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Building in Bergen County

Photo: Pictured here is the Kearny Bank team of volunteers at the Habitat for Humanity build site in the Township of Washington, NJ.5/30/2019 Fairfield, NJ

In support of Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, 14 Kearny Bank employees recently volunteered at a home-building site in the Township of Washington. Kearny Bank has supported Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County – both with volunteers and financial contributions – for the past 15 years.

About Kearny Bank

Seamlessly melding the finest traditions of community banking with state-of-the-industry capabilities, Kearny Bank provides a range of progressive offerings to its personal and business banking clients. Established in 1884, and operating now from administrative headquarters in Fairfield, NJ, Kearny Bank is steadily expanding its footprint throughout New Jersey, as well as New York City’s Brooklyn and Staten Island boroughs. Additional details are available online at kearnybank.com; an overview video can be viewed at Kearny Bank YouTube channel.

Fair Lawn High School student-athlete is inaugural recipient of Kearny Bank “Strength Award”

Photo: For perseverance and courage in overcoming severe physical injury, Fair Lawn High School student Joseph Fernandez receiving the 2019 Kearny Bank Strength Award scholarship from Larry White, NJSIAA executive director during spring 2019 NJSIAA Scholarship Luncheon.5/28/2019 Fair Lawn, NJ

As a sophomore in 2017, Fair Lawn High School senior Joseph Fernandez was a leading 800-meter runner. But during the summer before his junior year, he was involved in a horrific car accident in the Dominican Republic. His grandmother was killed; Fernandez and both his parents ended up in the intensive care unit. Placed in a medically induced coma, the young man endured multiple surgeries on his jaw and nose, and had metal rods inserted into his back. After several weeks, he was air-lifted to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan to begin physical therapy that would help him re-learn how to walk.

Fernandez persevered, returning to school in January of 2018 and actually rejoining the Fair Lawn High School varsity track team. He’s continuing to compete with the team during the current 2019 season and has been named the inaugural recipient of Kearny Bank’s Strength Award, a $2,500 academic scholarship that recognizes a New Jersey scholastic athlete who has courageously overcome a significant physical injury.

“Joe is an absolute inspiration to all of us, and a great example of what someone with heart and a burning desire to run can actually accomplish,” says Fair Lawn High School Head Track Coach John Van Soest. “What he has achieved in the face of this life-changing event has made all of us who know him a bit stronger and more motivated.”

The Kearny Bank Strength Award is a highlight of multiple scholarships presented each year to New Jersey’s high school athletes through the NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association), during a gala luncheon event.

“Kearny Bank is always interested in opportunities to support those communities where we conduct business, and a scholarship for a student-athlete who overcame daunting physical adversity seemed like a good idea,” says Kearny Bank 1st Vice President / Director of Marketing Eric Kesselman. “What Joe went through was a tremendous challenge, and his ability to eventually return to his sport speaks to what an outstanding individual he is. We’re proud to have this opportunity to recognize him.”

Fernandez, who also is a member of the Fair Lawn High School cross-country team, was selected for the 2019 Strength Award by a panel of Kearny Bank senior executives, who chose him from more than 30 nominations. The award was open to any student athlete – male or female – attending an NJSIAA member school.

About Kearny Bank

Seamlessly melding the finest traditions of community banking with state-of-the-industry capabilities, Kearny Bank provides a range of progressive offerings to its personal and business banking clients. Established in 1884, and operating now from administrative headquarters in Fairfield, NJ, Kearny Bank is steadily expanding its footprint throughout New Jersey, as well as New York City’s Brooklyn and Staten Island boroughs. Additional details are available online at kearnybank.com; an overview video can be viewed at Kearny Bank YouTube channel.

Hoboken bank tour

Photo: Pictured here are members of Hoboken-based Daisy troop #12059 accompanied by Kearny Bank VP/Business Relationship Officer Maria Palumbo (left) and Hoboken AVP/Branch Manager Rebekah Ortiz, as they tour the Kearny Bank Hoboken office.5/13/2019 Hoboken, NJ

Members of Hoboken-based Daisy troop #12059 recently visited Kearny Bank’s Hoboken branch for a behind-the-scenes look at community banking. The girls received an introduction to personal finance and took a complete tour of the bank. A committed member of Hoboken’s business community, Kearny Bank also is a sponsor of the city’s professional, non-profit Mile Square Theater.

About Kearny Bank

Seamlessly melding the finest traditions of community banking with state-of-the-industry capabilities, Kearny Bank provides a range of progressive offerings to its personal and business banking clients. Established in 1884, and operating now from administrative headquarters in Fairfield, NJ, Kearny Bank is steadily expanding its footprint throughout New Jersey, as well as New York City’s Brooklyn and Staten Island boroughs. Additional details are available online at kearnybank.com; an overview video can be viewed at Kearny Bank YouTube channel.

Brooklyn native heading Kearny Bank’s new Greenpoint branch

Photo: Salvatore Cappucci has been appointed as Kearny Bank Assistant Vice President / Greenpoint Branch Manager.5/8/2019 Fairfield, NJ

Lifelong Brooklyn resident Salvatore Cappucci is Assistant Vice President / Branch Manager for Kearny Bank’s new Greenpoint location at 875 Manhattan Avenue. In this role, Cappucci is responsible for all daily operations and administration, including product sales, client service, and security.

Most recently Assistant Vice President / Manager at Apple Bank, Cappucci has more than 15 years of professional experience in the retail banking sector.

