Horizons, Morris County Technical School and YMCA. He was named Lakeland Hills YMCA Citizen of the Year 2001.
 
Kearny Bank, a federally-chartered stock savings bank, has supported the communities it serves since 1884.
The Bank has assets of $ 4.3 billion and operates 42 full-service banking offices in Northern and Central New Jersey and Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York.

 

Maryellen Doster Promoted To Senior Executive Vice President At Boiling Springs Savings Bank
At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of Boiling Springs Savings Bank, MaryEllen Doster was promoted to Senior Executive Vice President, it was announced by Kenneth Grimbilas, Chairman of the Board.

Doster is a CPA with over 40 years of experience in the banking industry. She currently holds the position of Treasurer and her responsibilities include directing the accounting, financial, and treasury functions of the Bank and managing its investment portfolio. Ms. Doster is a Ramapo College graduate and a Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Honoree. Currently, she serves on the Advisory Board and is a Founding Board Member of Rebuilding Together Bergen County, a nonprofit that preserves affordable home ownership by providing critical repairs to low-income homeowners.  She is also member of the NJ Society of CPAs, the American Institution of CPAs, and the NY-NJ Chapter of the Financial Managers Society. Doster is a former Trustee of the Midland Park Board of Education and past President of the Midland Park High School PTA. She currently resides in Midland Park with her husband, John Lorenzo and they have two daughters. 

 

Lakeland Bank Honors Colleagues for 10 Years of Service Lyndhurst, Milton. Oak Ridge, Sussex/Wantage
Lakeland Bank hosted a ceremony at its corporate headquarters office to honor employees who reached 10 years of service with the Bank.




Patricia Colie
 – Assistant Treasurer, Branch Operations Coordinator, Branch Administration, Oak Ridge
Colie joined the Bank in 2005 as a Teller in Morristown. She transferred to the Carlstadt Office as Teller Manager and was later promoted to Customer Service Representative. Colie was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager, Park Ridge in 2008 and transferred to the Pompton Plains Office in 2009. In 2010 she transferred to her current position in Branch Administration and was promoted to Assistant Treasurer in 2013. Prior to Lakeland, she worked for Commerce Bank in Lyndhurst. Colie attended County College of Morris and Jersey City State College. She is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Unit for the American Legion in Lyndhurst and is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer.

Joseph Dolan – Vice President, Investment Representative, Investment Services, Sussex/Wantage
Dolan began his career with the Bank in 2005 as an Assistant Vice President, Investment Representative and was promoted to Vice President in 2014.  Prior to joining the Bank, he worked for Merrill Lynch in Somerset, N.J. He received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Iona College and has his Series 7+66 and Life and Health Licenses.  Dolan is active in the Boy’s Brigade-Lafayette Federated Church and Sussex-Wantage Little League as a coach and board member.

Caroline von Bistram – Online Compliance Training Administrator, Training, Milton
Von Bistram began her career with the Bank as a Teller in the West Milford Office. She transferred in 2006 to her current position in Training. Prior to joining the Bank, Caroline worked for the German Wine Information Bureau in New York City. Von Bistram received her bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and has taken several CFT courses.

 

  

Lakeland Bank Appoints Kasten and Promotes Grau, Rosner and Maloney
Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bank, announced the following officer appointment and promotions.



Jane Kasten
 has been appointed to Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager based in Little Falls, N.J. Kasten joins Lakeland Bank with 30 years of industry experience and was most recently with Spencer Savings Bank as an Assistant Treasurer, Branch Manager in Wayne. Prior to that, she was with Valley National Bank as a Vice President, Branch Manager and Business Development Officer in Totowa and Lincoln Park. Kasten attended William Paterson University and is a member of the North Jersey Chamber of Commerce and the Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is a committee member for St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation.









Carl Grau
 has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence and eBanking based at the Milton Operations Center in Jefferson. Grau joined Lakeland Bank in 1992, and was promoted in 2007 to Vice President, eBanking. Prior to joining the Bank, he was with Metropolitan State Bank as an Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager in Montville. Grau graduated from Trenton State College in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree and from Chubb Institute in 1999 with a client/server programming degree. He is a director and past president of the Montville Township Chamber of Commerce.








Karen Rosner
 has been promoted to Vice President, Assistant Marketing Director based in Oak Ridge. Rosner joined Lakeland Bank in April 2008 as Assistant Marketing Director. She was promoted to Assistant Treasurer, Assistant Marketing Director in 2010, and to Assistant Vice President, Assistant Marketing Director in 2013. Prior to joining the Bank, she was Marketing Manager for North Jersey Federal Credit Union in Totowa. Rosner is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA in business administration from University of Phoenix. She is a past member of the Association for Women in Communication-NJ Chapter.










