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New Policies for all In-Person Events

NJBankers in-person events policy beginning September 12 will be:

• NJBankers in-person events will require all attendees, speakers, guests, and NJBankers/BCG staff be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the start of the event, or to have tested negative for COVID no more than 72 hours prior to the start of the event.  All attendees will be required to present proof of either their vaccine or negative test prior to accessing the event. 
• An email will be sent prior to all events detailing these policies and highlighting any changes that will be updated on our website
• While not a requirement, NJBankers encourages all attendees, speakers, guests and NJBankers/BCG staff to wear masks while indoors regardless of vaccination status
• If you show signs of a fever, cough or respiratory issues, we ask that you not attend an event
• If you become ill at an  event, we ask you let a member of NJBankers management team know and leave the event
• No exceptions will be made to these requirements (religious and medical exemptions must show proof of negative COVID test as noted above)
• NJBankers reserves the right to rescind and/or amend these policies at any given time based on State of NJ and  or  CDC recommendations

Applications Available Soon for The Constantine G. Callas Progressive Educational & Work Ethic Memorial Scholarship Award of $2,000

NJBankers and Associate Member George Callas are pleased to announce the second year of presenting the Constantine G. Callas Progressive Educational & Work Ethic Memorial Scholarship. The Scholarship is being granted by Mr. Callas in memory of his father.

The annual award of $2,000 is to be used for education at any of the following schools: the New Jersey Bankers Association Emerging Leaders School; Colorado School of Banking; and American Bankers Association (ABA) or Independent Community Bankers Association (ICBA) Schools. It can also be used toward a Masters; Adult Continuing Education; and Certifications in Banking Disciplines (tuition books).

The 2020 Scholarship was awarded to Caresse Ocampo of Haven Savings Bank.

The Scholarship is open to all employees of New Jersey financial institutions who are committed to continuing education in the field of finance and whose financial institution is a member of the New Jersey Bankers Association. Details and applications will be available September 7, 2021. The winner will be presented with the Award on November 4, 2021 during the Awards ceremony.

Keep reading Connections for more information on when applications will be made available and deadlines.


Upcoming Events

Banking on the Future Conference
September 12-14, 2021

2021 Compliance University
September 21, 2021

EFLG Grow-a-Row
September 30, 2021

Enterprise Risk Management Conference

October 13, 2021

Directors College
October 14, 2021

BSA Conference
October 26, 2021

See njbankers.com for details.

Banking On Inclusion: America's Banks Embrace Bank On Movement
By: Robert Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association

America’s banks have a longstanding commitment to helping reduce the number of unbanked and underbanked individuals and families in the U.S. July marked a major milestone in that endeavor, with an announcement from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund that the number of Bank On-certified deposit accounts now available has surpassed 100. At the time this column was written, it was up to 114.

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Rider helps veterans develop and expand their business ideas

This summer, 13 veterans worked with faculty from Rider's Norm Brodsky College of Business to learn the skills needed to bring their business ideas to life or grow their existing businesses.

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The future of banking has arrived. Over the past year, banks have had to transform faster than ever. Everything from customer behavior, to digital banking, to new technologies, forced the banking industry to innovate and adapt at warp speed. Is your bank committed to the future?
At NJBankers in-person Banking on the Future Conference, industry experts will share strategies on how to survive the future of banking.   
Banking on the Future will highlight hot topics including M&A, LIBOR, Marijuana Banking, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Cryptocurrency.
Attendees will enjoy multiple networking opportunities including a welcome reception, golf, fishing, a Top Golf networking event, a luncheon, and more!           
Join us as we move into the future.  REGISTER TODAY!

Member News

Blue Foundry Bank Expands Offerings with New Slate of Business Loans
Blue Foundry Bank has announced the launch of Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) Loans and Blue Carbon® Business Loans. These offerings strengthen the bank’s support of small and middle-market businesses by adding the loan products that complement their Blue Carbon® Business deposit products, serving businesses’ lending and deposit needs.

Congratulations: The 2021 NJBIZ Forty Under 40
Chosen by an independent panel of judges following an open nomination process, the individuals recognized on this year’s list contribute to their own industries – spanning health care, finance, sports, law, education and more – as leaders and founders, partners, executives and above all trailblazers. And, their achievements and continuing efforts are also felt throughout the Garden State community at large. Congratulations to David DiStefano, first senior vice president at First Bank.

Provident Bank names new SVP, General Counsel
Provident Bank announced that Bennett MacDougall has joined the Bank as Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Provident Bank and Beacon Trust Company and Deputy General Counsel of Provident Financial Services, Inc. Mr. MacDougall is based in the Bank’s Iselin, N.J. administrative headquarters and is responsible for overseeing all legal affairs of the Bank and its subsidiaries, in addition to providing advice to the Executive Leadership Team on all matters of law and policy.

Industry News

ABA Urges Bankers: Ask Lawmakers to Oppose New IRS Reporting Rules
ABA is calling on bankers to contact their lawmakers and express opposition to any new reporting requirements for banks to track and report customer accounts and financial transactions to the IRS. A vote on the issue is expected in the coming days.

