Introducing Our New Client Portal

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First County Advisors is excited to announce the upcoming launch of our new online client portal. The new portal will provide you with an improved user experience and enhanced functionality. Some of the many new features that will be immediately available include:

  • A customizable dashboard and home page so you can create your own dynamic overview of your portfolio and monitor what matters to you through external links to market information and news feeds.
  • Tailored reporting can be generated from your dashboard that filters accounts, date ranges and other data.
  • Contact links so that you can reach your financial advisor directly from your home page to stay connected and informed.

Quick Start Guide

STEP 1:
You will receive a “New User Setup” email similar to the example shown here. This email will come “from” First County Advisors and a “no reply” email address of noreply@bdreporting.com.

Included in this email is a link to set up your account. Please click on the “Set Up Account” button or, copy and paste the full url into your browser. For security purposes, your setup link will expire after 7 calendar days. Should the link expire, please contact your First County Advisors Officer who will resend the email with a new setup link.

STEP 2
Upon clicking the link within the email (or copying and pasting the full url into your browser), you will be prompted to set security questions. You are required to choose from the preexisting lists and set up all three security questions. Never share your secure password. To continue, click “Next.”

STEP 3
Next you will need to create a secure password. Please enter a chosen password in the first password field. Then re-type your password in the “Confirm Password” field. If your password meets the security requirements and matches the two password fields, you may then click “Next.”

STEP 4
The final step is to read through and accept the “Application Terms of Use.” After accepting, you will be automatically directed to your personalized client portal as set-up is complete.

After completing set-up, you will also receive a confirmation email letting you know your password has been updated. This email will once again come “from” First County Advisors and a “no reply” email address of noreply@bdreporting.com.


First County Advisors Expands Wealth Management Division with New Hire - Michael Rispoli

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STAMFORD, CT, October 14, 2021 — First County Advisors the Wealth Management division of First County Bank, continues its expansion with the hiring of Michael Rispoli, as Vice President Relationship Manager.

Rispoli, who joins the First County Advisors team from People’s United Advisors, has 30 years of Wealth Management experience, serving clients throughout lower Fairfield County. Rispoli will focus on new client acquisition and relationship development. He will take a holistic approach with clients on investment decisions that will serve them and their families for generations to come. Rispoli’s position will report directly to Charles B. Carroll Jr., the Head of Wealth Strategy, for First County Advisors.

“Michael brings a wealth of experience along with a “client first” attitude, making him a great compliment to our team. We look forward to the energy Michael will infuse within our organization, to help us work towards being a leading Wealth Management group” said Charles B. Carroll Jr., Head of Wealth Strategy for First County Advisors.

Rispoli is a graduate of the New England School of Banking and attended the University of Connecticut where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Finance. He also has his Series 65 license. Rispoli is a Greenwich resident where he lives with his wife and three children.

About First County Advisors

First County Advisors, the Wealth Management Division of First County Bank, is grounded in the legacy and institutional security of First County Bank. First County Advisors is dedicated to meeting the growing need for trusted, accessible financial planning and investment management resources in lower Fairfield County and beyond. First County Advisors provides individuals, families, business owners and nonprofit organizations with expert guidance according to their objectives. Together, our experienced Advisors understand how to navigate the financial implications of life’s milestones. To learn more about First County Advisors, please visit www.firstcountyadvisors.com.


Wealth Management Division Announces Leadership Transition For First County Bank Advisors

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STAMFORD, CT, April 15, 2021First County Advisors the Wealth Management division of First County Bank, has announced the retirement of its founder and leader, Dave Metzgar, CFP, CFTA.

Metzgar, who served as Senior Vice President/Senior Trust Officer, founded First County Advisors more than 35 years ago to help local people maximize and manage wealth. Under his strong leadership, First County Advisors has grown to become a full-service trusted provider of investment management and estate planning. Metzgar will continue to oversee the transition, until officially retiring at the end of May.

Taking over for Dave as the head of First County Advisors will be Charles B. Carroll Jr, CFP. Carroll joined First County Advisors Senior Management team in December 2020, following a decade as a Director of Sales Partnerships at TD Ameritrade.

Leveraging his extensive background in Financial Planning and leadership, Charlie will be tasked with growing First County Advisors, securing new investment partnerships, and developing services to enhance the client experience.

In addition to the transition in leadership, First County Advisors announced the hiring of Bob Long who will serve as Vice President, Relationship Manager. Long, who joined First County Advisors from J.P. Morgan Chase & Company, has decades of experience in providing thoughtful solutions and exceptional service to high-net-worth clients. He will take over the management of Dave Metzgar’s client relationships.

“First County Bank is so proud of what we’ve achieved under Dave. With Charlie’s experience and Bob Long’s exceptional focus on client service, we’re excited to build on Dave’s success and to grow stronger to help local people prosper,” said Robert Granata, Chairman and Chief Executive of Officer of First County Bank and First County Advisors.

