New Jersey Bankers Association
March 1, 2017

NJBankers in the News

NJBankers Survey Covered by Asbury Park Press
Balance sheets have improved and customers are applying for more loans, but New Jersey bankers say the state's economy is only lukewarm.

NJBankers - Seven tips to prevent tax ID fraud
A press release was sent out to NJ media and has thus far been picked up in both the Press of Atlantic City, Courier News and Home News Tribune.

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John E. McWeeney, Jr. and James Meredith joined John Wells, President and CEO of ABA Insurance Services as he presented patronage dividend checks to Gregory Matuson, Executive Vice President and CFO of Sturdy Savings Bank and Kenneth Totten, President and CEO of United Roosevelt Savings Bank at the recent ABA National Community Bankers Conference. ABA Insurance Services is an endorsed service provider of NJBankers.

Industry News

FDIC-Insured Institutions Earn $43.7 Billion in Fourth Quarter 2016 Community Bank Net Income Rises to $5.3 Billion
Commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the FDIC reported aggregate net income of $43.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016, up $3.1 billion (7.7 percent) from a year earlier.

Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Fourth Quarter Dividend Declaration

The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York announced that, on February 16, 2017, their Board of Directors approved a dividend for the fourth quarter of 2016 of 5.65% (annualized). The dollar amount of the dividend will be approximately $87.6 million. The cash dividend was distributed on February 17, 2017.

OCC Updates Comptroller’s Licensing Manual

The OCC has updated the “Changes in Directors and Senior Executive Officers” booklet of its Comptroller’s Licensing Manual. The revised booklet reflects changes made since the Office of Thrift Supervision merged into the OCC, and incorporates revised regulatory requirements for changes in directors or senior executive officers, distinguishing between requirements for national banks and federal savings associations.

Trump Orders Regulatory Reform Efforts at Agencies
President Trump on Friday issued an executive order as part of his administration’s efforts to reduce regulatory burdens.

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Member News

James A. McKiernan Promoted to First Vice President at Boiling Springs Savings Bank
Boiling Springs Savings Bank announced the promotion of James A McKiernan to First Vice President.

Capital Bank Reports Record Earnings and Growth; Declares Increase to Cash Dividend
Capital Bank of New Jersey has announced its 2016 earnings. The bank reported a net income of $4,173,000 for the year ended December 31, 2016, a 7.5% increase over its 2015 income of $3,880,000. Earnings per share increased to $1.70 from $1.56 during the same time period.

Koenigsberg Receives Hero Award From Charity
New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a Berkshire Bank Company, announced Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Norman T. Koenigsberg received The Ryan’s Hero Award from Ryan’s Quest, a charity established to increase awareness of and find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

NVE Bank Appoints John Spencer to First Senior Vice President, Retail Banking
Robert Rey, President and Chief Executive Officer of NVE Bank, has announced the appointment of John Spencer to First Senior Vice President, Retail Banking.

Peapack-Gladstone Bank Announces Promotions
Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the promotion of John Kowal to Senior Vice President, Senior Technology Officer, Information Technology and Carolyn Larke to Senior Managing Director, Senior Trust Officer, Private Wealth Management. 

Regal Bank agrees to Buy Franklin Township, New Jersey Branch of New Millennium Bank 
Regal Bank announced it had reached agreement with New Millennium Bank to purchase its Franklin Township, New Jersey branch office located at 464B Elizabeth Avenue, Somerset, New Jersey. It is expected that Regal Bank will assume approximately $32 million in deposits from New Millennium Bank.

Valley National Bank Promotes James M. Trouwborst

Valley National Bank announced the promotion of James M. Trouwborst to Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending Division Head. Trouwborst is responsible for managing the Wayne, New Jersey Commercial Lending Division and the New Jersey Healthcare Lending teams. He will coordinate and direct the business development initiatives for lenders in both groups while maintaining the credit quality of the portfolio.

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Associate Member News

Complimentary Webinar- Cybersecurity Threats and Tips for 2017 Presented by Banker's Toolbox
Thursday, March 9th, 1:00-2:00 PM CST
Ed Mattison, former senior cybersecurity advisor to the Secretary of the Army, will cover the latest threats to target the U.S. and the financial industry, and discuss how to apply DoD-level cybersecurity to the private sector, from personal lessons learned from 25 years in the Army and the Pentagon.

