World Cup Challenge

Congratulations to Anna Maria Pace, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of our West Main Street branch, who won the World Cup contest! The branch selected France to win the World Cup and enjoyed celebrating their win. The team opted to fulfill their need for speed by racing at the indoor race track as a group to celebrate.

“We had an awesome time,” Pace said.

Lifestyle Trends & Tips, Miscellaneous, The CEO's Posts

The Dog Days of Summer

August is known as the “Dog Days of Summer.” To celebrate this and to have a little fun, First County Bank showcased our furry, four-legged friends with their loyal human companions. Our Chairman and CEO, Rey Giallongo, even joined in the fun by sharing a photo of his pals Powell and his brother, Joe. Rey said Powell and Joe are special because they were service dogs with Puppies Behind Bars. Powell and Joe think Rey is special too because he takes them for walks and gives them treats. Check out our photo gallery to see our employees with their top dogs!



Employees Celebrate National Ugly Sweater Day

National Ugly Sweater Day on Friday, December 15th is often one of the most anticipated days in the year for First County Bank employees. This year, employees from across the Bank dusted off their ugly sweaters and wore them proudly to work.

Here are some of our favorites:



Are You Hacking Your Own Mobile Device?

FCB_MobileHackedRecent phishing scams have once again raised the concern of online and mobile security. We understand the concerns and risks surrounding fraud which is why we always take necessary precautions in offering fraud prevention tools. A fad in the tech-world is “Jailbreaking” or “Rooting” mobile devices. Unlike third-party hacking into a device, jailbreaking or rooting a mobile device is when the owner of that device, alters its operating system and security features.

The reason user’s will “hack” their own device is to increase a customized user experience or in an attempt to expand functionality. Altering the operating system and device security actually exposes your sensitive personal data to cyber-fraud.  Fraudsters prey upon weakly secured mobile devices, as they monitor device memory and app usage to gather personal information and distribute malicious apps that introduce your device to malware designed to compromise your personal data.

For more information on the risks of jailbreaking and rooting mobile devices or for more security tips, click here.

First County 165, Miscellaneous

Throwback Thursday – A Tradition of Giving

Our Bank took its first official step toward formal community support in 1895 with a $100 donation to the Stamford Hospital Fund. This is a tradition that we have carried from that day on, to not only be invested in, but also be involved in improving our community.

In 2001, we reinforced our commitment with the establishment of the First County Bank Foundation. 121 years later, our relationship with Stamford Hospital also continues, this past June we sponsored the Stamford Hospital’s Hope in Motion Walk & Run to raise funds for the Bennett Cancer Center.

Our team supporting this year's Stamford Hospital's Hope in Motion Walk & Run

Our team supporting this year’s Stamford Hospital’s Hope in Motion Walk & Run

2016 is a big year for First County Bank as we celebrate not only our 165th anniversary, but also the 15th anniversary of the First County Bank Foundation. To mark these major milestones we will be digging into the archives, sharing some notable moments from our history on our blog and social media channels every other Thursday. You can follow along, or share your own moments of First County Bank history, by leaving a comment or posting a memory using #FirstCounty165.


Miscellaneous, The CEO's Posts, Trends & Tips

What do you save?

RGCEO11Cheryl and I got a head start this week clearing out some of the clutter in our loft. We started with the premise that we need more filing cabinets to store household paperwork and looked to place an on-line order, but did we? We pay all of our bills on-line, stack the invoices away and print many of the confirmations probably like most people do. But when it comes to financial record keeping and retention of paperwork, what do you really need to keep?

From a practical standpoint anything you can access electronically, it probably safe to shred. This would include bank statements, credit card bills, utility and phone bills as well as quarterly investment statements. You should keep tax paperwork up to 7 years, estate planning or health care documents and any paperwork relating to pensions or Social Security, as these are usually more difficult to reproduce. Some documents that are extremely difficult to reproduce like passports, wills and deeds should be kept in a safe deposit box but keep copies at home for convenience. It’s also a good idea to inventory and copy the contents of a safe deposit box for easy reference.

Figuring out what to keep or save goes a long way cutting down clutter and reduces the chance of personal documents falling into the hands of an identity thief.

Not sure what you should keep, and what can go?
Check out this special article from USA Today.


Employee Appreciation Day is on the way!

Employee Appreciation DayDid you know the first Friday in March is Employee Appreciation Day? What better time for the boss to go the extra mile and show your employees how much you appreciate all their hard work.

Inc. Magazine has 7 last-minute ideas to do just that! Whether it’s something simple like ordering lunch in for everyone or letting them take a half-day on that Friday, we’re sure you’ll find just the perfect gesture to express your gratitude.


First County Bank — A Year in Review and a Look Ahead

As we turn the corner to 2014, we have a lot to be proud of this past year and much to be excited about looking ahead. With every New Year, there is hope for a better, even more fruitful year. This is the time of year gym memberships soar and new diets are born. For First County Bank, it’s a time to reflect on our accomplishments and focus on our future.

As I reflect back, I think a key success in 2013 is the relationships we have established and maintained with our customers as their trusted financial advisors, offering experience and knowledge when it comes to all areas of banking including wealth management, retirement, small business loans, commercial and residential mortgages and more.

Other specific accomplishments we are proud of include introducing the Custom-Term Mortgage and Mortgage First Commitment Guarantee program offering customers maximum mortgage flexibility. As keeping current with the latest technology is a priority, we enhanced our mobile banking offering by providing text capabilities and real time alerts for banking convenience. Through the First County Bank Foundation, we awarded more than $560,000 in grants to local nonprofits. In keeping with our commitment to adopt new technological advancements, we launched a redesigned mobile website to optimize the user experience on mobile devices and tablets. Our dedication to supporting local community events continued with our sponsorship of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Maple Sugar Festival and Chef’s Challenge, and were the presenting sponsor of the 36th annual Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival. In support of our young professionals and future leaders, we co-sponsored the Young Professionals Networking Event at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in partnership with The Young Professionals Network of The Business Council of Fairfield County.  And toward the end of this year, our First County Advisors hosted a free networking and educational event “From Fiscal Drag to Wealth Effect” featuring keynote speaker Phil Orlando of Federated Investors.

Looking ahead, we will continue to listen closely to the needs of our customers and offer products and services that best respond to those needs. As a trusted financial advisor, we are committed to helping our customers think through and solve any challenges they have in a way no one else can. We are also excited to introduce many new offerings including a more robust credit card product for both consumers and businesses.  And we are even looking into installing tablets in all our branches!

No doubt this next year will prove to be full of change, growth and advancements. And we are excited to accomplish great things along with and for our customers, our community and local businesses. Here’s to a happy and financially healthy 2014!