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NJBankers to be Honored for Bankers Build
Coastal Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 21 years of building and repairing homes in Southern Monmouth County. NJBankers is among those being honored for its support through the Bankers Build initiative over the past years. Through this partnership, we have made a significant impact on the lives of others in need. Please consider joining us Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Manasquan River Golf Club, Brielle, NJ from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. See the attached flyer for sponsorship and registration information. We would not be honored if it wasn’t for all our generous members participation!

New Jersey Bankers Association's 2015-16 Economic Survey Results and Economic Impact Assessment to be Presented Via Webinar

Thursday, March 3, 2016
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Join us for a free webinar where the NJBankers 2015-16 Economic Survey Results and Economic Impact Assessment will be presented. The survey and study are an analysis of the national and state economies from the perspective of bankers and an analysis of the economic impact of the banking industry on the New Jersey economy will be presented.

Speakers will include John E. McWeeney, Jr., president and CEO, NJBankers; James W. Hughes, distinguished professor and dean; Marc D. Weiner, associate research professor; and Will Irving, senior project manager and economic analyst, all from Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University.

To join the webinar, visit http://ejb.adobeconnect.com/forum. Users need to enter as a guest with their name.  The event livestream will open approximately 5 minutes before the start of the discussion. A brief Q&A period will follow; registered users may text their questions directly into the system chat feature for the discussants to answer. Read More

Industry News

American Bankers Mutual Insurance Ltd. Distributes $1.1 Million to ABA Member Banks
American Bankers Mutual Insurance Ltd. (ABMI), the reinsurer for the D&O and bond insurance program endorsed by the American Bankers Association (ABA) and the New Jersey Bankers Association, distributed $1.1 million to be shared by qualified ABA member banks insured through ABA Insurance Services Inc. Thirty New Jersey banks will share over $55,000.

ABA Teach Children to Save 2016
Mark your calendars and plan to join the ABA on Wednesday, March 16, from 2–3 p.m. EST, for the second annual Banker to Banker Twitter Chat using #TCTS2016. This is an opportunity to chat with your peers to get ideas on how to structure your event, partnerships, engaging students and more. You’ll leave the Twitter chat empowered to implement newly learned best practices weeks before your bank’s Teach Children to Save event.

Fed Issues Final Rule Repealing Reg AA
As part of its transfer of certain rulemaking authority to the CFPB, the Federal Reserve issued a final rule repealing Reg. AA (Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices).

Outmigration by the Numbers: How do We Stop the Exodus? Discussed by Michele Siekerka of the NJBIA
Michele Siekerka, president of New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), which represents 20,000+ members comprising every industry in the state, discussed Outmigration by the Numbers: How do We Stop the Exodus? at the Economic Leadership Forum held in January at The Palace at Somerset Park. More than 500 attendees listened to the informative presentation. The NJBIA report Outmigration by the Numbers: How do we stop the Exodus? describes the statewide impact resulting from a trend of outmigration of residents from New Jersey. The report shows that between 2004 and 2013, New Jersey lost $18 billion in net adjusted gross income and 2 million residents between 2005 and 2014.

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9th Annual Charity Golf Outing w/NJCPA
 April 25, 2016

Internet Profiling and Intelligence Gathering
 June 16 & 17, 2016

Compliance University
 June 22-24, 2016

Annual Summer Golf Outing and Networking Reception
 August 8, 2016

Annual Senior Management Conference
 November 1-3, 2016

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Atlantic Stewardship Bank Introduces a New Tagline
For 30 years, the customers and the communities that Atlantic Stewardship Bank serves have relied on the bank, both for the products and services it offers as well as the support it provides through its Tithing Program; in fact, ASB tithes or gives back 10 percent of its pre-taxable income to Christian and other local charities year after year.

Capital Bank Reports 2015 Earnings 
Capital Bank of New Jersey, the South Jersey community bank owned by hundreds of local stockholders, has announced its 2015 earnings.

Columbia Bank Presented Bronze Award For New Jersey Small Business Lending Achievement
Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, announced that Columbia Bank has been awarded a Bronze Award by the New Jersey District Office of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA).  The prestigious award was presented for the bank’s New Jersey efforts in generating 39 SBA loans worth more than $10,000,000. 

Lakeland Bank Offers Expanded Mobile Payment Options via Apple Pay™
Lakeland Bank is now offering Apple Pay™ with the Lakeland Bank MasterMoney® Debit Card, in addition to Apple Pay with Lakeland’s credit card which was introduced last year.

Lakeland Bancorp to Acquire Harmony Bank
The Boards of Directors of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI) (“Lakeland Bancorp”), the parent company of Lakeland Bank, Lakeland Bank and Harmony Bank (OTCPK:HRMB) (“Harmony Bank”), announced today that they have entered into a definitive Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”), pursuant to which Harmony Bank will be merged with and into Lakeland Bank, with Lakeland Bank as the surviving bank.  The Merger Agreement provides that shareholders of Harmony Bank will receive 1.25 shares of Lakeland Bancorp common stock for each share of Harmony Bank common stock that they own at the effective time of the merger.

