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Get to Know Beth Brucker

022B2234Gray croppedMeet Beth Brucker, Mortgage Loan Originator.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I began my career in the mortgage industry in 2002. Since then, I have held a wide range of roles including processing, underwriting, origination, management and operations. These experiences helped me build an unwavering focus on customer service.

I’ve been a resident of Connecticut for over 35 years. I originally lived in Westport, but was forced to move after our home was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. I now live in North Wilton with my husband, dog and cat. I have remained involved in the Westport Community as a member of the Westport Rotary and recently served as a member of the Westport Shellfish Commission. After a long week, I look forward to evening cuddles with my cat Tutti and early morning runs with my dog Riley.

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

My favorite part of my role at First County Bank is a shared belief system – the idea of being someone a customer or client can trust while also providing the best service possible.

What is the most frequent question you receive from customers?

“What is the overall process?” and “What is the best loan program suited for me?” Those are the most frequently asked questions I hear.

What advice would you give someone looking to buy or sell in 2017?

Shop carefully and make sure that when receiving advice, it’s from someone you can trust.

 

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Get to Know Dave Zamary

David Zamary

David Zamary

Meet Dave Zamary, Senior Vice President, Residential Lending Manager.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I currently live in Milford, CT with my wife and dog Chance. I have been with First County Bank for over 30 years. In my tenure I have experience with all aspects of mortgage origination, specializing in residential purchase and refinance, lending, and construction permanent lending. When I am not helping homebuyers get into the home of their dreams, I am active in my local community as a Knights of Columbus member and volunteering at a local food pantry.

What is your favorite part of your role with First County Bank?
I enjoy helping home buyers get into their home. I especially enjoy helping first-time homebuyers as it is often such an exciting experience for them.

What is the most frequent question you receive from customers?
Top three questions are: How long I’ve been with the Bank? How old is the Bank? Is the Bank stock or mutual? Clients are often most pleased to hear that I have been with the Bank for over 30 years and that we are a mutual community bank.

What advice would you give someone looking to buy or sell in 2017?
Go for it! Interest rates are still low and the purchase market is starting to get busy. It’s a good time to buy or sell.

 

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First County Profile: Mark Rosenbloom

Mark RosenbloomMeet Mark Rosenbloom, Vice President & Manager, Cash Management Services.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up locally in Darien, CT. When it was time for college, I enrolled at Ithaca College and studied Business Finance. After a short time in upstate New York, I returned to Connecticut and lived in a little town in the Northwest corner, Falls Village, where I raised my three children.

I currently live in Stamford and enjoy cooking and sailing with my children. I have held onto my home in Falls Village as an escape to enjoy the outdoors. The charming brick home and beautiful area have always made for a nice weekend escape. The home is actually for sale – want to make an offer?

Locally I am involved with nonprofit organizations such as the Community Fund of Darien where I sit on the allocation panel, and Darien Chamber of Commerce, where I am an active Board member.

What is your favorite part of your role with First County Bank?
I enjoy working in Cash Management because of the wide array of business customers I work with on a daily basis. I enjoy creating custom solutions for local business owners. Equally as enjoyable is being able to work with different departments across the Bank; I really like everyone I work with.

What is the most frequent question you receive from customers?
“Could you unlock me?” Customers often forget their passwords.

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment?
I’ve had so many great moments, it’s hard to pick just one. Closing a big sale, hearing my staff complimented by customers, and teaching the Cash Management Certification course are at the top of my list.

Contact
Phone: 203.462.4356
Email: mrosenbloom@firstcountybank.com
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First County Profile: Jeff Costa

022B2376-1aMeet Jeff Costa, Assistant Vice President, Trust Officer, at First County Advisors, the Wealth Management Division of First County Bank.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a lifelong Connecticut resident who grew up in Shelton and now lives in Norwalk. My wife and I moved to East Norwalk about 5 years ago because we both love being close to the beach. Throughout my life I have always been involved in the local community and have a love for the outdoors. When I was in high school at Fairfield Prep, I competed as a swimmer during the school year and worked as a lifeguard at Fairfield Beach during the summers. Today, I am very active in my neighborhood association and still stay close to the water. In the summer you can find me out in Norwalk Harbor on my stand up paddle board, and in the winter, snowboarding up in Vermont where I also used to instruct beginners on the weekends.

