Bessler Elected Association Chairman
Theodore D. Bessler, president and chief executive officer of Shore Community Bank, Toms River, has been elected chairman of NJBankers.
Bessler served as treasurer and first vice chairman prior to his election as chairman at the association’s 101st annual convention March 16-20 at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, La.
Also elected as officers were Michael M. Quick, chairman of Susquehanna Patriot Bank, Marlton and senior vice president and group executive of affiliate banks of Susquehanna Bancshares Inc., first vice chairman; Thomas C. Gregor, central and northern New Jersey regional president for PNC Bank, National Association of East Brunswick, second vice chairman; and Roger Bosma, president and chief executive officer of Lakeland Bank and its parent company, Lakeland Bancorp Inc., both of Oak Ridge, treasurer.
Elected to three-year terms on the association’s board of trustees were: James A. Hughes, president and chief executive officer of Unity Bank, Clinton; Robert H. King, president, chief executive officer, and director of Sterling Bank, Mount Laurel; John E. McWeeney Jr., Bank of America’s market president for Southern New Jersey, Point Pleasant Beach; Elysa Scharf, director of New Jersey government banking for Wachovia Bank N. A., Summit; and Paul Van Ostenbridge, president and chief executive officer of Atlantic Stewardship Bank, Midland Park, and president, chief executive officer and director of its parent company, Stewardship Financial Corp.
Elected to one-year unexpired terms on the board were: Douglas L. Kennedy, New Jersey president of North Fork Bank, Fairfield; Frank A. Kissel, chairman and chief executive officer of Peapack Gladstone Bank, Gladstone; and Patrick M. Ryan, president and chief executive officer of The Yardville National Bank, Hamilton.
CHAIRMAN THEODORE D. BESSLER
Chairman Bessler 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 and is also a member of its new Action Bankers Council.
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.
Bessler served three New Jersey governors as a member and vice chairman of the New Jersey Health Care Finance Authority from 1981-1991, retiring as vice chairman.
With 43 years of banking experience, Bessler was president and CEO of Garden State Bank prior to joining Shore Community Bank in 1998. 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.
FIRST VICE CHAIRMAN MICHAEL M. QUICK
First Vice Chairman Quick served on the NJBankers board of trustees and was second vice chairman prior to his election.
He is chairman of the NJBankers Government Relations Committee, is a member of the association’s Convention, Nominating, Finance and JEBPAC Management Committees and is also a member of its new Action Bankers Council.
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 Susquehanna Patriot Bank, Quick was senior vice president and director of real estate lending for Midlantic National Bank/South.
SECOND VICE CHAIRMAN THOMAS C. GREGOR
Second Vice Chairman Gregor served on the NJBankers board of trustees and was treasurer of the association 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 Finance, Nominating and Convention Committees and is also a member of its new Action Bankers Council.
Gregor is a past member of the association’s JEBPAC Management and Government Relations Committees.
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 Assoc., the commercial lenders association.
Gregor currently serves on the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation 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, the board of the Association for Children of New Jersey, Rutgers Business School Advisory Board and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.
TREASURER ROGER BOSMA
Treasurer Bosma previously served on the association’s board of trustees from 2001 to 2004 and is the current chairman of the Convention Committee, on which he has served since 2002. He is also a member of the new NJBankers Action Bankers Council.
Bosma is president of the North Jersey League of Community Banks and currently serves on the Community Bankers Council of the American Bankers Association. He also is a member of the board of directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey.
A long time banker, Bosma began his career as a bank examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He held lending and credit management positions at National Westminster Bank and First Fidelity Bank.
Bosma was the president of Independence Bank of New Jersey from 1991 to 1997, when he joined Hudson United Bank as an executive vice president and chief credit officer. Bosma also served as the president of the bank’s New York subsidiary.
He was appointed president and chief executive officer of Lakeland Bancorp Inc. in June of 1999.
Bosma serves as a member of the board of trustees and treasurer of Chilton Memorial Hospital Foundation, Pompton Plains.
He is a board member of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Northern New Jersey and Rockland County Chapter; and is a member of the Advisory Board of Habitat for Humanity, Paterson.
He is the author of “A CEO’s View of Loan Management,” and authored a regular column on lending for Banker’s Monthly Magazine.
JAMES A. HUGHES
Trustee Hughes currently serves on the association’s Government Relations and JEBPAC Management Committees and is a member of the new NJBankers Action Bankers Council.
Hughes joined Unity Bank as chief financial officer in 2000. Prior to that, he was a senior vice president at Summit Bank.
He is a board member of the New Jersey Chapter of Financial Executives International and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.
