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New Jersey Bankers Association
2018 NJBankers/Crowe Bank Compensation and Benefits Survey
Exclusive Offer on 2018 Bank Compensation Survey - Participate Now

For more than 30 years, Crowe Horwath LLP has conducted a comprehensive annual survey of compensation-related practices in the banking industry. This year, the survey report will provide salary and bonus benchmarks for 263 positions as well as information on benefits, incentives, director compensation, succession planning, and human resource practices. It will also allow you to benchmark your bank’s compensation practices against those of other similar banks.

The survey results can help you address questions such as:

  • Are our employees being paid competitively?
  • What are banks planning for salary increases?
  • Is our executive compensation package competitive?
  • How do our director fees compare to others?
  • What can we do to control the costs of benefits?
  • How do our human resource programs compare with those of other banks?

In addition, by participating in the survey, you will receive access to exclusive thought leadership and a substantial discount off the retail price of the survey report.*

The survey closes May 31, 2018. Get started now.

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* You must complete the entire survey to be eligible for the report discount.

Industry News

Fed, OCC Approval Finalizes Rule Raising CRE Appraisal Threshold
The Federal Reserve and the OCC have approved a final rule raising the required appraisal thresholds for commercial real estate transactions from $250,000 to $500,000 -- an increase from the original proposal, which called for the appraisal threshold to be raised to $400,000. The FDIC board approved the final rule last month, and it will take effect upon publication in the Federal Register.

John Williams Named to Lead New York Fed
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has named John Williams as the bank’s next president and CEO, succeeding William Dudley, who is retiring this year. Unlike other reserve bank presidents, the New York Fed president holds a permanent seat on the Federal Open Market Committee and is historically one of the most significant roles in the Federal Reserve System.

Federal Reserve to study payments fraud and security vulnerabilities
The Federal Reserve announced that work will begin this month on a new study that will measure fraud and associated costs in the U.S. payments system and identify the causes and contributing factors to fraud. The study is part of the Federal Reserve's ongoing effort to improve and support payment security throughout the industry.

FinCEN Publishes FAQs on Beneficial Ownership Rule
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has published a long-expected set of frequently asked questions on expanded customer due diligence requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act, including a new requirement for banks to identify and verify legal entities’ “beneficial owners” when accounts are opened. The customer due diligence rule’s mandatory compliance date is May 11.

New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance Launches April Activities in New Jersey as Part of National Financial Capability Month
Department of Banking and Insurance Acting Commissioner Marlene Caride has launched efforts to empower New Jerseyans of all ages through financial education as part of National Financial Capability Month. Throughout April, the Department will talk to adults, high school and college students about the importance of learning how to make wise financial decisions.

Agencies Finalize Technical Call Report Revisions
The federal banking agencies have finalized additional technical revisions to the Call Report, which will take effect June 30, 2018. The revisions -- which are part of the agencies’ ongoing effort to reduce Call Report burden on banks -- will remove or consolidate several data items and add or raise certain existing reporting thresholds in three versions of the report.

FFIEC Publishes Downloadable HMDA LAR Files
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council has published modified Loan Application Registers for all institutions that have completed a 2017 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data submission. Banks can search for their modified LAR file using FFIEC’s online tool.

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Endorsed Service Provider News

FinPro Complimentary Webinar - Economic Webinar Q2
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.
The first quarter of 2018 brought a lot of volatility back to the equity and bond markets--wild swings like we haven't seen in years. Will the bumpy ride continue in Q2 or settle down?  Please join FinPro on April 5th as we take a look at the key economic and interest rate drivers that will help your institution navigate these turbulent market conditions.  Along with their assessment of the current economic condition and forecasted interest rate environment, this webinar will also provide tangible strategies for your institution to succeed throughout 2018. 

ICBA Securities Present Balance Sheet Academy
April 23-24, 2018 - Memphis, TN
The Balance Sheet Academy advanced seminar is designed to expose seasoned community bank portfolio and balance sheet managers to advanced products and concepts.  The objective of this seminar is to enable the attendees to consistently outperform their peers. The dynamics of a community bank balance sheet require an investment professional to be versed in a widening range of topics.  Balance Sheet Academy provides discussion and practical classroom exercises to equip the attendees for these demands.  Examples of these topics include in-depth mortgage analytics, detailed municipal credit evaluation, and more advanced interest rate risk management strategies. Attendees will learn how the changing economic data impacts the bond market from the Vining Sparks Chief Economist and will also hear first-hand testimony from a fellow experienced community banker about successful balance sheet management.

