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New Jersey Bankers Association
NJBankers Launches #NJThanksBanks Campaign

NJBankers kicked off our #NJThanksBanks campaign to showcase the great work our members do every day to support their customers, neighbors and communities.

Why this campaign is important for your bank and the banking industry:

  • You work countless hours on the PPP to ensure the viability of businesses in your community. 
  • You have hosted food drives for many who have lost jobs during the pandemic.
  • You ensure that kids have school supplies. We can go on so why don’t you?
This campaign will benefit the NJ banking industry by supporting our advocacy efforts to influence favorable legislation.

Our Ask:
Submit your stories and to your benefit, you’ll have one less social media post to plan – plus you’ll show off how our industry makes a difference.  We encourage multiple submissions.  NJBankers will do our best to keep posts unbranded so you are not promoting another bank but the industry as a whole.

A posting schedule will be created and shared with all who submit stories so you are aware of when your submission will be posted. Stories will be posted once a week on Tuesdays.

February 16th Feature: We are proud to announce that, through a New Jersey Bank’s Jeans for a Cause initiative, a donation was made in the amount of $5,000 to over 25 local and national charitable organizations serving our community in 2020.

Submitting your story is FAST and EASY!

  • Email your story to Erin Suckiel at esuckiel@njbankers.com. 
  • All submissions should include a photo and 1-2 sentence caption
  • Dimensions: 1200 x 628 pixels (Facebook)

You make the Garden State a better place to live, work and play so let’s ensure that New Jersey knows it!

Avoiding Coronavirus Scams

The New Jersey Bankers Association has compiled valuable information to help you and your customers avoid the many scams around the pandemic. Bad actors have taken advantage of the pandemic but with education, they won’t be able to get personal information.

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Upcoming Webinars

The Current Financial Threat Environment
Thursday, February 25, 2021
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join NJBankers for a complimentary webinar led by the FBI Counter Threat Finance Team.  Understand the current threat environment and emerging issues that are challenging the financial security. This webinar will cover explore developing threats including domestic terrorism, PPP flaws, phishing schemes, marijuana, and much more.

Banking on DEI – Retaining Diverse Talent
Friday, March 5th - Complimentary
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Join NJBankers for a complimentary webinar that will discuss how to foster an inclusive workplace. Learn strategies to make your office more inclusive and retain employees of diverse backgrounds.

Marijuana Conference
Wednesday, March 17th
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join NJBankers for a timely virtual conference to address marijuana banking issues including New jersey state laws, regulatory concerns and marijuana business needs.


Upcoming Webinars

The Current Financial Threat Environment
February 25th 

Banking on DEI – Retaining Diverse Talent
March 5th

The Growing Landscape of Cannabis Banking
March 17th

See njbankers.com for details.

Other Industry Meetings
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Industry News

Federal Reserve Bank of New York Business Leaders Survey
Activity in the region’s service sector continued to decline significantly, though at a slower pace than last month, according to firms responding to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s February 2021 Business Leaders Survey. The survey’s headline business activity index rose ten points to -21.5. The business climate index was little changed at -65.0, indicating that the vast majority of firms continued to view the business climate as worse than normal. Employment levels continued to decline, and wage increases continued to accelerate.

California Rep. Maxine Waters to Keynote ABA Washington Summit

House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) will deliver keynote remarks during ABA's Washington Summit, a free virtual event to be held March 16-17. In the last Congress, Chairwoman Waters led House efforts to pass ABA-supported BSA/AML reforms, cannabis banking legislation and a host of other bills directly affecting banks.

ABA Urges Bankers to Oppose NCUA Field of Membership Proposal
ABA is calling on bankers to write to the National Credit Union Administration to oppose a proposed rule that would expand the field of membership requirements of multiple common bond credit unions.

NJBIZ Conversations: Tom Bracken
As president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Tom Bracken hosts the biggest annual networking event for New Jersey businesses, government officials and journalists: The Walk to Washington. Most readers have been on at least one trip — a day of schmoozing on a chartered Amtrak train that ends with more schmoozing after a dinner of speeches by the governor, U.S. senators and representatives.

