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New Jersey Bankers Association
113th Annual Conference

This year’s Annual Conference at The Breakers in Palm Beach FL drew numerous representatives from 52 banks and more than 94 associate members and other business firms. By all accounts, it was another successful conference which combined a top notch resort, ocean breezes and professional development sessions led by dynamic speakers.


Pictured: Former Chairwoman Angela Snyder, chairwoman/CEO, Fulton Bank of New Jersey administers the oath of office to the 2017 – 2018 NJBankers Officers at the Annual Conference. From l to r: Thomas J. Kemly, Second Vice Chairman, president/CEO, Columbia Bank; William D. Moss, First Vice Chairman, president/CEO, Two River Community Bank; James S. Vaccaro, Chairman, chairman/president/CEO Manasquan Bank.

We are pleased to report that none of the participants in the Everglades Tour were lost, the Party Boat fisherman had plenty of fish stories to share and the bicycle tour participants returned a little sore but with lots of great stories!

NJBankers was delighted to add a new session to the line-up of great speakers - a  non-denominational prayer breakfast with Former New York Yankees Star and the man considered to be the father of Gamecock baseball Bobby Richardson. Bobby shared stories of his days as a Yankees player that had all in attendance excited to hear these “back stories”! Bobby then signed copies of his book, Impact Player.

Carrie Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy was our keynote and shared her “Lessons in Leadership”. Carrie  signed copies of her book, Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck.

NJBankers Board of Directors, members and staff extend their deep appreciation to the many sponsors and exhibitors for their participation in the Conference. The annual event would not be as successful as it was without their support! Read More


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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Executive Committee and New Jersey Charitable Foundation Appointments

The Board appointed Frederick Bertoldo, Nicholas Tedesco and Thomas Shara to the NJBankers Executive Committee to serve along with officers Vaccaro, Moss, Kemly and Snyder. They will also serve as trustees of the Charitable Foundation.

Celebrating Commitment to the Banking Industry and Communities Bankers Serve

There were several members who celebrated significant anniversaries serving the New Jersey banking industry this year.

Jay Ford, president/CEO, Crest Savings Bank, was recognized at the Former Chairmen’s dinner for his 50th year serving his customers, neighbors and the banking industry.

Frank Colson of Crest Savings Bank, and Del LaMarca of Havens Savings Bank, celebrated 50 years serving the banking industry; Kevin O’Connell and John Wessling of Haven Savings Bank celebrated their 40th year of service.

Members Applauded for Helping Their Neighbors through the Community Service Awards

Members were recognized for their commitment to the communities they serve through the NJBankers Community Service Awards.

The NJBankers Public Relations and Marketing Committee initiated the Award program as a way to recognize the many civic and charitable activities that are conducted by member banks throughout the year.

The awards are determined by independent judges who are members of the PRSA.

Pictured Accepting the Community Service Award are:
Katherine Liseno, president/CEO, Metuchen Savings Bank; David Hemple, president/CEO, Century Savings Bank; William Moss, president/CEO, Two River Community Bank; Robert Stillwell, president/CEO, Boiling Springs Savings Bank; Rosanne Schwab, Assistant Vice President, Public Relations and Corporate Communications Manager, Peapack-Gladstone Bank; D. Nicholas Miceli, president/CEO, TD Bank and John McWeeney, NJBankers president/CEO. Not pictured M&T Bank. Congratulations to these members!  Read More

Forrey-Gallman Awarded to Stew McClure

The prestigious Forrey-Gallman Award was bestowed upon Stewart E. McClure, Jr. Stew spent his entire forty-one year banking career in the New Jersey marketplace. Before retiring last year, Stew was regional president of Lakeland Bank after serving as president and CEO of Somerset Hills Bank and Somerset Hills Bancorp. He served as Chairman of the New Jersey Bankers Association from 2012 to 2013.

Congratulations and all our best, Stew! Read More

Jim Meredith Presented with Resolution

Jim Meredith, NJBankers EVP/COO will, after 23 years at the Association and its predecessor associations, be retiring and was presented with a Resolution to recognize his many contributions. John McWeeney presented a plaque during the annual meeting and a short video was developed by NJBankers staff to celebrate (and have fun with) Jim.

Jim, you will be missed by all but congratulations on a distinguished career!

Fun Stuff!

Sports Bar Night Sees Change in Champion

The Annual Conference offers professional development opportunities but it also offers opportunities for fun and networking! One of the signature activities has become our Sports Bar Night.  Basketball, shuffleboard, pin ball, football and billiards were just some of the games. Great prizes, including game tickets, were donated by sponsors and well-received!  Last year, our own Cris Goncalves, manager of education, reined in basketball. This year, she was unseated by Joe Coccaro, president/CEO Bogota Savings Bank 30 to 9 in a rematch. Watch out, Joe… Cris has already started training for next year!

Fish On!

A Fishing Party Boat was launched at the Annual Conference and Ed Dietzler, president, The Bank of Princeton, shares a photo of his catch! Way to go, Ed! No fish stories for you!


Casino Night Was a Winner

NJBankers wrapped up the Annual Conference on Saturday with Casino Night, a night of games, music and great food. Armed with play money, guests played “Craps”, Poker, Roulette and more. Tickets were drawn for some awesome prizes sponsored by Vining Sparks. Alas, no one broke the bank but fun was had by all. Top winners included: Michael Massood with $20,700; Tom Kemly with $10,000; George Robostello with $7,500; and Dan Snyder with $5,650.


Market Showplace Displays Business Solutions and Furry (and not so furry) Friends

Once again the Market Showplace bustled with conversation and networking. This year, exhibitors and attendees were greeted by some visitors who had the Showplace participants smiling, petting and even  creeped out by a giant python!


