First County Advisors Expands Wealth Management Division with New Hire

First County Advisors Expands Wealth Management Division with New Hire

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.


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 Announces Applications Now being Accepted for FirstClass Grants for Teachers Deadline October 31, 2021

STAMFORD, Conn., September 8, 2021 - First County Bank Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the annual FirstClass Grants for Teachers, a grant program developed exclusively for public school K-5 grade teachers. The FirstClass Grants for Teachers was established in 2016 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of First County Bank Foundation. Eligible grant recipients are kindergarten through fifth grade teachers in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, Fairfield and neighboring communities of Bridgeport, public school districts. Grant applications are accepted now through the deadline of October 31st, 2021 and are available online at FirstClass Grants for Teachers by visiting: https://firstcountybank.com/community/grant-applications/

“We’re proud that our Foundation has provided nearly $100,000 in grants to public school teachers since 2016”, said Robert J. Granata, president of First County Bank Foundation and chairman, CEO of First County Bank. “Now more than ever, local teachers need support from their community.”

FirstClass Grants for Teachers was developed by First County Bank Foundation to help teachers fund programs fostering creative education in and beyond the classroom. Special consideration will be given to requests that are creative, innovative and have lasting impact. Examples of program topics include nature-based, astronomy, financial literacy, conservation, environmental, or art. Examples of past grants are available at FirstClass Grants for Teachers. Starting in November, grants will be awarded with funds available for use during the 2021-2022 school year. Applications for the FirstClass Grants for Teachers can be conveniently completed online by visiting: https://firstcountybank.com/community/grant-applications/. Requested grant amounts may not exceed $1,000 and authorization by the teacher’s school principal is required. Grant requests for books, magazine subscriptions, school trips and computer equipment such as tablets or laptops are not eligible. Questions can be answered by contacting 203-462-4858. Deadline for applications is October 31, 202

 

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 additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com, or follow us @Firstcountybank on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn.


First County Bank Expands Commercial Lending Division

First County Bank Expands Commercial Lending Division
Hiring Two New Commercial Banking Officers

                   

STAMFORD, CT, August 11, 2021 First County Bank expands its commercial banking division, with the hiring of Tripp Moore and Robert O’Brien, as Vice President, Commercial Banking Officers.

Moore and O’Brien, who have over 30 years of combined commercial lending experience, will be responsible for developing new commercial relationships for the Bank by providing customized lending and deposit solutions. Both of these experienced bankers are skilled in real estate and commercial and industrial lending.

“Adding these two experienced bankers to our team rounds out our commercial division and continues the execution of our growth strategy for the Bank. We are thrilled to have them on board,” said Robert Granata, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First County Bank.

Moore received his MBA from the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College, has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan, lives in Greenwich and is a father of two. O’Brien obtained his MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, also received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan, and lives in Stamford with his family.


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's FirstPrize $avings Account Drawing Awarded to Stamford Couple

STAMFORD, Conn., July 22, 2021 - First County Bank awarded Mr. and Mrs. Vilela of Stamford, CT $1,000, as they are the latest winners of the FirstPrize $avings account drawing. “Mr. and Mrs. Vilela were very happy and excited when they heard they won $1,000,” said Paul Isla, Branch Manager of First County Bank’s Atlantic Street branch, in Stamford. “When I received the call from Paul saying we won, I couldn’t believe it ... I’ve never won anything before,” said Mr. Vilela.

The FirstPrize $avings account, is a savings account with a cash prize drawing element 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 a year, with one winner per quarter.

The $1,000 prize is deposited directly into the winner’s FirstPrize $avings account, making the money available immediately. The FirstPrize $avings account is one of our latest personal banking accounts that can be opened online.

To learn more about First County Bank’s FirstPrize $avings account, to open this account online, and to view account rules and regulations please visit: https://firstcountybank.com/first-prize-savings-account/

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 additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com, or follow us @Firstcountybank on FacebookInstagramTwitter, 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

 

Uma Pendkar of Greenwich

Zachary Tusa of Stamford

            Sienna Matregrano of Fairfield

STAMFORD, CT, July 8, 2021First County Bank Foundation 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: Zachary Tusa of Stamford, attended Stamford High School and will attend Villanova University, majoring in business; Uma Pendkar of Greenwich, attended Greenwich High School and will attend New York University, majoring in global public health; Sienna Matregrano of Fairfield, attended Fairfield Warde High School and will attend the University of New England, majoring in biology.

“Even during these unprecedented times, these local students demonstrated a strong commitment to good citizenship and service to the community,” said Robert J. Granata, chairman and CEO of First County Bank, and president of the First County Bank Foundation. “We are proud to present scholarships to these amazing high school seniors, knowing that we are supporting future leaders with a passion for community service.”