White House extends forbearance, foreclosure protections
The Biden administration extended the foreclosure moratorium and mortgage forbearance on certain loans through the end of June.

Member News

Bogota Savings Bank buys new HQ building in Hasbrouck Heights
A vacant former bank building in Hasbrouck Heights has sold to Bogota Savings Bank and will serve as the Banks new corporate headquarters as well as a branch office.

Michael Campbell, SVP Community Development Officer Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, was proud to award Michael Campbell, SVP, Community Development Officer, with the community service lifetime achievement award. For over 20 years, Mr. Campbell has been focused on Columbia Bank's CRA and community service initiatives while simultaneously playing an active role in various local organizations. The award comes just before Mr. Campbell's retirement, scheduled for  April 1, 2021.

Spencer Savings Bank Announces Results of 2021 Annual Meeting, Welcomes New Board Members
Spencer Savings Bank, a leading New Jersey-based community bank, announced that its 2021 Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, January 21, 2021. At the meeting, Peter J. Hayes was re-elected to the bank’s Board of Directors, for a term of three years. The bank also welcomed two new board members. Thomas J. Duch was elected to the bank’s Board of Directors, for a term of three years. Ada Melendez McGuinness was elected to the bank’s Board of Directors for a term of one year.

Supporting Women Through their Personal & Professional Journeys - Provident Bank
As Executive Vice President, chief corporate services & consumer lending officer at Provident Bank, Josephine Moran has always felt she was in the human business, not the numbers business. “Our engagement and the work we do with employees and clients changes peoples’ lives,” she explains. Josephine’s leadership style and management philosophy consists of a combination of transformational, visionary, and servant, providing clear and concise communication, maintaining a people-first mindset, learning from her teams as much as they may learn from her, and driving progress and ushering in change by inspiring employees.

ICBA Connect

March 9-10, 2021 
NJBankers would like to inform you about the upcoming ICBA Connect virtual conference.

ICBA Connect is a two-day virtual event designed for your entire team, and an investment in your most important asset can help boost creativity and inspire big thinking.

Every year, the pace of change and innovation speeds up, and it's often hard to tell the difference between a fad and lasting change.

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You’ve come to know Office Depot as a provider of office supplies such as paper and pens however they also offer a suite of services that will do more than offer discounts through NJBankers on supplies; Office Depot now has the capability to provide end to end digital managed services, technology and consulting to enable the digital workplace. Office Depot, an NJBankers Endorsed Service Provider, has joined with CompuCom to facilitate workplace collaboration and productivity and deliver operational performance and efficiency. As an example, this partnership helps manage cloud services, technology roll-outs, analytics, and self-healing automation among other services. CompuCom has been managing these solutions for 30 years with six out of 10 Fortune 500 companies. Please review the attached to view these added-value solutions available through Office Depot. For more information CLICK HERE.

Endorsed Service Provider News

Vining Sparks' and ICBA Securities' Webinar - Positioning the Investment Portfolio for Performance
February 23, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. EST
ICBA Securities and its exclusively endorsed broker, Vining Sparks, will present a webinar on Positioning the Investment Portfolio for Performance exclusively for the state associations that endorse ICBA Securities, as well as other community banks.  This is the first in the 2021 webinar series.

Breaking Down 2020 Results – And Looking Ahead at 2021
March 30, 2021 - 11:00AM - 11:45AM  EST
Speakers: Shawn O’Brien, President, QwickRate and David Ruffin, Principal, IntelliCredit
More than likely, Q4 numbers will have many New Jersey bankers pondering questions like, “What will the availability of COVID vaccines mean for the economic outlook? Given the injection of PPP loans and COVID modifications, how do we assess overall credit quality? Will the net interest margin continue to decline in 2021? When examiners return to banks in 2021, will ours be ready? Is our loan review scheduled yet? Have we run a stress test?” Should you be asking the same things? In this webinar, QwickRate will provide the answers to these questions by looking at the metrics still flashing green and the metrics turning yellow — focusing in on New Jersey banks. Join QwickRate as they use QwickAnalytics to break down the numbers that show where the industry is now and where it is headed in 2021.

