As we turn the corner to 2014, we have a lot to be proud of this past year and much to be excited about looking ahead. With every New Year, there is hope for a better, even more fruitful year. This is the time of year gym memberships soar and new diets are born. For First County Bank, it’s a time to reflect on our accomplishments and focus on our future.
As I reflect back, I think a key success in 2013 is the relationships we have established and maintained with our customers as their trusted financial advisors, offering experience and knowledge when it comes to all areas of banking including wealth management, retirement, small business loans, commercial and residential mortgages and more.
Other specific accomplishments we are proud of include introducing the Custom-Term Mortgage and Mortgage First Commitment Guarantee program offering customers maximum mortgage flexibility. As keeping current with the latest technology is a priority, we enhanced our mobile banking offering by providing text capabilities and real time alerts for banking convenience. Through the First County Bank Foundation, we awarded more than $560,000 in grants to local nonprofits. In keeping with our commitment to adopt new technological advancements, we launched a redesigned mobile website to optimize the user experience on mobile devices and tablets. Our dedication to supporting local community events continued with our sponsorship of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Maple Sugar Festival and Chef’s Challenge, and were the presenting sponsor of the 36th annual Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival. In support of our young professionals and future leaders, we co-sponsored the Young Professionals Networking Event at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in partnership with The Young Professionals Network of The Business Council of Fairfield County. And toward the end of this year, our First County Advisors hosted a free networking and educational event “From Fiscal Drag to Wealth Effect” featuring keynote speaker Phil Orlando of Federated Investors.
Looking ahead, we will continue to listen closely to the needs of our customers and offer products and services that best respond to those needs. As a trusted financial advisor, we are committed to helping our customers think through and solve any challenges they have in a way no one else can. We are also excited to introduce many new offerings including a more robust credit card product for both consumers and businesses. And we are even looking into installing tablets in all our branches!
No doubt this next year will prove to be full of change, growth and advancements. And we are excited to accomplish great things along with and for our customers, our community and local businesses. Here’s to a happy and financially healthy 2014!