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New Jersey Bankers Association
NJBankers Elects New Officers


At the March 9, 2017 meeting of the NJBankers Board of Directors, James S. Vaccaro, chairman/president/CEO, Manasquan Bank; William D. Moss, president/CEO, Two River Community Bank and Thomas J. Kemly, president/CEO of Columbia Bank, were elected Chairman, First Vice Chairman and  Second Vice Chairman, respectively, of NJBankers.  We welcome our new slate of officers who will take the oath of office at the NJBankers 113th Annual Conference during the Second General Session on Saturday, May 20th.

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Jim Meredith Announces Retirement

NJBankers EVP/COO Jim Meredith recently announced that after 23 years with the association, he will be retiring  July 31, 2017. Jim started with the New Jersey Savings League as a Vice President overseeing its education and communications functions and assumed additional responsibilities throughout his tenure. He worked on the successful operational transitions when the League combined with the Savings Bank Association of New Jersey in 1996 and then with the combination with the New Jersey Bankers Association in 2009. Jim and his wife Elaine plan to relocate to Lewes, Delaware, later in the summer. We wish them much happiness as they enter this new phase of their lives.

Women in Banking Conference Knocks Socks Off!

So many conferences have been designed to help women achieve success in business. But the women-led NJBankers Women in Banking Conference is clearly different and the numbers sure prove it!

The 7th annual event drew 500 attendees! 

An opportunity to give back to the community is as much a part of the conference as is the opportunity for professional development. This year, Redeem-Her, was the recipient of many donated items from attendees and $5,000 toward their mission to successfully transition women who were recently released from prison, jail, or rehab to become valued and contributing members of society.

Holly Hoffman, the last woman standing on “Survivor Nicaragua” shared her message about never giving up and why choosing how we overcome challenges makes us who we are.

Conference speakers received four standing ovations and comments on the 300 evaluations that were completed (that’s a rate of 60% returned evaluations!) included:

 Beginning to end, this conference was outstanding.


 Holly was inspirational, well –spoken and identified real life challenges in the workforce and at home.


Attendees came away with memorable words of wisdom including “Learn to be a Tootsie Pop and get to the center of the matter!”

Attendees also came away with adult coloring books! Coloring has been shown to relieve stress and help one refocus though the recommendation was made by Chairwoman Geri Kelly to not color while in a meeting with directors! 

Forget getting tired after a big lunch!  A Yoga “7th inning stretch” after lunch got everyone standing up and stretching; another stress relief tactic. 

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ICBA Washington Policy Summit
Sunday-Wednesday, April 30-May 3, 2017

Annual Marketing Conference
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Compliance University
Wednesday-Friday, June 14-16, 2017

Operations & Technology Seminar
Tuesday, June 20, 2017


April 19, May 23, June 21

 April 20, May 25, June 22

April 25

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NJBankers in the News

John McWeeney featured in NJBiz “Friend or Foe” article
NJBankers President/CEO John E. McWeeney, Jr. discussed fintech companies and how they affect the banking industry.

Michael Affuso Quoted in Politico Article
Phil Murphy spent 23 years at Goldman Sachs before he became the odds-on favorite in the race to be New Jersey’s next governor, so perhaps it’s no surprise that Murphy has built his economic pitch around a bank.

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Industry News

FDIC Releases FIL 16-2017 Announcing an Affordable Mortgage Lending Guide, Part III: FHLBs
The Affordable Mortgage Lending Guide, Part III: Federal Home Loan Banks describes the programs and products offered by Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBs) to facilitate mortgage lending. The guide provides general information about the Affordable Housing Program and the Community Investment Program, advances, the Mortgage Purchase Program, and the Mortgage Partnership Finance® Program.

FDIC Newsletter Offers Tips for Financial Education
The latest issue of the FDIC’s Money Smart News publication provides tips and information for bankers who use the FDIC’s Money Smart Curriculum for financial education. Updates include enhancements to Money Smart for older adults and their caregivers, resources for Financial Capability Month this month, how to join the Money Smart Alliance, highlights from the FDIC’s youth savings pilot program and more.

Fed Survey: Small Business Performance, Loan Applications Tick Down
Small business performance and financing success rates dipped slightly in 2016, according to the latest Small Business Credit Survey -- a joint effort by the 12 regional Federal Reserve banks, conducted nationwide for the first time. Slightly smaller shares of firms reported profitability, revenue growth and employment growth. Seven in 10 expect revenue to grow in 2017, while less than half expect to add more jobs.