About First County Advisors

First County Advisors, the Wealth Management Division of First County Bank, is grounded in the legacy and institutional security of First County Bank. First County Advisors is dedicated to meeting the growing need for trusted, accessible financial planning and investment management resources in lower Fairfield County and beyond. First County Advisors provides individuals, families, business owners and nonprofit organizations with expert guidance according to their objectives. Together, our experienced Advisors understand how to navigate the financial implications of life’s milestones. To learn more about First County Advisors, please visit www.firstcountyadvisors.com.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for 170 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.7 billion and is a winner of the Hearst Connecticut Top WorkPlaces 2020 award. For additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com, or follow us @Firstcountybank on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


First County Bank Foundation Awards Three High School Seniors with Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award Scholarships

First County Bank Foundation Awards three High School Seniors with Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award Scholarships

STAMFORD, Conn., Jun. 25, 2020 — First County Bank recently announced this year's recipients of the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award scholarships. This annual award honors Fairfield County high school students who consistently demonstrate good citizenship at school, at home and in the community.

The program awards scholarships to three deserving students, and is designed to recognize and encourage young people who are honest, hard-working and helpful. Each year, First County Bank Foundation accepts student applications from the beginning of the year until the end of April. The award is named after Richard E. Taber who retired as chairman and CEO of First County Bank in March 2011. It is in recognition of Taber's 40-plus-year career at the bank and innumerable contributions to the community.

Each of the following students were chosen to receive a $5,000 Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award scholarship: Hannah Bushell of Stamford, attended Stamford High School and will attend the University of Michigan, majoring in applied mathematics; Daniella Jones of Greenwich, attended Greenwich High School and will attend Pennsylvania State University, majoring in liberal arts; Bartlomiej Ruszczyk of Fairfield, attended Fairfield Preparatory High School and will attend College of the Holy Cross, majoring in economics and computer science.

Daniella Jones
Hannah Bushell
Bartlomiej Ruszczyk

"These students exemplify the attributes of good citizenship and service in the community," said Robert J. Granata, chairman and CEO of First County Bank, and president of the First County Bank Foundation.  "Each year, we continue to be amazed at the caliber of local high school seniors applying for the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award.  We are proud to present scholarships to these amazing students, knowing that we are supporting future leaders with a passion for community service."

Richard Taber, a member of the board of directors at First County Bank, said, "I am very proud to have my name associated with three such well-rounded and talented young adults.  With the level of success they have already achieved, I'm certain they will have an outstanding future."

To learn more about First County Bank Foundation and the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award Scholarship, please visit the Bank's website.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees and assets in excess of $1.7 billion. For more information, please visit https://www.firstcountybank.com, or follow us @Firstcountybank on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn.


First County Bank Foundation Donates $50,000 To Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts


First County Bank Foundation Donates $50,000

To Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

STAMFORD, Conn., Jun. 3, 2020 — First County Bank Foundation announced today that it will donate $50,000 to select Fairfield County shelters and food pantries in an effort to support those nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This designated COVID-19 relief fund is being distributed in addition to the nearly $500,000 in grants recently provided to over 90 local nonprofits through the Foundation's annual CommunityFirst Grant Program.

The following nonprofits are designated to receive funds for COVID-19 relief:

"During this unprecedented time of crisis in our community, First County Bank Foundation is committed to support COVID-19 relief efforts for such basic needs as housing and food security. These select nonprofits, as well as many others in Fairfield County, have been working tirelessly to provide access to shelter and food for the most vulnerable members of our society," stated Robert J. Granata, Chairman and CEO of First County Bank and President of First County Bank Foundation. "The Bank's board of directors, corporators and employees take great pride in supporting these critical efforts," added Granata.

For more information about First County Bank Foundation, go to the Bank's website at www.firstcountybank.com/foundation-1.

About First County Bank Foundation

Established in 2001 in honor of the bank’s 150th anniversary, First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development, affordable housing, and programs that support quality of life and educational enrichment for children and families. As a mutual bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers grants made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees and assets in excess of $1.7 billion. For more information, please visit https://www.firstcountybank.com, or follow us @Firstcountybank on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


First County Bank Announces Winner of FirstPrize $avings Account Drawing

STAMFORD, Conn., May 19, 2020 - First County Bank awarded Kerri and Kristin Clark of Trumbull, CT $1,000, as they are the recent winners of the FirstPrize $avings drawing. "I was filled with such joy as I called my customers to notify them that they won $1,000," said Maria Hirnyk, Assistant Branch Manager of the First County Bank Glenbrook location, in Stamford. "At a time filled with uncertainty and financial strain for so many, suprising my customers with this positive news couldn't have come at a better time," added Hirnyk.