FinPro’s 2021 Global Webinar Package
FinPro’s Global Webinar Package is a series of 24 multi-faceted webinars offered throughout the year designed for Senior Executives and Directors.   It is structured with one flat fee for unlimited director and employee participation. All live webinars qualify for CPE credits and are also recorded for convenience.

Take advantage of this program for yourself, your board and your bank and show that you keep abreast of industry developments and trends. Questions? Please contact Jenn Zorn at jzorn@njbankers.com or Scott Polakoff at spolakoff@finpro.us

PMC Winter/Spring 2021 Webinars
Back by Popular Demand - IRA & HSA Training
Join PMC for their series of Training Webinars. They are pleased to offer a variety of webinars that provide the latest updates in IRAs, HSAs, SECURE Act, CARES Act., and more!


Associate Member News

Discussions by Domain: Work Securely From Anywhere
Thursday, February 25th - 10:00 AM
Be productive and work securely from wherever you are, on any device. Simplify meetings and calling with your team, as well as your partners and clients. And most importantly, secure your business with technology you can trust.

Management Acquires Full Ownership of acxell, LLC (“acxell”), a Risk Management Firm Headquartered in East Brunswick, NJ
Led by Mr. Philip Gonzalez (Managing Director) and Ms. Melissa Taylor (Operations Director), a senior management group at acxell has acquired full ownership of the firm formerly known as P&G Auditors and Consultants, LLC, d/b/a P&G Associates (“P&G”). This management buyout, which closed on January 29, 2021, results in Acxell Holdings, LLC (“Holdings”) successfully purchasing 100% ownership from acxell’s prior owner, BNXOne Holdings, LLC. The new ownership team, headed by Mr. Gonzalez and Ms. Taylor, with the current management team and staff, will continue to manage all aspects of acxell.

The Baker Group Webinar Series - Introduction to Bonds
March 2, 4, 9, 11, 2021
This webinar series is designed for CEOs, CFOs, and those new to their roles in managing or working with the investment portfolio. Directors and new members of the investment and asset/liability management committees will also benefit from this webinar. There are no costs for these webinars.

Upcoming Freddie Mac Webinars
Freddie Mac is offering three webinars throughout Q1 to assist with any questions you may have regarding their enhanced Loan Product Advisor (LPA), redesigned Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA), and to answer any question you may have regarding the Uniform Loan Application Dataset (ULAD).

Redesigned: The Loan Product Advisor Feedback Certificate
Monday, March 8, 2021, 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST

In each session, you’ll also have an opportunity for Q&A with subject matter experts who can answer your questions about Freddie Mac policy.

Abrigo Presents ThinkBIG 2021 - BSA/AML - Lending - ALM - CECL
May 25, 2021 to May 27, 2021
In Person or Virtual
For more than two decades, Abrigo’s conferences have been educating lenders, risk professionals, and BSA/AML professionals, and we are excited to bring the ThinkBIG: Manage Risk. Drive Growth. and ThinkBIG: Fighting Financial Crime conferences together for one BIG event. Your financial institution’s need to grow and manage risk doesn’t go away just because COVID-19 isn’t contained yet. In fact, now more than ever, bankers need to think bigger to be able to help your communities survive and win.


Discounts for Employees of Members & Associate Members

As a member of NJBankers, there are benefits that are available to your bank or company but did you know there are direct benefits – discounts –  just for you as an employee?

NJBankers has partnered with Rider University for a tuition reduction, Plymouth Rock for auto insurance discounts, the ASPCA for pet insurance, and even Office Depot for supplies & printing discounts.  You’ll be surprised at the money you and your family will save!

Take a look at the details and discounts for the NJBankers partnership programs and learn more about how you and your family will benefit. NJBankers is pleased to make the Connections that can contribute to your bottom line!

Bank Members Click Here - Associate Members Click Here



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