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New Jersey Bankers Association
Senior Management Conference Combines Professional Development and Networking

The NJBankers Senior Management Conference was held at the Borgata Hotel & Casino and started with a networking opportunity Reception on the first day.

Jesse McGannon, VP of NJBankers Endorsed Service Provider Strategic Resource Management launched the educational portion of the Conference with a Sunrise Session on AI for Banking. AI is here so Jesse’s session was certainly timely!

Next, attendees were treated to more networking through the NJBankers golf tournament. Golfers enjoyed a beautiful day at the Atlantic City Country Club.  Yet another networking opportunity was our fishing excursion. What a day! Sunshine and seas contributed to a wonderful time for all. Next time, don’t forget your sunscreen!

At the next day’s Early Bird Session, Jack Vonder Heide, Founder of Technology Briefing Centers frightened us all with a presentation on the Evolving Threat Landscape: Preparing for the Inevitable. Jack noted how technology can actually facilitate “spying” from everyday devices.

The General Session began with the singing of the National Anthem and attendees were treated to a rendition by Jerald Murphy, President/CEO of NJBankers Endorsed Service Provider BITS. What a voice!

Attendees enjoyed a morning of presentations at the General Session and then an afternoon of Concurrent Sessions.

Completion of evaluations is extremely important to NJBankers for planning Conferences that are on topic and meaningful so a prize was offered with a free registration for the member and a spouse to attend our Annual Conference in San Diego next year. This is a $1,750 value!

Just take a look at some highlights and see what you missed if you didn’t attend this conference!  Read More 

Warren Hill Award Presented to Rozewski, Runyon and Tartaglia

The New Jersey League established the Warren Hill Award to honor Warren Hill, the New Jersey League's president from 1966 through 1975.  The award is bestowed upon a current or former NJBankers' committee member who has demonstrated an overall commitment to meeting the mission of the committee.

This year, there were three recipients of the award: Christopher Rozewski, Vice President and Head of Analytics at Peapack-Gladstone Bank; Kevin B. Runyon, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Peapack-Gladstone Bank; and Robert J. Tartaglia, mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, State and Local Government Relations, for JPMorgan Chase Bank.

Robert Tartaglia, Kevin Runyon, Christopher Rozewski receiving their awards from NJBankers President and CEO John E. McWeeney, Jr.

Chris is a graduate of the NJBankers Emerging Leaders Program and was a major contributor to forming our new STOC Committee which combined Security, Technology, Operations and Cybersecurity into one, cohesive Committee.

Kevin was a major contributor to the formation of STOC as well and is often a speaker or panel member at NJBankers conferences and seminars.

Rob is a contributing member of the Government Relations Committee and as you know, NJBankers mission is to represent members in front of state, federal and local governments.

Congratulations Chris, Kevin and Rob! We appreciate all you do as you contribute to NJBankers Committees. We consider Committees the “lifeblood” of the Association.



Cybersecurity Incident Response Planning Seminar 
October 3, 2019

Enterprise Risk Management Conference
October 15, 2019

FDIC Directors College
October 17, 2019

EFLG Volunteer Day 2019
October 17, 2019

See njbankers.com for details.

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Announcing the 2019 NJBankers Rising Stars of the Banking Industry

The NJBankers Rising Star Awards recognize bankers, under 40, who make a significant impact on their bank and demonstrate leadership and service characteristics to their peers and/or direct reports, customers and communities. These individuals have the potential to become the future leaders of the Garden State banking industry.

Recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges that included Will Nowik, Principal of Presenting Sponsor Wolf & Company; Maureen Kalena, VP/Relationship Manager, Federal Home Loan Bank of NY, the celebratory Dinner Sponsor; George Callas, Chief Revenue Officer & National Sales Director, The Invictus Group & NJBankers Associate Committee Chairman; Dr. Cynthia Rowan, President, Performance Management Solutions, Founder & Instructor of the NJBankers Emerging Leaders Program; and Sheryl Shara, VP/EFT Manager/Cash Management, Investors Bank and a 2018 Rising Star Award recipient.

