Looking to join a new team? You belong at First County Bank

There is no question our success comes down to one thing above all else – our people. Whether working in our branches, behind the scenes or volunteering at a variety of community events, our people make a difference for our customers and community each and every day.

Now, we are looking for a few people to join our team! With part- and full-time positions available in several departments, we have opportunities for people looking to take their careers to the next level and work with a community institution.

To find out more about open positions and our benefits, visit the employment section of our website.

We look forward to meeting you!

First County Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


#DigitalConnection

Use your Debit Card for Everyday Purchases

Now, it’s even easier to use a First County Bank Debit MasterCard to access and manage the funds in your checking account.  Upon opening your new checking account in a First County Bank branch, a new debit card will securely and instantly be provided to you so you no longer have to wait for the mail to arrive to receive your card.  This means you’ll have the ability to access and manage your funds immediately, subject to availability of funds on deposit. No more worrying about having access to cash when you’re running your weekend errands.

Making everyday purchases at places like the grocery store, gas station or dry cleaners is a great way to use your debit card. The purchases are paid directly from your checking account allowing you to closely monitor your spending. Plus, if you add your First County Bank debit MasterCard to your digital wallet you can make purchases with your smart phone using Apple Pay®, Samsung Pay® or Google Pay™.

For banking that suits your busy lifestyle, First County Bank is where you belong!

See Checking Account Disclosures for details .


Employee Profile: Meet Jennifer DaSilva

Meet Jennifer DaSilva, Corporate Secretary at our Summer Street office. Jennifer has worked at First County Bank for 17 years.

Tell us a little about yourself – feel free to include information about your family, hobbies and/or involvement in the community:

I'm a mother of two children, Tony, 28, and Mia, 19. I'm also the mom of two finicky cats! I love reading, hiking, and visiting local flea markets to add to my vinyl collection.

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

My favorite part of my role here at First County Bank has been working with the Foundation since its inception, in 2001. I’m honored to now have an intimate role within the Foundation committee as the Foundation Secretary. Spending time and assisting Rey (CEO) and Bob (President) is also rewarding.

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.

A few years ago at one of the Bank’s Annual Celebration of Mutual Partnerships, the bank’s annual foundation event, I bumped into the wife of my middle school music teacher. Along with a few other students, he requested that I play in a flute quartet at their wedding over 30 years ago.

Jennifer currently works as the Corporate Secretary for Reyno Giallongo, Chief Operating Officer, and Bob Granata, President at our Summer Street offices.


Holiday Travel Tips

The holiday are upon us – that treasured time for festive feasts, and family gatherings. It’s also the time when individuals and families flood airports around the country to fly during what has long-been known as the busiest travel time of the year.

If you’re among the thousands of Americans who will hit the airport during the holidays, there are some steps you can take to ensure you have a safe and comfortable journey.

  • Arrive early. Due to added traffic, it’s a good idea to arrive to the airport at least two hours before your flight. If you are flying out of an exceptionally busy airport, you may want to arrive even earlier.
  • Carry on medications and valuables with you. This will ensure you have them with you at all times.
  • Become familiar with TSA guidelines. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has very strict guidelines on the size of carry-on luggage and what you are allowed to bring. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these rules beforehand to eliminate hassle at the security checkpoint.
  • Have your photo ID and ticket handy at all times. Due to increased volume and heightened security, you may be asked to show your ID and ticket more frequently than usual.
  • Ensure your luggage is tagged. Be sure to include your name, address, and phone number in the event your luggage gets lost or misplaced.

Traveling by car instead? According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), 54.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this holiday season, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. The 2018 holiday season will see the highest travel volume in more than a dozen years since 2005, with 2.5 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year.

To ensure you arrive safely to your destination, be sure to practice these safe driving tips:

  • Rest up. Before taking a long car journey, it’s critical that you rest and get a good night’s sleep beforehand. For help staying alert during a long journey, consider bringing along a thermos with coffee or other caffeinated drinks.
  • Buckle up. Seat belts are a great way to limit injuries and save lives.
  • Fill ‘er up. Be sure to leave with a full gas tank and to check fluids and tire pressure before you set off on your journey.
  • Follow speed limits. Speeding is a leading cause of accidents. Also, to avoid costly fines and dangers, be sure to obey speed limit signs in construction zones.
  • Pay attention. Avoid electronic distractions by putting away your cellphone.
  • Share the road. If you have a long journey, consider sharing the driving with another licensed driver and switching off every few hours.
  • Take a break. Stop at rest areas to stretch your legs.
  • Pack healthy snacks. Bring along water, fruit, and protein snacks, such as peanuts. Try to avoid sugary treats, which will only make you tired later.
  • Map out your route beforehand. If you have a GPS, be sure to also bring along printed directions in the event that your GPS breaks down.
  • Bring along a safety kit. Your kit should include essentials, such as flashlights, flares, batteries, blankets, and first-aid supplies.

