Provident Bank launched an employee resources group (ERG) specifically geared toward embracing and supporting veterans in the workplace.
In a Nov. 11 press release announcing “Provident Salutes,” the Iselin-based financial institution said the initiative will also focus on providing a platform for education and resources for its employees who have served in the military.
In addition, the ERG will develop and recommend programs to enrich veterans’ experiences, increase awareness of veterans’ contributions, expand the bank’s reach with veteran and military organizations in the community, and provide networking opportunities with veterans across the organization, according to Provident.
The group will be led by Joseph Chinnici, a banking center manager at the Wyckoff branch and U.S. Army veteran who served in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. He is also a past commander of the Veterans of Foreign War chapter in Allendale.
Rebeca Merendino, an information security analyst and an Army veteran who served in the Middle East during Operation Spartan Shield, will hold the role of vice president.
During a celebration of the launch of Provident Salutes on Veterans Day, Xavia Mitchell, first vice president, senior human resources and diversity business partner, said, “This initiative is consistent with our commitment to enhance the employee experience at Provident Bank.”
“The members of Provident Salutes will work together to identify topics, content, and initiatives that will support veterans and active service members throughout the organization,” added Mitchell.d