COCC Named a Best Place to Work in Connecticut Five Years Running

For the fifth year in a row, COCC has been named to the Hartford Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Connecticut. In an awards ceremony, COCC was listed as one of forty companies throughout Connecticut with the highest employee satisfaction.

Fiserv Named Among FORTUNE Magazine World's Most Admired Companies for Fourth Consecutive Year
This marks the fourth consecutive year Fiserv has been awarded this recognition and fifth time in the last six years. This year, Fiserv ranked at the top of its category for innovation.

Pentegra Increases its Sales Force with Two New Regional Directors
Pentegra Retirement Services announced that John Low and Joe Reese have joined the organization as Regional Directors for qualified retirement plan sales. Low will spearhead the company’s business development efforts throughout Michigan, Missouri and Southern Illinois while Reese will lead efforts in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, DC.

Riker Danzig Welcomes New Associate
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP welcomed Christen L. Rafuse, who has joined the firm’s Insurance Litigation Group.  Rafuse received a J.D. degree from Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of Law.

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Board & Management Summit

f/k/a Directors & Managing Officers Conference, but better!

March 10, 2017
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin
Qualifies for 4 credits toward certification*

Last chance to register!
Engage your board members now so they can fulfill their duties in a prudent manner!
• Critical Things Successful Directors & Officers Need to Know
• Legal Update for Community Banks
• FinTech, Technology and Strategic Risk Panel
• Post Trump Update on Regulations

7th Annual Women in Banking Conference

Breakout sessions finalized…..Now you can pick your session!

Stress in Customer Service Roles is a session not to be missed! Dr. Ellen Rubin, LP, PsyD, Cigna EAP will discuss how delivering customer satisfaction can be rewarding, but also comes with a unique set of demands. In this breakout session, she’ll help you identify what causes stress in your role. She’ll talk about the tools you will use to manage stress and even how to keep it from happening. Finally, get long-term strategies for keeping your stress levels down and your mood up.

How to use Social Media as a Prospecting Tool, with Suzanne M. Stingo, SMS Social Media Strategies

Developing Centers of Influence, Panel Moderated by Sally Glick, Sobel & Company

Also, just added to the general session is Alycia L. Banks, M.A., Training and Development Officer, Columbia Bank speaking on Diversity & Inclusion.

Don’t miss our keynote speaker, Holly Hoffman, who will talk about never giving up! 

Don’t miss out!  Register today to attend! Click here 

Break out your flip flops - May 17 - 21, 2017 - for NJBankers Annual Conference


Carey Lohrenz
Saturday, May 20
Lessons in Leadership
Aviator, Author, Speaker

Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2. As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. The same challenges are found in business: markets change, customer needs evolve and if you do not adapt quickly your company is at risk. In her motivating and engaging keynote presentation, she will share her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world’s most challenging environments - an aircraft carrier.

Sarah Levitt
Thursday, May 18
“The Making Magnificence Project®- Keys to Leadership Success”
President • Sarah Levitt LLC

This program weaves compelling narratives from Sarah’s interview from The Making Magnificence Project with additional examples from her work in the c-suite, to highlight the key elements for leadership success and transformation. Packed with actionable information designed for CEOs and senior leaders, the program highlights the key domains of Magnificent LeadershipTM and how to use them real-time, with professional, organizational, and personal applications.

Don Musso
Thursday, May 18
Do Not Get Complacent, CHANGE is Coming: Strategies for 2020
President and CEO • FinPro

With the passing of the financial crisis, easing of asset concerns, stabilization of capital levels, and earnings holding, the industry must look to the future. Musso has started numerous denovo’s (several as a founder), is a large investor in Community Banks, is a member of various bank Boards and teaches for elite banking programs. He also frequently discusses community bank policy with all of the Banking agencies in Washington DC. A recognized expert in value creation for banks, strategic planning, loan and deposit growth, internal risk assessments, asset/liability management, customer segmentation and delivery alternatives, de novo bank formation and investment banking, Musso’s presentation will address current issues in New Jersey, what is coming, and strategies to get ahead of the competition.

