First County Bank Profile, In Our Community

Richard Evanko 2018 CLC Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee

Richard Evanko, Vice President

Richard Evanko, Vice President, Business Banking Manager

Congratulations Richard “Rich” Evanko on being a Children’s Learning Center (CLC) 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee.

Rich joined First County Bank in 2015 and serves as a Vice President and Business Banking Manager. In this position, he is responsible for managing the business development team, origination of commercial relationships, and client retention.

In the local community, Rich is active with the Stamford Chamber of Commerce where he is Chairman of the Young Professionals Council and on the Board of Directors. He is also involved as a member of CLC’s Finance Committee and the United Way.Rich is a lifelong resident of Stamford, CT.

Join us in congratulating Rich on this great achievement.

Bank News, In Our Community

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.

In Our Community, Smart Savings Tips

First County Bank Sponsors Financial Literacy Programs at Local High Schools

Local students are getting a free education in how to manage their money. First County Bank is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to offer the completely free financial literacy curriculum available to eight schools in the New Canaan, Fairfield, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, and Wilton areas.

“Banzai is a web-based financial literacy program,” Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai, said. “Kids have their own bank accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life. But because First County Bank is sponsoring it, local schools get it for free. More than ever, it’s important that kids develop sound financial skills to prepare them for the real world. First County Bank realizes that, and they’re doing something about it.”

Banzai is an interactive, online program supplemented by printed workbooks which aligns with state curriculum requirements for personal finance education. It has become the largest program of its kind, servicing more than 35,000 teachers and available in all 50 states.

April is National Financial Literacy Month, and it’s dedicated to helping Americans improve their financial well-being. We’re making an extra effort to spread awareness to teachers about this free financial literacy program available to them. First County Bank has offered time, money, industry experience, and a variety of bank resources to help local schools teach personal finance in the classroom.

Students using the program are exposed to real-life scenarios where they learn to pay bills and balance a budget – but it’s not always easy. Students must learn to manage unexpected expenses such as parking tickets, interest charges and overdraft fees. The educational program also introduces students to auto loans, bank statements, entertainment costs, savings and more.

Teachers interested in using the Banzai program can visit firstcountybank.teachbanzai.com or call 888-8-BANZAI.

In Our Community

Another Successful Maple Sugar Festival Weekend

Mollie Herz - Mini Maple Pecan Cheesecake

Mollie Herz of Stamford, 2018 Winner of the Teen Chefs Challenge

The annual First County Bank Maple Sugar Festival Weekend at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center took place this past weekend under stormy skies and high winds. The weather didn’t stop the many fans who braved the elements to come to sample this seasons maple syrup and to enjoy a visit with the First County Bank volunteers.

The highlight of the weekend was the Teen Chef Challenge on Saturday which was a great success. Eight highly talented Teen Chefs competed in an exciting competition to create the best tasting recipe using maple syrup, as judged by the public and celebrity judges—some from First County Bank.

Each Chef came up with creative food presentations and enticing recipes ranging from a healthy chopped Brussel Sprouts with Kale, Bacon and Maple syrup to the sweet Chocolate Bacon Cupcake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and assorted cookies and cheesecakes. The Homemade Mini Maple Pecan Cheesecake created by Mollie Herz, age 13 of Stamford was the ultimate overall winner in a very exciting competition.

Despite the less than favorable weather, First County Bank volunteers were on hand throughout the 2-day event to greet visitors and hand out the signature First County Bank popcorn. Other volunteers gave away teal goodies, including the First County Bank backpacks and tote bags as well as lip balm, pens and specialty kitchen item.

In Our Community

Save the Date: Maple Sugar Festival Weekend

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 10.47.18 AMCelebrate the sweetness of maple sugaring season as this annual family favorite returns to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center Saturday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 4th. The Maple Sugar Festival weekend is a fun filled family weekend which includes maple sugar and tree tapping demonstrations, sweet maple treats, face painting, a scavenger hunt and much more!

The first of two main events taking place over the weekend is our 5th Annual First County Bank Teen Chef Challenge. This event takes place Saturday, March 3rd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The other main event is the Sunday, Pancake Brunch taking place March 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We invite you all to join the fun and come out to the little red sugarhouse on Heckscher Farm.

For more event information click here. For admission information or to purchase tickets to the Sunday Brunch visit the Stamford Museum Maple Sugar Sunday website.