Bankers Cooperative Group
 BFS Group
 Cullen & Dykman
 Fulton Bank of New Jersey
 Lakeland Bank
 Peapack-Gladstone Bank
 Strategic Resource Management
 Wolf & Company

 Crowe Horwath
 Merchant E-Solutions
 Valley National Bank DIAMOND SPONSORS
 Crowe Horwath
 Merchant E-Solutions
 Valley National Bank

 S.R. Snodgrass

Boenning & Scatergood
 CBA and ICBA Network Services
 Garden State Community Bank
 Investors Bank
 The Kafafian Group
 Keefe Bruyette & Woods
 Luse Gorman
 Manasquan Bank
 McCarter & English
 NJBankers Business Services
 Sandler O'Neill+Partners
 Sturdy Savings Bank
 Two River Community Bank

 Arnold & Porter
 Baker Tilly
 DA Davidson
 Helms Briscoe
 Invictus Consulting
 Kilpatrick Towsnend
 Martino & Thoms
 PNC Bank
 Riker Danzig
 Stevens & Lee/Griffin Financial
 Village Office Supply

 Bogota Savings Bank
 Sun National Bank
 Vining Sparks

NJBankers EVP/Director of Government Relations Mike Affuso Named to 2017 Insider NJ 100 Policymakers List

Insider NJ has published its list of the top, 2017 Insider 100 Policymakers. Congratulations to NJBankers own Michael P. Affuso, EVP/Director of Government Relations for being named with this honor at number 47. Mike skillfully represents the public policy interests of our members statewide.

He provides legal opinions and analysis of proposed and pending legislation that affects the New Jersey banking industry. He also manages relationships with both federal and state legislatures for NJBankers. Mike also serves as an adjunct professor at Monmouth University.

Kudos, Mike!

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BCG, Inc. News

Another Great Delta Dental Renewal
The renewal date for the NJBankers sponsored Delta Dental programs is July 1, 2017.  Presently, 65 NJBankers Members and Associate Members with over 3,700 employees enjoy the benefits of Delta Dental, New Jersey’s largest dental provider.  Our Delta Dental relationship is NJBankers longest running program – 27 yrs and counting. 

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Members Named to NJBIZ General Counsel Award Winners

NJBIZ, the statewide business publication, has announced the winners of their General Counsel Awards which honor New Jersey’s best general counsels and chief legal officers who are making a difference for their companies and the state as a whole.

Congratulations to NJBankers Member Cassia Beierle, Investors Bank and Associate Member John Mauro, FinPro for being recognized as finalists for an award. Beierle was a finalist in the “Rising Star” category and Mauro was a finalist in the “Private Company with Annual Revenues up to $500 Million” category.

The recipients and finalists were honored at an event at The Palace at Somerset Park. As noted by NJBIZ, with legal issues continually affecting the business community, these top-notch legal minds continue to play vital roles in the corporate world and are the best of the best.

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Industry News

Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Declares a 5.00% Dividend for the First Quarter of 2017
FHLBNY announced that, on May 17, 2017, the Board of Directors approved a dividend for the first quarter of 2017 of 5.00% (annualized). The dollar amount of the dividend will be approximately $76.6 million. The cash dividend was distributed to member financial institutions on May 18, 2017.

The solid performance of their core business throughout the first quarter, combined with a strong capital position and low-risk profile, grants the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York the opportunity to enhance member value by providing a consistent and reasonable dividend.

FHLBNY filed Form 10-Q for the first quarter of 2017 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on May 11, 2017.

Community Bank Service Awards Nominations Open
ICBA is seeking nominations for its 2017 ICBA National Community Bank Service Awards. The annual awards recognize community banks that help sustain and improve their communities through community service and volunteer efforts. Any community bank can be nominated or nominate themselves. Submissions are due by June 2.

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Associate Member News

Banker's Toolbox Free Webinar: The State of Sanctions
Thursday, June 8th — 1:00-2:00 PM CT
The sanctions landscape is evolving - exposing institutions to greater sanctions risks, operational and oversight challenges, and obligations to comply with sanctions administered by OFAC and other agencies. OFAC expert, Tim White, will address these issues and what you need to be aware of moving forward.

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Commercial Real Estate Conference

Thursday, June 29, 2017
The Asbury, Asbury Park, NJ
This conference was developed by leaders within the commercial real estate (CRE) industry representing the full spectrum of industry participants including bankers, regulators and other service providers. The agenda offers attendees a strategic approach to the current regulatory and investment environment. 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

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

Annual Marketing Conference, Thursday, June 8, 2017
APA Hotel Woodbridge, Iselin, NJ
Has your bank been sent a letter by law firms regarding ADA compliance? Many members are now looking to ensure that their websites are indeed compliant even if standards are fluid. Scott Agnoli, VP/Director of Marketing and Tom Valenti, Online Marketing Specialist, Investors Bank, will discuss the importance of starting the process NOW and share the critical points your bank must review.

Operations & Technology Seminar, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Crowne Plaza Monroe, Monroe Township, NJ
The Ops & Tech Roundtable will give you the opportunity to interact with experts and explore business continuity planning, specialized cyber attacks, the bustling fintech effect on your operations and how Ops & Tech risk relates to branch transformation. Share your successes and lessons learned in balancing these inherent risks and more.

Compliance University, Wednesday-Friday, June 14-16, 2017
APA Hotel Woodbridge, Iselin, NJ
A competent compliance department maintains the bank’s integrity and reputation ensuring that there are no regulatory sanctions or financial losses so Compliance University is your resource for up-to-date information. Just take a look at our comprehensive and flexible program where you can sign up for individual days; register one person for the three day program; or you can even have two people split a day in half. Safeguard your bank! Register today!

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.

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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