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Elizabeth Magennis ConnectOne Bank, Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer

Elizabeth Magennis
Elizabeth Magennis
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Education: Associate degree in business administration, St. John’s University; bachelor’s degree in psychology, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Job responsibility: Lending executive

Company description: Commercial bank

Primary professional/community affiliations: Center for Food Action; Shelter Our Sisters; American Cancer Society; Girl Scouts of America

Who is your most influential role model? My father. He emigrated here at 25 with two suitcases and $100 ... To me, he exemplifies the American Dream. He taught me that with a good work ethic, dedication and drive, anything is possible.

What would you give New Jersey for its 350th birthday? A more efficient, sustainable transportation system.

What is your go-to stress buster at work? I step away from my desk for about 20 minutes and visit other departments in my building.

What do you wish someone had told you earlier in your career? To take more chances. I started my career in banking, a very straight-arrow industry. There is a certain path you had to follow, certain formalities that were in place, so this is how I began to think. Now, I am fortunate enough to be at a bank that is shaking up the industry, and it is because of the chances we’ve taken over the years that we have grown and been so successful.

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Elizabeth Magennis

Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer
ConnectOne Bank
Englewood Cliffs

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