“The most effective branch managers are those with a broad, deep understanding of our industry, plus the skill to handle multiple administrative tasks at one time,” says Anthony Bilotta, Kearny Bank’s Executive Vice President / Chief Banking Officer. “Sal has all these abilities, and our Greenpoint branch clients benefit from his experience and expertise.”

The three-story, brick structure housing Kearny Bank’s new Greenpoint location was constructed back in 1931 … as a bank. Now that it’s once again a bank, it provides an intriguing contrast for clients – old-time Greenpoint on the outside and a stylishly sophisticated, 3,500-square-foot interior bank lobby within. Featured is a streamlined, pod layout that replaces the traditional line of teller windows.

“In selecting a manager for Kearny Bank’s Greenpoint branch, there was much to consider,” explains Linda Hanlon, Senior Vice President / Retail Administrative Leader for Kearny Bank. “Ultimately, we chose Sal because of his professional abilities, as well as his familiarity with the city’s largest borough. Sal understands Brooklyn and its residents – and that’s a tremendous competitive advantage for Kearny Bank as we move into this neighborhood.”

A graduate of Nazareth Regional Preparatory High School in Brooklyn’s East Flatbush neighborhood, Cappucci earned an MBA in Business Administration from SUNY Empire State, as well as a BBA in Finance and Investments from Baruch College. A Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce member, he has successfully led regional fundraising efforts for Special Olympics and the United Way, and recently joined Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc. as a volunteer food rescuer.

About Kearny Bank

Seamlessly melding the finest traditions of community banking with state-of-the-industry capabilities, Kearny Bank provides a range of progressive offerings to its personal and business banking clients. Established in 1884, and operating now from administrative headquarters in Fairfield, NJ, Kearny Bank is steadily expanding its footprint throughout New Jersey, as well as New York City’s Brooklyn and Staten Island boroughs. Additional details are available online at kearnybank.com; an overview video can be viewed at Kearny Bank YouTube channel.

North Bergen resident appointed Kearny Bank Vice President / CRM Analyst

Photo: Oscar Parada has been appointed as Kearny Bank’s Vice President / CRM Analyst.4/9/2019 Fairfield, NJ

North Bergen resident Oscar Parada has been appointed as Kearny Bank’s Vice President / CRM Analyst. In this role, he is responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of the bank’s CRM (customer relationship management) system, with the goal of analyzing the nature of existing client relationships for measuring and monitoring trends for future growth. He also will handle training and support services for all those utilizing the CRM system.

Most recently a systems test engineer for Canfield Scientific, Parada holds a bachelor’s in computer science from New Jersey City University. He also has worked for Goldman Sachs, the United States Golf Association – where he helped implement a similar CRM system – and Tiffany and Company.

“Oscar came to Kearny Bank with experience and expertise well suited to directly supporting implementation of our CRM system,” says Erika K. Parisi, Kearny Bank’s Executive Vice President / Director of CRM and Analytics. “I’m confident he’ll play a key role in developing a system that will generate the information necessary for significant enhancement of client relationships.”

A self-described data junkie, Parada has completed multiple, specialized courses in programming languages, including R. He is based at Kearny Bank’s corporate office in Fairfield. 

About Kearny Bank

Operating from administrative headquarters in Fairfield, NJ, Kearny Bank has 54 retail branch locations throughout New Jersey, as well as in Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY. Recently recognized by Forbes as one of New Jersey’s five Best-In-State-Banks, Kearny Bank has supported the communities it serves since 1884. Its parent company, Kearny Financial Corp., recently completed a merger with Clifton Bancorp Inc. and its Clifton Savings Bank subsidiary.

At new Greenpoint branch, Kearny Bank returns 1931 structure to its banking roots

Photo: Kearny Bank’s Greenpoint branch interior - Blending historic Brooklyn with technological sophistication.3/28/2019 Brooklyn, NY

Way back in 1931, it was constructed as a bank – and now, it’s a bank once again.

The three-story, brick edifice at 875 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint served various purposes during the past 88 years, but as the 3,500-square-foot branch office of New Jersey-based Kearny Bank, it has returned to its original role. And while the exterior conjures images of historic Brooklyn, what’s inside is the very latest in client-friendly banking technology.

“Each time they visit our bank, clients will experience something of a transformation,” explains Anthony Bilotta, Kearny Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer. “Greenpoint has many older buildings, including ours, and the entire neighborhood has the flavor of old-time Brooklyn. But for our clients, we’ve created a modern, stylistic interior that provides a look toward banking’s next generation. This blending of the old and new is compelling, and we think clients appreciate the effort invested to make this a unique location.”

Those stepping from the sidewalk and through the solid exterior doors of 875 Manhattan Avenue enter a stylish bank lobby that’s truly state-of-the-industry. There, a streamlined, pod layout replaces the traditional line of teller windows, and staffers work at easily accessible desks.

Interior construction to create the new Kearny Bank location took more than a year – beginning in November 2017.

“Competition for business in Brooklyn is intense, and I’ve been asked why this neighborhood needs another bank branch,” Bilotta adds. “My answer is that the level of service and the quality of products Kearny Bank provides will be a shot in the arm for Greenpoint, while making us a force throughout the community.”

About Kearny Bank

Operating from administrative headquarters in Fairfield, NJ, Kearny Bank has 54 retail branch locations throughout New Jersey, as well as in Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY. Recently recognized by Forbes as one of New Jersey’s five Best-In-State-Banks, Kearny Bank has supported the communities it serves since 1884. Its parent company, Kearny Financial Corp., recently completed a merger with Clifton Bancorp Inc. and its Clifton Savings Bank subsidiary.

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