Smart Savings Tips

An Apple a Day: Life Insurance Awareness Month

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Have you had your apple today? Stop by any of our branches to get yours and learn more about protecting your assets during “Life Insurance Awareness Month” this September.

In an effort to encourage our customers to review their protection needs, the branches have created some fun ways to get you to think about the importance of life insurance.   Insurance can seem complicated and overwhelming, but as trusted advisors, we are here to be sure you know that we can help with all of your financial needs, including protecting your family from the unexpected.

Life insurance can help secure the financial future of your loved ones, help with funeral costs and pay off any outstanding debts. If you’re a parent, life insurance can help to pay for tuition and other educational expenses for your child. Buying a life insurance policy can help ensure that your family doesn’t have to rely on your retirement savings for financial support should anything happen.

Call our CustomerFirst Contact Center at (203) 462-4400 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. of stop by any one of our 16 conveniently located branches to learn more.

For branch locations visit: https://www.firstcountybank.com/branch-hours-locations-and-directions

Bank News, The CEO's Posts

First County Bank Announces Executive Leadership Promotion

Stamford, Conn., September 17, 2018 – First County Bank announced Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. will retire in August 2019. He has held the position of CEO since 2011. Under the succession plan, approved by the Board of Directors and effective August of 2019, Giallongo will be succeeded by Robert Granata, current president and COO. Willard M. Miley was promoted to executive vice president by the Board of Directors on August 1, 2018 and in August of 2019 Mr. Miley will assume the role of president and COO as Mr. Granata’s successor. This announcement comes from a deliberate, carefully thought out strategic succession plan.  The Bank will use the coming year to transition its internal, external and community partnerships with a seamless change in leadership.

“We want to ensure our customers and employees that we are taking a strategic approach to our executive leadership plan and have the best in mind for the Bank, now and in the future,” said Rey Giallongo, First County Bank chairman and CEO. “Bob Granata and I have been working closely together to assure a smooth transition of the executive and board leadership of the Bank. We are also excited to announce Willard’s promotion to executive vice president. The board and I are confident the succession plan will continue to steer First County Bank successfully now and into the future.”

Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. is chairman and CEO of First County Bank and has served in this capacity since 2011. In addition, he is president of the First County Bank Foundation. Mr. Giallongo serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Business Council of Fairfield County and serves as board member of the Housing Development Fund. He served as a member of the Connecticut Bankers Association board of directors; was chairman of the board of commissioners of the Stamford Downtown Special Services District; was a member of the ABA’s Community Bank Council; and served on the New York Federal Reserve Bank Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council, (CDIAC). Mr. Giallongo earned a master’s degree in business administration and finance from Babson College, his bachelor’s in business administration from Salem State University and graduated from Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Robert Granata is president, COO of First County Bank and has served the bank in this capacity since 2014. Mr. Granata brings more than 31 years of experience to the role and is a corporator of First County Bank and on the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County Hospice House, the Ferguson Library and the Mill River Park Collaborative. He also serves on the Leadership Council for Childcare Learning Centers. Mr. Granata earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Anselm College, graduated from New England School of Banking at Williams College and National School of Banking at Fairfield University.

Willard M. Miley is executive vice president, after being promoted from senior vice president, retail banking division. Mr. Miley brings 35 years of experience to his role and started his First County Bank career in 2002. He currently serves on the board of directors for The Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF). Miley earned his bachelor’s degree in business from The University of Bridgeport. He graduated from the National School of Banking at Fairfield University and the Connecticut School of Finance and Management.

About First County Bank

 First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.5 billion and is a 2016-2018 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit https://www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank. Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/firstcountybank, view and follow us on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/firstcountybank, watch us on YouTube at http://www.firstcountybank.com/camera or connect with First County Bank on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/920207.

 

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Bank News, First County Bank Profile, In Our Community

Employee Profile: Meet Mat DeRienzo

We’ve been sharing about some of our front-line branch personnel and now we’re expanding to share stories about our wonderful employees who you don’t always see, who support the First County Bank team employees behind the scenes.

This week we meet Mat DeRienzo, a Network/PC Specialist I who works in our IT department. Mat (with one “T”) started out with us four months ago as an intern and was hired to work at First County Bank full-time over the summer.

