First County 165, Miscellaneous

Throwback Thursday – A Tradition of Giving

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

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.

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First County Advisors/Wealth Management

Financial Planning Week

Budget Pie ChartThis 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.)

Bank News

Introducing FirstPrize $avings

FirstPrize $avings

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.

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Bank News

2015 Executive Management Report

A Proud Tradition of Helping Local People Succeed.

FCB_ExecutiveReport-2015That’s the story presented in this year’s Executive Management Report. Throughout the report, readers will find themes including respect, engage, listen, respond, deliver, support, which have defined First County Bank’s commitment to customers and community since our founding 165 years ago. And, which have continued to guide us in our ongoing mission of helping local people succeed, and led us to another solid performance in 2015.

Click here to read our 2015 Executive Management Report, and thank you for being part of our story.

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Bank News, First County Advisors/Wealth Management, In Our Community, Sponsorships & Events

Women in Business Conference

Our own Sara Tucker, Senior Vice President and Director of Business Banking and Sandra Greer, Vice President, First County Advisors had the pleasure of addressing attendees of Moffly Media’s Women in Business Conference on the topic of “Hidden Strategies for Business Effectiveness.”

Thank you to Moffly Media for organizing this great event, and to all the women taking time out of their busy schedules to attend.

Bank News, First County Advisors/Wealth Management

Women in Business Conference – Hidden Strategies for Business Effectiveness

Sara Tucker

Sara Tucker

Attendees of Moffly Media’s Women in Business Conference will be learning from local experts including our own Sara Tucker, Senior Vice President and Director of Business Banking and Sandra Greer, Vice President, First County Advisors.

Speaking on the topic “Hidden Strategies for Business Effectiveness,” Sara and Sandra will be addressing the fact that women are “wired” differently than men. That female brains function differently and, therefore, “operate” differently in life than their male counterparts, permeates how women approach business, work, and decision-making.

 Sandra Greer

Sandra Greer

Experienced and accomplished businesswomen, Sara and Sandra will delve into how those traits can be used in negotiations, time management, financial decisions and leadership. By understanding, and embracing, how they are wired women can use these attributes to increase business effectiveness.

First County Bank is proud to sponsor the 2016 Women in Business Conference on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Tickets are still available – join us today.

Smart Savings Tips

Dana’s Savings Tip

We asked our customers and community to share their “Smart Savings Tips” – and you answered with some amazing ideas, including this one:

I raised my college-age son to recognize the difference between “need” and “want;” to work hard and earn his own money; to be motivated to save, rather than spend. I set a budget for clothes & shoes that he needed; if he wanted higher-priced, brand-name items instead, he paid the difference.

He worked age-appropriate jobs beginning at 13; he’s purchased his own pay-as-you-go cell phones since middle school; and his own used cars since community college (before going on to University). Through the years, he’s been excited to watch his savings grow and has developed a balance of school/work/family & friends. He’s also said that because he was invested in his purchases, he understood their value and took greater care of them than his friends whose parents bought what they asked for.

Stay tuned as we share more of your Smart Savings Tips in the coming weeks and months. With your help, we can all learn to save smart.

First County Bank Profile

First County Profile: Aitza Cabrera

Aitza Cabrera

Aitza Cabrera, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager

Meet Aitza Cabrera, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager and Loan Originator at our Park Street office in New Canaan.

Tell us a little about yourself
I was born and raised in Stamford. I have 3 boys, ages 15, 12, and 7. I love listening to music and enjoy spending time with my family. I love being outdoors and going to my kids’ sports events.

I have over 14 years of banking experience and  recently joined the Darien Dynamos BNI group, a local networking group of business professionals.

What is the favorite part of your role with First County Bank?
I love the interaction with customers. Being able to meet new people and building lasting relationships. Having the opportunity to listen and provide them with a solution and knowing I helped them is one of the best feelings for me.

What is the most frequent question you receive from customers?
How long have you been with First County Bank?

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment?
My favorite First County Bank moment was when I was promoted to branch manager.

Contact
Phone: 203.966.2711
Email: acabrera@firstcountybank.com
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