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April 16, 2018

Accounting & Tax Seminar With FMS - NY/NJ
April 18, 2018

Success Through Effective Management (STEM)
April 20, 2018

ABA Government Relations Summit
April 24, 2018

114th Annual Conference Marco Island, FL
May 16-20, 2018
Annual Human Resources Conference
June 5, 2018

Commercial Real Estate Conference
June 7, 2018

Women in Banking Conference
June 13, 2018

2018 Compliance University
June 20-22, 2018

Bank Security Seminar
June 27, 2018

See njbankers.com for details.

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Member News

Congratulations to Manasquan Bank and Unity Bank for being Named NJBIZ Best Places to Work in NJ 2018: Medium companies
A range of positives including employee benefits, work-life balance, salary and culture are just a few ways 2018's Best Places to Work in New Jersey honorees have set themselves apart. Best Places to Work companies are determined through the completion of a Best Places to Work questionnaire from Best Companies Group, sister company of NJBIZ.

Know a Banker Under 40 Who is Going Places?
Banking Exchange is presenting its inaugural 20 Under 40 Awards. The publication will profile twenty noteworthy Next-Gen bankers under the age of 40 and are looking for the people who will help banks thrive in the next decade. Entries will be judged by experienced industry professionals. The winners—representing the "best of the best"—will be featured in Banking Exchange’s June issue and on BankingExchange.com.

Girl Scouts Announce Women of Achievement for 2018
Congratulations to NJBankers members who have been named “Women of Achievement 2018” by the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. The honor goes to women who exemplify being a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leaderTM).  Members receiving this year’s honors are: Mary Ann Deacon, chairperson, Lakeland Bank and secretary & treasurer, Deacon Homes; Linda Hanlon, SVP/director of Retail Banking, Kearny Bank; and Amrit Walia-Zaidi, regional managing director, Wells Fargo Private Bank.

Investors, Peapack bullish on equipment financing
New Jersey's nearly 10,000 manufacturers may get some relief when buying or leasing the equipment needed to run their businesses. Investors Bank and Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s Peapack Capital see big opportunities in equipment financing, thanks to tax reform, a surge in construction and increased focus on infrastructure.

Kearny Financial completes acquisition of Clifton Savings
Fairfield-based Kearny Financial Corp., parent of Kearny Bank, has completed the acquisition of Clifton Bancorp and its Clifton Savings Bank subsidiary.

TD Bank Names John J. Lim Business Development Officer in Asset Based Lending for Upper Mid-Atlantic Region
TD Bank has named John J. Lim as Senior Vice President, Business Development Officer in Asset Based Lending. Based in New York City, he is responsible for delivering ABL financing solutions to new and existing middle market and mid corporate clients in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Timothy E. Doyle is promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer at Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the elevation by the Board of Directors of Timothy E. Doyle to Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer at Peapack-Gladstone Bank.  In his current role, Doyle is responsible for Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance.  Duties include assessment of operational and vendor risk, stress testing, policy and regulatory compliance, and mitigation of risk across the enterprise.

Peapack-Gladstone hires new senior management director
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation, parent of Peapack-Gladstone Bank, has hired Ron Andersen as senior managing director of its Commercial Private Banking unit, a new position. Andersen will be responsible for building the Bank’s wealth, lending and deposit business while servicing commercial businesses in the Northern New Jersey area.

Wawel Bank to merge with Spencer Savings
Elmwood Park-based Spencer Savings Bank and Wawel Financial Services MHC, the management company of Wawel Bank, have agreed to merge. At a shareholders meeting, both banks agreed that Wawel MHC will dissolve and Wawel Bank’s two branches in Wallington and Garfield will become part of Spencer Savings Bank. Spencer already has 21 branches throughout the state. The merger should be completed by the end of this month.

Wells Fargo names new head of small business acquisition in Northeast
Wells Fargo has promoted Ed Ross to small business acquisition manager in the Northeast region, a new position that covers New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and Delaware. In his new role, Ross will oversee a newly formed team of business development officers that will be responsible for serving small business customers with $2 million to $5 million in annual revenue, as well as establishing new relationships in the region.

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Associate Member News

Congratulations to our Associate Members Named NJBIZ Best Places to Work in NJ 2018: Large companies
A range of positives including employee benefits, work-life balance, salary and culture are just a few ways 2018's
Best Places to Work in New Jersey honorees have set themselves apart. Best Places to Work companies are
determined through the completion of a Best Places to Work questionnaire from Best Companies Group, sister
company of NJBIZ.

CFT Commercial Lending School Fall 2018
October 28 - November 2, 2018
Courtyard by Marriott
420 Forsgate Drive, Cranbury, New Jersey
The Center for Financial Training is now accepting applicants for the 2018 Commercial Lending School. This intensive, one-week, in-residence program consistently receives rave reviews from the students. The school appeals to a wide range of students who need intensive and formal lending and credit training.