What is the favorite part of your role with First County Bank?
As a member of First County Advisors, I love being able to meet interesting clients that have unique stories to tell. Over the years, I have met people I likely never would have come into contact with otherwise and I have learned a lot from meeting them.

What is the most frequent question you receive from customers?
Where to invest? People are overwhelmed at times with the vast amount of recommendations, often conflicting, when it comes to investing.

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment?
I would have to say that my first day at the Bank was my favorite moment so far. It is always difficult starting something new at a new place, whether it’s moving your home, school or job. I immediately felt welcome when I started here and it reaffirmed my decision to come work for First County Bank. The Bank has a great culture and was apparent right from the start.

Contact
Phone: 203.462.4228
Email: jcosta@firstcountybank.com
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First County Profile: Camilo Duque Jr.

Camilo Duque

Camilo Duque Jr., Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager

Meet Camilo Duque, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of the Summer Street branch in Stamford.

Tell us a little about yourself:
I have been in the banking industry for the past 29 years. I attended local schools here in Stamford, first at Sacred Heart School (8th grade) then Stamford High and Norwalk Community College. From there I went on to graduate from the Connecticut School of Finance and Management in 2003.

I live in Norwalk with my wife, Monica and in my free time enjoy watching soccer, football and rooting for the NY Mets. I am involved with the Hispanic Advisory Board, which assists the Stamford Hispanic community.

What is the favorite part of your role with First County Bank?
Meeting people and assisting them with finding solutions to their banking needs.

What is the most frequent question you receive from customers?
Can we get free checks?

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment?
When Kathy Harris, the Bank’s former President and COO, called me to inform me that I was promoted to Branch Manager of the Prospect Street branch in Stamford on July 18, 2001.

Contact
Phone: (203) 462-4405
Email: cduque@firstcountybank.com
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First County Profile: Todd Malizia

Todd Malizia

Todd Malizia, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager

Meet Todd Malizia, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of the Post Road East branch in Westport.

Tell us a little about yourself :
I’ve been working at First County Bank for twelve years and live in Darien with my wife. I’m involved in the community as a member of the North Stamford Exchange Club and also officiate ice hockey in my spare time with USA Hockey and the National Ice Hockey Officials Association. 

What is the favorite part of your role with First County Bank?
The best part of working at First County Bank is the way in which I get to be part of the customer experience. Whether it’s commercial lending, investment management, or simply setting up a checking account for someone, I am often involved in what’s taking place. It’s a great opportunity to get to know people and be able to add value to their overall banking experience.

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment?
It’s hard to think of one favorite moment, as there have been so many instances where I’ve had the chance to see customers react positively to the kind of customer service that we provide. Hearing customers say they tell others, and spread the word, about how much they like First County Bank and how we’re their favorite bank is quite a rewarding feeling!

Contact
Phone: (203) 462-4412
Email: tmalizia@firstcountybank.com
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First County Profile: Mirella Martina

Mirella Martina, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager

Mirella Martina, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager

Meet Mirella Martina, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of our High Ridge Road branch in Stamford.

Tell us a little about yourself
I live in Stamford with my family. I love to read and paint and enjoy being outdoors. I love animals and spend a fair amount of time gardening.

What is the favorite part of your role with First County Bank?
Using my knowledge to make a difference in the lives of our customers and employees.

What is the most frequent question you receive from customers?
Many customers want to know when the deposit interest rates are going to go up.

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment?
My favorite moment is when I make someone’s day or when a customer pays one of my team members a compliment.

Contact
Phone: (203) 322-3423
Email: mmartina@firstcountybank.com
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First County Profile: Edens Fleurizard

Edens Fleurizard, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager

Edens Fleurizard, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager

Meet Edens Fleurizard, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of our Prospect Street branch in Stamford.