The 2019 Rising Stars are
Jason Matlow, Vice President, Bank of America
Nicholas Motisi, Assistant Treasurer, Columbia Bank
Angelica Lyons. Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, Fulton Bank
Hanan Frazier, VP/Testing Manager, Investors Bank
Jeffrey Zuendt, VP/Treasurer, Investors Bank
Robert Kusant, VP/Senior Internal Auditor, Kearny Bank
Victoria Duffin, VP/Marketing & Consumer Insights, Lakeland Bank
Marlena Taglieri, SVP/BSA Officer, Lakeland Bank
Brian Hogan, Senior Pre-Closing Specialist, Magyar Bank
Angela Whitfield, Assistant Retail Branch Manager, Manasquan Bank
Jaymee Morik, Marketing Specialist Northfield Bank
Neeru Adhikari, Loan Operations Business Analyst Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Erin Villagra, Talent Development Specialist, Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Heather Baker, Banking Center Manager, Provident Bank
Joseph Murphy, VP/Controller, SB One Bank
Jessica Bandoni, Branch Manager, Asst. VP, United Roosevelt Savings Bank
Jason Murray, Staff Accountant, Unity Bank
Adriana Morales, AVP/Market Manager/Retail Banking, Valley
Jesse Oliver, VP/Market Manager/Retail Banking, Valley

Congratulations to all recipients of the NJBankers Rising Stars Award!

All Rising Star Award winners will be recognized at an Awards Dinner at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren, NJ on November 7, 2019 along with their Nominators, Managing Officers, colleagues, friends and family. For any questions regarding the event, contact Jenn Zorn, NJBankers SVP/ Director of Education and Business Development.

To register, Click here

NJBankers in the News

New Jersey Bankers Association honors 3 with Warren Hill Award
The article covers the Warren Hill Award that was presented to three New Jersey bankers who have supported the Association by contributing their time and talents to NJBankers Committees.

Industry News

Federal Reserve Bank of New York Business Leaders Survey
Activity in the region’s service sector grew modestly, according to firms responding to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s September 2019 Business Leaders Survey. The survey’s headline business activity index fell four points to 4.9, pointing to a slower pace of growth than in August. However, the business climate index plunged eighteen points to -15.6, indicating that on balance, firms regarded the business climate as worse than normal.

FDIC Names New Deputy Director for Risk Management Supervision
The FDIC announced that John Vogel has been appointed deputy director of operations and chief of staff in the Division of Risk Management and Supervision, effective Sept. 16, 2019. Vogel previously served as regional director for the agency’s New York region. Replacing Vogel as regional director is Frank Hughes, who was previously deputy regional director in the New York region.

Federal Banking Agencies Issue Final Rule to Exempt Residential Real Estate Transactions of $400,000 or Less from Appraisal Requirements
The Federal Reserve, FDIC, and OCC have adopted a final rule that increases the threshold for residential real estate transactions requiring an appraisal from $250,000 to $400,000.

FDIC's Office of the Ombudsman Publishes 2018 Annual Report
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC's) Office of the Ombudsman, an independent, neutral, and confidential liaison between the agency and its stakeholders, has published its 2018 Annual Report outlining the office’s structure, outreach activities, and goals.

Listening Sessions on Supervisory Appeals and Dispute Resolution Processes
The FDIC has issued FIL-52-2019 regarding the FDIC's "Trust through Transparency" initiative. The agency will host a series of listening sessions regarding its supervisory appeals and dispute resolution processes for FDIC-supervised financial institutions.

Endorsed Service Provider News

Community Banking Matters
ICBA Securities Corporation has partnered with Vining Sparks as an exclusively endorsed broker. Save the dates for their webinar series, Community Banking Matters. Take a look at the 2019 webinar dates. (please see upcoming Webinar details below)

Learn Bond Basics with your Peers at The Bond Academy Presented by ICBA Securities
October 21-22, 2019
Embassy Suites, Memphis, TN

The Bond Academy is designed to provide community bankers with the basic knowledge needed to help plan and create effective investment portfolios. This all new curriculum has been specifically designed to equip a new portfolio manager with basic portfolio management issues. Specifically, fundamentals of bond pricing, valuation, and selection will be covered extensively.  You’ll learn the basics of the bank portfolio investment process.

Member News

1st Colonial CEO to retire next year
The CEO and president of 1st Colonial Bancorp Inc. and its subsidiary, 1st Colonial Community Bank, will retire in 2020. The Collingswood-based banking institution said Gerard M. Banmiller will leave his post in the fourth quarter of next year.

Bank of America, early adopter of Zelle, thrilled by huge increase in use of fund transfer app
Bank of America started using Zelle as a way to allow its customers to more easily make person-to-person fund transfers. It was a convenience its customers in the marketplace and in focus groups said they desired.
Bank of America officials, however, have been surprised by its rapid rate of use.

