First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

Proud to Support The Center, Starfish Connection, Homes with Hope & the Community Fund of Darien – United Way

Engagement in the nonprofit community is in our DNA, here at First County Bank. Take a look at these check deliveries!

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The Center – $5,000
“Serving the eight towns of lower Fairfield County since 1979, The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education provides free, 24-hour confidential help to men, women and children who have experienced sexual assault.” Pictured (Left to Right): Edens Fleurizard, AVP, Branch Manager Prospect St., First County Bank, Ivonne Zucco, Executive Director, The Center, Jeffrey Costa, AVP, Trust Officer, First County Bank.

Starfish Connection – $4,000
Starfish Connection’s “mission is to help academically talented youth from low income families reach their potential and their dreams of attending college by providing mentorship and support in education along with enrichment and extracurricular activities.” Pictured (Left to Right): Janet Schneider, Executive Director, Starfish Connection and Jack Dowling, VP, Commercial Banker, First County Bank.

Homes with Hope, Inc. – $10,000
“Homes with Hope assists people who have lost their ability to remain in their own homes.” Pictured (Left to Right): Steve Ferguson, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank, Karen Mahar, Director of Resource & Development, Homes with Hope, Inc., Jeff Wieser, President & CEO, Homes with Hope, Inc., Beth Brucker, Mortgage Loan Originator, First County Bank, Duncan Lee, Branch Manager Westport, First County Bank.

Community Fund of Darien – United Way – $2,500
The Community Fund of Darien is a “nonprofit organization that addresses health and human services needs in Darien and our surrounding towns of Stamford and Norwalk.” Pictured (Left to Right): Aitza Cabrera, AVP, Branch Manager Darien, Mortgage Loan Originator, First County Bank, Carrie Bernier, Executive Director, Community Fund of Darien, Steve Ward, President, Community Fund of Darien, Mark D. Rosenbloom, VP, Manager Cash Management Services, First County Bank.

First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

Proud to Support Earthplace, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, United Way of Western CT & Person-to-Person

Every summer we look forward to supporting local nonprofits and their various missions within our community. Here are a few of the checks we’ve given out so far!

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Earthplace, The Discovery Nature Center – $2,500
“The mission of Earthplace is to build a passion in our community for nature and the environment through education, experience, and action.” Pictured (Left to Right): Duncan Lee, Branch Manager Westport, First County Bank, Beth Brucker, Mortgage Loan Originator, First County Bank, Tony McDowell, Executive Director, Earthplace, The Discovery Nature Center, Steve Ferguson, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum – $1,000
“The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is regarded as one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire Style country houses in the United States.” Pictured (Left to Right): Susan Gilgore, PhD, Executive Director, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Mary-Pat Cottrell, Treasurer, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Stephanie Frederick, VP, Systems Manager, First County Bank, Richard Evanko, VP, Business Banking Manager, First County Bank, Patsy R. Brescia, Chairman, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.

United Way of Western CT – Stamford – $10,000
United Way of Western CT, “improves the lives of hard-working, struggling households by mobilizing the resources of local communities to create lasting change.” Pictured (Left to Right): Tom Berta, VP, Manager of Branch Sales and Service, First County Bank, Kim Morgan, CEO, United Way of Western CT, Camilo Duque, Branch Manager Summer St., First County Bank.

Person-to-Person – $7,500
“Person-to-Person provides emergency assistance for basic needs plus other support to individuals and families as they move toward financial stability.” Pictured (Left to Right): Aitza Cabrera, AVP, Branch Manager Darien, Mortgage Loan Originator, First County Bank, Ceci Maher, Executive Director, Person-to-Person, Mark D. Rosenbloom, VP, Manager Cash Management Services, First County Bank.

Bank News, First County Bank Foundation, In Our Community

First County Bank selects Pacific House to Receive Special Grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s “Jobs for New England” Program

First County Bank is pleased to announce that Pacific House was selected to receive a grant as a result of the Bank’s involvement in a special program of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. First County Bank accessed the Jobs For New England program of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston which promotes economic development in the community by providing special financing to its member banks to fund small business loans specifically to create or preserve jobs, expand woman, minority, or veteran-owned businesses, or to otherwise stimulate the economy in the New England communities.