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Associate Member News

COCC’s Betsy Didan Elected to NEACH Payment Group’s Board of Directors
Betsy Didan, First Vice President of Cash Management and Payment Services at COCC, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of NEACH Payments Group.

NJBankers Associate Members Recognized in  NJBiz's Article "These are N.J.'s Best Places to Work for 2016"
What makes an employer one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey? According to NJBiz there are many factors, but one that all of these honorees have in common is a dedication to their employees' professional growth and quality of life. Their concern for their workers' well-being is reflected in surveys filled out by employees that become a key factor in determining award winners, along with an employer benefits and policies questionnaire. Best Places to Work in New Jersey is managed by Best Companies Group and winners will be honored by NJBIZ at a special ceremony April 19 at iPlay America’s Event Center in Freehold. Congratulations
Crowe Horwarth, FinPro, Gibbons and WithamSmith!

Pensionizing Your Retirement Savings

By Richard W. Rausser, Senior Vice President of Client Services at Pentegra Retirement Services
The Institutional Retirement Income Council (IRIC) – commonly referred to as a non-profit “think tank” for the retirement income planning community – recently released what it considers the trends to watch in our industry this year. The IRIC’s overall conclusion, as stated by
a Yahoo Finance article, is that “there is a growing need for retirement plan sponsors to help participants with retirement readiness and securing their financial future. This will drive plan sponsors to expand their financial wellness initiatives and evaluate retirement income solutions for their defined contribution plans.”

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28th Annual Annamae Baerenbach Memorial Lending Conference - Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (New Date)

Join us for our 28th Annual Annamae Baerenbach Memorial Lending Conference.  NJBankers has designed a conference that is timely, informative and intended to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments in today's residential and commercial mortgage markets.  Read More

112th Annual Conference in Scottsdale, AZ - Register Today!

May 11-15, 2016, The Phoenician, Scottsdale, AZ

Registration is now open for the NJBankers 112th Annual Conference.  The Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ, will be the site of this year's Annual Conference. Don't miss this opportunity for Professional Development in an inspiring setting.

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Lock Your Sponsorship and Advertising in Early!
Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are now available for NJBankers Annual Conference at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Join us as we move “Westward Ho” on May 11 -15, 2016.  Read More
Upcoming NJBankers Conferences - Don't Miss Out on Opportunities for Professional Development!
Directors & Managing Officers Conference – Friday, March 4, 2016
This year’s conference has a packed agenda, perfect for busy executives and directors. Don’t miss out on topics such as Cyber Security with the FDIC or a panel on “Banks in the New Payment Environment.”

Advanced IRA w/PMC – Tuesday March 8 & Wednesday, March 9, 2016
These workshops are an exceptional, hands-on workshop that will provide critical information on IRAs and tax-favored savings plans in terms you can readily understand.  What's more, you'll be encouraged to ask questions, share ideas, and work together with your peers throughout the state to solve real-life IRA problems -- all in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

ABA Government Relations Summit – Tuesday March 15 & Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The 2016 ABA GR Summit is the opportunity for you and your peers to advocate for the changes hometown banks need to better serve their customers. Our collective voice is critical as we educate policymakers on the important role banks play in economic growth and job creation.

6th Annual Women In Banking Conference – Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Join us in celebrating our sixth 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. 

BankSocial Conference –Thursday April 7 & Friday April 8, 2016
NJ Bankers is proud to present a partnership with #BankSocial Media Conference. This conference that will teach retail bankers how to utilize social media to drive new business and increase revenue.

New Jersey Business Leadership Cyber & Reputation Summit – Monday, April 11, 2016
Join the NJBankers, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and New Jersey Credit Union League for this one day Cyber & Reputation Summit where industry leaders will discuss how you can protect your business from cyber-attacks. Cyber-attacks are one of the most complex, frustrating and expensive global business problems today. This global pandemic costs business billions of dollars annually as well as diminishing trust, integrity, brand and equity value.

Highlight the Impact Your Bank Has Made on the Communities You Serve with the NJBankers Community Service Awards

NJBankers wants to give your bank the opportunity to get the recognition it deserves for its community service initiatives.  The Community Service Award program highlights the significant impact New Jersey banks have on their local communities.

** Deadline Extended to March 7, 2016 **  Read More

"Every Vet Counts!" Brig. Gen. (ret) Watson Asks for Help with Survey of Employer Feedback on Challenges, Resources Needed to Improve Military Hiring

There are still more than one million veterans looking for full-time jobs with tens of thousands of soldiers leaving the military in 2016.  Many employers, perhaps including yours, aren’t getting the right information and networking help they need to successfully hire veterans, Reservists and National Guard members.  Read More

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