Best wishes for safe and healthy holidays!


Winter Holiday Hours

Please note our holiday hours for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

All branches will close early at 1:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. All branches and offices will be closed for Christmas Day on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: The cutoff time for wire transfers and ACH transactions on Monday, Dec. 24 is 12 noon.  

All branches will be open normal hours on New Year’s Eve on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. All branches and offices will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 for New Year’s Day. Happy Holidays!


Meet Stephanie Frederick: VP, Systems Manager

Name: Stephanie Frederick

Title/Role: VP, Systems Manager

Years with First County Bank: 25

Tell us a little about yourself – feel free to include information about your family, hobbies and/or involvement in the community:

I love spending time with my family. I have two beautiful girls-- Nikki and Erin. My husband Michael and I have been married for 26 years.

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

I like that I’m able to work with all departments of First County Bank.

What is the most frequent question you receive from customers, and how do you respond?

“What are our rates?” When asked this question I send them to our website or give them Dave Zamary’s information if it’s about a loan. Dave is a Senior Vice President and Residential Lending Manager here at the bank.

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 love the spring when we playing softball and golf after work.

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

Working at First County Bank has been great. It’s a great bank to build a career at and later retire.


First County Bank Foundation Presents Community Legacy Award to Al DiGuido, Founder, Al’s Angels

First County Bank Foundation  recently hosted its Annual Celebration of Mutual Partnerships at the Stamford Sheraton, where the Foundation presented its first annual Community Legacy Award to Al DiGuido, founder of Al’s Angels. With over 150 guests in attendance, the Foundation announced that annual grants for 2018 will exceed $650,000, bringing the Foundation’s total giving since inception in 2001 to nearly $9 million dollars.

In naming, Al DiGuido the first Community Legacy Award honoree, First County Bank Foundation recognizes the impactful work of a local citizen who demonstrates both commitment and passion to a most worthy cause. DiGuido, a Westport resident, is recognized as a thought leader and innovator in the interactive advertising and marketing industries. His business experience includes positions as CEO of Zeta Interactive, a full-service digital agency; CEO of Epsilon Interactive, a top-tier email service provider; and, CEO of Bigfoot Interactive, an interactive creative design agency.

DiGuido is passionate about philanthropy and has helped to raise millions of dollars in support of families with children battling cancer for Tomorrows Children’s Fund in Hackensack, New Jersey. His desire to expand the reach and impact to a wider net of hospitals, clinics, other health care facilities and families led him to establish Al’s Angels, as a 501C3 charitable organization. Today, Al’s Angels has over 1000 active Angel members and provides holiday meals and gifts to over 2,500 families and 6,000 children in the tristate area, many in Fairfield County. Funds for this work are generated through personal donations and a series of Al’s Angels fundraising activities with 100% of monies collected going directly to children and their families battling cancer, rare blood diseases and severe financial hardships.

“First County Bank Foundation is proud to present Al DiGuido with the first Community Legacy Award,” said Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., president of First County Bank Foundation and CEO of First County Bank. “Through his work with Al’s Angels, Al has made a positive impact on local families with children battling cancer and other rare blood diseases. During these difficult times, Al and his organization are truly angels to those families.”

Established in 2018, the First County Bank Foundation Community Legacy Award recognizes the exceptional achievements and meaningful contributions of an individual or couple, residing in the towns of Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan or Westport, 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 Community Legacy Award honoree receives a commemorative plaque and $1,000 donation to the nonprofit of their choice.

PHOTO: Robert Granata, president and COO of First County Bank and vice president of First County Bank Foundation, and Reyno Giallongo, chairman and CEO of First County Bank and president of First County Bank Foundation, present the Community Legacy Award to Al DiGuido of Al’s Angels (center).


Chairman, CEO Reyno Giallongo, Jr. Receives Walter H. Wheeler Leadership Award

Congratulations to First County Bank Chairman and CEO Reyno Giallongo, Jr., who recently received the Walter H. Wheeler Jr. Leadership Award from The Business Council of Fairfield County.

This award is named after the late Pitney Bowes leader and recognizes corporate leaders in the community.

Rey Giallongo is the Chairman and CEO of First County Bank, President of the First County Bank Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Stamford Downtown Special Services District, and Secretary of the Housing Development Fund.

Read more on Westfair Online: https://westfaironline.com/109015/first-county-bank-chairman-ceo-to-be-honored-by-business-council-of-fairfield-county/

 


First County Bank Foundation Hosts Annual Celebration of Mutual Partnerships

First County Bank Foundation recently hosted the Annual Celebration of Mutual Partnerships at the Stamford Sheraton.