Tell us a little about yourself
I started my career back in November of 1994 with First County Bank, and here I am more than 21 years later still with First County Bank working as assistant vice president and branch manager of the Bank’s Prospect Street branch in Stamford.

I have three children. My eldest boy is in his second year of college and my younger son is graduating high school this year and he’s planning on attending Hobart College in August. Last and not least, my lovely daughter, who’s going to be 14 years old in July, will be starting high school in the fall.

I am a member of Eagle Student Mentoring, Inc., a community-based organization committed to local youth and their leadership development. This after-school program empowers students to reach his or her academic potential and bridge or develop any future professional goals.

What is the favorite part of your role with First County Bank?
Being able to coach and motivate my staff so they can become successful in their careers.

What is the most frequent question you receive from customers?
What are your current CD/ Savings/Checking/ Mortgage rates? (Since the recent increase of the Prime Rate)

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment?
Yes, when I received the first bankwide Trusted Advisor Award–an internal employee recognition award. I was honored in 2014.

Contact
Phone: (203) 462-4407
Email: gfleurizard@firstcountybank.com
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First County Profile: Wendy Macedo

Wendy Macedo

Wendy Macedo, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager

Meet Wendy Macedo, Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager of our Westport Avenue branch in Norwalk.

Tell us a little about yourself
I used to play with money and cash registers as a child and my dad told me I would be a banker someday. Once he opened a joint checking account with me when I was 16 and showed me how to balance the statement, I was hooked. I have been in banking covering various parts of Fairfield County for over 25 years now.

My husband and I are lifelong Norwalk residents and I am the proud mom of two wonderful grown sons and a daughter getting ready to go off to college next year. I absolutely cherish the time we get to spend together as a family. I love being outdoors and spending time at the beach when I can. I also enjoy community volunteer events, reading, baking, sports (especially football), and most recently Zumba!

What is the favorite part of your role with First County Bank?
Being a branch manager at First County Bank, I’m able to make a difference in people’s personal and business banking experience by being responsive and offering solutions for their financial needs. I am empowered to think outside the box and have the flexibility to accommodate my customers’ needs.

I also enjoy helping to create a pleasant work environment for my employees. Spending eight hours a day together is always nicer when everyone is happy.

What is the most frequent question you receive from customers?
When introducing new people to First County Bank, often they will ask ‘What makes First County special or different?’ It’s one of my favorite questions. Having worked at both large and smaller banks in my career, I can speak directly from experience. This gives me the opportunity to explain first, that working and banking at a mutual bank with no stockholders, such as First County, is very different than a publicly held bank needing to answer to stockholders. First County Bank’s local decision-making benefits customers first and values our employees at the same time. Our commitment to the community is apparent everywhere you look: from the work of the First County Bank Foundation to the commitment of our employee volunteers who generously give their time to local causes and nonprofits.

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment?
I remember walking into the Norwalk Oyster Festival – a popular family event in the area – as a First County Bank volunteer for the first time and seeing a sea of teal First County Bank t-shirts everywhere I looked! I remember thinking to myself “Wow, I am really proud to be a part of this organization”.

Contact
Phone: (203) 462-4415
Email: wmacedo@firstcountybank.com
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First County Profile: Paul Isla

Paul Isla

Paul Isla, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager

Meet Paul Isla, Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager of our Atlantic Street branch in Stamford.

Tell us a little about yourself
I have been working at the Bank for more than 33 years. I graduated from Sacred Heart University with a B.S. in Management and an M.B.A. degree with a concentration in Finance.

My community involvement includes Kiwanis Club where I was a past Board Member and Treasurer, Exchange Club member, Mayor’s Multicultural Council member and Knights of Columbus Treasurer.

What is the favorite part of your role with First County Bank?
I love and I enjoy interacting with my customers.

What is the most frequent question you receive from customers?
How First County Bank is doing in the current rate environment?

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment?
One of my memorable moments working at the Bank is the collective experience of meeting a vast number of people and meaningful friendships I have developed with them.

Contact
Phone: (203) 322-3423
Email: pisla@firstcountybank.com
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