Pictured (left to right): Karen Kelly, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, First County Bank; Juanita T. James, President and CEO, Fairfield County Community Foundation; Carole Shwartz, Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager, Fairfield County Community Foundation; Steve Ferguson, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.
Pictured (left to right): Gene Schreiner, Vice President, Commercial Lending, First County Bank; Alice Knapp, President, Ferguson Library; Rebecca Kane, Digital Librarian, Ferguson Library; Mark Rosenbloom, Assistant Vice President, Director of Cash Management Services.
Pictured (left to right): Jeff Robinson, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, First County Bank; Julie Faryniarz, Executive Director, Greenwich Alliance for Education; Jagjiwan “Singh” Singh, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.
Alfred W. Dater
On July 22, 1924 First County Bank’s Board of Directors announced a change of bylaws to establish a new role of “Chairman of the Board,” and make the role of President a paid position. Then President of the Bank, Charles H. Lounsbury, accepted the newly created position of Chairman of the Board, while Alfred W. Dater was voted in as the first paid President of the Bank.
There have been 9 Bank Presidents since Alfred Dater, including former President Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., who took over the position in 2010 and became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2011. President Robert Granata was appointed to the role in 2014.
2016 is a big year for First County Bank as we celebrate not only our 165th anniversary, but also the 15th anniversary of the First County Bank Foundation. To mark these major milestones we will be digging into the archives, sharing some notable moments from our history on our blog and social media channels every other Thursday. You can follow along, or share your own memories of First County Bank history, by leaving a comment or posting a memory using #FirstCounty165.
All over the news we’ve heard about the recent Kim Kardashian robbery at gun point while she was traveling in Paris. Kim used social media to let her fans know her every movement—even posting where she was staying, and when and where she was alone. She found out in a very dramatic way that this wasn’t the best practice! Kim’s robbery has caused many to re-evaluate their own social media habits and how they affect personal safety.
Often we don’t think twice about posting our upcoming travel plans, “checking in” at distant locations or sharing travel photos during our trip. By doing this, we are essentially broadcasting when our home is empty and ripe for burglary! If we’ve been posting this way in the past, we should change our behavior in regard to social media and realize how our posts can directly affect our safety and security.
We’d like to share a few tips on how to keep safe while still having fun on social media:
- Your Social Security Number or the last four digits
- Home address
- Home phone number (mobile or business numbers are fine)
- Birth date
- Birth city
- Passwords, PINs or any financial account numbers
- Dates you will be away traveling
- Photos while traveling
- Use your privacy settings- they are available for a reason and can block sensitive information from the public, while keeping the fun with your friends
- Friend people you actually know– it’s not a popularity contest
- Limit access to “Friends” you really don’t know – not every “Friend” is a true friend
- Share your amazing travel photos once you are back from your trip
- Verify then trust – not the other way around! Be certain you are on a real website by looking at the URL to see if it makes sense before sharing information.
- Share sensitive information only on secure sites. You can verify this by the “https” or sometimes a padlock icon in the URL.
- What you post on the internet is permanent
- If you don’t use privacy settings, your posts are all public and your information can be used for nefarious purposes
- Educate yourself on site privacy policies
- If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t
- Protect yourself – Don’t click on attachments from people you don’t know. This is a way malware and malicious viruses infect your computer
First County Bank wants you and our customers to have fun with social media and to use these communication channels in a safe manner.
President Barack Obama once again signed a proclamation declaring October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Cyber Security requires little effort but makes a big difference. Cyber Security is a national and local, governmental and personal effort. At First County Bank we take your Cyber Security seriously. Here are some tips to consider this month:
- On social media, know what you post about yourself – posting personal information about yourself is a common way for hackers to gain access to your account
- Always log out – always log out of online banking or mobile banking accounts. Staying logged in is leaving the front door to your account open
- Be aware of network security – using a work or school Wi-Fi does not make it a safe Wi-Fi, the same threat of hackers and viruses still apply.