Bobby Richardson
Friday, May 19
Non-denominational Prayer Breakfast with Bobby Richardson
Former New York Yankee

Bobby Richardson, former New York Yankees star and the man considered the father of Gamecock baseball, will speak on Friday, May 19, during our first non-denominational Prayer Breakfast. As important to Richardson as baseball is his strong faith and commitment to the Lord. Richardson considers himself an ordinary person who has accomplished extraordinary things, and has been a witness. As you hear him at the Prayer Breakfast, you will see that he has really accomplished incredible things and used his gifts to build into other people’s lives. Hear his experience playing on the Championship Yankee teams of the late fifties and early sixties with Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and other Yankee legends!

Topics throughout the conference will include:
• Leadership
• State of Banking
• CRE Loan Participations
• BSA/AML Critical Topics
• Cyber Risk
• Talent Management
• M&A Activity
• Branch/Technology of Tomorrow
• Executive & Director Compensation Trends
• C-Suite Summary of CECL
• Banking Policy Panel
• Economic Update & much more

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Sponsorship - Members interested in securing your sponsorship and ensuring your name in early marketing are asked to contact Jenn Zorn at 908.272.8500 x611 or 
Exhibitors - NJBankers will host a Market Showplace with over 35 service providers.  The Showplace will be your meeting spot for breakfast, receptions and breaks.  Interest in  exhibiting should be directed to Cindy Zaccaro at 908.272.8500 x632 or 
Any additional questions please contact:

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

Security Seminar, Friday, March 31, 2017
Crown Plaza Monroe, Monroe Township, NJ

Barry Thompson and Randall Phillips of Thompson Consulting Group will guide you during this seminar to help you attain your annual security training goals. Your day will include the following topics:  National Security Update; Incentives Gone Wrong; ATM Skimming: Staying One Step Ahead; Zero to 200 in 60 Seconds:  Preparing for Critical Situations; The 15 Worst Security Mistakes.  

The 29th Annual Annamae Baerenbach Memorial Lending Conference
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ
Guide and move your bank forward in the ever-changing lending environment by attending this Conference. What’s the economic outlook for 2017? How might this affect your lending programs?  Can you possibly get enough information on TRID? What about new regulations? Or how do you generate new business in a rising rate environment? Find out!

Bankers State Leadership Day in Trenton, Tuesday April 18, 2017
Masonic Temple, Trenton, NJ
This day in our State’s capital is critical for CEOs; C-level and Senior Managers; and Bank Directors to understand the political environment in New Jersey and how it can impact your bank and the industry in the Garden State. Join NJBankers and legislative leaders for an update on banking issues. And… ready or not, it’s coming! The Gubernatorial race is on. NJBankers has invited candidates to share their platform and present information important to the banking industry.

NJBankers Leadership Academy Presents First Three Modules for 2017

The NJBankers Leadership Academy is a comprehensive program that provides the tools for all levels of bankers to succeed in their careers, support their financial institution, and advocate for the banking industry. The STEPS, STEM and Women’s Leadership in the 21st Century Communications Boot Camp are now open for registration.  The NJBankers Leadership Academy provides skills that are crucial whether a seasoned banker or one who has just joined the bank’s team and the banking industry. For more information about the modules, click here

FDIC Insurance Coverage - Free Webinar

March 21, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Now is a great time for bankers to refresh their knowledge on FDIC insurance regulations because the FDIC continues to examine bankers’ understanding of deposit insurance rules that apply to third-party agency accounts. FDIC insurance eligibility is a key benefit banks provide to depositors. It can be an important selling point in maintaining key customer relationships and obtaining bank funding. This 45-minute educational webinar is designed for all levels of bank employees and executives and will include a Q&A segment to address your specific concerns. The webinar will be presented by Joe DiNuzzo, a former attorney with the FDIC and an expert in FDIC insurance regulations. A certificate of completion will be available for all attendees. 

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Other Industry Meetings

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties 'Bowl for Kids' Sake'

Friday, March 24, 6-8 p.m.
Brunswick Zone, Hazlet
Register Today for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties 'Bowl for Kid's Sake' This event will focus on bringing together banking professionals while raising needed funds for the BBBS 1:1 Mentoring Programs.

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