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Celebrating Our 15th Anniversary
Celebrating 15 years of banking service to Rochester, GRB hosted an anniversary celebration September 14 at our Linden Oaks headquarters. Thanking our employees, board members, and clients, GRB Chairman Phil Saunders and GRB President & CEO Phil Pecora also spoke about the bank’s growth.
As Saunders noted, when he and his business partner Dante Gullace established GRB in 1996, the bank’s asset size was $21 million. Fifteen years later, the bank has grown to $270 million in assets. Business and personal banking teams were established, a mortgage department created, and locations increased from one to three. With just four employees in 1996, GRB now has 54, who are known for outstanding customer service.
Pecora commented that GRB’s success has been largely because of the success of our clients. As they have increased deposits through their own growth, we have been able to increase our lending power to the community. It’s a testament to the many local small businesses that have flourished in Rochester in the past 15 years, and that we are proud to have as clients.
All photographs by Rich Paprocki.
L to R: GRB HR Manager Jean Gardner, Loan Ops Team
Leader Ami Panipinto, Senior Vice President & CFO
Gary Schwingel, and Special Assets Manager Aaron Fehnel.
GRB Senior Vice President Dave Halladay and
GRB Senior Retail Relationship Manager Kelly Smith
and JB Shares.
Brian Costello and GRB Board Member Eli Futerman.
Gary Passero, Chris Passero.
L to R: Kelly Smith, Mary O'Brian, Sarah Compter.
Larry Tillack, Richard Coia.
GRB Relationship Manager Reece McKenzie
and Michelle Landers.
GRB Board Member John LiDestri and his wife, Cindy.
GRB Chairman Phil Saunders addresses the guests.
GRB President & CEO Phil Pecora concludes the remarks.
L to R: GRB Personal Bankers Katy Little, Linda
Makowiecki (Manager, Greece Branch), Kari Consaul,
Nicole Thompson, and Nicole Schoff.
GRB Commercial CSR Jeana Aranzullo
and Adam Goldfeder.
L to R: Sarah Kwiatkowski, Kelley Ross Brown, and
GRB Senior Vice President Allana Lazeroff.
Mike Amico, Lowell Patric.
L to R: GRB Retail Relationship Manager Dave Cushman,
Bob Bolton, and GRB Senior Vice President
& CFO Gary Schwingel.
L to R: Dan Wegman, David Wegman, Mike Wegman.
Tom and Evelin Coller.
Todd and Heather Davis with baby Brayden.
Stephen Webster, Miles Webster.
L to R: GRB Board Member Anthony Cotroneo,
Thomas Ziegler, Paul Beldham.
Michael and Lindsay Rae.
Tim Confer, Amy Standing.