First County Bank utilized the Jobs for New England program to fund the purchase of an office building and to renovate the building for a local dental practice. This resulted in increasing the building’s value, improving the surrounding neighborhood and increasing local employment by adding jobs to its growing dental practice. Because of the Bank’s first-time participation in this program, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston made a grant available to a non-profit of the Bank’s choice through its Grants for New England Partnerships. First County Bank chose Pacific House, Inc., due to its innovative approach to developing housing for the homeless.

Left to Right: First County Bank Business Banking employees Sara Tucker, senior vice president and director Business Banking Division, Jim Darling, vice president and team leader, Patty Sweeney, vice president, present a First County Bank Foundation $10,000 grant to Jerome Roberts, Associate Executive Director, and John Silango, Chief Financial Officer of Pacific House, Inc.

Left to Right: First County Bank Business Banking employees Sara Tucker, senior vice president and director Business Banking Division, Jim Darling, vice president and team leader, Patty Sweeney, vice president, present a First County Bank Foundation $10,000 grant to Jerome Roberts, Associate Executive Director, and John Silango, Chief Financial Officer of Pacific House, Inc.

“It is exciting for First County Bank to participate in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Jobs For New England program along with the honor to select Pacific House as a special grant recipient. This program improves our local economy in so many ways, “ said Sara Tucker, senior vice president and director of Business Banking at First County Bank. “It is amazing how one loan can grow a local business, increase the value of a neighborhood, expand employment and benefit a local nonprofit’s mission, making a strong economic impact in such a positive manner.”

Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston awarded $2,500 to Pacific House, Inc. on behalf of First County Bank. This grant augments the $10,000 grant given by First County Bank Foundation, Inc. to Pacific House, Inc.  The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston grant to Pacific House demonstrates the collaboration taking place in New England between financial service partners to benefit the community and focus on economic development.

In Our Community

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The waiting and anticipation is finally over – grant season is here! Since it’s origination in 2001, the First County Bank Foundation has become the cornerstone of the Bank. Every year, over one hundred nonprofit and community organizations apply for the Foundation’s Community and Standard Grants.

June commences our grant season, as we begin to deliver the grants to local nonprofit and community organizations. This year will also include a milestone accomplishment as our Foundation will tick over $8 million in grants over the past 15 years.

Standing (left to right)  Paul Isla, AVP, Branch Manager, First County Bank, Paula Arias, Camila Aguilar, Valerie Alvarez, Ana Sofia Mesa, and Jagiwan Singh, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank Kneeling (left to right) Meghan Marshall, Madeline Sorial

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Paul Isla, AVP, Branch Manager, First County Bank, Paula Arias, Camila Aguilar, Valerie Alvarez, Ana Sofia Mesa, and Jagiwan Singh, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank
Kneeling (left to right)
Meghan Marshall, Madeline Sorial

 

In Our Community

Women in Business Luncheon

On Tuesday, May 16th First County Bank sponsored the event, Women in Business at the Greenwich Country Club. Karen Kelly, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, First County Bank and Sara Tucker, Senior Vice President, Director Business Banking, First County Bank presented, “Your Professional Journey: Get Recognized, Called Upon and Rewarded” to a capacity-filled room. Their presentation generated much interest and follow-up at the event.

The Luncheon Keynote speaker was Jill Granoff, former CEO, Vince, Kellwood and Kenneth Cole who presented “Ask What You Want”. Many proclaimed the event as a great success revolving around women, wealth and wisdom. We are proud to continually support and develop the growth of business in our community.

Pictured (Left to Right): Sara Tucker, SVP, Director Business Banking; Anna Maria Pace, Branch Manager; Jennifer Lima, AVP, Branch Manager, Jagjiwan "Singh" Singh, AVP, Business Development Officer; Karen Kelly, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer, First County Bank

Pictured (Left to Right): Sara Tucker, SVP, Director Business Banking, First County Bank; Anna Maria Pace, Branch Manager, First County Bank; Jennifer Lima, AVP, Branch Manager, First County Bank; Jagjiwan “Singh” Singh, AVP, Business Development Officer, First County Bank; Karen Kelly, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer, First County Bank

In Our Community

Another Successful Tax Relief Campaign

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Left to right: Nino Antonelli, First County Bank, Cristina Andreana, ACT Financial and Tax services, LLC, Richard Zaremski, First County Bank

Our Business Banking Department recently completed a successful Tax Relief Campaign. With each year’s tax season seeming busier than the year before, Business Officers from across the Bank delivered lunches to local accounting firms to show our support during their busiest season.

