Key role: Responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the bank's strategic plan; establishing and maintaining the bank's core vision and mission; and ensuring the execution of all operational components through management of the bank's lending, retail, operations, marketing and project management business units.
Goals: To provide sustained positive returns for shareholders, excellent service and value-added products for customers, and career advancement for all our team members while actively supporting the communities we serve.
Previous jobs: Prior to starting a banking career in 1982, I worked for Pathmark while attending college in the evenings to complete my degree.
Key strengths: Having worked my way up from entry level to executive management, I can appreciate the contributions of our team members throughout the organization.
Career high: Leading the team that brought a local community bank from the brink of closure to a stable and solid organization. As a result of the strategic initiatives the team implemented to turn the bank around, the institution was able to become a part of the Lakeland Bank organization.
Next: Continue to grow the bank in a balanced manner by keeping customers at the forefront of everything we do, and continue to develop strategic partnerships with other community banks to expand our presence throughout New Jersey.
Challenges: Staying focused on the big picture with an eye toward the future during difficult economic and regulatory times.
After hours: Time demands are difficult now, but I strongly commit to quality time with my supportive wife and family. I also enjoy going to the gym — you need to invest in yourself— and, someday, I hope to get back to improving my golf game.
Colonial American Bank announced that Jim Brown has joined the bank as senior vice president of residential mortgages. He brings more than 30 years of industry experience in mortgage banking. Prior to joining the CAB team, Brown worked with various financial institutions.
Center Bancorp Inc., parent company of Union Center National Bank, announced the promotion of a number of its employees:
Christopher Biddle, who retired as vice president of communications with the New Jersey Business & Industry Association in December, has started his own communications consultancy. Biddle is now president of Biddle Communications & Public Relations LLC.
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