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NJBankers Membership Honors Veterans and Their Families this Memorial Day

With Memorial Day 2014 approaching, we hope that you will take time over the weekend to remember those who have served our country, particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms. It is also a time to honor those American families for whom Memorial Day is another day without their loved ones.

In addition to the support NJBankers members provide individually to assist veterans and their families, the New Jersey banking industry has come together for the past nine years to collectively honor the service of those who gave their lives and to assist returning veteran students facing financial challenges.     

The New Jersey Bankers Education Foundation was established in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) organization to honor fallen or permanently disabled military members in the post-9/11 Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts by providing scholarships to their eligible dependents. Since then, the Trustees have awarded scholarships to a Brick, NJ, spouse of an Army National Guard Specialist who lost his life in Iraq in 2004 that enabled her to graduate Georgian Court University; and to a Long Branch, NJ, spouse of an Army Corporal who was killed in Iraq in 2009 who then graduated with her master’s degree from Monmouth University in 2013.

Rutgers Veterans Assisted: Since 2011, the Foundation has also supported veteran students attending Rutgers University through grants to its Office of Veterans Services. These funds are used to provide support to veteran students facing financial difficulties in completing their education. Without this support, many of these students would have had no choice but to drop out of the university.  Here are just a few examples of how these grants have helped Rutgers’ veteran students in 2014:

  • Eight students were helped with the purchase of textbooks after their Veteran Administration (VA) book stipend had been exhausted.
  • Six students were provided with emergency scholarships for unexpected financial emergencies that allowed them to stay enrolled in classes.
  • Funds were advanced to four students who experienced delays in receiving their VA benefits for tuition, fees, books and substance allowance.
  • A scholarship was provided to a student whose mother died during the fall semester forcing him to withdraw from classes. Because of the withdrawal, he owed the VA funds that had been advanced for tuition that had to be reimbursed. Rutgers’ Office of Veteran Services used a portion of the Foundation contribution to reimburse the VA and allow the student to enroll in spring classes.

Thanks to 2014 Contributors: Over the years, many members have contributed funds that have made this possible. We acknowledge those that have made contributions thus far this year: Atlantic Stewardship Bank; Boiling Springs Savings Bank; Bogota Savings Bank; Century Savings Bank; Clifton Savings Bank; Colonial American Bank; Glen Rock Savings Bank; Lakeland Bank; Manasquan Savings Bank; Metuchen Savings Bank; The Provident Bank and Roselle Savings Bank.

Member Assistance Needed: We respectively ask all NJBankers members for their support with the following:

  • Due to privacy issues, we do not have direct access to potential scholarship candidates but work closely with the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and other organizations to reach these individuals. Any assistance you can provide in disseminating this information by adding a link from your bank’s website to the Education Foundation webpage (under Community Outreach page on www.njbankers.com) or other means would be appreciated.

    Thanks to Boiling Springs Savings Bank for posting information on the Foundation on its Facebook page and on the blog section of its website – the post has reached over 13,000 views on Facebook and received 30 likes in just 10 days! 
    View here

  • Consider providing financial support to the Foundation so that we can continue to provide scholarships and grants for many years into the future.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Jim Meredith (908.272.8500, ext 614, or jmeredith@njbankers.com).

 
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Military Officer Seeks Employment

Military Officer Seeks Position: A United States Army veteran who has served as a Platoon Leader, Staff Officer and Commander since 2007 is seeking a financial services position. Candidate earned a Bachelor’s Degree, economics, cum laude, from Millersville University, Millersville, PA, graduating in the top 20 percent across all Army officers. He has been awarded two Bronze Star medals and a Joint Service Commendation Medal for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please contact Erin Suckiel (esuckiel@njbankers.com) for a copy of the resume.

 
FinCEN Issues Advisory on St. Kitts and Nevis Passports

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has  issued Advisory  FIN-2014-A004 to alert financial institutions that certain foreign individuals are abusing the Citizenship-by-Investment program sponsored by the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) to obtain SKN passports for the purpose of engaging in illicit financial activity. The Agency emphasized that financial institutions should conduct risk-based customer due diligence to mitigate the risk that a customer is disguising his or her identity with an SKN passport in order to evade sanctions or engage in other financial crime.

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OCC Consolidates Rules

The OCC has published a final rule in the Federal Register which combines certain rules originally issued jointly with other Federal banking agencies by the OCC with respect to national banks and by the former OTS with respect to savings associations.

Specifically, the OCC is combining rules relating to:

  • consumer protection in insurance sales
  • Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance
  • management interlocks
  • appraisals
  • disclosure and reporting of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)-related agreements and
  • the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

The rule will become effective on June 16, 2014.

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NJBankers Announces New Endorsed Service Provider mOSa eBank Marketing Services

NJBankers is proud to announce its newest service to our members.  mOSa is a highly trusted marketing agency that for years has been providing social media consulting services and support to financial institutions.  mOSa believes that the most successful social media strategies are the ones that consistently deliver highly engaging, unique content that emotionally inspires the hearts and minds of the right people. 