At the conclusion of tax season, each accountant we had lunch with received personal visits from our team with a gift of a beautiful book “Destinations of a Lifetime” to ease them back into a balanced life, and as an appreciation for their work on behalf of so many.

In Our Community, Trends & Tips

“Tips from the Experts to Drive Your Business”

Mark Rosenbloom

Mark Rosenbloom

Mark Rosenbloom, Vice President & Manager, Cash Management Services Department will be moderating a business panel discussion, “Stay Relevant in Today’s Changing Marketplace” on Wednesday, May 17th at the Darien Library. This forum is free and open to anyone who wants to hear from local business experts on how they navigate today’s marketplace.

Panel members include:

  • Cindy Palmer Dean, Owner and Creative Director at Palmer’s Market in Darien.
  • Doug Campbell, Executive and Career Consultant/Coach, Business Owner, Author, National Speaker and Innovator.
  • Brian Jarvis, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” Volunteer.
  • Peter Belbita, Founder, Noble House Creative Group

You may arrive at 5:30 p.m. to sign-in and submit questions you want answered by the panel. The discussion begins at 5:45 p.m. Please register in advance at darienctchamber.com.

In Our Community, Small Business Profile

Next Week is National Small Business Week

National Small Business Week recognizes entrepreneurs and small business owners across the country. According to the Small Business Association, “more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.”

We plan to celebrate National Small Business Week by highlighting business events in our community, community partners, and our financial solutions. Help us celebrate National Small Business Week next week by shopping local!

In Our Community

Local Executives Work to Create a Philanthropic Corporate Culture

Photo: Michael Cummo / Hearst Connecticut Media

Photo: Michael Cummo / Hearst Connecticut Media

This past Tuesday local executives met at the First County Bank Executive Offices to hold a panel discussion on philanthropic strategies within the community. The panel event, organized by the Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business Foundation, discussed key factors in engaging the nonprofit community. Local executives on the panel were:

  • Cindi Bigelow, President and CEO, Bigelow Tea
  • Reyno Giallongo, Jr., Chairman and CEO, First County Bank, and President, First County Bank Foundation
  • Tiffany Kuehner, Board Chair and former CEO, Hope for Haiti
  • Mike Maguire, CEO, Structural Graphics, and Co-founder, Raise the Roof
  • Ashok Vasudevan, Co-founder and CEO, Preferred Brands International, Chairman of the Board, Tasty Bite Eatables Ltd.
  • Moderator: Noah Lapine, Owner, President of Lapine Associates

“We believe that engagement in the nonprofit community should come from an individual’s DNA,” said Rey Giallongo, Jr. Recognizing this many of these executives credit their employees for engaging and fulfilling many of the initiatives they are involved in. “Be there . . . be loud. . .” said Mike Maguire, whether it’s community events or encouraging employees, being authentic about your values and mission play an important role in strengthening local communities.

 

In Our Community

FirstPrize $avings Account: Recent Winner Announced

We’re excited to announce that Carlene Green of Stamford, CT is our most recent winner of the FirstPrize $avings account $1,000 drawing. Responding to the overwhelming need for consumers to increase their savings, we designed the FirstPrize $avings account to inspire those over the age of 18 to save by encouraging frequent and consistent deposits. With each eligible deposit of $25 or greater into this savings account, account holders can automatically earn chances to win $1,000. Account holders can earn up to ten chances per month and up to 30 chances per three month drawing period. A winner is selected in a random drawing held four times per year.

“You made my day. I’m so excited!’ said Carlene when she was told she was the winner of the $1,000 FirstPrize $avings account drawing for the period December 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017. Robert Granata, COO and President of First County Bank was equally as excited to present Carlene with the $1,000 check. “I’m happy to present Carlene Green with $1,000 for winning the Bank’s FirstPrize $avings account drawing,” said Granata. “First County Bank developed the new product in order to provide a cash prize incentive to encourage people to save, while making saving money exciting.”

The next drawing period has already begun! If you haven’t already, sign-up for this account and begin building your savings with a chance to win $1,000! Account details, rules and regulations can be found at: https://firstcountybank.com/firstprize-savings.

Carlene Green is presented with $1,000 by Justyna Nurczyk, Branch Manager and Robert Granata, COO & President, First County Bank

Carlene Green is presented with $1,000 by Justyna Nurczyk, Branch Manager, First County Bank and Robert Granata, COO & President, First County Bank