Tri-County Scholarship Fund to Honor Douglas L. Kennedy Among Others at 38th Annual Awards Dinner
Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced that Tri-County Scholarship Fund (TCSF) will host its 38th Annual Awards Dinner on Monday, October 28, 2019, at the Hanover Marriott, where it will honor three New Jersey leaders, including Douglas L. Kennedy, President and CEO of Peapack-Gladstone Bank.

First Bank expands in Mercer County with acquisition of Grand Bank
First Bank has announced that it has expanded in Mercer County with the acquisition of Grand Bank N.A.

Blue Foundry names Micco chief lending officer
Blue Foundry Bank says it is reinvigorating its Commercial Lending department with the addition of a new chief lending officer at the more than 80-year-old financial institution. Vincent Micco was announced as executive vice president, chief lending officer by Rutherford-based Blue Foundry Bank.

NJBankers Welcomes New Members

NJBankers is pleased to announce that the following firms have joined the Association.  These firms recognize the value of membership in NJBankers and we applaud their support of the New Jersey banking industry.

                                                      Harbinger Technology Solutions d/b/a ARCSys





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Associate Member News

ROI-NJ Publishes List of Influencers of Color
Congratulations to NJBankers Associate Members Guillermo Artiles, McCarter & English and  Satish Poondi, Wilentz who were noted in the ROI-NJ list of Influencers: People of Color 2019. All our best! 

CEO of COCC Named Top Leader for a Second Time
Richard A. Leone, CEO of COCC, was recognized as the Top Leader among large businesses as part of the 2019 Top Workplaces awards, presented by the Hartford Courant. Leone took home the Top Leader honor for the second time as COCC was named to the Top Workplaces list for the ninth consecutive year.

Emerging Bank Leaders 2020 Program

Emerging leaders are intelligent and talented high-achievers who consistently produce noteworthy and more work than their peers.  They initiate new ways of thinking and are proponents of taking risks and looking for opportunities to further their financial institution. Colleagues turn to them when they need information because they are trusted and knowledgeable. An Emerging Leader is driven to accomplish great things.
The Emerging Bank Leaders 2020 Program enhances the organizational, performance, and leadership skills of highly motivated managers. The program develops their talent so they will become a leader and an asset for your bank. 


Take a look at the syllabus and see why your bank needs to be a part of the program!

PMC's Fall 2019 IRA Workshops - Register Today!

October 9 & 10 - Fairfield Inn & Suite, Millville
October 21 - 22, 2019 - NJBankers Office, Cranford
November 20 - 21, 2019 - NJBankers Office, Cranford

Get Prepared Now!

Information about IRAs (and HSAs) can be a lot to digest for the banker and the customer! You need to be ready with up-to-the-second information about the advantages and potential setbacks of contributions, distributions, rollovers, conversions, transfers and inherited IRAs.

Whether you are new to the industry or a seasoned professional, NJBankers Endorsed Service Provider PMC, a leader in  banker education for IRAs, guarantees that their 1 or 2-day workshops will build the confidence and ability to understand these valued products so attendees can provide the best service and expertise to your customers and prospects, especially the Baby Boomers who are nearing retirement.

So don’t miss out! Register here today

Attorneys! Fulfill Your CLE and Ethics Requirements with NJBankers Ethics Seminar

It’s mandatory! 4 CLE Credits Will Apply!

With major holidays in November and December, time will fly and you may still need CLE credits. Fulfill your CLE requirement with NJBankers accredited Ethics seminar.

This seminar will provide information on how to conduct internal investigations and how to address the privilege and other ethical implications that arise with such investigations. This seminar will also address ethical concerns in responding to government investigations and subpoenas. Be proactive and reserve your seat.

Register today! 

Attention All EFLG Participants! Grow a Row Volunteers Needed!

October 17, 2019
150 Pittstown Rd
Pittstown, NJ 08867

Grow-a-Row’s mission is to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce.

Community service is a component of the NJBankers Emerging Financial Leaders Group so please join us for a fun day with a serious mission. Let’s trade our suits and shiny shoes for jeans and sneakers and help those in need. The fruits and vegetables will find their way to food insecure families and you will certainly “grow” with this opportunity as well!

Register today! 

Save the date for ARCSys 4th annual CECL Conference!

Join ARCSys in Denver, CO at Le Méridien for our 4th annual CECL accounting conference to learn about how ARCSys helps you through the complete CECL implementation process. The changes to the allowance for credit loss are the most disruptive that financial institutions have ever faced.

