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New Jersey Bankers Association
Announcing the 2021 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; and Melvin Madera, Business Banker, Valley Bank and a 2020 Rising Star Award recipient.

The 2021 Rising Stars are
Ashley Williams Johnson, Branch Service Manager, 1st Constitution Bank
Ryan Blake, SVP/COO, BCB Community Bank
Dina Naftaliev, AVP/Compliance & Third Party Risk Manager, Blue Foundry Bank
Steve Modzelewski, VP/Credit Officer, Century Saving Bank
Allison Winters, Client Experience Manager, Columbia Bank
Rose Agar, Human Resource Director, Columbia Bank
Eugene Shvartsman, Head of Government Affairs, Cross River Bank
Michael Dove, Finance & Accounting Assistant, First Bank
Megan O'Brien, VP/Commercial RM, Fulton Bank
Caresse O'Campo, Assistant, Vice President, Haven Savings Bank
Nina Lehnert, Chief of Staff for CAO, Investors Bank
Alex VanDerToorn, VP/IT Network & Application Support, Lakeland Bank
Nohemy Bermudez, Deposit Operations Representative, Magyar Bank
Nicholas Franza, VP/Credit Manager, Manasquan Bank
Kari Mastroianni, VP/Business Development, Northfield Bank
David Fullam, Portfolio Manager, Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Christopher Hart, SVP/Regional Manager, PNC Bank
Carmen Rivera, VP/Marketing Manager, Union County, Spencer Savings Bank
Courtney Mitchell, Head of Consumer Deposit Acquisition & Product Mgmt, TD Bank
Daniel Cappello, Content Strategy Lead, Valley Bank
Samantha Gomez, AVP/CRA Analyst, Valley Bank

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 4, 2021 along with their Nominators, Managing Officers, colleagues, friends and family.

Sponsorships and Registration are available online. Any questions please email Events@njbankers.com


Upcoming Events

Enterprise Risk Management Conference

October 13, 2021

Directors College
October 14, 2021

BSA Conference
October 26, 2021

Rising Star Awards
November 4, 2021

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference
November 10, 2021

See njbankers.com for details.

NJBankers Welcomes New Associate 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. 

BKD CPA’s & Advisors
National Notary Association
NJ Alliance for Action
PM Internal Audit Services
Roth Automation

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Scholarship: Constantine G. Callas Progressive Educational & Work Ethic Memorial - Apply Today!

The Constantine G. Callas Progressive Educational & Work Ethic Memorial Scholarship is an equal opportunity scholarship open to all employees at 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.

Annual Award to be used for New Jersey Bankers Emerging Leaders School; Colorado School of Banking; American Bankers Association or Independent Community Bankers Association Schools; Masters; Adult Continuing Education; Certifications in Banking Disciplines (tuition or books)

Application Deadline:
Applications must be received by email no later than close of business on Friday, October 8, 2021
Application Submission:
Submit applications to info@njbankers.com
• One applicant will be selected from submissions received by October 8, 2021
• Winner will receive a one-time $2,000 stipend
• Winners will be notified on October 21, 2020
• Winners will be presented with award on November 4, 2021 during NJBankers Rising Star Awards Event

Click here apply!

New Policies for all In-Person Events

• 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

NJBankers in the News

NJ labor shortage: Murphy offering $500 to workers who get hired and trained for new jobs
New Jersey will offer jobless workers $500 to return to the work force and partially reimburse employers who hire and train them.

Construction material shortage triggers delays, soaring prices. How long will it last?
Shore-area construction companies and retailers are facing a shortage of materials, forcing them to pay higher prices, search for new suppliers and ask their customers for patience.


Member News

Kearny Bank Supports The Valerie Fund
The Valerie Fund, which provides support for children with cancer and blood disorders, has received a $5,000 grant from Kearny Bank. The contribution helped support the Maplewood, NJ-based organization’s September 25 Walk & 5K Run event, in Verona Park. Further details are available online at https://thevaleriefund.org/Walk2021/.

Peapack-Gladstone Bank Hires Senior Managing Director, Market President
Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the appointment of Diane Conboy, Senior Managing Director, Market President.  Operating out of the Bank’s newest private banking location in Red Bank, New Jersey, she will lead a team of commercial private bankers, providing high-touch, personal client service, along with wealth and deposit solutions for Commercial and Industrial (C&I) businesses throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Valley National to acquire Leumi in $1.1B deal
The transaction will create the 29th-largest publicly traded U.S. bank by assets.