Bank News, In Our Community

First County Bank Announces Expansion Into the Town of Fairfield

We are proud to announce we are expanding our footprint and opening a full service branch in the Town of Fairfield. This will allow the bank to provide more convenient full-service banking services to its customers within Lower Fairfield County. The new First County Bank branch is located in downtown Fairfield at 1312 Post Road, diagonally across from the Fairfield Library, steps away from the train station, and it provides plenty of on-site parking. It will be open for business in early February, after some renovations are completed.

Benedict "Ben" Peter, Branch Manager

Benedict “Ben” Peter, Branch Manager

“First County Bank is excited to bring our community banking to the Town of Fairfield,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., chairman and CEO of First County Bank. “This expansion provides more convenient local banking to our customers in Fairfield and surrounding communities. We have been delivering personalized banking services to Fairfield County customers for over 165 years, and expanding our footprint into Fairfield confirms our commitment to this area. We are conveniently located in the heart of town, close to the train station.”

The new Fairfield branch will offer a full-service team of bankers.  The retail branch staff will be led by Benedict “Ben” Peter, as branch manager and Iliana Nikolova, as assistant branch manager.  Also on site will be bankers specializing in business banking and residential lending.  Investment and trust services will be provided by First County Advisors, the wealth management division of First County Bank.

First County Bank Profile, In Our Community

Roosevelt Simmons: One of the World’s Ten Nicest People

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Pictured (left to right): Hank Herman & Roosevelt Simmons

In November, Hank Herman of the Westport News wrote an article, The Home Team / The world’s 10 nicest people (Part 2). In the article, Herman lists ten of the world’s nicest people living in Westport, from “Joe the Italian Mailman” to “Sam at Mobil”; and in the mix our very own, “Roosevelt at First County Bank”.

“Roosevelt at First County Bank: Our youngest son Robby thinks Roosevelt, Assistant Branch Manager at our local First County on the Post Road, is the coolest person on the planet. He’s also one of the nicest. You know those commercials where they try to make banking seem fun and friendly? Roosevelt actually does that. Except that I have to figure on a 20-minute visit, so we can dissect and solve the problems of the Jets, Mets, and Knicks.”

We couldn’t agree more – next time you’re in Westport be sure to stop by the branch and meet one of the ten nicest people in the world – you won’t be disappointed.

For the full article, click here or visit: http://www.westport-news.com/news/article/The-Home-Team-The-world-s-10-nicest-people-12329097.php

In Our Community

Support Local Businesses – Small Business Saturday is Tomorrow!

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In 2010 American Express launched the first Small Business Saturday, encouraging shoppers nationwide to support local business. Since then, billions of dollars are spent on this Saturday at small and local businesses by tens of millions of people.

We are now encouraging you to do the same! Don’t do all your shopping at big retailers today or online on Monday, plan to spend some time shopping tomorrow and support our local businesses.

In Our Community

First County Bank & Palmer’s Market Donate Turkeys to The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County

Pictured (Left to Right): Steve Ferguson, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank, Aitza Cabrera, AVP, Branch Manager, Mortgage Loan Originator, First County Bank, Greg Palmer, Owner, Palmer’s Market,  Amzad Latiff, Director of Operations, Palmer’s Market, Tashi Tsering, Meat & Seafood Manager, Palmer’s Market, Richard Evanko, VP, Business Banking Manager, First County Bank.

Pictured (Left to Right): Steve Ferguson, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank, Aitza Cabrera, AVP, Branch Manager, Mortgage Loan Originator, First County Bank, Greg Palmer, Owner, Palmer’s Market, Amzad Latiff, Director of Operations, Palmer’s Market, Tashi Tsering, Meat & Seafood Manager, Palmer’s Market, Richard Evanko, VP, Business Banking Manager, First County Bank.

First County Bank teamed up with Palmer’s Market to donate 100 turkeys, a $1,500 donation, to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. Weighing in at over 1,200 pounds, these turkeys will be provided to local nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, and Wilton.

First County Bank is collecting food donations for The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County at all Branches through the end of the year. For branch locations, go to: https://firstcountybank.com/branch-hours-locations-and-directions. Every donation is greatly appreciated.

 

In Our Community, Sponsorships & Events

Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular

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One of the largest helium balloon parades in the country, this event features everyone’s favorite giant balloon characters, award winning marching bands and fabulous floats. Fun for the whole family!

For event details or contact information, click here.