This year we will have an additional focus on CECL credit quality indicators, economic forecasts, data aggregation, CECL policies, procedures and reporting. We will also have detailed discussion on the implementation process and timelines.

You will learn how to prepare your institution for the new standard for the Allowance for Credit Loss.

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

Cybersecurity Incident Response Planning Seminar
Thursday, October 3, 2019 
NJBankers Office, Cranford

In this highly interactive workshop, attendees will learn how to build and implement an incident response program. Participants will be taken through the six phases of the framework: Preparation, Identification, Containment, Eradication, Recovery and Lessons learned, to understand the practical application of each element.
Attendees will partake in real world scenario testing and work in teams to develop appropriate responses to attacks.

Enterprise Risk Management Conference
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Kean University, STEM Building - Union, NJ
3 CLE / 4 CPE / 4 CAFP / 4 CERP / 4 CRCM / 3 CAMS will apply
The ERM Conference presents trending topics and expert speakers to help enterprise risk managers address opportunities yet affirm that the bank’s program is operationally excellent. A panel of experts will discuss best practices for ensuring that the bank’s ERM efforts significantly reduce your exposure to risk. Review past ERM expectations and how they will shape the next wave of activities to keep your bank moving forward. Financial crimes are on everyone’s radar and the bad guys just keep coming up with new ways to exploit any weaknesses. Learn about emerging trends from the experts at the Postal Inspection Service, IRS, HSI and FBI. The Conference will also present fresh perspectives and guidance for recognizing and managing cybersecurity risk.

FDIC Directors College
Thursday, October 17, 2019
The Sheraton Edison Raritan Center in Edison, NJ
CPE & CLE Credits will apply
Get the tools to make an immediate & positive impact on the role of a bank director. Directors College focuses on the continuous improvement of bank directors – a concern for regulators. This comprehensive conference explores a range of issues confronting bank boards including emerging challenges. Attendees will discover trends and key areas for oversight and policies for managing liquidity, learn the importance of CRE analysis, understand the crucial elements of an effective audit program, and focus on fundamental governance issues.  An interactive case study will examine  strategic decisions about Fintech partnerships.

2019 Director Training
Monday, November 4, 2019
FinPro Office - 158 US-206, Gladstone, NJ 07934
Registration - 9:00 am
TRAINING SESSION - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
We invite you to join FinPro and New Jersey Bankers Association for a robust day of training for Directors. You will gain a deeper understanding of emerging trends in the financial industry. This is also a great opportunity to network with so many of your peers. Check NJBankers website for details.

CFT Commercial Lending School - Fall 2019

CFT Commercial Lending School - Fall 2019
October 28 - November 1, 2019
Courtyard by Marriott - Cranbury, NJ

The Center for Financial Training is now accepting applicants for the 2019 Commercial Lending School. This intensive, one-week, in-residence program consistently receives rave reviews from the students. Our distinguished faculty has been together for a number of years and their teaching styles continue to impress.

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The Future is Now in FINTECH: Large Corporate Connects with Early-Stage FINTECH Innovators

October 23, 2019
8:00 am-11:45 am

Fintech innovators are connecting with financial services institutions creating a digital transformation that is shaking up the entire industry! Come hear parties from both sides of multiple transactions discussing how their relationships evolved and what they are doing together.

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Golf Classic to Benefit NJ Sharing Network

NJ Sharing Network is the non-profit Organization responsible for recovering organs and tissue for transplant for nearly 4,000 people in NJ.

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NJ Society of CPAs - Bergen Chapter - to Host Professionals' Networking Breakfast

The New Jersey Society of CPAs, Bergen Chapter, is hosting a Professionals’ Networking Breakfast on October 22, 2019. Start your day with this networking opportunity and get an economic update for the region presented by Dr. Alexander Heil, Chief Economist, Planning & Regional Development Department, Port Authority of NY/NJ.

More information 

2019 Director Webinar Package

Bank boards are under regulatory, economic and competitive pressures especially as the banking industry continues to innovate and evolve.  The 2019 Director Webinar Series, a partnership between NJBankers and FinPro, is a year-long series of educational opportunities designed to address prudent governance, mitigate risk, and develop effective supervision skills.

Whether a seasoned director or new to the responsibility, directors will emerge with a focused understanding and tools for providing prudent governance and independent guidance to bank leadership. Take advantage of this program and demonstrate that the Board is active and the bank compliant.

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