First County Bank Spotlight - Robert Long, Jr.

Get to know Robert “Bob” Long, Jr. Vice President, Trust Officer for First County Advisors (The Wealth  Management Division of First County Bank).

Tell us a little about yourself.

My wife and I met at the University of New Haven and have been married for 30 years. We have two beautiful children who are 28 and 23 years old.  My oldest is a veterinarian and she lives in Mooresville NC.  My son lives locally and is a commercial video editor at a marketing firm.  My family means the world to me, and I always made time to be very involved in their activities.

When my kids were young, I coached my daughter’s travel soccer team and when my son participated in the marching band in high school, I volunteered to drive the instrument truck to all the shows including Dayton, OH.  I enjoy working in the yard and spending time with my two dogs.  My wife and I love to travel and go on vacation.  Even though my kids are adults they still enjoy coming on vacation with us.  I like playing golf and am a big fan of the New York Giants.

What is your secret talent you would like to share so we know more about you? (Do you dance, cook, garden, loudly whistle, create art, play an instrument, sing, build things, play sports, compete, or train for anything, etc.)

I wouldn’t call it a secret talent, but I can work a grill and cook some mean BBQ ribs.

What is your favorite part of your role with First County Bank?

The favorite part of my job is being able to help people achieve their goals and dreams. I begin by listening to what my client’s intent is for their wealth, (i.e., retirement, leaving it to the next generation, planning for education, or philanthropy) and building a customized plan tailored specifically for them. It is priceless and gratifying to see their reaction when you tell them that their goals and dreams are achievable.

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment? This can be any moment at the Bank that has made an impact on your life.

I can honestly say that joining First County Bank has been like coming home.  Everyone here has been so open and welcoming.  As I speak with colleagues, I’m finding that I have a connection with so many people here, whether we worked at other banks together, or I know members of their family.  It really hit home when we were doing a photo shoot and I was told to come meet the photographer.  As he walked out of the conference room, I realized it was my wife’s first cousin and we gave each other a hug. I think this solidified it for me that the Bank’s slogan, “It’s where you belong,” couldn’t be any truer.

What can customers/clients come to you for?

As a Relationship Manager my clients come to me for advice on trust and estate planning, retirement planning, portfolio construction as well as traditional banking and lending needs.


First County Bank Spotlight - Maria Bivona

Get to know Maria Bivona, Branch Manager of our Springdale, Stamford, location.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have been fortunate to be part of the First County Bank family, since 2007.

I reside in Trumbull with my husband, my 12-year-old son, and an adorable cat, named Chip.

Traveling is something I love to do, and my favorite place in the world is Sicily, where I was born and raised. Even though my son and I love to explore Europe, going back home to “Nonna” is always our first choice.

During my career with FCB, I had the pleasure of participating in several community events. My favorite one was the Stamford Cancer Walk. It is very rewarding to see the entire community get together to support those whose life has been affected by such a terrible illness.

For the past couple of years, I have been volunteering at the Trumbull Nature and Art Center, and as of this year, I became a member of their Board of Directors.

What is your secret talent you would like to share so we know more about you? (Do you dance, cook, garden, loudly whistle, create art, play an instrument, sing, build things, play sports, compete, or train for anything, etc.)

Baking! I find it relaxing, especially on cold winter nights. I love to try new recipes and experiment with them. I cannot promise that the outcome will always be perfect, but it’s still very enjoyable nonetheless.

What is your favorite part of your role with First County Bank?

My favorite part of my job is being able to establish a strong relationship with both my coworkers and customers. My biggest satisfaction is being able to help and encourage others to achieve both their financial and personal goals.

What can customers come to you for?

Customers can come to me for my knowledge of banking products and to provide them with the appropriate recommendations based on their banking needs and financial goals.


Charlie B. Carroll, Jr coaching youth football team

First County Bank Spotlight - Charlie B. Carroll, Jr.

Meet SVP, Charlie B. Carroll JR., CFP®, Head of First County Advisors (the Wealth Management Division of First County Bank)

Charlie B. Carroll, Jr coaching youth football team

Tell us a little about yourself!

