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Thursday Throwback: Old Red Bank

UntitledIn 1883, 23 years after our founding, the then Stamford Savings Bank purchased property on which it would build their first standalone building. Designed by famed architect Warren Richard Biggs of Bridgeport, the Victorian-style building at 117 Prospect Street in Stamford became known as “The Old Red Bank.”

While we no longer call The Old Red Bank home, we’ve continued to grow and build within Stamford and Fairfield County. Today we have fifteen full service branches, plus a limited access branch for students and faculty of AITE.

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.

 

First County Bank Foundation

First County Bank Foundation Donates to Nonprofits in Stamford

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Pictured (left to right): Paul Isla, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, First County Bank; Jane Hickok, Director of Operations, Future 5; Clif McFeely, Founder & Executive Director, Future 5; Polly Perkins Johnson, Chairman, Future 5; John Bonora, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk & Chief Credit Officer, First County Bank.

 

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Pictured (left to right): Rick Zaremski, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending Manager, First County Bank; Susanne D. Kuligowski, President and CEO, ARI of CT; Mark Rosenbloom, Assistant Vice President, Director of Cash Management Services.

First County Bank Foundation

First County Foundation Donates to Nonprofits in Norwalk & Stamford

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Pictured (left to right): Wendy Macedo, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, First County Bank; Denise Cesareo, Executive Director, Elderhouse; David Van Buskirk, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.

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Pictured (left to right): Rick Zaremski, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending Manager, First County Bank; Elliot Brenner, President & CEO, Inspirica; Mark Rosenbloom,  Assistant Vice President, Director of Cash Managment Services, First County Bank.

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Pictured (left to right): Sara Tucker, Senior Vice President, Director of Business Banking, First County Bank; John “Jack” Dowling, Vice President, Commercial Banker, First County Bank, Mark Rosenbloom, Assistant Vice President, Director of Cash Management Services, First County Bank; Marc Jaffe, Chief Executive Officer, Childcare Learning Center.

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Thursday Throwback: Writing Our History

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In 2011, in honor of our 160th Anniversary, First County Bank commissioned local author Neal Yates to document the Bank’s history. The result was a 200+ page commemorative book within which Yates captured not just First County Bank’s milestones, but also significant moments in Fairfield County.

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.

 

First County Bank Foundation

First County Bank Foundation Donates to Nonprofits in Stamford & Norwalk

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Pictured (left to right): Karen Kelly, Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, First County Bank; Christopher Landino, Development Director, Women’s Business Council; Fran Pastore, President & CEO, Women’s Business Development Council; Sara Tucker, Senior Vice President, Director of Business Banking, First County Bank

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Pictured (left to right): Steve Ferguson, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank; Beatrix Winter, Executive Director, Norwalk Senior Center; Wendy Macedo, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, First County Bank.unspecified2

Pictured (left to right): Justyna Nurczyk, Branch Manager, First County Bank; Nicole Ambrosecchio, Graduate Ambassador, Kids Helping Kids; Jennifer Kelley, Executive Director, Kids Helping Kids; David Van Buskirk, Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.

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First County Bank Foundation Donates to Nonprofits in Stamford

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Pictured (left to right): Karen Kelly, Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer; Kathleen Bordelon, Executive Director, Silver Source; Mark Rosenbloom, Assistant Vice President, Director of Cash Management Services, First County Bank.

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Pictured (left to right): Willard Miley, Vice President, Retail Banking, First County Bank; Matthew Quinones, CEO, Stamford Public Education Foundation; Mark Rosenbloom, Assistant Vice President, Director of Cash Management Services, First County Bank

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Pictured (left to right): Joan Carty, President, Housing Development Fund; Jim Darling, Vice President, Commercial Lending Officer, First County Bank; Gina Delano, Chief Financial Officer, Housing Development Fund.

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Thursday Throwback: $200 in 1814

TT 1814Digging through the vaults, we discovered a check for $200. Crunching the numbers, this check would be worth over $2,897 today!

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.

First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

First County Bank Foundation Donates to Nonprofits in Stamford & Norwalk

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Pictured (left to right): Christina Crain, Executive Director, Stamford Senior Center; Margie Lanier, Chairman, Board of Stamford Senior Center; June Walker, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, First County Bank.

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Pictured (left to right): John “Jack” Dowling, Vice President, Commercial Banker, First County Bank; AnnaMaria Pace, Branch Manager, First County Bank; Michael Cotela, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Stamford.

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Pictured (left to right): Marianne Delaney, Director of Development, Person-to-Person; Ceci Maher, Executive Director, Person-to-Person; Aitza Cabrera, Branch Manager, First County Bank; John “Jack” Dowling, Vice President, Commercial Banker, First County Bank.

Bank News

Three New Corporators Join First County Bank

First County Bank is pleased to announce the election of three new corporators: Bruce Blasnik, David Cingari and Vincent Vetrini, at the June 15, 2016 annual Board of Directors meeting. A corporator is a unique role offered to community representatives and thought-leaders as part of the Bank’s mutual charter. A First County Bank corporator promotes the mission and vision of the Bank, and supports the business community and nonprofit development.

“We are excited to welcome these three new corporators to First County Bank. They bring a wealth of business experience from diverse industries which will enrich the Bank’s operations and provide direct insights into the local business community,” said Rey Giallongo, First County Bank chairman and CEO. “We are delighted Bruce, David and Vincent have joined us and we know they have the best interests of the Bank and community in mind. We look forward to their contributions.”

The First County Bank Board of Directors recruits corporators who are successful in their business or profession, and have strong knowledge of the communities First County Bank serves. Corporators play a critical role in a mutual community bank. The role of a corporator includes: assisting the Bank in increasing its visibility and credibility in the community, advising the Bank on community and customer needs, supporting the Bank’s business development, and providing customer service feedback.

First County Bank welcomes the following to their board of corporators:

Bruce Blasnik, CPA
Bruce Blasnik is a partner in the firm and the managing partner for the Connecticut practice of PFK O’Connor Davies, a regional accounting firm with offices in Stamford, and Wethersfield CT, as well as several other offices throughout the NY-metro area. He has over 30 years of experience providing accounting, tax and advisory service to a wide range of clients and has been a partner at PKF O’Connor Davies since 2003. Blasnik manages a portfolio of commercial, middle-market clients as well as a host of not-for-profits clients. He graduated from SUNY, Binghamton and is an accredited CPA in both Connecticut and New York. Bruce and his family live in Stamford.

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David Cingari
David Cingari is the Founder and President of David’s Soundview Catering, one of the premier catering and events companies in Fairfield County and Westchester County. He founded David’s Soundview Catering in 1988 and today provides event catering as well as commissary services in a number of corporate and office settings. Chef Cingari is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and the University of New Haven Hotel and Restaurant School. He and his company are active in the local nonprofit community. David and his family live in Stamford.

 

Vincent Vetrini

Vincent Vetrini
Vincent Vetrini is president and owner of County TV and Appliance in Stamford, CT a family owned appliance and electronics store serving the Fairfield and Westchester County areas since 1952. Vetrini has transformed his business into a 21st century model which includes a showroom cooking demonstration facility. He is known to provide exceptional service to both retail and wholesale clients. Vetrini graduated from Lehman College in New York City. He has been recognized as a Grand Marshall in the East Chester, NY Columbus Day parade, is active in Youth Soccer and is involved with various nonprofits in Stamford and Norwalk. Vincent and his family reside in Scarsdale.