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Women in Banking Conference - Knowledge, Power, Mentorship
Women In Banking Conference
Knowledge, Power, Mentorship
The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ
Thursday, June 5, 2014
1 CPE Credit Will Apply

Join us for our fourth annual one-day conference concentrating on the advancement of women in leadership positions.  Successful women managers and leaders from New Jersey financial institutions and affiliated professional groups share their experiences and knowledge with future leaders.

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NJBankers & NJ Society of CPAs Present the Seventh Annual Golf Outing to Benefit Special Olympics New Jersey

NJBankers & NJ Society of CPAs
Present the Seventh Annual Golf Outing
to Benefit Special Olympics New Jersey
Mercer Oaks Golf Course, West Windsor, NJ
Monday, June 9, 2014

The New Jersey Bankers Association and the New Jersey Society of CPAs are again co-hosting this seventh annual golf event. This year the beneficiary of the event will be Special Olympics New Jersey. We have an exciting and fun day scheduled with many sponsorship opportunities available!

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2014 Annual Marketing Conference

2014 Annual Marketing Conference
Crowne Plaza Monroe, Monroe Township
Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Public Relations and Marketing Committee of the New Jersey Bankers Association is pleased to present the annual Marketing Conference.  This year’s conference will provide insights that improve ROI; Guerrilla Marketing Techniques; Managing the Message and your people's and Community Marketing  - Leveraging your Bank's Community involvement.

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2014 Compliance University

2014 Compliance University
Crowne Plaza Monroe, Monroe Township, NJ
Wednesday, June 18 – Friday, June 20, 2014
CLE/CPE/CAMS/CRCM/CFSS Credits May Apply

The 2014 Compliance University is a three-day program covering a wide range of intermediate and advanced compliance issues presented by compliance experts with a broad array of experience and knowledge. Attend and get up-to-date information on regulations, legislation, vendor management, cyber security, high risk banking, financial crime prevention, UDAAP and many more topics.

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Regulatory Visit to D.C.

Regulatory Visit to D.C. 
Mayflower Renaissance, Washington, D.C.
Monday – Wednesday, June 23 – 25, 2014 

Join NJBankers as we kick-off our annual regulatory visit to our nations’ capital.  The trip is designed for all levels of bankers, from the most seasoned to your up and comers, to introduce them to the important regulatory issues affecting our financial institutions now!

Please note update in schedule as attendees will be meeting with the Conference of State Supervisors and the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

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Members Honored as the Best Places to Work in New Jersey

    

Congratulations to Boiling Springs Savings Bank and Investors Bank which were voted among the “Best Places to Work in NJ” by NJBIZ, a statewide business publication.

Congratulations are also in order for NJBankers Associate Members BDO USA, Crowe Horwath, Gibbons P.C, and Withum Smith + Brown, PC.

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Columbia Bank "Teams Up" to Walk for Babies

More than 150 Columbia Bank volunteers recently teamed up with the March of Dimes to raise funds for their 2014 Walk for Babies.  The Columbia walkers raised over $18,000 to help fight birth defects in children.

Shown are members of the “Team Columbia” who took part in the northern New Jersey event held at Darlington Park in Mahwah.  Columbia employee groups participated in similar March of Dimes events in both central and southern New Jersey.

 
Crown Bank Attains SBA Preferred Lender Status

Crown Bank is offering a range of banking services to small businesses, professionals and individuals, has gained recognition from the Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Preferred Lender Participant (PLP) for its 7(a) Loan Program.  The upgraded status provides assurances that will allow Crown Bank to further expand and expedite the scope of its small business lending operations in the communities it serves.

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NVE Bank Helps Local Students Learn Financial ABC's

NVE Bank Branch Managers from the bank’s 12 branches recently gave a savings lesson to Bergen County elementary students as part of the American Bankers Association Education Foundation’s 18th Annual Teach Children to Save Program.  Over 500 students attended classroom sessions conducted by the bank during the month of April.  Students also received a green NVE piggybank to help them get started with a savings program.

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Peapack-Gladstone Bank Supports the VNA Spring Rummage Sale

Spring is in the air!  Trees are budding, flowers are blooming, the grass in turning green and the tents are up – that is for the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills Spring Rummage Sale.  Held on the Far Hills Fairgrounds, this biannual fundraising event supports the VNA’s many programs to provide home health and hospice care along with wellness services to local individuals and families in need.

Peapack-Gladstone Bank employees assisted the VNA of Somerset Hills in preparation for their annual Spring Rummage Sale.  (left to right) Denise Pace-Sanders, Branchburg; Rosanne Schwab, Bridgewater; Catherine Fedor, Hopewell; Deenah Lopinto, Morris Township; Kathy DeFilippis, Long Valley; Janet Battaglia, Chester; and Mary Burke, Basking Ridge.

