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Fed Beige Book: Economic Conditions Continue to Expand

Reports from most of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts indicated that economic conditions continued to expand from January to early February. New York and Philadelphia experienced a slight decline in activity which was mostly attributed to the unusually severe weather experienced in those regions. The outlook among most Districts remained optimistic. Residential real estate markets continued to improve modestly in several areas. New York gave mixed reports on sales and Philadelphia noted a decrease in sales.

District reports of loan demand and volume were mixed. Demand for residential mortgages decreased in the New York District and softened in Philadelphia.   Mortgage refinancing declined in New York and there was a decreased demand for consumer loans as noted by small to medium-sized banks in the New York District. Demand for consumer loans grew slightly in Philadelphia.
Read more for the financial services sections of the report for the Second and Third Districts.

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Former Provident Bank President Chairman/President/CEO Dies at Age 86

With sadness we report on the passing of Kenneth F.X. Albers, former president, CEO, and chairman of The Provident Bank. He was 86. Albers joined The Provident Bank in 1966 as vice president.  In 1968, he was named president and CEO of Provident, and in 1983 he was named chairman of the board and CEO.  He retired as CEO in 1993 and as chairman in 1998.

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110th Annual Conference Takes Members to Marco Island, FL

April 30 – May 4, 2014
Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Marco Island, FL

UPDATED HOTEL RESERVATION – PLEASE NOTE - NJBankers room block is currently still open and has rooms depending on your dates, (but the HOTEL is sold out on 3 nights). 

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Directors and Managing Officers Conference - March 14 - Last Chance to Register!

Directors and Managing Officers Conference
"Bringing Board Issues into Focus"
Friday, March 14, 2014
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ
2 CLE & 2 CPE Credits will apply

Boardroom intelligence is more important than ever and NJBankers Directors and Managing Officers Conference will help guide your board for the challenges ahead. We have assembled a program of outstanding speakers to help your directors become a strategic asset for your financial institution. Please click the link below for full program information.

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Show Washington that We Are Part of the Solution

Government Relations Summit
March 25 – 26, 2014 
Omni Shoreham Hotel  - Washington, DC


Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from legislators and regulators at the largest gathering of bankers from March 25-26 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Bankers from around the country will converge on the nation’s capital to meet with their legislators and federal regulators

NJBankers is pleased to announce two scholarships available in the amount of $750 each for emerging leaders in banking to attend the American Banker Association’s Government Affairs Summit.  Please contact Michael Affuso at
maffuso@njbankers.com
if you are interested in the scholarships and the program.

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An Evening with the Commissioner - March 18

Members are encouraged to attend “An Evening with the Commissioner,” featuring New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance Commissioner Kenneth E. Kobylowski on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, NJ. Registration form

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2nd Annual Bank G.R.O.W.T.H. Executive Conference with NJBankers and mOSa eBank Marketing Services - April 4

G.R.O.W.T.H. Executive Conference
Friday, April 4, 2014
Pines Manor, Edison, NJ

This second annual conference is designed to help banks adapt and obtain a G.R.O.W.T.H. mindset, to Gain Revenues by Organizational Wins Through High Level Leadership, regardless of the environment surrounding the banking industry today.  There are five major points that will be touched upon during this action packed thought provoking full day program that will help your bank grow. 

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Annual Security Seminar presented by Profit Protection LLC - March 19

Annual Security Seminar
presented by Profit Protection LLC
Crowne Plaza Monroe
Monroe Township, NJ
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Late-breaking news, updates, and items of interest, including all new sessions on “Bank Robbery” and “Cyber Crimes Affecting Bank Security Professionals” with Susan Wind.

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Operations & Technology Forum - April 10

Operations & Technology Forum: CYBER SECURITY
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Crowne Plaza Monroe, Monroe Township, NJ

The New Jersey Bankers Association’s Operations & Technology Committee is pleased to announce the latest in a series of interactive forum that will focus exclusively on the growing cyber security threats facing the banking industry. 

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Kathryn Tiedemann Appointed Vice President/Loan Operations Manager at Sussex Bank

Kathryn Tiedemann has been appointed  vice president/manager of the Loan Operations Department. Tiedemann has over 20 years of experience in loan operations and loan administration.  Additionally, she is a graduate of the ABA Stonier National School of Banking and has received certificates from the ABA National Commercial Lending School & Omega Commercial Lending.