Delivering innovative and differentiated payments solutions
Worldpay is pleased to announce Vantiv and Worldpay have merged. Their combined capabilities create a leading payments provider powering global integrated omni-commerce. From issuing to acquiring, online to offline, and from traditional to integrated, the new Worldpay will become the partner of choice and one-stop shop to help you grow your business. Worldpay supports more than 1,400 financial institutions worldwide . As the world’s largest payments partner, they are uniquely positioned to share critical insights designed to support the needs of financial institution leadership. For additional questions, please contact us at 866-622-2201. 

Future of Payments Webcast Presented by Worldpay
Join Worldpay for Part II of their webcast series featuring Sundeep Kapur from Digital Credence. Worldpay Senior Leader, Melissa Kopp interviews Sundeep Kapur, a financial industry thought leader, on future trends and best practices for financial institutions as they plan to stay ahead in the ever-evolving world of payments.
Dates and Times:
Part 1: This event has expired. (Please click here to view the archive) 
Part 2: Tuesday, April 10 2018 1:00 PM US/Eastern (If you registered for Part I, you're already enrolled!)

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Accounting & Tax Seminar With FMS - NY/NJ

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
The Stony Hill Inn, 231 Polifly Rd.
Hackensack, NJ 07601

A half-day conference jointly sponsored by the NY/NJ Chapter and the New Jersey Bankers Association. An expert panel of speakers will present a range of topics including investment portfolio strategies, an expert view of the economy, industry financial trends, CECL modeling techniques and more!

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NJBankers Leadership Academy

Advanced Leadership:  Leading Your Managers
Monday, April 16, 2018
NJBankers Office
Cranford, NJ
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

There is a Pre-Requisite for this module:  completion of a DISC Training Program.

Leading managers who have direct reports require a different skill set than managing a team of individual contributors. To be effective in that role, leaders need to move beyond making sure that work expectations are met and focus more heavily on coaching their managers to support and develop their teams.

Success Through Effective Management
April 20, 2018, May 22, 2018 and June 5, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NJBankers Office
Cranford, NJ

**Limited Seating**

The New Jersey Bankers Leadership Academy is an opportunity to learn the skills for moving the bank into the future and ultimately support advocating for the banking industry. Help cultivate and advance the careers of these individuals by achieving their personal goals of success.  It's a win-win-win situation for all; the bankers, the institution and the industry!

Directors Training Web Seminars

The Webinar Package in conjunction with FinPro offers all of your directors and staff approximately 25 one-hour web-seminars (a year) that can be viewed live or at any subsequent time on an unlimited basis.

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Register Today for the 2018 NJBankers Annual Conference!


Sponsorship Opportunities:  jzorn@njbankers.com or 908.272.8500 x611
Advertising Opportunities:  edemasi@njbankers.com or 908.272.8500 x610
General Inquiries:  info@njbankers.com

Click here for full Conference Program

Room Reservations
J.W. Marriott Marco Island is currently on a Waitlist only.  To get on the waitlist, contact Jenn Zorn at jzorn@njbankers.com
with names and arrival and departure dates.

Options for Housing. 

Marco Beach Ocean Resort  - Phone:  800-260-5089 - www.marcoresort.com

Marriott’s Crystal Shores – 800-845-5279 - http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mrkml-marriotts-crystal-shores/

Don't miss out on the Tours and Activities offered throughout the Conference, Register Today!

Thursday, May 17
1:00 p.m. –   4:30 p.m.
Revs Institute for Automotive Research Tour
(requires advance registration) 
Includes box lunch and transportation

Thursday, May 17
1:00 p.m. –   5:00 p.m.
Offshore Fishing Charter
(Requires advance registration)
Includes box lunch, beverages and fishing gear.

Friday, May 18
8:30 a.m. –   9:30 a.m. 
Spouses Activity - Yoga
(requires advance registration)

Friday, May 18
12:30 p.m. –   5:30 p.m.
Everglades Airboat Excursion with Lunch
(requires advance registration) 
Includes Lunch at City Seafood, transportation and tour

Friday, May 18
1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
GOLF TOURNAMENT (requires advance registration)   
Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club    
(BBQ Lunch served at course 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

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

Liquidity Workshop with KPN - CANCELLED
Please note the NJBankers Liquidity Conference which was to be held on April 19, 2018 at Brookdale Community College has been cancelled for the Spring.  Please check our Fall programming schedule for a new date. 

Joint Human Resources Conference with New York Bankers Association 
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Hilton Hotel, Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey

Why make plans now to attend the 2018 HR Conference coming this June? That's easy! You need to be there because it will be more comprehensive than ever! NJBankers has partnered with the New York Bankers Association to produce a conference not to be missed! It ain't your grandparents' Personnel Department anymore! Today's successful Human Resources professional in banking needs a comprehensive understanding of today's critical human resources issues. Topics that both new and veteran Human Resources professionals need to know include understanding and creating the high performance leader; employment law; and compensation & generational changes. Panels of experts will discuss cultural & generational challenges; and diversity & inclusion. You can't miss the panel of top bank CEOs that will tell you their view, from the C-suite, on Human Resources!