Endorsed Service Provider News

Abrigo Releases White Paper on Top Lessons Learned From First CECL Adopters
Abrigo has released a white paper on the top 10 lessons learned from the first adopters of the current expected credit loss accounting standard, or CECL.

IntelliCredit Presents Loan Review: Best Practice Trends Webinar
Tuesday, October 5 at 2pm ET
Regardless of what the numbers may show, regulators sense that uncertainty is looming in loan portfolios post COVID. To detect and minimize potential credit risk ahead, NOW is the time to consider best practices and industry trends that can help you conduct the most thorough and efficient loan reviews possible.

Vining Sparks' and ICBA Securities' Planning for Year End and the New Year Webinar
Tue, Oct 5, 2021 11:00 AM EDT
Financial institutions posted strong earnings thus far during 2021. Earnings have been supported by robust mortgage banking revenue and loan fees realized from participation in the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), while net charge-offs reached a record low. However, low interest rates combined with record deposit growth and tepid loan demand led to an abundance of liquidity and significant net interest margin compression.  Margin compression may lead to earnings headwinds next year as PPP lending and mortgage banking revenues subside

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.

BCC-USA Endorsed Provider Spotlight

BCC-USA the New Jersey Bankers Association’s Endorsed Provider for BOLI and Non-Qualified Benefit Plans.

- Access to all the life insurance companies that offer a BOLI product including Northwestern Mutual, Mass Mutual, New York Life, Midland National to name a few.
- 20 plus year philosophy to create the most appropriate and efficient BOLI strategy that best fits each bank’s individual needs. Not a limited access cookie cutter approach.
- Vast experience and expertise to design and service the most appropriate Non-Qualified Benefit Plans (Split Dollar, SERP, Executive/Director Deferred Compensation Plans, etc…).
- Most comprehensive BOLI reporting/regulatory compliance in the industry with the latest technology and cybersecurity.
- Fully implemented succession plan that will guarantee the quality of a consultative servicing relationship for decades into the future.

Click here to learn more about BCC-USA

Associate Member News

Clifton Larson Allen Presents Year-End Planning
Wednesday, November 17 | Noon – 1 p.m. CT
Recommended CPE: 1 CPE credit, Taxes

The end of the year creates an opportunity for planning, both from a personal and tax and investment perspective. This webinar will discuss tax and wealth advisory strategies for the remainder of 2021 and beyond.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:
• Describe the potential infrastructure changes impacting estate and gift plans
• Identify tax and wealth advisory strategies to incorporate into year-end planning

Industry News

Federal Reserve Bank of New York Business Leaders Survey
Business activity continued to increase in the region’s service sector, though at a slower pace than in recent months, according to firms responding to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s September 2021 Business Leaders Survey. The survey’s headline business activity index fell thirteen points to 14.4, its third consecutive monthly decline.




In an era of unprecedented change and innovation, the banking industry is faced with more risk than ever before. Technology, cybercrime, climate change and human behavior poses new risks and challenges. At NJBankers Enterprise Risk Management Conference, attendees will learn how to mitigate risk and implement new approaches to ERM.

A panel of regulators will share insight into emerging risk trends bankers must be aware of. Understand the important role data analytics plays, and learn how to embed ESG into your banks strategy. A panel of bank CEO’s will share best practices for a strategic approach to risk.

Click Here to Register!


Join NJBankers and the FDIC for our highly anticipated virtual FDIC Directors College on October 14th.

Attendees will learn about the processes necessary to effectively identify and assess risks within your institution. Understand how the Board’s risk appetite can influence the risk identification and assessment processes.

Discover new cybersecurity risks and the processes and strategies that can be implemented to effectively identify, mitigate, and monitor the risks.

Learn first-hand what is on the regulators minds in the regulatory panel, and explore national and local economic data to identify key trends that have impacted and may continue to impact the industry.

Click Here to Register!


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.

Click Here to Register!


NJBankers virtual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference features an impressive line-up of renowned speakers and powerful panel discussions.  Keynote speaker Michele Meyer-Shipp, Chief People & Culture Officer, Major League Baseball, will discuss the benefits of creating an inclusive workplace culture.

Attendees will understand unconscious bias and learn how to prevent microaggressions.  Learn how to develop a comprehensive DEI strategy and learn first-hand from a panel of bankers how to successfully implement an effective DEI strategy at your bank.

The NJBankers DEI Conference is designed for everyone at all stages on the DEI journey.

Click here to Register!


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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