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GOP Releases Committee Rosters for 115th Congress
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.) has announced the Republican committee rosters for the 115th Congress.
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) will lead the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, which will also include GOP Sens. Richard Shelby (Ala.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), Dean Heller (Nev.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Mike Rounds (S.D.), David Perdue (Ga.), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Ben Sasse (Neb.), and John Kennedy (La.). View the committee rosters.

Regulators Streamline Call Report for Small Banks
The federal regulatory agencies have finalized a new, streamlined Call Report with simplified instructions for banks with less than $1 billion in assets and no foreign offices. The new Call Report reduces the total number of pages from 85 to 61 as a result of removing approximately 40 percent of the required data items. The new Call Report takes effect with the March 31, 2017 filing date.

OCC Finalizes Rule Banning Industrial, Commercial Metal Dealing
The OCC last week finalized a rule prohibiting national banks from dealing or investing in industrial and commercial metals. The rule was issued following the federal regulatory agencies’ review of bank activities, as required by Dodd Frank Act Section 620.  Under the final rule, banks will no longer be permitted to deal or invest in metals and alloys in forms primarily suited for industrial or commercial purposes, such as copper cathodes, aluminum T-bars and gold jewelry.

Agencies Release Annual CRA Asset-Size Threshold Adjustments for Small and Intermediate Small Institutions
The asset-size thresholds used to define “small” and “intermediate small” institutions under the Community Reinvestment Act regulations have increased slightly as of Jan. 1. Based on a 0.84 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index, a “small” institution will be one that had assets of less than $1.226 billion as of Dec. 31 of either of the previous two calendar years.

OCC Revises Comptroller’s Handbook
The OCC has revised the “Internal and External Audits” booklet of its Comptroller’s Handbook, which provides guidance to examiners assessing audit exposures, associated risk and risk management practice. The booklet supersedes the previous version, and also replaces two sections of the Office of Thrift Supervision Examination Handbook on external and internal audit.

Fed Survey: Noncash Payments Total $178 Trillion
More than 144 billion noncash payments -- those made with debit or credit cards, ACH and checks -- were made in the U.S. between 2012 and 2015, totaling nearly $178 trillion, the Federal Reserve reported in its triennial payments study.

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Member News

Glen Rock Savings Bank Promotes Senior Executive Ferdinand R. (Fred) Viaud to President and CEO
Viaud had held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the bank for over two decades. He will replace Henry P. Ingrassia, who has retired after a highly successful tenure as President, and who served a total of 25 years with Glen Rock Savings Bank. In November, Ingrassia received a proclamation from NJBankers commemorating his outstanding stewardship and service to the banking industry.

Labozzetta Featured on The Kafafian Group Podcast
Anthony Labozzetta, President & CEO, of Sussex Bank was featured on a Podcast with The Kafafian Group - This Month in Banking. The podcast features topics like Sussex Bank's geographic expansion, the hub and spoke branching model & the ingredients to Sussex Bank's success.

NJBankers Chairwoman Angela Snyder Featured in NJBIZ
NJBankers Chairwoman, Angela Snyder, Chairwoman and CEO of Fulton Bank of New Jersey was recently featured in NJBIZ, the statewide business publication,  in an article about the banking industry in New Jersey. Snyder also discusses her passion for mentoring emerging leaders in our industry. The interview was a result of an NJBankers – NJBIZ Editorial Board meeting.

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2017 Forrey-Gallman Award

The NJBankers Board of Directors will soon be considering candidates for the 2017 Forrey–Gallman Award, which will be presented at the 113th Annual Conference being held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida, from May 17 through May 21, 2017. The award is presented annually to a deserving NJBankers member senior executive.It would be greatly appreciated if you would return the completed form by fax (908.272.6626) by Monday, January 9, 2017. Read More

Show Off Your Stuff!
Get the Recognition you deserve

The Community Service Award program highlights the significant impact NJ banks have on their local communities.  Members are encouraged to submit information and photographs on initiatives that show how their financial institution makes New Jersey’s communities’ better places to live, work and play. We compile a book that includes the submissions and then distribute it to Legislators and Regulators. This book is shared with media outlets to prompt interest in your bank’s programs and reinforce the impact the banking industry makes on the communities that members serve. Join us in this initiative and benefit from the exposure! Please pass this information to the appropriate individual at your institution. Read More


Beneficial Ownership Web Seminar
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

ABA Government Relations Summit
Monday-Wednesday, March 20-22, 2017

7th Annual Women in Banking Conference
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Accounting Seminar with FMS-NY/NJ
Friday, April 21, 2017

Annual Marketing Conference
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Operations & Technology Seminar
Tuesday, June 20, 2017


April 19, May 23, June 21

 April 20, May 25, June 22

April 25

NJBankers Leadership Academy
See njbankers.com for details.

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NJBankers to Host Program on Fiduciary Rule

NJBankers will be hosting a 90‐minute program on the Department of Labor’s final regulation redefining “fiduciary” under ERISA, which is scheduled to go into effect April 2017. This new rule impacts financial institutions and insurance carriers which manufacture and distribute financial products to the IRA and employee benefits plan marketplace. The presentation will cover: key potential pitfalls to compliance with the Best Interest Contract Exemption (BICE) requirements; how to best predict what compensation will be found “reasonable” under the new Rules; tips in evaluating the risks associated with compensation structuring issues; and an update on the pending Administrative Procedures Act litigation against the DOL. The program is being presented by Jim DelBello and Allison Sizemore of the law firm Reed Smith. There is no cost to attend.

