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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.

 

 

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First County Bank and Bobby Valentine Sports Academy Collaboration

First County Bank along with Bobby Valentine and his team are excited to announce a new collaboration between First County Bank and the Bobby Valentine Sports Academy (BVSA). First County Bank is now the official field sponsor of BVSA’s new 40,000 square foot indoor sports facility.

BVSA has been in Stamford for over 12 years and recently moved into its new facility located at 4 Largo Drive in Stamford, CT.  The new BVSA building boasts 40 foot ceilings, a 15,000 square foot turf field, two multi-surface areas and six batting cages. On any given day, you can observe one-on-one baseball and softball instruction, team practice on the full field, lacrosse skill training and IQ development, soccer team/small group training, football practice for local high schools and even large scale community events that can host over 800 guests.

“First County Bank’s relationship with Bobby Valentine and BVSA is exciting to the Bank and exemplifies its mission to support local communities in Fairfield County. The BVSA facility is quickly becoming a sporting home for young athletes and families in Fairfield County, and hosts corporate events, fundraisers and sporting tournaments,” said Rey Giallongo, Jr., chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “The functionality of the facility and its multi-sport activities provide opportunities for the community to train, network and create lasting relationships which supports our strategic community-minded mission.”

“First County Bank has been servicing our community since 1851. They have a personalized approach to customer service as does BVSA. We believe when you find a partner that treats others the same way you do, it makes for a great like-minded relationship,” said Bobby Valentine. “I am thrilled with our partnership with First County Bank. Teaming up with such a great local banking institution is an honor.” Mr. Valentine is a Stamford native and has been a First County Bank customer for most of his life.

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First County Bank Announces Winner of FirstPrize $avings Account Drawing

First County Bank is excited to announce the recent winners of the FirstPrize $avings account $1,000 drawing is Manav Des Puri of Stamford, CT. This innovative account called FirstPrize $avings 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.

Bob Granata, president and COO, Mirella Martina, AVP, branch manager and Reyno Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank, present Manav Des Puri with $1,000, as winner of the recent FirstPrize $avings account drawing. To encourage personal savings, the $1,000 prize is directly deposited into the winners’ FirstPrize $avings account. Account details, rules and regulations are posted on the First County Bank savings account website: https://firstcountybank.com/firstprize-savings.

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Homebuyer Seminar: Wednesday, April 25th

Buying or refinancing a home? Learn where to start, what to consider and the do’s & don’ts.

Join First County Bank Mortgage Loan Originator, Justyna Nurczyk and Fairfield County mortgage experts to learn the ins and outs of the home-buying process. Wednesday, April 25 5:30-7:00 PM 469 Westport Ave. Norwalk, CT 06850 Seating is limited, please RSVP.

MEET THE EXPERTS:

  • Arlene Bubbico Realtor, Coldwell Banker
  • Annie Bonanno Consultant, Credit Repair Solutions
  • Richard Sandor, Esq. Attorney-At-Law

DETAILS:

  • Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm
  • Location: Norwalk Branch, 469 Westport Avenue, Norwalk CT
  • Contact: Norwalk Branch, 203.462.4415

For more info and to RSVP call (203)462-4415 or email norwalk1@firstcountybank.com. Refreshments will be served.

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First County Bank celebrates newly opened Fairfield Branch with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Earlier this month, we celebrated our newly opened Fairfield Branch located at 1312 Post Road with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Photo: L to R – Mark Barnhart, economic development director, Town of Fairfield; Robert Granata, president and COO, First County Bank; Michael Tetreau, first selectman, Town of Fairfield; Reyno Giallongo, chairman and CEO, First County Bank; Beverly Balaz, president, Fairfield Chamber of Commerce; and Benedict Peter, branch manager of the First County Bank Fairfield Branch, attended the First County Bank Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on April 4 to celebrate the newly opened Fairfield Branch, located at 1312 Post Road, Fairfield, CT. A reception for local dignitaries and members of the business, commercial lending, mortgage departments and the wealth management division of First County Bank was held immediately after the ceremony.