This innovative account called FirstPrize $avings is a savings account with a cash prize drawing component to promote personal savings. With each eligible deposit of $25 or more, the account holder earns an entry into a drawing for a $1,000 prize. The drawing occurs four times per calendar year, with one winner per quarter.

The $1,000 prize is directly deposited into the winner’s FirstPrize $avings account, which came just in time to kick off the new year with some extra cash. To learn more about First County Bank's FirstPrize $avings account and to view account rules and regulaitons please visit https://firstcountybank.com/firstprize-savings.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.7 billion and is a 2016-2018 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com, or follow us @Firstcountybank on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn.


First County Bank Announces Winner of FirstPrize $avings Account Drawing

STAMFORD, Conn., January 7, 2020 - First County Bank is excited to announce the recent winners of the FirstPrize $avings account $1,000 drawing - Kenneth and Maryanne Dolan of Stamford, CT. This innovative account called FirstPrize $avings is a savings account with a cash prize drawing component to promote personal savings. With each eligible deposit of $25 or more, the account holder earns an entry into a drawing for a $1,000 prize. The drawing occurs four times per calendar year, with one winner per quarter, and the Dolans were the final winners for 2019.

Karen Chavez, Stamford - Springdale Branch Manager, Robert Granata, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Willard Miley, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), presented Kenneth (pictured) and Maryanne Dolan with $1,000, as the winners of the recent FirstPrize $avings account drawing. The $1,000 prize is directly deposited into the winner’s FirstPrize $avings account, which came just in time to kick off the new year with some extra cash.

To learn more about First County Bank's FirstPrize $avings account and to view account rules and regulaitons please visit https://firstcountybank.com/firstprize-savings.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.7 billion and is a 2016-2018 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com, or follow us @Firstcountybank on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn.


First County Bank Foundation Presents Annual Community Legacy Award to Richard E. Koch

First County Bank Foundation Presents
Annual Community Legacy Award to Richard E. Koch

STAMFORD, Conn., December 23, 2019 ─ First County Bank Foundation hosted its Annual Celebration of Mutual Partnerships early last month at the Stamford Mariott, where the Foundation presented the Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award to Richard E Koch.

Over 140 guests were in attendance including representatives from 45 local nonprofits, First County Bank Board Members and Corporators. Guest speaker Clif McFeely founder of Future Five - a Stamford based nonprofit dedicated to connecting under-resourced high school students to mentors, presented on the “Power of Connection”. "It was an honor to be selected to speak about Future 5 at the Annual Celebration of Mutual Partnerships. I have been very fortunate over the years to see the "Power of Connection" at work in Stamford, and it was on display in full force at the First County Bank Foundation event” said McFeely.

First County Bank Foundation awarded the Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award (formerly Community Legacy Award) to Richard Koch for his dedication to giving back to his local community. Koch, a Norwalk resident, has been an active volunteer throughout Fairfield County for over 40 years. Koch is the longest serving volunteer with Darien EMS- Post 53 and a Board of Directors member. Some of Koch’s additional volunteer engagements include: tutoring math, physics, and chemistry at Grassroots Tennis & Education in Norwalk, truck driver for furniture pick-ups for St. Luke’s yearly Tag Sale in Darien, and a participant in the annual food drive with Darien based Person-To-Person. When Koch sees a need, he jumps in to action to support his community. First County Bank Foundation was impressed by Koch’s community involvement, and for that he was recognized to receive the Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award.

“First County Bank Foundation is proud to recognize Richard Koch with the 2019 Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award. Dick’s long-standing commitment to the local community embodies the true spirit of the award. We’re thrilled that Dick graciously accepted this honor at our annual event”, stated Robert J. Granata, Chairman and CEO of First County Bank and President of First County Bank Foundation.

Established in 2018, and renamed in 2019, the First County Bank Foundation Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award recognizes the exceptional achievements and meaningful contributions of an individual or couple, residing in the towns of Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, Fairfield and neighboring communities of Bridgeport, who through their actions, experience, talent and skills, directly benefits activities and programs in the areas of affordable housing, economic development, education or quality of life for families and children, as consistent with the First County Bank Foundation mission. The Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr. Community Legacy Award honoree receives a commemorative plaque and $2,500 donation to the nonprofit of their choice.

About First County Bank Foundation

Established in 2001 in honor of the Bank’s 150th anniversary, First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development, affordable housing, and programs that support quality of life and educational enrichment for children and families. As a mutual bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers grants made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves.

About First County Bank

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 165 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 16 branches in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, wealth management, business banking services, and a full array of digital banking products including mobile and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees, assets in excess of $1.7 billion and is a 2016-2019 Women’s Choice Award winner. For additional information, please visit https://www.firstcountybank.com, or follow us @Firstcountybank on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn.