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GRB was honored as an Outstanding Corporate Volunteer Group at the 2014 Greater Rochester Awards, sponsored by the Rochester Business Journal and the United Way. We were nominated for this award by the Mary Cariola Childrens' Center.

 

Mary Cariola is one of the organizations GRB has chosen to support not only financially, but with our employees' volunteer time. We've enjoyed helping out with their annual Beach Party for the kids, with school supply drives, by grilling hotdogs and hamburgers at school picnics, and raising a team for the annual Walking on Sunshine event. Dave Cushman, a Community Relationship Manager, has served on the Walking on Sunshine committee. 

 

The Rochester Business Journal and the United Way of Greater Rochester present the Greater Rochester Awards, which celebrate the exceptional work done by our community’s human services sector. The awards, given in several categories, honor non-profit staff members, executives, volunteers and programs that make our community a better place to live.

 

 

 

L to R: Dave Cushman, GRB; Karen Zandi, Mary Cariola President & CEO;  Linda Henning, Mary Cariola; Joanne Fisher, Mary Cariola.

 

 

GRB attendees included, L to R, Alex Broccuto II, Paul Keenan, Dave Cushman, Ami Panipinto, and Gary Schwingel.

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For the second time, GRB has won a Best of the Web award in the banking/finance category at the RBJ's annual event. We previously won in 2011. Many thanks to our marketing agency, Mason Marketing, for designing the website.

 

The judges commented that the photos and quotes from our clients and employees "humanized" the bank, and that information was easy to find. Marketing Manager Kate Jacus was on hand to receive the award at the annual event. 

 

 

 
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Chief Lending Officer Dave Halladay was quoted in an RBJ article about business refinancing. As interest rates begin to rise, businesses with variable rate loans are looking at refinancing to a fixed rate. The article examined the closer relationship commercial borrowers have with their lenders; it's much less transactional than for peple refinancing homes. 

 

"A certain component of [refinaning] is interest-rate driven, but it really comes down to what's going on in an individual business and where they are in the business cycle," Halladay says.  Since businesses' capital needs evlolve as they change and grow, it is imperative that commercial lenders are regularly connecting with their borrowers. 

 

 

Read the full article here

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GRB is excited to announce that we are a finalist in the Rochester Business Journal's annual Best of the Web awards. 

 

 

We have some tough competition. The award breakfast is March 13. Stay tuned to see if we win!

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We are excited to announce that GRB has been ranked #73 on the 2013 Rochester Top 100 list. Our consistent growth has helped us place on the list five out of the last seven years. Thanks to our clients and partners for helping us achieve this honor.

 

The annual program of the Rochester Business Alliance Inc. and KPMG LLP spotlights the region's fastest-growing private companies, based on dollar and percentage revenue increases over the past three fiscal years, with a minimum of $1 million in annual sales required. 

 

Read the RBJ's coverage here and the RBA's online database of Top 100 companies here

 

 

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GRB Manager of Human Resources, Jean Gardner, was quoted in an August 2012 Rochester Business Journal Article on the state of hiring in the local financial services sector.

 

Despite some challenging economic times over the past few years, local financial institutions continue to grow and add employees, including GRB.

 

Gardner notes, "Community banking is a people business, so our growth requires us to continuously recruit talented individuals to service our clients and ensure quality in our operations." She also discusses the bank's hiring strategy and what we look for in candidates.

 

Read the full article here, and connect with Jean here.

 

 

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In his regular column, On Performance, for the Rochester Business Journal, Brand Integrity's Gregg Lederman writes about the importance of branding and company culture to drive performance and profits.

 

The October 26, 2012 column suggested using a 60-second reminder to keep company values top of mind, with employees "living" them on a daily basis. As Lederman mentions in the article, in 2011, GRB worked with Brand Integrity to refresh our values, add actionable behaviors, and created the GRB Experience:

 

  • Lead by Example (how we do our best work)
  • Unified Team (how we depend on each other)
  • Remarkable Client Experience (how we delight our clients)

 

These values are what GRB employees strive to deliver to both each other and our clients every day. The 60-second reminder that we use here is regularly scheduled meeting agenda items. At weekly meetings, managers from all departments discuss with their teams the tenets of our values, or examples of the values in action.

 

In no small part because of this weekly attention to our values, GRB's scores on an employee survey of how consistently the behaviors were delivered increased almost 10%. Sixty seconds a week, worked into already existing meetings, is strengthening our brand because our employees are actively engaged with it.

 

Read Gregg's full column here.

 

 

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Congratulations to Leann Hicks, CFO at Pharos Systems. She was honored today with the award for Financial Executive of the Year - Small Business Category at today's annual luncheon.

 

Co-presented by the Rochester chapter of Financial Executives International and the Rochester Business Journal, the award recognizes financial executives who have made outstanding contributions to their organizations and to the community during the past year.

 

Read the RBJ's article here.

 

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Thanks to a stable regional economy and a local customer base well-known to lenders, regional commercial lending standards have stayed the course since the 2008 financial crisis, reports the Rochester Business Journal.

 

Dave Halladay, senior vice president and GRB's chief lending officer, is quoted extensively in the article. "Customers who put expansions on hold are now looking to grow." He adds that GRB is making loans in sectors from manufacturing to sevices.

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Every year the RBJ recognizes Rochester’s best business websites. Winning websites are selected by a panel of judges, with awards presented in 11 categories.  At this morning's awards ceremony, GRB won "Best of the Web" in the banking/finance category!  Read the RBJ article here.  Photos after the jump.

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Best of WebAfter months of hard work, GRB re-launched our new website in November 2010, looking to highlight our unique culture and the Rochester small businesses we are proud to have as clients. The work paid off as we recently were selected as a Finalist for the Rochester Business Journal’s 2011 Best of the Web awards.

 

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