Tell us a little about yourself – feel free to include information about your family, hobbies and/or involvement in the community:

I am a huge Yankees fan. I also love everything car related and enjoy working on my own car when I get the chance. I’m also guilty of playing video games, which often results in me staying up later than I should on weekdays.

What is your favorite part of your role with First County Bank?

My favorite part about working in IT is being a problem solver. It gives me great satisfaction whenever I fix something.

What is the most frequent question you receive from customers, and how do you respond?

The most frequent question I get asked is “can you unblock this site for me?” I normally respond by telling them there’s a process to follow and, unfortunately, I cannot do it on the spot.

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment? This can be any moment at the Bank that has made an impact on your life.

My favorite moment was my internship. The work I received at First County Bank was not “busy work.” It was meaningful work that not only taught me a great deal of information, but was also rewarding. Even though I was only an intern at the time, I felt as if I was part of the team.

Anything else you’d like to say about your experience at the Bank (Optional)?

I’d like to say that I feel truly fortunate that my first job out of college is at First County Bank. I’m a pretty quiet person and was very anxious to embark in my first step to being a real adult. Everyone I interact with is incredibly kind and makes it much easier to be comfortable and confident.

Miscellaneous

World Cup Challenge

Congratulations to Anna Maria Pace, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of our West Main Street branch, who won the World Cup contest! The branch selected France to win the World Cup and enjoyed celebrating their win. The team opted to fulfill their need for speed by racing at the indoor race track as a group to celebrate.

“We had an awesome time,” Pace said.

In Our Community, Sponsorships & Events

Oyster Festival 2018: Thank You to Our Volunteers!

The Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival was a success! Cloudy skies and occasional rain didn’t keep die-hard Festival-goers from attending and enjoying the many rides and food choices– from funnel cakes to gyros to lobster. Attendees enjoyed unique arts and crafts, games, rides, and attractions. The highlight of the weekend was our volunteers at the spinning wheel who encouraged visitors to spin for a chance to win a pair of sunglasses, lip balm, or a water bottle. Our booth drew big crowds, each guest hoping for a prize! Everyone was a winner.

An annual favorite, the teal bags were a hit with thousands handed out by volunteers. By the end of the weekend, we had achieved a sea of First County Bank teal bags wandering through the carnival and the other attractions.

 

We thank all of the volunteers who spent part of their Friday, Saturday, or Sunday with us to staff our tent. Visit our Facebook page for a complete photo gallery.

In Our Community, Sponsorships & Events

Ribbon Cutting Kicks Off Official Start of Norwalk Oyster Festival

The ribbon has been cut which kicks off the official start of the 41st Annual Norwalk Oyster Festival! We’re happy to be the Presenting Sponsor at this awesome 3-day family event which will be held on Fri., Sept. 7 – Sun., Sept. 9 at Norwalk Veteran’s Memorial Park.  

For more information, visit https://www.seaport.org/Oyster-Festival

Left to right: State Senator Bob Duff; State Rep. Terrie Wood; Robert Granata, President and COO, First County Bank; Mike Reilly, Chairman, Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival; Mayor Harry Rilling, City of Norwalk; Willard Miley, Executive VP, First County Bank; State Rep. Fred Wilms; and State Rep. Gail Lavielle.

First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

FirstClass Grant for Teachers

First County Bank Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the annual FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers, a grant program developed exclusively for public school K-5 grade teachers in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, Fairfield and neighboring communities of Bridgeport public school districts. Grant applications are accepted now through the deadline of October 31, 2018 and are available online at FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers or http://firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant.

“This is an exciting program supporting teachers to help them provide supplemental educational programs to their students, which otherwise may not have been affordable,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, president of First County Bank Foundation and chairman, CEO of First County Bank. “It is rewarding to observe students’ joy of learning from these innovative programs. This is one way First County Bank Foundation demonstrates its commitment to supporting families, children and education in the communities we serve.”

FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers was designed by First County Bank Foundation to help teachers fund programs fostering creative education in and beyond the classroom. Special consideration will be given to requests that are creative, innovative and have lasting impact. Examples of program topics include nature-based, astronomy, financial literacy, conservation, environmental, music or art. Examples of past grants are available at FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers or http://firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant.