Richard Taber, for whom the scholarship is named and a current member of the board of directors at First County Bank, said, “I continue to be amazed with the caliber of students who apply each year and am very proud to have my name associated with three such well-rounded and talented local young adults.”

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 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 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 Donates $495,000 to Local Nonprofits

 

First County Bank Foundation Donates $495,000 to Local Nonprofits

~ Marking 20 Years of Grantmaking in the Community ~


Westport Branch Manager Duncan Lee with Michael Burns, President of Westport Volunteer EMS

 STAMFORD, CT., June 17, 2021 — First County Bank Foundation announced that it is donating $495,000 in grants to over 100 Fairfield County nonprofits through its annual CommunityFirst Grant Program.

The range of organizations impacted by these grants, which span the Fairfield County cities and towns within the Bank’s service area, include local community partners that are focused on addressing critical issues such as food insecurity and education equity for youth, as well as those providing shelter, affordable housing, and job training skills to those in need.

“During this unprecedented time of crisis in our community, First County Bank Foundation is committed to supporting local nonprofits that continue to work tirelessly to provide much needed services to 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, visit the Bank’s website:

https://firstcountybank.com/community/.

 

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 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.


Stamford Couple wins $1,000 as part of First County Bank’s FirstPrize $avings Account Drawing

STAMFORD, Conn., April 1, 2021 - First County Bank awarded Mr. and Mrs. Saumell of Stamford, CT $1,000, as they are the latest winners of the FirstPrize $avings account drawing. “I was so pleased to hear that customers from my branch finally won,” said Camilo Duque, Branch Manager of the First County Bank Summer Street branch, in Stamford. “The Saumells were very happy to receive the great news” added Duque.

The FirstPrize $avings account, is a savings account with a cash prize drawing feature 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 deposited directly into the winner’s FirstPrize $avings account, making the money available immediately, without the need for the customer to visit a branch. The FirstPrize $avings account is one of our latest personal banking accounts that can be opened online.

To learn more about First County Bank’s FirstPrize $avings account, to open this account online, and to view account rules and regulations please visit: https://firstcountybank.com/first-prize-savings-account/

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 additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com, or follow us @Firstcountybank on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn.


Wealth Management Division Announces Leadership Transition

Wealth Management Division
Announces Leadership Transition

STAMFORD, CT, April 15, 2021 First 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 Accepting Applications for the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award

 

First County Bank Foundation Accepting Applications

for the Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award

 

STAMFORD, CT., January 28, 2021 — The First County Bank Foundation is now accepting applications for the annual Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award. High school seniors can apply by visiting Firstcountybank.com/community/awards-and-scholarships/.

The Richard E. Taber Citizenship Award rewards high school seniors residing in the towns of Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport and surrounding areas of Bridgeport, who are well-rounded citizens. Different from many scholarships that are based on top academic achievement or athletic ability, this scholarship is weighted towards those who demonstrate leadership and caring for their community. The criteria for selection are best defined by “CLASS” Citizenship, Leadership, Academics, Service, and Sportsmanship.

Three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors in our community. The deadline for submitting an application is May 1, 2021. Each recipient will receive a personalized certificate and a check for $5,000 which will be sent directly to the college of acceptance. Decisions on scholarship recipients will be made by the end of May.

The award was named in honor of Richard (“Dick”) E. Taber who retired in 2011 as First County Bank’s Chairman and CEO. It was during Dick’s tenure that the First County Bank Foundation was founded in 2001. “Each year, we look forward to receiving scholarship applications from local Fairfield County high school seniors. Since 2011, we have recognized countless students and we continue to be amazed by their level of commitment to the community.” said Robert J. Granata, president of First County Bank Foundation, chairman and CEO of First County Bank.  “We’re proud to honor Dick’s legacy of volunteerism and community involvement with our scholarship program,” added Granata.  

Candidate Criteria

The recipient of this award must be a high school senior who has been accepted to an accredited two or four-year college or university.  The recipient will be selected without regard to race, sex, religion or creed.  Each candidate must:

  • Be a current resident of Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport or surrounding areas of Bridgeport, and be a graduating high school senior
  • Hold a “B” average or higher during their junior and senior years in high school
  • Provide an admission acceptance document from a two or four-year college or university
  • Be involved in the community
  • Provide reference letters from two individuals not related to the candidate. One letter from each of the following is preferred:
    • High school teacher or counselor
    • Community leader/volunteer program counselor
  • Provide a high school transcript
  • Complete a brief essay (not to exceed 1,000 words) describing how the candidate best fits into the definition of “CLASS” Citizenship, Leadership, Academics, Service, Sportsmanship
  • Complete the online application, available at

Firstcountybank.com/community/awards-and-scholarships/

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 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.