Hopewell Valley Community Bank CEO Elected NJBankers Chairman
By Timothy E. Doherty
Bylaws Amended to Create New Association Officer Positions
James Hyman, president, chief executive officer and director of Hopewell Valley Community Bank, in Pennington, has been elected chairman of NJBankers.
Hyman served as vice chairman and treasurer prior to his election as chairman at the association’s 100th annual convention March 24-28, 2004, at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club in Aventura, Fla.
Delegates to the convention also approved a change to the association’s bylaws creating the new officer positions of first vice chairman and second vice chairman.
“The purpose of this amendment is to provide greater balance between large and small banks on the association’s executive committee,” said NJBankers Nominating Committee Chairman C. Mark Campbell, president and chief executive officer of Bergen Commercial Bank, Paramus.
“By policy,” Campbell continued during introduction of the amendment, “there is to be, at minimum, at least one NJBankers officer on the executive committee from one of the 10 largest member financial institutions operating in New Jersey unless declined by those members.”
Following the unanimous approval of the bylaws amendments, Theodore D. Bessler, president and chief executive officer of Shore Community Bank, Toms River, was elected NJBankers first vice chairman and Michael M. Quick, chairman and chief executive officer of Equity Bank, Marlton, and senior vice president and east region group executive of Susquehanna Bancshares Inc., was elected second vice chairman.
Thomas C. Gregor, central and northern New Jersey regional president for PNC Bank, National Association, East Brunswick, was elected treasurer.
Patrick M. Ryan, president and chief executive officer of The Yardville National Bank, Hamilton, was elected to Gregor’s one-year unexpired term on the NJBankers board of trustees.
Also elected to three-year terms on the board were: Barry B. Davall, president and chief executive officer of Two River Community Bank, Middletown; Thomas L. Gray Jr., chairman of Grand Bank, Monmouth Junction; Stewart E. McClure Jr., president, chief executive officer and chief operating officer of Somerset Hills Bank, Bernardsville; Peter G. Schoberl, president and chief executive officer of Advantage Bank, Branchburg; and Thomas J. Shara, executive vice president and senior loan officer for Hudson United Bank, Mahwah.
CHAIRMAN JAMES HYMAN
Chairman Hyman previously served on the NJBankers board of trustees and currently is a member of the association’s Convention, Finance and Nominating Committees.
He was also chairman of the board of directors of the association’s subsidiary, the NJBA Service Corp., and is a past president of the Community Bankers Association of New Jersey.
Hyman is the current chairman of Hunterdon Regional Community Health and also serves as a trustee and member of the executive committee of Hunterdon Healthcare System. He is a trustee of The Pennington School, a board member of the Greater Mercer County Chamber of Commerce and a past chairman of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to joining Hopewell Valley Community Bank as its founding president and chief executive officer, Hyman was president and chief operating officer of Unity Bancorp Inc. of Clinton and president and chief executive officer of its banking subsidiary, First Community Bank.
Hyman is a 1963 graduate of Kearny High School and a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from University College at Rutgers University.
FIRST VICE CHAIRMAN THEODORE D. BESSLER
First Vice Chairman Bessler served as treasurer prior to his election as first vice chairman. He previously served on the NJBankers board of trustees and was vice chairman of the association in 1992-1993.
Bessler is currently a member of the association’s Finance, Convention, Government Relations, Nominating and JebPac Management Committees.
Bessler is past president of both the Ocean County Bankers Association and the Community Bankers Association of New Jersey.
He currently serves as a member of the Ocean County Harbor House Foundation and the Ocean County YMCA.
Prior to joining Shore Community Bank in 1998, Bessler was president and CEO of Garden State Bank. Previously he was executive vice president and treasurer of Pineland State Bank after beginning his career at the First National Bank of Toms River.
Bessler has been honored as Man of the Year by both the Jackson and Lakewood Chambers of Commerce, and has been awarded the Good Scout Loyal Buffalo Award by the Ocean County Council, Boy Scouts of America.
SECOND VICE CHAIRMAN MICHAEL M. QUICK
Second Vice Chairman Quick served on the NJBankers board of trustees prior to his election. He is chairman of the NJBankers Government Relations Committee and is a member of the association’s Convention and JebPac Management Committees.
Quick also serves on the Virtua Health Ambulatory board of directors; as a board member of the Evesham Educational Foundation; on the Rutgers of Camden Business Advisory Board; and as a member of the South Jersey Community Bankers Group.
Prior to joining Equity Bank, Quick was senior vice president and director of real estate lending for Midlantic National Bank/South.
Quick holds a bachelor of arts degree from Albright College and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking.
TREASURER THOMAS C. GREGOR
Treasurer Gregor served on the NJBankers board of trustees prior to his election.
Long an active member of NJBankers, Gregor had previously served on the board from 1995 to 1998. He is a current member of the association’s JebPac Management Committee and a past member of the Government Relations Committee.
