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Elizabeth Canizares-Brucker Joins First County Bank As Mortgage Loan Originator

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First County Bank is pleased to announce Elizabeth “Beth” Canizares-Brucker, to our Residential Mortgage Division, as a mortgage loan originator.

We are pleased to announce the recent addition of Elizabeth “Beth” Canizares-Brucker to the Bank’s Residential Lending division as a mortgage loan originator. With the hiring of Brucker, First County Bank continues to augment our talented pool of mortgage loan originators to better meet the needs of its customers.

“Beth brings a solid mortgage lending, origination and marketing background to the Bank. She has knowledge in all aspects of mortgage origination and specializes in home purchase, refinance, first time buyers and luxury home lending,” said Reyno Giallongo, First County Bank’s chairman and CEO. “We look forward to her contributions which complement and further enrich the expertise of our First County Bank Residential Mortgage Division.”

Beth Brucker works closely with a network of realtor and financial professionals throughout Connecticut. Since 2002, she has been involved in the residential mortgage industry with some of the nation’s leading lending institutions. Brucker has considerable experience in all aspects of origination and helps guide borrowers through the loan process, recommending the best solutions for each customer. She specializes in helping first time home buyers achieve home ownership as well as working with customers in the luxury home market.

Prior to joining First County Bank, Beth was a mortgage lender who knows the local market and understands customer needs. Previously, she was an international marketing professional with a top 20 IT corporation in the Fortune 500. She is actively involved in the community with the Westport Rotary Club as social chair, newsletter editor and Lobster Fest member; The Rotary Means Business as social chair; American Heart Association of CT and NY as Advisory Board member and is a member of the International Society of Lower Fairfield. Over the years, she was also an active member of the Shellfish Commission for the Town of Westport and a volunteer in many other community and national charitable organizations. She earned her B.S. in Finance and Management from Fairfield University. Beth currently resides in Wilton, CT with her family.

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Hugo Ramirez joins First County Bank as Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager

Hugo_Ramirez_FirstCountyBank 1First County Bank is pleased to announce the recent addition of Hugo Ramirez who joins the Bank’s Retail Banking Division as assistant vice president, branch manager of the 660 Main Street, Norwalk, CT branch.

“Hugo has over 15 years of retail banking experience with numerous awards. He will manage the customer relations and new business development for his branch as well as manage the branch operations.” said Reyno Giallongo, First County Bank’s chairman and CEO. “We continually look to enhance our team by recruiting talented bankers.”

As assistant vice president, branch manager, Hugo is responsible for managing branch customer service performance and cultivating relationships with community, industry and professional contacts. He is committed to helping customers and businesses select the best banking solution to achieve their goals.

Prior to joining First County Bank, Ramirez was with Patriot Bank, serving as a regional vice president. Ramirez has won numerous sales awards over the years for his outstanding sales performance in retail, wealth management, small business, cash management and insurance products.

Hugo is a resident of Stamford, CT and when not working, he enjoys time spent with his son and family. He is an active member in the community with the Chamber of Commerce in Stamford, CT, Scarsdale and Bedford, NY. Ramirez is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Introducing FirstPrize $avings

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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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Corporator Vincent Vetrini, County TV & Appliance “65 years and no slowing down”

Vincent VetriniFirst County Bank Corporator Vincent Vetrini and his business County TV & Appliance were the featured story in the business section of the Advocate. This year County TV & Appliance is celebrating its 65th Anniversary of doing business here in Stamford. After six-decades of being a successful, local, family-owned business, Vincent and son Elio Vetrini see no end in sight. “We are a community-based store. We intend to be here forever,” Vincent stated in the article.

We congratulate Corporator Vincent Vetrini and the entire Vetrini family’s accomplishment of growing County TV & Appliance after the purchase of the store in 2003 from the Cohn family. Vincent understands the importance of local community ties as a way to build his business and strengthen his community. Appreciating and nurturing the relationships between a business and its local community is one of many reasons Vincent fits so well into the First County Bank family.



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Grand Opening of new High School Branch

We announced the official opening of a limited access Bank branch at The Academy of Information, Technology and Engineering “AITE” High School with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held September 19, 2016. AITE is a college preparatory, inter-district, magnet high school in Stamford, CT.
“First County Bank is proud to provide students with financial literacy education which is a critical life skill,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “We want to help students develop financial knowledge and transferable abilities that they can apply to future endeavors.” 
Sheila Content of First County Bank is the branch manager for the AITE High School Branch where she trains AITE student-employees through an internship-like experience while they work in an actual bank branch. In addition, financial literacy curriculum is provided by First County Bank and taught in the classroom to AITE students.
The new branch aligns AITE’s motto of “Empowering students to shape the future” with First County Bank’s 165th anniversary of serving the community. First County Bank manages the AITE high school branch which is staffed by AITE students and provides banking services during the school year which are limited to current AITE students and faculty members. The purpose of this branch and classroom instruction is to educate the leaders of tomorrow, by teaching financial literacy skills and providing real-world experience, not only for those students working in the branch but those who access its services.