For more information and tips on Cyber Security or general fraud prevention visit: http://firstcountybank.com/customer-resources
Pictured (left to right): Jagjiwan Singh, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank; Alon Marom, Development Director, Kids in Crisis.
Pictured (left to right) Gene Schreiner, Vice President, Commercial Lending, First County Bank; Kimberly Morgan, CEO, United Way of Western CT; June Walker, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer, First County Bank.
Pictured (left to right): Jagjiwan Singh, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank and Paul Isla, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, First County Bank present a First County Foundation Grant to the Summer Intensive Dance Program of The Ballet School of Stamford.
Our Bank took its first official step toward formal community support in 1895 with a $100 donation to the Stamford Hospital Fund. This is a tradition that we have carried from that day on, to not only be invested in, but also be involved in improving our community.
In 2001, we reinforced our commitment with the establishment of the First County Bank Foundation. 121 years later, our relationship with Stamford Hospital also continues, this past June we sponsored the Stamford Hospital’s Hope in Motion Walk & Run to raise funds for the Bennett Cancer Center.
Our team supporting this year’s Stamford Hospital’s Hope in Motion Walk & Run
2016 is a big year for First County Bank as we celebrate not only our 165th anniversary, but also the 15th anniversary of the First County Bank Foundation. To mark these major milestones we will be digging into the archives, sharing some notable moments from our history on our blog and social media channels every other Thursday. You can follow along, or share your own moments of First County Bank history, by leaving a comment or posting a memory using #FirstCounty165.
This first week of October is National Financial Planning Week. Financial planning is often seen as a burden and an ignored need. First County Bank Advisors have answered this need by cementing themselves as a local resource for investment, trust and estate needs and more! Our Trust Officers and Investment Managers have an average of 30 years of experience and can help you navigate through life’s many milestones and challenges, such as:
- Marriage or divorce
- Birth or adoption of a child
- Sale or purchase of a home or business
- Changes in employment
- Planning for educational expenses
- Planning for retirement
- Planning for Incapacity or disability
- Care and support of an elderly family member
- Death of a spouse
For more information on financial planning or to talk to one of our First County Advisors visit http://firstcountybank.com/wealth-management or call Dave Metzgar at 203.462.4267 (Mon. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
We are proud to announce the launch of FirstPrize $avings, a new savings account. The FirstPrize $avings account is for consumers 18 and older who are seeking a new and fun way to save! This savings account promotes savings by offering those who make deposits of $25 or greater, an opportunity to win $1,000.
If you would like to learn more about the FirstPrize $avings Account stop by your nearest First County Bank Branch or contact our CustomerFirst Center at 203.462.4400 (Mon. – Fri., 8:30am – 4:30pm).
View the Savings Account Disclosures & Official Rules Disclosures by clicking here.
We presented a $1,000 donation to Academy of Information Technology & Engineering (AITE) Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) on September 20, 2016. This donation commemorates the grand opening of the new First County Bank limited access branch at AITE and supports the high school PTSO activities.
Pictured are: David Martin, mayor, City of Stamford, Tina Rivera, principal, AITE, Reyno A. Giallongo Jr., chairman and CEO of First County Bank, Sue Feldman, Elizabeth Kitay and Regan Allan, AITE parents and PTSO members, and Robert Granata, president and COO of First County Bank.
First County Bank Corporator Vincent Vetrini and his business County TV & Appliance were the featured story in the business section of the Advocate. This year County TV & Appliance is celebrating its 65th Anniversary of doing business here in Stamford. After six-decades of being a successful, local, family-owned business, Vincent and son Elio Vetrini see no end in sight. “We are a community-based store. We intend to be here forever,” Vincent stated in the article.
We congratulate Corporator Vincent Vetrini and the entire Vetrini family’s accomplishment of growing County TV & Appliance after the purchase of the store in 2003 from the Cohn family. Vincent understands the importance of local community ties as a way to build his business and strengthen his community. Appreciating and nurturing the relationships between a business and its local community is one of many reasons Vincent fits so well into the First County Bank family.