The New Jersey Bankers Association (NJBankers) said June 14 it installed Magyar Bank President and Chief Executive Officer John Fitzgerald as chair; OceanFirst Bank Chairman, President and CEO Christopher Maher as first vice chair; and Northfield Bank Chairman, President and CEO Steven Klein as second vice chair for its 2021-2022 Fiscal Year.
Founded 118 years ago, the New Jersey Bankers Association is a trade association representing 72 banks and 172 service providers. Its officers, along with the board of directors, guide the association as it implements its mission of representing its membership’s interests before state and federal government and regulatory authorities; providing support in public and media relations; offering professional development; and providing employee health insurance benefit programs through its licensed insurance brokerage facility, Bankers Cooperative Group.
Fitzgerald was named president of New Brunswick-based Magyar Bank in 2010 and prior to that was the bank’s chief operating officer, responsible for the branch network, retail deposit and loan operations departments. An industry veteran of more than 30 years, Fitzgerald joined Magyar Bank in 2001 and established the bank’s Commercial Lending Department.
Maher joined OceanFirst Financial Corp. in 2013. With total assets exceeding $11 billion, it is one of the oldest and largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey. The bank operates branches throughout the state and metropolitan New York City-are with additional Commercial Loan Production offices in New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia, metropolitan New York City and Baltimore/Washington, D.C areas.
Klein runs $5.6 billion, publicly-traded Northfield Bank providing community banking and investment services to businesses and consumers primarily located in Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon and Union counties in New Jersey; in Staten Island and Brooklyn, New York; and in eastern Pennsylvania. He is responsible for leading strategic planning and execution related to lending, deposit gathering, technology deployment, customer and employee experience, and branding. Prior to joining Northfield, Klein was an audit partner in the New Jersey community banking practice of KPMG LLP, a national audit, tax and advisory firm.
The 2021-22 NJ Bankers board of directors:
- James Andreacci, market president for New Jersey, Truist Bank
- John Borelli Jr., president and CEO, Newfield National Bank
- Thomas Comiskey, regional president of New Jersey, M&T Bank
- Robert Curley III, South Jersey market president, TD Bank NA
- Joanna DiCiurcio, retail market manager, PNC NA
- Effie Gikas, senior vice president and consumer banking region executive, Bank of America
- Jorge Gomes, president and CEO, Lusitania Savings Bank
- James Hughes, president and CEO, Unity Bank
- Thomas Kemly (former chair), president and CEO, Columbia Bank
- Douglas Kennedy, president and CEO, Peapack-Gladstone Bank
- Rohit Mehrotra, managing director and office team lead JPMorgan Chase
- Craig Montanaro, president and CEO, Kearny Bank
- Jane Rey, president and chief operating officer, Spencer Savings Bank
- Ira Robbins; chairman, president and CEO; Valley Bank
- Patrick Ryan, president and CEO, First Bank
- Larry Schmidt, president and CEO, 1st Bank of Sea Isle City
- Thomas Shara (immediate former chair), president and CEO, Lakeland Bank
- William Taylor, chairman and CEO, Somerset Savings Bank
- Gregory Tornquist; chairman, president and CEO; Cenlar FSB
- Ferdinand Viaud, president and CEO, Glen Rock Savings Bank
- James Wainwright, president and CEO, Freehold Bank