Prior to the 2003 acquisition of United National Bancorp (UNB), Bridgewater by PNC Bank, Pittsburgh, Pa., Gregor served more than 10 years as chairman, president and chief executive officer of UNB and as chairman and CEO of its banking subsidiary, UnitedTrust Bank.
He is the past president of the New Jersey chapter of Robert Morris Associates, the commercial lenders association.
Gregor currently serves on the Raritan Valley Community College board of directors and the board’s Finance and Investment Committee. He is also a member of the Business Partnership of Somerset County board of directors and a past member of the Solaris Health Systems and Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center boards of trustees.
Gregor holds a bachelor of arts degree and a master of business administration degree from Bowling Green State University and a degree from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
TRUSTEE PATRICK M. RYAN
Trustee Ryan previously served on the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Community Bank Council.
Prior to joining Yardville National Bank 13 years ago as senior loan officer, Ryan had been first vice president of Howard Savings Bank; vice president of Marine Midland Bank, N. A.; vice president of Manufacturers Hanover, N. A.; and assistant vice president and branch manager of M&T Bank.
Ryan is chairman of the Hamilton Partnership and treasurer of the Hun School Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Hamilton Area YMCA board of directors and the Central Jersey Council, Boy Scouts of America, and is director emeritus of the American Red Cross and past director of the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.
Ryan is the 1998 winner of the George Washington Council, Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen of the Year award and the 1999 Hamilton Area YMCA Man of the Year award. In 1998 he was named as one of the Top 100 USA Irish American Businessmen by Irish America Magazine.
The U. S. Army veteran holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Notre Dame.
TRUSTEE BARRY B. DAVALL
Trustee Davall returns to the association’s board of trustees after serving previously from 1996 to 2000.
In addition to serving on the board, he also currently serves on the association’s Community Bankers Committee and is a past member of the JebPac Management Committee.
Prior to joining Two River Community Bank as its founding president and CEO, Davall held the same position at Tinton Falls State Bank for 10 years.
Davall is past president of the Community Bankers Association of New Jersey.
He is a director of the Red Bank Community YMCA; treasurer and trustee of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation; director and treasurer of the Friends of the Monmouth County Parks; and secretary and trustee of CPC Behavioral Healthcare.
Davall attended Rider University and holds a graduate certificate from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
TRUSTEE THOMAS L. GRAY JR.
Trustee Gray is beginning his second term on the board, having served previously from 1995 to 1998.
He currently serves on the association’s JebPac Management and Government Relations Committees, and previously served on the Convention Committee.
Gray, who first became a bank president at the age of 27, has formed three banks in Mercer County, beginning with Carnegie Bank in 1987, of which he served as president, CEO and director.
In 1998 he formed Grand Bank in Monmouth Junction, a state-chartered institution subsequently acquired by MetLife and renamed MetLife Bank, N.A. In 2001, he incorporated Grand Bank for a second time as a national bank based in Hamilton and served as its chairman, president and CEO until January 2004.
In addition to an extensive bank management background, Gray served for six years as a national bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in New York.
Gray is a past member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Community Bank Council and a current member of the American Bankers Association, the Community Bankers Association of New Jersey and the Florida Bankers Association.
A licensed New Jersey Realtor with Century 21, Gray is a member of both the New Jersey and Mercer County Associations of Realtors and formerly served on the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen board of trustees.
Gray is a six-year veteran of the United States Army Reserve. He holds a bachelor of science degree in English and a masters of business administration degree in finance from Seton Hall University.
TRUSTEE STEWART E. MCCLURE JR.
A 32-year banking industry veteran, Trustee McClure had been senior executive vice president and manager of private banking at Summit Bank prior to joining Somerset Hills Bank three years ago. While at Summit Bank, he had previously been a group executive vice president and manager of corporate banking.
Active in the community, McClure is currently president of the Mendham Borough Board of Education. He previously served on the boards of Special Olympics of New Jersey; the Morris Museum; Summit Speech School; Plaid House; Opera@Florham; the Independent College Fund of New Jersey; and the Morris County Golf Club.
McClure holds a bachelor of science degree in business and economics from West Virginian Wesleyan College and a masters of business administration degree in management from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
TRUSTEE PETER G. SCHOBERL
Active in the association, Trustee Schoberl serves on the Government Relations, JebPac Management and Community Bankers Committees.
He is the current president of the Community Bankers Association of New Jersey.
Prior to joining Advantage Bank as its founding president and CEO, Schoberl had been senior vice president and senior loan officer for American Union Bank and executive vice president and senior loan officer for Unity Bank.
Schoberl is vice chairman of the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation Board and a member of the St. Peter’s University Hospital Foundation Board.
Schoberl attended the University of Dayton and is a graduate of the University of Delaware Stonier Institute of Banking.
TRUSTEE THOMAS J. SHARA
Trustee Shara, a 23-year Hudson United Bank veteran, is a past chairman and member of the NJBankers Commercial Lending and Lender Environmental Advisory Committees. He most recently served as a member of the Chief Credit/Senior Loan Officer Committee.
Shara is a director of the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.