I enjoy being able to support local youth programs and have participated in a couple of different ways. One is as a coach for over the last 10+years, coaching football, basketball and baseball to boys and girls ages 7-14.  In addition, I have held several leadership positions including league commissioner for 16 towns across Connecticut. I am currently President/Head Coach for our Lady of Mercy boys’ basketball team. I have always learned so much about myself and my teammates from being a part of team sports. I look at sports as another classroom for kids to learn valuable life lessons, but I also do not take things so seriously, as being around kids brings out my inner child as sports are fun for all ages.

One day in between games the announcer did not show up so I was asked if I would help announce the game. After that game, I built quite a fan base in my community and around the league, and was requested as an announcer by both parents and kids alike.

What is your secret talent you would like to share so we know more about you? (Do you dance, cook, garden, loudly whistle, create art, play an instrument, sing, build things, play sports, compete, or train for anything, etc.)

I grew up playing several instruments including the trumpet, which I do not play anymore. During a festival in St. John’s Harbor, I learned how to play the Conch (shell), which when you cut off the end of the shell is like a trumpet. Since learning how to play the Conch shell, it has become the family instrument helping us celebrate holidays or special family events, with as many loud breathes as my lungs will allow me. My son has even picked up the skill.

What is your favorite part of your role with First County Bank?

As a recent member of the First County Team, I enjoyed the opportunity of meeting with all my new colleagues, who come from unique and diversified backgrounds. I have also enjoyed meeting our clients as well. Everyone has a story that makes them who they are today, and I am in a great place to foster these unique connections.

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment? This can be any moment at the Bank that has made an impact on your life.

My first week was really a great experience where no matter how long I would talk with someone, my new team members were always quick to say how “glad I was going to be to have joined First County Bank.”

Anything else you’d like to say about you or your experience at the Bank ?

We wake every day with a mission to make our customers live better through our service to them. We have a great responsibility to take care of our customers and their families for generations to come.


First County Bank Spotlight - Paul Bubniak

Meet Trust and Investment Officer Paul Bubniak, of First County Advisors (the Wealth Management Division of First County Bank).

 

Tell us a little about yourself!

I am happily married to my wonderful wife Laureen of almost 38 years. Together we raised five great beautiful children, of which the middle three are triplets. I will also be a first time Grandpa this June. As you can see, Family is the most important part of my life. I am also a huge sports fan, participating in my early days, now just an avid fan. My favorite teams are the New York Mets, Giants, Knicks, and of course the UCONN Huskies, both the Men and Women teams. I love working with my hands around the house -- trying to be a jack of all trades. A great job done gives me much joy and satisfaction when successfully completed.

What is your secret talent you’d like to share so we know more about you? (Do you dance, cook, garden, loudly whistle, create art, play an instrument, sing, build things, play sports, compete or train for anything, etc.)

I do enjoy dancing -- from my early disco and classic rock days as a kid, to my first dance with my daughter on her Wedding Day. When I have a bit more time, I am fascinated with playing the keyboard, and will devote a lot more time to that when I can. Spending Summer vacations at the Jersey Shore, or the shores of Cape Cod are also favorite pastimes of mine, when I want to relax and enjoy the ocean views during my favorite time of the year, summer.

What is your favorite part of your role with First County Bank?

Developing strong relationships with my clients, that in some cases have created strong long-term friendships. I truly enjoy this part of my job, if I can make my clients happy, then I am happy.

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment? This can be any moment at the Bank that has made an impact on your life. 

When I first interviewed for a position with the bank 18 years ago, my interviewer (who has been my boss at First County Advisors throughout my career) once told me that “you won’t like working here, you will love working here”. Those strong words remained with me throughout my career and couldn’t have been more spot on and true.

Anything else you’d like to say about you or your experience at the Bank?

It may sound a bit cliché but working here is like being with your Family. I have created a strong bond with my peers and fellow employees at the bank during my long tenure with First County Advisors/First County Bank. My position has enabled me to reach out and work with many of the great people here at First County Bank, which has also created long term friendships that I treasure. The satisfaction that I receive knowing that First County Advisors and I have helped our clients strengthen, preserve and improve their overall financial position, is truly mission accomplished and very satisfying.

Area of expertise: What can Customers/ Clients talk to you about: Investment management, estate planning, and trust and fiduciary services for individuals, families, endowments and charitable organizations.

 

Not FDIC Insured, may lose value, no bank guarantee.


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