Sandra Maloney
 has been promoted to Assistant Treasurer, Data Security Administrator based at the Milton Operations Center in Jefferson. Maloney joined Lakeland Bank in 2008 as a Leasing File Clerk in Loan Operations, and transitioned to Automated Signature Verification Clerk in Deposit Operations in 2010. In 2014, she transitioned to her current position in Data Security. Prior to joining the Bank, she was a Purchasing Controller for Volkswagen de Mexico in Puebla, Mexico. Maloney has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and auditing from Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla.

 





First Choice Bank Welcomes Nina D. Melker As Senior Vice President, Commercial Loans



First Choice Bank is proud to announce that Nina D. Melker has joined First Choice Bank as Senior Vice President, Commercial Loans. Melker of Hamilton Township, NJ has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry. She will focus on working with clients to help them achieve their business and personal goals.

 







Joan Van Houten Appointed to Loan Operations Manager at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer at Atlantic Stewardship Bank (ASB), announced the promotion of Joan Van Houten from Compliance Administrator to Manager of their Loan Operations Department.

Van Houten joined Atlantic Stewardship Bank in 2004 as a Head Teller and steadily progressed to her current position.  In her new role, she will be responsible for the overall coordination of ASB’s loan operation activities as well as ensuring that the loan process is efficient and compliant to create an enhanced experience for customers.

Van Houten has over thirty years of banking experience and was instrumental in assisting ASB with the opening of their newer offices in recent years.  Additionally, Van Houten is engaged with and supports the Knights of Columbus in Ramsey, NJ.



Stephanie Chu Joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Stephanie Chu of Basking Ridge, New Jersey has joined Peapack-Gladstone Bank as assistant vice president, mortgage consultant, responsible for the development of new residential mortgage business for the bank.  She brings 14 years of financial experience to the bank, most recently from Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank.  Stephanie’s background and lending expertise will contribute to the bank’s high-touch white glove treatment in providing the ultimate client service experience.

Stephanie is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from the College of Arts & Science.   She is a community service contributor and active in local organizations including the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church, Stonecrest Community Church and the Somerset County Food Bank.



The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Announces Promotions
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia announced the following promotions: Paul Calem has been promoted to vice president in the Supervision, Regulation, and Credit (SRC) Department; Heather Derbyshire to assistant vice president in the Financial Statistics Department; Linda Van Valkenburg to assistant vice president in the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department; James W. Corkery to officer in SRC; and Daniel Crouthamel to Research Information Technology Support Officer in the Research Department.

Paul Calem rejoined the Bank in November 2011 as a special advisor in the Bank's Retail Risk Analysis unit after serving as a senior economist in the Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He will continue to lead the Retail Risk Analysis unit, which develops and implements the Dodd-Frank supervisory stress tests for retail portfolios and provides quantitative analytical support for bank examinations. Calem has a Ph.D. and a master's degree in economics from Brown University and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Duke University.

Heather Derbyshire has held several positions in Financial Statistics since she joined the Bank in 2000 as a statistical reports analyst. She was promoted to statistics coordinator in 2005 and to statistics manager in 2012. Her contributions at the Federal Reserve System level include serving as the project manager on the Committee on Current Reporting Series' Policies, Processes, and Procedures work group and supporting various work groups aimed at improving instruction for and collection of supervisory capital data. Derbyshire has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Delaware.

Since joining ITS in 1987, Linda Van Valkenburg has held positions of increasing responsibility. She has made significant contributions to the Bank and the System by leading the Subcommittee on Credit Risk Management's (SCRM) Collateral Management System development function. She also represents SCRM on the national Application Development Leadership Team. Before joining the Bank, Van Valkenburg worked for Bell of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and for Mutual Benefit Life Insurance in Newark, NJ. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Montclair State University.

James W. Corkery started his career at the Bank in 1989 and then served as credit review officer at Downingtown National Bank before rejoining the Bank in 1999. He will manage a team of bank examiners whose responsibilities include evaluating an institution's internal operations, policies, and risk management. In this role, he serves as the central point of contact for TD Bank US Holding Company. Corkery has an M.B.A. from Drexel University and a bachelor's degree in finance from the Pennsylvania State University.

Daniel Crouthamel joined the Bank in 2000 as a senior research project manager. He is responsible for software and hardware testing, deployment and training, user support, and the department's information security. He also coordinates activities related to the design, development, and implementation of the Research Area Network (RAN) that supports the work of the department's economists and analysts. Previously, he served in various technical and network engineering positions at ECRL and CemcoLIFT.




 
(DECEMBER 2015)

Arthur J. Gallagher announced the appointment of Eileen Yuen to the role of its managing director.

Financial Institutions is comprised of a diverse group of clients including banks, hedge funds, investment advisors, insurance companies and agents, MGAs/MGUs, broker-dealers, asset management firms, trust companies and various other financial services firms. Growth opportunities are present in every region and Yuen’s appointment signifies a concerted effort for this Practice to unite and realize its potential.

She came to Arthur J. Gallagher through the 2013 acquisition of Bollinger, Inc. in New Jersey, and she has distinguished herself as a recognized leader in the financial institutions arena since joining Gallagher, most recently as Northeast Regional Director for AJG in this space. Prior to joining Bollinger early in 2007, Yuen worked with Willis in San Diego and previous to that, spent nearly a decade at Marsh, both in San Diego and New York City. Yuen is a graduate of Georgetown University and is an active member of various State Bankers Associations, and numerous other trade groups. Additionally, Yuen sits on the National Advisory Council for Banks at Travelers.

As Managing Director, she will be responsible for developing the national strategic direction of the Practice, cultivating organic growth, leading the creation of FI-related knowledge content for clients and identifying and unifying Gallagher resources in this Practice across the U.S. The Practice will encompass all lines of insurance, from D&O, Professional Liability, Cyber Liability and Property, to General Liability and specialized products such as Foreclosed/Force-placed coverages. At the same time, she will continue her current client relationships, providing increased resources and perspective to each through her new role.




Dwayne H. Leverett Appointed to Vice President/Commercial Lending Officer at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer at Atlantic Stewardship Bank (ASB), announced the appointment of Dwayne Leverett to vice president/commercial lending officer. Leverett will be working out of their Wayne Valley Branch.

He is a graduate of Thomas Edison State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, was a consultant specializing in independent portfolio review, loan origination and executive coaching before joining the ASB Team. Leverett has over 18 years of commercial banking and trade finance experience including business development, risk and portfolio management along with financial analysis.

 



Judge Victor Ashrafi of NJ Appellate Division Joins Riker Danzig
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP announced that The Honorable Victor Ashrafi has joined the Firm after serving for 20 years as a Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, most recently as a Judge of the Appellate Division.  
 
While on the bench from 1995 - 2015, Judge Ashrafi rendered decisions in cases involving insurance coverage, products liability, environmental remediation, professional malpractice, construction, employment and discrimination disputes, zoning and land use matters, and other civil and criminal litigation.  
 
In addition to his judicial experience, Judge Ashrafi served in the United States Attorney’s Office in Newark for 12 years, from 1983 to 1995, supervising all phases of federal criminal prosecutions as Chief of the Criminal Division and supervising federal criminal appeals as Chief of Appeals, positions he held during his tenure there.

 


COLUMBIA BANK ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF JOSEPHINE MORAN AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT/DIRECTOR OF RETAIL BANKING
Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, announced that Josephine Moran has been appointed executive vice president and director of retail banking.  In her new position, Moran will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing the bank’s retail banking strategies.

Prior to joining Columbia, she served as executive vice president and regional president at Santander Bank with responsibility for their branch network within the Metro NY/NJ area.  Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President and Community Banking President at Wells Fargo Bank and as Senior Vice President and Retail Bank Director for Wachovia Bank.

Moran earned an Undergraduate Degree in Marketing and Management from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a Master’s Degree in Finance and Financial Services from the University of New Haven, graduating Summa Cum Laude.  




RIKER DANZIG WELCOMES NEW ASSOCIATE HUNT RICKER
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP welcomed Hunt S. Ricker, who joins as an associate in the Firm’s Securities Litigation Group.  He received a J.D. degree from New York Law School in 2010, and a B.A. degree, in Political Science, from the College of Charleston in 2006. 

 









William Clement Appointed to Senior Vice President/Chief Lending Officer at Atlantic Stewardship Bank
Paul Van Ostenbridge, President and Chief Executive Officer at Atlantic Stewardship Bank (ASB), announced the appointment of William S. Clement to Senior Vice President/Chief Lending Officer. Clement will be working out of their Midland Park Office.

Clement has over thirty five years of experience in the banking industry, primarily in commercial lending with an expertise in portfolio management, new business development, risk management as well as financial analysis. Clement, a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BS in Finance, most recently worked at Kearny Bank, where he held the title of Senior Vice President/Director of C&I Lending. 

Additionally, he is a Board of Trustees Member/Treasurer of the New Jersey State Hall of Fame, former Instructor for the American Institute of Banking (A.I.B) and Vice President/Trustee for the Northeast Regional Early Intervention Collaborative.

At ASB, Clement will be dedicated to offering the highest level of customer service as he guides customers through the lending process to deliver the ultimate experience.

 

TD Bank Names Matthew Nguyen Store Manager in Frenchtown, N.J. 
TD Bank has promoted Matthew Q. Nguyen to assistant vice president, store manager of the Frenchtown store. He is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store serving customers across the area.

Nguyen has almost 11 years of retail banking experience. He joined TD Bank in 2005 as a Teller and later served as a Customer Service Representative and an Assistant Store Manager before his most recent position as Store Sales and Service Manager in the West Clinton location. Nguyen serves on the Board of the Young Professionals of Hunterdon County and is a member of the Hunterdon Chamber of Commerce and the Frenchtown Business and Professional Association.

He is an active supporter of the United Way, Special Olympics, breast cancer and cancer awareness efforts and TD Bank’s Volunteer Network. He is presently attending Raritan Valley Community College. Originally from Belleville, N.J., Nguyen is a graduate of Somerville High School.
 

 



Sameer Sawe Joins TD Bank as CRA Investment Asset Manager in Ramsey, N.J.
TD Bank has named Sameer S. Sawe as CRA investment asset manager, based in Ramsey, N.J. He is responsible for maintaining and growing an investment equity portfolio comprised of closed bank investments in low-income housing, historic and new market tax credit opportunities as well as other tax advantaged investments. Sawe has 14 years of banking and lending experience. Prior to joining TD Bank, he served in similar roles at The Hunt Companies and Centerline Capital Group, both in New York, N.Y. Sawe holds a Masters in Real Estate from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and is a 2001 cum laude graduate of Northeastern University in Boston.

 






TD Wealth Names James Beam as Regional Investment Director for Metro Philadelphia, New Jersey and South Region
TD Wealth® Private Client Group has named James H. Beam Jr. as senior vice president, regional investment director for the South Region. TD Wealth Private Client Group provides clients with customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and its affiliates.

In his new role, Beam is responsible for all TD private client wealth investment activities throughout a region that includes Metro Philadelphia, New Jersey, Mid South (DC/Virginia), the Greater Carolinas and Florida markets. Beam is a seasoned wealth management professional who has more than 15 years of experience in global portfolio management and investment strategy. He joined TD Wealth in 2013 and most recently served as a Vice President, Senior Investment Advisor, responsible for managing client investment portfolios. 
He holds a Master’s in Financial Planning from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln as well as an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He received an undergraduate degree from Rowan University.

 

 

Jorge Cofino Joins TD Bank as District Sales Manager in Treasury Management for Metro New York
TD Bank named Jorge I. Cofino as senior vice president, district sales manager in treasury management services, based in Mahwah, N.J. He will manage the bank’s treasury management sales teams serving middle market, government banking, higher education and small business commercial customers across Metro New York, including Northern N.J., New York City, Long Island, Westchester County and the Lower Hudson Valley. Cofino has 30 years of banking experience. Prior to joining TD Bank, he served as a Vice President at Fifth Third Bank in New York, N.Y.He attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  He was member of the University's baseball team and later played professionally in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Today Cofino devotes his free time to coaching elite girls travel softball for the Jersey Intensity national program based in Farmingdale, N.J.

 





TD Bank Names Lisa Gruner Senior Vice President, Product Marketing Director  
TD Bank promoted Lisa C. Gruner to senior vice president, product marketing director, based in Mt. Laurel, N.J. She will lead product marketing for Retail Money In, Unsecured Lending, Small Business and Commercial Banking, including development and overall management of annual product marketing plans and budget, program execution, optimization and tracking. Gruner has 16 years of overall experience in marketing, advertising and bank management. She joined TD Bank in 2007 as Vice President, Marketing Planner and has served in a number of marketing management positions, most recently as Vice President, Head, Product Marketing. She is a 2000 graduate of Endicott College in Beverly, Mass.

 






TD Bank Names Rick Waxman Senior Vice President, Product Marketing Director in Corporate Marketing  
TD Bank promoted Rick Waxman to senior vice president, product marketing director in corporate marketing, based in Mt. Laurel, N.J. He will lead product marketing for Mortgage, Home Equity, Wealth, Corporate & Specialty Banking and TD Auto Finance, including development and overall management of annual product marketing plans and budget, program execution, optimization and tracking. Waxman is a strategic marketing executive with 20 years of experience in banking and marketing. He joined TD Bank in 2009 and developed integrated marketing strategy and planning for the Money Out (Mortgage and Home Equity), Direct Channels (Online, ATM and Phone) and US Bankcard businesses before his most recent position as Vice President, Marketing Planning. He received an MBA from Villanova University in 2005 and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in 1990. He is a 1986 graduate of Upper Moreland High School in Willow Grove, Pa.