Starting in November, grants will be awarded with funds available for use during the 2018-19 school year. Applications for the FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers can be conveniently completed online at www.firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant. Requested grant amounts may not exceed $1,000 and principal authorization is required. Grant requests for books, magazine subscriptions, school trips and computer equipment such as tablets or laptops are not eligible. Questions can be answered by contacting 203-462-4858. Deadline for applications is October 31, 2018.

Photo caption: Students having fun participating in one of the many supplemental educational programs sponsored by First County Bank Foundation’s FirstClass Grant for Teachers.

Sponsorships & Events

Join Us at the Norwalk Seaport Association’s 41st Annual Oyster Festival

First County Bank is pleased to be the Presenting Sponsor of the 41st Anniversary of the annual Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival. The festival opens on Friday, September 7 and runs through Sunday, September 9, at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk. We have been a sponsor of the event since 2007. Our employees and senior management will be manning a tent at the entrance to the Oyster Festival. Stop by the tent to meet the team and pick up free giveaways!

The Oyster Festival offers three days of family-friendly activities and entertainment with local and national headliners Funky Dawgz Brass Band on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., followed by Deep Banana Blackout jazz-funk band at 9 p.m.; Steve Augeri, the former lead vocalist for Journey on Saturday, September 8 at 8 p.m.; Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band, a Jimmy Buffet style tribute band on Sunday, September 9 at 4 p.m.

Children and families will enjoy the kids wristband special on Saturday and Sunday with unlimited rides from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a $25 bracelet. Stop by the Kids’ Cove for games, rides, and children’s activities under the Big Top circus tent. Thrill seekers will love the Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show and the 65-foot Gondola Ferris Wheel. Attractions also include the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, more than 100 juried arts and crafts vendors in the New England Seaport Village, diverse dining choices in the Food Court, and a wide variety of vendors and exhibitions.

For tickets, hours, and more information, visit the Norwalk Seaport Association’s website. https://www.seaport.org/Oyster-Festival

Photo: Robert Granata, president and COO, First County Bank, Mike Reilly, Norwalk Seaport Association president and Oyster Festival chairman, along with Willard Miley, executive vice president, First County Bank.

In Our Community

First County Bank Foundation Announces FirstClass Grant for Teachers; Application Deadline is October 31, 2018

Stamford, Conn., September 6, 2018First County Bank Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the annual FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers, a grant program developed exclusively for public school K-5 grade teachers. The FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers was established in 2016 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of First County Bank Foundation. Eligible grant recipients are Kindergarten through fifth grade teachers in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, Fairfield and neighboring communities of Bridgeport public school districts. Grant applications are accepted now through the deadline of October 31, 2018 and are available online at FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers or http://firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant.

“This is an exciting program supporting teachers to help them provide supplemental educational programs to their students, which otherwise may not have been affordable,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, president of First County Bank Foundation and chairman, CEO of First County Bank. “It is rewarding to observe students’ joy of learning from these innovative programs. This is one way First County Bank Foundation demonstrates its commitment to supporting families, children and education in the communities we serve.”

FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers was designed by First County Bank Foundation to help teachers fund programs fostering creative education in and beyond the classroom. Special consideration will be given to requests that are creative, innovative and have lasting impact. Examples of program topics include nature-based, astronomy, financial literacy, conservation, environmental, music or art. Examples of past grants are available at FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers or http://firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant.

Starting in November, grants will be awarded with funds available for use during the 2018-19 school year. Applications for the FirstClass Grant Program for Teachers can be conveniently completed online at www.firstcountybank.com/firstclass-grant. Requested grant amounts may not exceed $1,000 and principal authorization is required. Grant requests for books, magazine subscriptions, school trips and computer equipment such as tablets or laptops are not eligible. Questions can be answered by contacting 203-462-4858. Deadline for applications is October 31, 2018.

About First County Bank Foundation

Established in 2001 in honor of the bank’s 150th anniversary, First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development for children and families. As a mutual bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers contributions made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.5 billion and is a 2016-2018 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit https://www.firstcountybank.com. Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/firstcountybank. Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/firstcountybank, view and follow us on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/firstcountybank, watch us on YouTube at http://www.firstcountybank.com/camera or connect with First County Bank on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/920207.

 

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Photo: Students having fun participating in one of the many supplemental educational programs sponsored by First County Bank Foundation’s FirstClass Grant for Teachers.