Fed Governor Powell to Handle Bank Supervision

Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell has been designated as the Fed governor in charge of bank supervision now that Daniel Tarullo has left the board. Powell is expected to hand over the reins once President Trump designates a vice chairman for supervision, as authorized by the Dodd-Frank Act.

FinCEN Updates List of AML/CFT Jurisdictions
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has released a revised list of the jurisdictions that are subject to countermeasures or enhanced due diligence due to anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing deficiencies (Section I), as well as jurisdictions with AML/CFT deficiencies that are working to correct them (Section II). Ethiopia was added to the Section II list due to a lack of effective implementation of its AML/CFT framework.

OCC Revises Licensing Manual on National Bank Director Waivers
The OCC has issued a new "National Bank Director Waivers" booklet as part of the Comptroller's Licensing Manual. The revised booklet updates guidance last issued in 2008 on when waivers of citizenship and residency requirements are required for individual board members. The updated booklet applies only to national banks, not thrifts.

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Member News

Bogota Savings Bank Welcomes Leonard Carlucci
Leonard Carlucci has joined Bogota Savings Bank as Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending. Carlucci will be responsible for growing the Commercial Real Estate Portfolio at the Bank.

Bucks County Bank to Merge Into First Bank
First Bank (Nasdaq Global Market: FRBA) has announced that it has entered into a definitive Agreement and Plan of Reorganization, or the Agreement, with Bucks County Bank (OTC Pink: BKCS) headquartered in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, whereby First Bank will acquire Bucks County Bank. The merger has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both institutions.

Larry Levine of Peapack-Gladstone Bank is Appointed to Rutgers Customer Experience Advisory Board
Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced that Lawrence (Larry) Levine, Director of Client Experience, has been appointed to the Rutgers Customer Experience Advisory Board at the Rutgers Center for Innovation Education.  The Rutgers Advisory Board is comprised of a diverse, innovative and well-connected network of top-flight executives based upon their personal and professional accomplishments.

New U-Shield by Provident Bank App Offers Increased Security And Personal Financial Control
Provident Bank continues its efforts to increase digital security, and its commitment to its customers with the launch of U-Shield by Provident Bank – a mobile security and card control application that offers peace of mind for and secured protection for its consumer and business customers.

Stewardship Financial Corporation Announces Commencement of Common Stock Offering
Stewardship Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: SSFN) (the “Corporation”), parent company of Atlantic Stewardship Bank serving Northern New Jersey, announced that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of $15.0 million of its common stock.  The Corporation expects to grant the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the shares sold in the offering.

Sussex Bancorp Announces a Merger with Community Bank of Bergen County, NJ
Sussex Bancorp and Community Bank of Bergen County, NJ announced they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Sussex Bancorp will acquire Community Bank in an all-stock transaction. Under the terms of the agreement Community Bank will merge with and into Sussex Bank and each outstanding share of Community Bank common stock will be exchanged for 0.97 shares of SBBX common stock. The transaction is presently valued at $45.4 million, or approximately $23.52 per CMTB share, based upon the 10 day volume weighted average common stock price of $24.25 for Sussex Bancorp as of April 7, 2017.

Valley National Bank Appoints Shawn D. Cassidy to First Senior Vice President, Director of Residential Mortgage Sales
Valley National Bank announced the appointment of Shawn D. Cassidy to First Senior Vice President, Director of Residential Mortgage Sales. As the Director of Residential Mortgage Sales, he will manage all aspects of mortgage sales production by overseeing a dynamic team of Home Loan Consultants and a growing network of Mortgage Branches throughout New Jersey, New York and Florida.

Campanaro Promoted to Wealth Advisor at Wells Fargo Private Bank

Wells Fargo Private Bank announced that Marc Campanaro, a senior vice president, has been promoted to wealth advisor.  Campanaro will be based in New Jersey, serving the Central and Southern New Jersey markets, and specialize in working with high-net-worth individuals and families to assess their holistic wealth management needs, and identify and coordinate the right specialists and solutions to address each client’s complex and unique needs.

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Endorsed Service Provider News

EverFi Launches National Network to Help Financial Institutions Better Equip Consumers and Communities for Financial Success
EverFi, Inc.announced the launch of the Financial Capability Network (FCN), a coalition of over 750 financial institutions who are committed to improving the financial capability for their consumers and communities. Through the Financial Capability Network, EverFi convenes leading financial institutions gathering best practices that inform industry leaders how to reach consumers in a meaningful way.