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The Provident Bank Foundation Supports '100 Days of Silence: A Response to the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda'

The Provident Bank Foundation has provided a $7,500 grant to the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (chhange) at Brookdale Community College in support of its “100 Days of Silence” exhibit, an art initiative that commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
 
The Foundation grant enables students, educators, community members and genocide survivors to experience history through art. Students in grades five through 12 in schools throughout Northern and Central New Jersey learned about the genocide and were inspired to create their responses using life-size forms as canvases. The result is a powerful, beautiful, haunting and hope-filled statement about genocide and humanity. The exhibit is on display at the chhange facility on the college campus for 100 days – from April 7 to July 15, 2014.

 
Roselle Savings Bank Educates Local Students About the Assets of a Career in Banking

Roselle Savings Bank recently provided students at Abraham Clark High School (ACHS), located in Roselle, NJ, with educational information about careers in the banking industry during the school’s “Career Day”.  The high school hosts this annual event for 10th and 11th graders to help them discover some of the many career options available to them.  Roselle Savings Bank manned a table at Career Day to provide students with information-filled folders and useful premiums, as well as to answer any questions that participants had about careers in banking.

Pictured above discussing career opportunities available at Roselle Savings Bank are (l to r) Amber Ellison (Roselle Savings Bank Customer Service Representative), Carl Zeitlinger (Roselle Savings Bank SVP/Compliance Officer), and ACHS 10th graders Me’ira Berroa and Nathan Carter.

 
Valley National Bank Hosts a Free Identity Theft Prevention Seminar

Left to right: Donna Miller, C3 Workplace founder & president, Dana Marsalisi, Anti-Fraud officer at Valley National Bank, and Diane Esty, branch sales manager at Valley National Bank, hosted a free Identity Theft Prevention Seminar via Google Hangout from C3 Workplace’s Montclair facility on Park Street.  This seminar was offered as part of Small Business Week and focused on educating attendees about common fraud schemes and how to protect personal information.  

 
Endorsed Service Provider Allstate Offers Second Quarter 2014 Promotion

NJBankers is pleased to offer to our entire membership, the following Second Quarter 2014 Spring into Summer Promotion from our Endorsed Service Provider Allstate New Jersey Insurance Co. As a member benefit to your employees, Allstate will provide a free $20 Pre-paid Gas Card when you get an auto quote from Allstate. Receive an additional $10 pre-paid Gas Card when you refer someone to Allstate. 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.

*Please note quotes apply to NJ residents only.

 
Endorsed Provider Bank Financial Services Group Hires New CFO

Bank Financial Services Group is pleased to announce that Stephen Hall has recently joined the BFS executive team as chief financial officer.  In his new position Hall will oversee all financial strategy, management and reporting.

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Endorsed Provider EverFi's CEO Joined Deirde Bolton on Fox Business

EverFi CEO Tom Davidson joined Deirdre Bolton on Fox Business - Risk & Reward to talk about the importance of investing in education. EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology platform company to teach, assess, and certify students in Financial Literacy and Student Loan Management. Its learning platforms have touched the lives of over 7 million students across more than 5,000 K-12 schools and higher education institutions.

Video: http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/risk-and-reward/index.html#/v/3507545537001

 
ABA Accepting Applications for Community Commitment Awards

The American Bankers Association (ABA) is now accepting applications for the 2014  ABA Community Commitment Awards.  The association is inviting NJBankers membership to submit an application for the awards. Entries must be submitted by July 1, 2014.

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Associate Member Guardian Analytics presents Webinar on Wire Fraud Threats and Solutions

Wire payments are very attractive to fraudsters for the same reasons they’re attractive to account holders: they’re fast and can be used to transfer funds anywhere in the world. As a result, it should come as no surprise that 82% of fraud attempts utilized wire payments, according to a recent FS-ISAC study.

You're invited to a complementary, educational webinar to learn about current wire fraud threats plus strategies rooted in behavioral analytics that enable financial institutions to provide fast, efficient wire services, while mitigating fraud risk, and without increased operating costs.

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NJBankers and Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer Offer Commercial Lending Seminar

Monday, June 2, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
At the Offices of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer
90 Woodbridge Center Drive
Woodbridge, NJ 07095 (10th floor conference room)

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer is offering a new complimentary seminar: Anatomy of a Commercial Loan Transaction – the Art of Negotiating, Documenting and Closing a Commercial Loan Transaction. Stuart A. Hoberman, Esq., co-chair of the firm’s Banking, Financing Services and Creditors Rights Department will be the speaker. Hoberman is a frequent lecturer and author in the areas of banking, financial services and lending. He is currently co-chair of the Bank Lawyers Committee of NJBankers and a past president of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. He is also past chairman of the Banking Law Section and the Business Law Section, as well as the Financial Transaction Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Hoberman is also currently a member of the board of directors of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce.

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