The reception was attended by many representatives from local nonprofit organizations. Alexandra Drakakis, Associate Curator of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, was the Keynote Speaker who offered a glimpse at the founding and history of the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The Foundation honored Al DiGuido, founder of Al’s Angels, with the recently launched Community Legacy Award.

In selecting Al DiGuido as the first Community Legacy Award honoree, First County Bank Foundation recognizes the impactful work of a local citizen who demonstrates both commitment and passion to a most worthy cause. DiGuido, a Westport resident, is recognized as a thought leader and innovator in the interactive advertising and marketing industries. His business experience includes positions as CEO of Zeta Interactive, a full-service digital agency; CEO of Epsilon Interactive, a top-tier email service provider; and, CEO of Bigfoot Interactive, an interactive creative design agency.

DiGuido is passionate about philanthropy and has helped to raise millions of dollars in support of families with children battling cancer for Tomorrows Children’s Fund in Hackensack, New Jersey. His desire to expand the reach and impact to a wider net of hospitals, clinics, other health care facilities and families led him to establish Al’s Angels, as a 501C3 charitable organization. Today, Al’s Angels has over 1,000 active Angel members and provides holiday meals and gifts to over 2,500 families and 6,000 children in the tristate area, many in Fairfield County. Funds for this work are generated through personal donations and a series of Al’s Angels fundraising activities with 100% of monies collected going directly to children and their families battling cancer, rare blood diseases and severe financial hardships.

Here are some photo highlights from the event.


Employee Profile: Meet Tiffani Valentin

Employee Profile: Meet Tiffani Valentin. Tiffani works as a Senior Commercial Loan Operations Specialist in our Summer Street office and has been with First County Bank for over 10 years.

Tell us a little about yourself – feel free to include information about your family, hobbies and/or involvement in the community:

Hi, I’m Tiffani. I am 31 years old and I live in downtown Stamford. I’m originally from Astoria, Queens and my family is originally from Brooklyn, but they’re now scattered between Stamford, New York and Florida.

When I’m not at work, I’m home watching my investigative television shows on Discovery - or horror movies. I’m a big Freddy Krueger fan!  My favorite author is Mary Higgins Clark who writes mysteries and is always on the New York Times Best Selling Author list. My favorite musical artist is Mariah Carey – I listen to her songs almost every day. I enjoy Off-Broadway Theater, walking absolutely everywhere and making memories with family and friends.

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

There are too many to choose from!  Besides continuing to have an intricate part of the bank’s internship program, I would have to say one of my favorite roles here at the bank is to be somewhat of a hub of information for just about all things business banking related. I actually enjoy being out and about at bank-sponsored events and other bank meetings. I enjoy being able to answer questions; whether those questions are from a fellow co-worker, customer or potential customer. A common pattern I’ve noticed is that business banking can seem to be such a mystery!  Being a liaison between both credit administration and business banking helps to keep me well informed as well as on my toes!

What is the most frequent question you receive from customers?

“What do you do at the bank?”  It’s honestly the most popular question from both customers and my fellow co-workers. There is no simple answer! But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Do you have a favorite First County Bank moment?

Yes, the bank’s first year we had interns would have to be my favorite First County Bank moment. It was the beginning of many opportunities thereafter to expand and share my knowledge as an analyst and combine it with my passion for teaching.  Not many people know I originally wanted to be a high school biology teacher!  The continuation of the internship program has been both professionally and personally rewarding. Each year we further develop the program and it’s always an exciting experience.

 


#DigitalConnection: It’s Easy to Set Up Alerts with Mobile Banking

Using the First County Bank Mobile Banking app is all about convenience such as checking your balance, transferring money, and depositing checks. Now, if you’re comfortable using your smart phone, you can also easily monitor activity on your account by setting up text and email alerts. Access the Manage My Alerts tab under the Banking Services menu on the mobile banking app.

Choose from many alerts such as when a specific check has cleared, when a large dollar amount withdrawal was posted to your account, or when a large dollar amount debit card purchase was made, and more. These alerts will help you to stay on top of the activity in your account and help you to keep your accounts secure, by simply using your mobile phone, whether you’re out and about on the weekend or on the train on your daily commute.

For mobile banking that makes your life easier, First County Bank is where you belong!

 


Did You Know? Save on Pharmacy Costs with a ValueAccess Checking Account with BaZing

Did you know that you can save up to 50 percent on pharmacy, vision and hearing services with a ValueAccess Checking Account with BaZing? A ValueAccess Checking Account with BaZing offers savings, discounts, and benefits. Download the BaZing App1 on your smart phone and BaZing will let you know when there is a deal at a restaurant or retail store in your area. This includes online access and mobile.

See disclosures for terms and conditions.

1 Carrier fees may apply.

https://www.firstcountybank.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/10_3_2018_Checking_Account_Disclosure_FINAL.pdf