Community banks, customers respond to IRS push
Community bank customers have joined the industry in expressing opposition to the Biden administration’s proposal to require banks to report their customers’ account information to the IRS.

FDIC and OCC Host Strategies to Expand Capital Access to Minority Small Businesses Webinar
Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT

This event hosted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will bring awareness to the specific credit and technical assistance needs of minority small business owners, and discuss strategies for how traditional financial institutions can help meet the credit needs of this market directly and through mission driven intermediaries. The event will also include relevant updates from the bank regulatory agencies.


CECL Transition for NJ Bankers - Live software demonstration

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 2:00pm-3:00pm ET
More banks trust Abrigo for the allowance for loan and lease loss/allowance for credit loss (ALLL/ACL) calculation than any other partner. With proven implementation and onboarding, we can help busy bankers meet regulatory expectations using CECL approaches that fit your size and complexity.

Register Today!


Day 1:  4 CPE 4 CLE 4 CAMS will apply
Day 2: 5 CPE 5 CLE 5 CAMS will apply

NJBankers virtual Compliance University on September 21st – 22nd will offer new insights into compliance risks that the banking industry is facing today.

Day 1 of Compliance University will be led by compliance expert Jerod Moyer who will discuss key topics including Complaint Management, UDAAP, Fair and Responsible Lending, and Flood Insurance.

On Day 2, a panel of regulators will discuss trends and top violations in compliance. Attendees will explore hot topics, learn how to manage compliance challenges, understand the E-Sign Act, and understand the regulatory expectations of Cannabis banking.






Bankers virtual Bank Secrecy Act Conference on October 26th – 27th will keep you up-to-date on the ongoing and ever changing “safety and soundness” issues facing banks today. 

BSA Fundamentals, on Day 1 of the conference, will be led by Dianne Barton and is designed for newly-appointed BSA/AML Officers and team members, or team members who need a refresher.  She will provide the BSA regulatory framework and the foundational understanding of the BSA, OFAC, and core recordkeeping requirements. Attendees will explore “real world” case studies, interaction, and practical recommendations for gaining the confidence and needed knowledge of BSA/AML.

BSA Advanced, on Day 2, will feature high level BSA hot topics including the National Defense Authorization Act, BSA AML/Risk Assessments, and Sound Management for Model Risk Assessment.  Understand how to safely transition to a new BSA System, learn best practices and lessons learned from transaction monitoring and suspicious activity reporting from the COVID-19 pandemic.



Endorsed Service Provider News

Announcing PMC’s Fall 2021 IRA & HSA Training Webinar Series
PMC is conducting a variety of training webinars for Fall 2021. You will continue to have the flexibility to choose the topics that you need the most, at the time that best fits your schedule. Brush up on existing IRA and HSA knowledge and learn about the latest updates made by the SECURE Act and CARES Act, and changes to the RMD rules for 2022. Join PMC for any or all of their ten different live webinar topics where you will be able to actively participate. Once the live webinar is completed, you will have on-demand access to the recording for 30 days, even if you don’t attend the live event. Easy to join and only $159 per course/per individual registration. For more information, to view the schedule of dates and times, or to register, simply go to https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmc/webinars_fall2021/ or contact PMC directly at 1-800-233-3207.

IntraFi Network Presents Webinars: FDIC Deposit Insurance Coverage and Related Matters
Endorsed Service Provider IntraFi Network will be holding webinars explaining FDIC insurance. In the session, FDIC Deposit Insurance Coverage and Related Matters, CPA attendees will receive the CPE for CPA certificate and non-CPA attendees will receive a certificate of attendance. The session will be presented by Joe DiNuzzo. Joe is an attorney with IntraFi Network, but prior to joining IntraFi Network, Joe served as a lawyer with the FDIC for more than 30 years. He specialized in deposit insurance coverage and related matters. The dates and times are as follows:
October 19 – 2:00 PM ET
November 16 – 11:00 AM ET 

This free webinar* will cover: Coverage Background - Basic Coverage Rules - Agency or Custodial Accounts - Coverage for Government Accounts - Examination Preparation and Reciprocal Deposits

*For details, click here.


October 19 & 20, 2021
Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington

The Delaware Trust Conference is an ideal opportunity to network while obtaining continuing education credit for: Trust Professionals, Portfolio Managers, Financial Advisors, Attorneys, CPAs, CTFAs, Wealth & Asset Management Services Executives, Executive Trust Officers, Investment Officers, Investment Managers, and Trust Department Managers.

The Trust Conference will be live at the Chase Center on the Riverfront after holding last year’s edition virtually. But for those who still need to distance, this year’s conference will also be available as a live stream. There will also be a selection of on-demand sessions.

Discounted Early Bird Registration Now Open!
All Access Passes! Save through August 8th!

DBA Members: $925 (regularly $995)
Non-Members: $1,450 (regularly $1,600)

Register Today!




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