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Martin Whalen Appointed to Vice President/Commercial Lending Officer at Sussex Bank
Martin Whalen has been appointed as vice president of their commercial lending department in their Rockaway Regional Office and Corporate Center.

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BCB Community Bank named one of the Top NJ Commercial Banks

In an article printed in NJBIZ, BCB Community Bank was ranked 18th in the top 20 commercial banks in New Jersey. The ranking was based on New Jersey deposits which were provided by the FDIC as of June 30th, 2013.

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Columbia bank Foundation Presents a $11,000 grant to Paterson Habitat for Humanity

Columbia Bank, through their Columbia Bank Foundation, has presented an $11,000 grant to Paterson Habitat for Humanity.  The grant helped fund the construction of new Habitat homes in the greater Paterson area.


Shown participating in a special check presentation are (from left) Dave Juliana, Paterson Habitat’s Chief Financial and operating officer, Thomas Kemly, Columbia Bank’s president and CEO, and James Quinlan, president of Paterson Habitat’s Board of Directors.

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First Choice Bank Acquires Vantage Point Bank

First Choice Bank has announced that on February 28, 2014 it had purchased substantially all of the assets and assumed the deposits of Vantage Point Bank, Horsham, PA, from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, as receiver.

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Millington Savings Bank Celebrates Essay Contest Winners

Millington Savings Bank concluded its first annual “America Saves Week” essay contest with an awards ceremony, held at the bank’s headquarters location on Saturday, March 1st.  To help encourage saving at a young age, the bank conducted a community-wide essay writing contest open to all grade levels from K-12.  Held in conjunction with America Saves Week (February 24 – March 1, 2014), a national event that encourages people to start a savings plan and build personal wealth, students were invited to write an essay on the importance of saving early and what they were saving for in particular.


Pictured above (l-r) with their "Lamp of Knowledge" trophies are the 1st prize winners:  6-8th grade category, Vanessa Dresner (Basking Ridge);  K-5th grade category co-champion, Connor Cirrotti (Gillette); 9-12th grade category, Alexis Cirrotti (Gillette); K-5th grade category co-champion, Jennifer Quinn (Basking Ridge); and Michael Shriner, Millington Savings Bank president and CEO, who presented the awards.

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The Provident Bank Teams Up with Raritan Bay Medical Center to Raise Awareness for Heart Disease

 

The Provident Bank and its wealth management subsidiary Beacon Trust Company participated in “National Go Red for Women Day”. Employees wore jeans and something red for the day and donated $5 to support the cause. Registered nurses were on site to provide blood pressure screenings, demonstrate Hands-Only CPR and distribute heart healthy information. The Provident Bank Foundation also donated $2,200 to the program, resulting in a combined total donation of more than $5,000. Pictured are employees of Beacon Trust Company.

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Regal Bank hosts a kickoff for the 2014 March for Babies.

Regal Bank hosted a kickoff for the 2014 March for Babies. The Bank welcomed 2014 national March of Dimes child ambassador Aidan Lamothe.  Lamothe, a six-year-old from New Hampshire, was born more than 11 weeks early. Weighing just three pounds, he spent the first seven weeks of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit. Today, he is a happy, energetic child and is serving as the March of Dimes National Child Ambassador.

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Individual Seeks Position

Project Office Manager with expertise in business office governance functions of large engagements and IT outsourced accounts seeking position.  Experience in account financial analysis and invoicing; vendor/client interface; audit compliance requirements; process improvement; and documentation control. For a copy of the resume, please contact Erin Suckiel at esuckiel@njbankers.com.

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Endorsed Service Provider Allstate Offers First Quarter 2014 Promotion

NJBankers is pleased to offer to our entire membership, the following First Quarter 2014 Promotion from our Endorsed Service Provider Allstate New Jersey Insurance Co. As a member benefit to your employees, Allstate will provide an additional discount off their Allstate Insurance. Please click here to download the flyer and a quote* sheet.  If your bank/company would like hard copies, please contact Neil Greco directly at 973-364-8040 or njgreco@allstate.com. *Quotes apply to NJ residents only.

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