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Start Your Career at First County Bank—It’s Where You Belong

Want to join a talented, professional organization that cares about the community? Join our team at First County Bank!

A career in banking offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, paid holidays and the opportunity to work with a stellar team of employees who go above and beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of our customers. Working in the banking industry provides a wide variety of personal and career growth opportunities as well as the possibility of career progression, competitive pay and benefits.

Currently, we’re looking for an Underwriter to join our Loan Processing team; a Building Maintenance Worker to join our Administrative Services team; and a Teller Supervisor and a Part-Time Teller to join our Retail Banking team.

Apply here: https://www.firstcountybank.com/careers

Bank News, In Our Community

Local Public School Teachers Can Apply Now for FirstClass Grant Program 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.

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.

Bank News, In Our Community

October Food Drive

Please join us in collecting non-perishable food donations during the month of October for The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. Last year, food drives provided one-third of all the food distributed by The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Inc. Through the efforts of local businesses, schools, churches and clubs, the organization helped feed over 200,000 individuals in the community.

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County provides food to any qualified non-profit agency in a six-town area which includes soup kitchens, homeless shelters, food pantries, child day care centers, after school programs, senior centers and rehabilitation programs.

In Fairfield County, a family of four needs an annual salary of about $71,000 to avoid being “food insecure,” i.e. lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Often, the working poor only earn Connecticut’s minimum wage, and many choose between eating nutritiously or paying the rent. Therefore, they obtain food via food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters that are member agencies of The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Inc.

Food Insecurity in Connecticut

  • 13.9% of Connecticut residents are food insecure and 6% are very food insecure
  • Only 51 students participate in free and reduced price breakfast for every 100 in lunch.
  • Only 53% of the eligible working poor participate in the SNAP (food stamps) program. Many go to food pantries instead for food.
  • Over 700,000 Connecticut adults are living below the Federal poverty level.
  • Over 118,000 Connecticut children are living in poverty.

Source EndHungerCT.org

Now through Wednesday, October 31, First County Bank will serve as a donation center and we encourage the community to bring in canned goods, boxed goods and other non-perishable food items to help stock the shelves.

Will you be a part of the change and #BankonEndingHunger this October by donating to The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County? Please stop by one of our branches to bring your non-perishable food items now through the end of October.

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

Bank News, Customer Profile, In Our Community, Smart Savings Tips

FirstPrize $avings Winner: Evelin S. Molina-Payes

First County Bank congratulates the recent winner of the FirstPrize $avings account prize drawing– Evelin S. Molina-Payes of Stamford, CT. Evelin is a college student and plans to use her $1,000 winnings on text books and other class supplies.

The FirstPrize $avings account is a basic savings account with a cash prize drawing component to promote personal savings. With each eligible deposit of $25 or more, the account holder earns an entry into a drawing for a $1,000 prize. The drawing occurs four times per calendar year.

Account details, rules and regulations are posted on the First County Bank savings account website: https://firstcountybank.com/firstprize-savings. To learn more about the FirstPrize $avings account, click view the official FirstPrize $avings Account Official Rules which may be found in the Savings Account Disclosure.

Pictured left to right:  Executive Vice President Willard Miley; Branch Manager Edens Fleurizard; prize winner; Evelin S. Molina-Payes, President and COO, Bob Granata.

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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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.

Bank News, First County Bank Profile, In Our Community

First County Bank Profile: Meet Maria Bivona

Maria Bivona was recently promoted to the position of Branch Manager at First County Bank’s Academy of Information, Technology and Engineering high school branch in Stamford.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in Sicily, Italy, and I moved to the United States in 2000. I live in Trumbull with my husband and our 9-year-old son. I love to spend time with my family traveling, watching movies, riding bikes and listening to music.

Currently, I’m attending my last year of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management and I am looking forward to graduation. I have worked at First County Bank for 11 years. I started as a teller in the New Canaan branch.

During my career with First County Bank, I had the pleasure of volunteering for many amazing community events, but my ultimate favorite event was the benefit walk for Bennett Cancer Center’s patients called “Hope in Motion.” It’s great to see the entire community come together to support those whose lives have been impacted by such a terrible disease.

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

My favorite part of my role with First County Bank is being able to establish a strong relationship with my coworkers and customers. I love being able to assist people and help address any of their concerns. I really enjoy interacting with customers and feel a sense of accomplishment when they leave with a big smile on their face!

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment?

I have many special moments with First County Bank and picking one is almost impossible. I find it extremely rewarding helping and encouraging others to achieve both their financial and personal goals. I find it very satisfying when a customer leaves my office thanking me for my assistance and support.

Bank News, Customer Profile, Smart Savings Tips

Pint-Sized Savers

Last month, our branches gave kids the opportunity to win a prize (and bragging rights) for correctly guessing the amount of coins in the money jar. Our 15 winners not only won the jar of coins as their prize, but also a small investment in their future and valuable saving tips beginning at a young age.

According to Forbes magazine, children as young as three years old can grasp financial concepts like saving and spending. A study done by the University of Cambridge showed that children’s money habits are formed by the age of seven. The sooner kids start saving, the faster their money can grow!

Congratulations to our 15 lucky prize winners and happy saving!

Darien: Brandon A.; Fairfield: Nicole C.; Greenwich: Patrick B.; New Canaan: Teagen H.; Norwalk: Nondine D., Motasem S., Corinne F.; Stamford: Arison B., Brooke R., Amber B., Dylan R., Jacob J., Chase N., Christian H. and Westport: Liliana B.