SAVE THE DATE - Registration to be released this week!
Women in Banking Conference
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ
The Women in Banking Conference is your opportunity to unlock your potential, build confidence and help you chart a course so you can own your future! This conference, where women take the lead, encourages professional development and leadership in your bank while also promoting the importance of fostering relationships and inspiring women to reach their career goals and aspirations. Sponsorships are currently open. Contact Jenn Zorn at jzorn@njbankers.com for further information.

Bank Security Seminar
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft
Who Should Attend? A one-day continuing education security seminar for anyone with responsibilities in bank security, risk management, bank operations or administration, legal counsel and fraud prevention. 
 Your day will include the following topics:
• National Security Update
• Robbery Training for Front Line Staff
• The Four L's of Physical Security
• Securing the Future
• Call Center Security: Dialing for Dollars

2018 Bank Trainers Conference

June 26-28, 2018
ChampionsGate – Orlando, Florida

The CBA is pleased to announce that they have joined the Bank Trainers Conference as an Event Partner.  The 2018 Conference is being hosted by the Center for Financial Training and Total Training Solutions.

The Bank Trainers Conference (BankTrainers.com) is designed for employees of financial institutions who are involved in training within their organization. 

This conference is action packed with two days of several sessions and more being added every day!  The program includes 2 pre-conference workshops, 13 confirmed speakers (with more coming), more than 30 training sessions, 3 learning tracks and networking with over 150 of your peers!  To view the entire schedule, visit http://banktrainers.com/agenda/.

To register, click here Select “State Association/League - Enter Referral Code Below” in the “How Did You Hear About This Conference?” section.  Type “NJBA” in the “Referral Code” box.

Check Out Endorsed Service Provider PMC's Winter/Spring 2018 Seminar(s)

Please note the IRA Training Sessions which were to be held March 21 and 22  have been Rescheduled for April 25 and 26 at NJBankers office in Cranford.

Go for the gold with the Best IRA Training Value in America!  Announcing PMC’s Winter/Spring 2018 IRA Seminar tour.  As an endorsed service provider of NJBankers, PMC’s acclaimed staff will be conducting two day IRA training workshops in 14 convenient locations; in particular, Vineland and Cranford, NJ.

Note: All current members of NJBankers registered for one or two days of solid IRA & HSA training from PMC will receive 10% discount off of their low registration fee.

For more information and to register, Click here or call PMC at 800-233-3207. 

PMC's 2018 IRA Reference Volumes

No other IRA resources are updated and relied upon as PMC’s 2018 IRA Reference Volumes.  Utilizing PMC’s IRA reference volumes will give you confidence knowing you’re the IRA expert. Check out their three great options, perfect for any individual or team, and know that all current NJBankers members will receive a 10% discount when purchasing the most respected IRA Reference Volumes in America!  Order today: Click here!

ICBA Capital Summit

Sunday, April 8, 2018 – Wednesday April 11, 2018
Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, DC

If access to capital, regulatory and tax relief, mortgage reform and agricultural lending are at the forefront of your mind, ICBA’s Capital Summit is the place to be. Join ICBA and fellow community bankers as we advocate for change in these areas.

The ICBA Capital Summit is an opportunity for bankers to lobby Congress and regulators. Registration is open to community bankers and event sponsors only.

The ICBA Capital Summit is the perfect forum for influencing change in the community bank space. This is our chance to make a difference for the future of our industry. Register Today!

ABA Government Relations Summit
Sunday, April 22 - Wednesday April 25, 2018
Washington Marriott Marquis - Washington, DC

The 2018 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.

More than a thousand banking industry peers come together each year to speak to Congress and regulators in a unified voice so that together, our industry can be heard.

*Open to Bankers, Bank Directors & Trustees and State Association Executives only.

This annual event attracts NJBankers officers and board members and other C-level banking officers.  The program includes visits with members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation.
For registration, please click here
NJ Bank Marketing Presents How to Introduce New Banking Products & Services and Channel Them to Your Customers Seminar

Thursday, May 3, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Holiday Inn Express, Clark, NJ

This “How To” program offers an opportunity to both large and small banks on ways to develop and introduce new and ever-changing products and services and the best methods of offering them to existing and prospective clients. Their panel of three experts with many years of experience in their respective disciplines will present a 3-step program beginning with the bank’s involvement, to the development of strategic initiatives, to reaching specific marketing targets.

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