The program will be offered at the NJBankers office and via conference call on Thursday, January 26th at 9:30 a.m. Please email Lauren Barraza (lbarraza@njbankers.com) if you are interested in attending and if you plan to attend in person or by telephone. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Meredith(jmeredith@njbankers.com; 908.272.8500, ext. 614).

GUDPA Rules Seminar

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Crowne Plaza Monroe, Monroe Township, NJ
Don’t miss this half-day seminar to be presented by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance on GUDPA Law & Regulations. The seminar will address topics from how you must calculate your participation numbers, to how to determine and deposit the proper collateral and reporting data correctly. Read More

NJBankers Leadership Academy Presents First Three Modules for 2017

The NJBankers Leadership Academy is a comprehensive program that provides the tools for all levels of bankers to succeed in their careers, support their financial institution, and advocate for the banking industry. The STEPS, STEM and Women’s Leadership in the 21st Century Communications Boot Camp are now open for registration.  The NJBankers Leadership Academy provides skills that are crucial whether a seasoned banker or one who has just joined the bank’s team and the banking industry. For more information about the modules, click here.

Success Through Effective Practices of Supervision (STEPS):  April 19, May 23, June 21
NJBankers Office, Cranford, NJ
The STEPS Curriculum will cover topics including
Session 1: Critical Skills for Supervisors; Characteristics and behaviors of effective supervisors
Session 2:  Coaching for High Performance; Identifying coaching opportunities
Session 3:  Time Management & Delegation; Understanding your time management style

Success Through Effective Management (STEM):  April 20, May 25, June 22
NJBankers Office, Cranford, NJ
The STEM Curriculum will cover topics including
Session 1:  Management Fundamentals; Understanding and Maximizing Your Management Style via DISC Assessment.
Session 2:  Coaching for Success; Using Effective Feedback to Address Performance Problems
Session 3: Planning & Conducting Effective Performance Evaluations; Understand the Components of Performance Management and the Manager’s Role in the Process

Women’s Leadership in the 21st Century: A Communication Boot Camp: April 25, 2017
NJBankers Office, Cranford, NJ
This intensive, practical, highly interactive boot camp will focus candidly and analytically on the communication challenges facing women in banking today.  This is a full-day program for women wishing to develop the ultimate career advantage, being a stronger communicator at work. Read More

Directors Certification Training: Board & Management Leadership Summit


March 10, 2017 - SAVE THE DATE
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin
Qualifies for 5 credits toward certification*

This new conference format will focus on current and upcoming issues and opportunities for community banks and provide advice & solutions geared toward enhancing value for all attendees. Read More

Register Today! Economic Leadership Forum

The Economic Leadership Forum is an opportunity to hear from key thinkers on the issues that shape our great Garden State and the Nation. Experience a line-up of today’s thought leaders including Keynote Speaker, General Michael Hayden, retired four-star general who served as director of the CIA and NSA when the course of world events was changing at a rapid rate; Patrick Harker, president/CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia who participates on the FOMC which formulates the nation's monetary policy; Dr. James Hughes, Distinguished Professor, Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers, a nationally-recognized expert on demographics, housing, and regional economics; and many more experts and sessions, all while you network with New Jersey’s influential business leaders. Don’t miss out! This sell-out event attracts more than 500 attendees. Confirmed! The fourth breakout session at the Economic Forum will feature Chester Mosteller, founder & president, Mosteller & Associates and Nicholas DeMedio, senior associate, Mosteller & Associates addressing Leveraging Human Capital in a Changing Workforce. Read More

Break out your flip flops - May 17 - 21, 2017 - for NJBankers Annual Conference
NJBankers is back at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL for our Annual Conference & Market Showplace.  


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NJBankers is pleased to announce our partnership with Total Training Solutions (TTS).  As of January 2017, our web seminars will be provided by TTS.  Participants will still have access to live web seminars, on demand web seminars plus have the enhanced option to package multiple web seminars.  For the new service you will need to create new credentials for log in.  Any questions on the new provider please contact Cris Goncalves at 908-272-8500 Ext. 630, CGoncalves@njbankers.com, or Diane Starr at 908-272-8500 Ext. 600, DStarr@njbankers.com

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Upcoming NJBankers Conferences - Don't Miss Out on Opportunities for Professional Development!

Beneficial Ownership Web Seminar
Developing a Compliance Effort WEB SEMINAR 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
New Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) regulations took effect in July, 2016. Compliance is mandatory on the “applicability date,” May 11, 2018. This webinar is designed to meet the needs of BSA and operations personnel who have responsibility for the new accounts process. Internal auditors are going to want to be in the room as well. (Remember, you can train your entire team for the price of a single registration.)

CRA Conference
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ
Join industry regulators and the nation’s leading CRA expert and author for an informative and lively discussion on compliance examinations, investigations and enforcement actions relating to the Community Reinvestment Act and the Fair Lending laws.

Advanced IRA
Monday-Tuesday, March 27-28
NJBankers Office, Cranford, NJ
Anyone can stand at a lectern and spout rules and regulations.  The challenge is to make sure people understand what the rules mean and how to apply them in everyday situations.  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.

Check out the NEW - Navigating Sponsorship, Exhibiting & Advertising Opportunities 2017 Publication

Help the NJBIA Recognize the Projects that are Transforming your Neighborhood!

The 57th Annual New Good Neighbor Awards competition is a celebration of economic development by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and its flagship publication, New Jersey Business magazine. Winners will be notified in March by email and will be featured in the July 2017 issue of New Jersey Business. The awards will be presented at a July 2017 luncheon. Read More



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