ROBERT H. KING Trustee King is past chairman and a current member of the association’s Government Relations Committee. He is also a current member of the JEBPAC Management Committee and the new Action Bankers Council.
King joined Sterling Bank in 1993 after serving as chairman, president and CEO of Chestnut Hill National Bank, Philadelphia, and prior to that as president and CEO of Commerce Bank Pa.
King started his banking career in 1968 with the former Girard Bank of Philadelphia and subsequently served as vice president of Industrial Valley Bank, Philadelphia and vice president of New England Commercial Finance Co., a subsidiary of the Bank of New England.
In addition to his banking career, King has an extensive record of public service. He was elected to the Mt. Laurel Township Council in 1978, where he served as a councilman for 10 years and for one term as mayor. In 1989 he was elected to the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, where he was Freeholder Director in 1992.
He is the current president of the Laurel Creek Country Club board of trustees.
King served in Vietnam with the First Infantry Division.
JOHN E. MCWEENEY JR.
Trustee McWeeney also serves as market executive for Bank of America’s government banking practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
A 26-year veteran of the bank, McWeeney previously held various positions of increasing responsibility, including executive vice president and director of the Professional Services Group and executive vice president and regional director of Small Business Services for metropolitan New York.
He is a member of Risk Management Assoc., formerly Robert Morris Assoc., a trade association advocating the use of sound risk principles in the financial services industry.
McWeeney sits on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey, the Southern New Jersey Development Council and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
In January 2005, he was a panelist on the Rutgers-Camden Quarterly Business Outlook forum.
He was named 2001 Financial Services Advocate of the Year by the New York District Office of the Small Business Administration; 2000 Man of the Year by the Shield Institute of New York; and 1996 Honoree by the Salvation Army of New York.
Trustee Scharf was already on the board serving an unexpired term.
She is also a member of the association’s JEBPAC Management and Government Relations committees.
A 12-year Wachovia veteran, Scharf has previously served as commercial banking executive for New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, director of commercial banking for North Jersey and consumer banking director for North Jersey.
Prior to joining the bank, she worked in various positions with Marine Midland Bank N.A.
Scharf has received the Tribute to Women in Industry Award and attended the International Banking Summer School in the Netherlands.
She has been a senior mentor in the Rutgers University Women’s Institute WINGS Mentoring Program; was a member of the Gala Committee of the Drumthwacket Foundation; served as Principal for a Day in the Newark Public Schools; participated in her bank’s Reading First Program as a reader for underprivileged children; and is a member of New Jersey Government Finance Officers Association.
PAUL VAN OSTENBRIDGE
Trustee Van Ostenbridge served previously on the board from 1999 to 2002.
He is the current chairman of NJBankers’ subsidiary organization, the NJBA Service Corp., a current member of the new Action Bankers Council and a past member of the Community Bankers Committee.
Now in his 20th year as CEO of the bank, Van Ostenbridge previously worked as a manager for Horizon Bank and as regional manager for The Bank of New Jersey.
Active in the community, Van Ostenbridge serves on the President’s Council of Valley Hospital, Ridgewood; the advisory councils of Paterson Habitat for Humanity and SCORE, Bergen County; and as an elder for the First Reformed Church of Hawthorne.
DOUGLAS L. KENNEDY
Trustee Kennedy previously served on the association’s board from 2002 to 2004.
He currently serves on the association’s Government Relations Committee and is a past member of the Convention Committee.
Kennedy was previously New Jersey president for Bank of America and Fleet Bank N. A., and prior to that was a senior executive vice president with its predecessor, Summit Bank.
Kennedy is vice chairman of the Montclair State University board of trustees; treasurer of New Jersey After 3; a trustee of the Tri-County Scholarship Fund; and a member of the board the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce.
FRANK A. KISSEL
Trustee Kissel is a current member of the association’s Convention Committee and its new Action Bankers Council, and previously served on the Government Relations and Community Bankers committees.
Kissel is a past president of the Community Bankers Association of New Jersey.
A 17-year veteran of Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Kissel previously was president and CEO and, prior to that, senior vice president and assistant to the president. He joined the bank after 15 years at Somerset Trust Co.
Kissel is a current board and executive committee member of Brooks School and past president of the board of Far Hills Country Day School and Bonnie Brae School for Boys.
He has also participated in fund raising for the Watchung Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
PATRICK M. RYAN
Trustee Ryan was already on the board serving an unexpired term and had previously served on the association’s board of trustees from 2000 to 2003.
Ryan is also a member of the association’s Government Relations committee.
He previously served on the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Community Bank Council.
Prior to joining Yardville 14 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 first vice chairman of the Hamilton Area YMCA board of directors, a member of 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. He recently served as grand marshal of the 2005 Trenton St. Patrick’s Day Parade.