FinPro partners with Bank Marketing Agency Tamburri Marketing Group

FinPro Inc. announced that they are aligning with bank marketing experts Tamburri Marketing Group (TMG) with an eye on targeting broader markets and customer segments including the all-important millennials.  This strategic alliance is pioneering a new way for community banks throughout the country to market their products and gain customers.

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Associate Member News

Kaufman Hall Offers Webinar Exploring Profitability Analysis
The Resurgence of Profitability Analysis in Financial Institutions - May 9, 2017, 9am PT / 12pm ET
Join Kaufman Hall experts for an educational webinar exploring best practices and practical examples for applying profitability analysis in financial institutions.

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Compliance University, Wednesday-Friday, June 14-16, 2017

We all know that nothing remains static when it comes to Compliance. Make sure your compliance initiatives continue to adapt to current and future regulatory expectations.  Read More

Break out your flip flops - May 17 - 21, 2017 - for NJBankers Annual Conference


Let the games begin! Based on the success of last year's event, the Competition is shaping up to be fierce at the 2nd Sports Bar Night. Bragging rights are on the table for NJBankers staff Cris Goncalves as she defends her Basketball title she earned in Scottsdale. 

This year promises to have More Games, More Fun and More Prizes!

The Conference Committee is asking for donations from our Associates as well as Member Banks this year.

Dig deep, we are in need of tri-state area sporting tix, concert tix, golf club 4somes or gift cards, etc. Last year we drew names every 10 minutes and gave away great prizes thanks to you!
• Devils Tix
• Phillies Tix
• Golf 4somes
• Gift Cards
• Red Bull Tix
• Giants Tix
• WWE Tix
Winners names provided to each sponsor and recognition noted even if you cannot be with us in Palm Beach!
For more information on this event, contact:
NJBankers * Jenn Zorn, SVP * 908.272.8500 x611 * jzorn@njbankers.com

Hotel Accommodations:  NJBankers room block at The Breakers is now closed.  The Breakers still have rooms open at various rates.  New guests are encouraged to call The Breakers (888-BREAKERS) to inquire about availability/rates and add yourself to the NJBankers WAIT LIST if needed.  As cancellations come in, NJBankers is trying to assign guests on the wait list rooms.  It is suggested that guests on the waitlist make alternate accommodations.  A suggested hotel in the area is:  The Hilton West Palm Beach http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hilton-west-palm-beach-PBIWPHH/index.html  Guests staying off property will be given passes to enjoy The Breakers facilities. Register here!

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

Bankers State Leadership Day in Trenton, Tuesday April 18, 2017
Masonic Temple, Trenton, NJ
This day in our State’s capital is critical for CEOs; C-level and Senior Managers; and Bank Directors to understand the political environment in New Jersey and how it can impact your bank and the industry in the Garden State. Join NJBankers and legislative leaders for an update on banking issues. And… ready or not, it’s coming! The Gubernatorial race is on. NJBankers has invited candidates to share their platform and present information important to the banking industry.

Operations and Technology Round Table, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Business continuity planning defines potential risks and determines how those risks will affect operations. Cyberspace and its underlying infrastructure are vulnerable and cyber actors can exploit your vulnerabilities.  How will Fintech affect your operations? How does this all relate to branch transformation? Explore these issues at the Ops & Tech Roundtable. Interact with experts in Ops & Tech roles. Critical issues are on the table –  so this Roundtable provides a setting not to be missed! Just take a look at our program!

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 and to register click here.

The New Jersey Bank Marketing Association Presents Video Content Marketing Seminar - Register Today!

Thursday, May 4, 2017
8:30 a.m. -  11:30 a.m.
Holiday Inn - Clark, NJ

This is an opportunity for you, as bank marketers, to explore everything about videos from the creative work, production and post production. Learn how to uploaded videos to the Web, You Tube , Social, email and other media. In the past most banks completely outsourced this work, however you will find that producing and sending videos in-house is not that difficult. Read more

Job Fair Summit for Military Members Transitioning to Civilian Life - June 8, 2017

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce along with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is presenting the annual transition summit and job fair for military members transitioning to civilian life. If your bank is looking to hire high level talent, the summit may be a good resource. There is no cost for registering.

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Seeking Internship Opportunity

2018 Graduate of Rutgers University, Economics Major/Statistics Minor; School of Arts & Sciences Honors Program; 3.885 GPA - Dean’s List All Semesters; Seeking Internship Opportunity.

Please contact Erin Suckiel (908-272-8500, ext. 629; esuckiel@njbankers.com) for a copy of the resume.



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