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Pictured (left to right): Earl Kim, Superintendent, Stamford Public Schools; Geoff Alswanger, President, Stamford Board of Education; Sheila Content, Branch Manager, First County Bank; David Martin, Mayor, City of Stamford; Reyno Giallongo, Chairman, CEO of First County Bank; Robert Granata, President, COO of First County Bank; Tina Rivera, Principal, Academy of Information Technology and Engineering; Michael Fernandes, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools, Stamford Public Schools; Jeanne Lauer, Teacher, Academy of Information Technology and Engineering.


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Jagjiwan Singh joins First County Bank as Assistant Vice President, Business Development Officer

Jagjiwan SinghWe are pleased to announce the recent hiring of Jagjiwan “Singh” Singh, who joins the Bank’s Business Banking Division as assistant vice president, business development officer. First County Bank’s addition of Singh demonstrates the Bank’s commitment to further meet the needs of its commercial customers and the business community.

“Singh will be originating and growing commercial relationships for the Bank. He will contribute to the Bank’s business banking and sales team with his strong community and business relationships.” said Reyno Giallongo, First County Bank’s chairman and CEO.

Prior to joining First County Bank, Singh was branch manager at Wells Fargo Bank. Earlier, Jagjiwan was branch manager for RBS Citizens, N.A. in Stamford. He has spent most of his banking career responsible for sales and service of business and commercial customers. Before moving to Connecticut, Singh worked for Starwood Corporation where he worked with international and diplomatic clientele in New Delhi, India. Singh has over 8 years of banking and management experience.

Singh is fluent in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. He is an active member of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji Foundation in Norwalk. He has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut, Stamford. In addition, he has extensive professional financial education. Singh is a resident of East Norwalk, CT where he lives with his wife and their two children. He enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering in the community.

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Juanita James Named as one of Savoy Magazine’s 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors

juanita_jamesCongratulations to one of our Corporators, Juanita James on being named one of Savoy Magazine’s 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors for the month of August. Juanita’s impressive career consists of being Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Pitney Bowes, Inc. as well as a progressive 20-year career with Warner Bros, Inc. and Bertelsmann, Inc. Today, Juanita is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Congratulations Juanita, we are proud to have you as a Corporator! Read the full article here.


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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

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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.

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Steven J. Ferguson of First County Bank, named as one of Fairfield County’s 40 Under 40

Steve Ferguson, AVP, Business Development Officer at First County Bank recognized as a 40 Under 40 award winner by the Fairfield County Business Journal.

Steve Ferguson, AVP, Business Development Officer at First County Bank recognized as a 40 Under 40 award winner by the Fairfield County Business Journal.

First County Bank is pleased to announce that Steven “Steve” G. Ferguson, assistant vice president, business development officer, was recognized by Fairfield County Business Journal as one of Fairfield County’s 40 Under 40 at the June 21 awards celebration held at Dolce Norwalk. Ferguson has over 20 years of experience in business banking and is responsible for business development and the origination of small business and commercial loans.

This is the 12th year the Fairfield County Business Journal has honored top forty professionals under the age of forty. Candidates are judged based on their position in their careers and contributions to their business field or community. Over 100 young professionals are nominated each year for this honor and represent many business fields including: financial services, insurance, banking, real estate, medical, technology, law, marketing, and others.

“We are delighted Steve was recognized for his accomplishments in the banking industry and service to our community,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., Chairman and CEO at First County Bank. “It is an honor for Steve to be awarded the 40 Under 40 award by the Fairfield County Business Journal. He is a seasoned member of our Business Banking team.”

Ferguson demonstrates his involvement in the community with participation in his second term as commissioner, City of Norwalk, Planning Commission. He is also involved as a member of the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce and volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for Side by Side Charter School, Norwalk, CT.  Steve has been with First County Bank for approximately a year and has made an impact through his ability to partner with other First County Bank Business Development team members and identify prospects in the marketplace, particularly in the Norwalk market area.  His passion for helping businesses and non-profits achieve their goals is very visible and is one of the contributing factors to the nomination.