Category Archives: GRB News

GRB Featured in Rochester Business Journal

GRB Featured in Rochester Business Journal GRB President and CEO Phil Pecora and CFO Gary Schwingel were featured in the Rochester Business Journal’s Jan. 15 issue. As part of the Rochester Top 100 profile, the article notes GRB’s steady growth and focus on building Rochester business, as well as discussing our success with the recent […]


GRB Participating in University of Rochester Benefits Program Encouraging City Home Ownership

GRB Participating in University of Rochester Benefits Program Encouraging City Home Ownership We are pleased to announce that GRB will begin offering funding to University of Rochester employees who are eligible for the University Home Ownership Incentive Program, a benefits program aimed at encouraging regular full-time and part-time faculty and staff members to purchase a […]


Consumer Alert: Scam Using the NYS Department of Financial Services’ Name

Consumer Alert: Scam Using the NYS Department of Financial Services’ Name The Department of Financial Services (DFS) has been notified of a scam in which a fraudster calls a consumer regarding a bank or credit union “case” being “prosecuted” by DFS against the consumer. The fraudster identifies himself as either being from DFS or the […]


GRB Named one of Rochester’s Top Workplaces for Second Year in a Row

GRB Named one of Rochester’s Top Workplaces for Second Year in a Row GRB is pleased to once again be named one of Rochester’s “Top Workplaces.” So, first order of the day, a big “thank you” to the employees, partners and customers who helped make this happen for us. As a community bank, you are […]


GRB is Moving: Hours and Location Update

GRB is Moving: Hours and Location Update We are pleased to announce that as of May 2 Genesee Regional Bank will have completed the move to its new headquarters location at: 1850 South Winton RoadRochester, NY 14618 We are planning the move over a weekend to minimize impact to our customers, but we are going […]


Survey Finds Small Banks are Lender of Choice for Small Businesses

Survey Finds Small Banks are Lender of Choice for Small Businesses This month, the Federal Reserve Banks released the 2015 “Small Business Credit Survey: Report on Employer Firms,” an annual survey of small businesses designed to provide insight into lending trends and track the needs of the small-business credit market. Key findings in this year’s […]


GRB is on the Move, Just in Time to Celebrate National Small Business Week

GRB is on the Move, Just in Time to Celebrate National Small Business Week In a carefully executed plan involving no fewer than a million moving parts, GRB completed the move to its new corporate headquarters last weekend. We are up and running from our new location at 1850 South Winton Road in Brighton, just […]


Thank You to Our Employees: GRB Named to “Best Companies” List for 2016

HTML Reference GRB is proud to announce that it has been recognized as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in New York 2016” by the NYS chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). This year, we ranked 15 out of 45 in the small/medium size category, up one place from last […]


New GRB Headquarters Reflects Growth, Focus on Personal Touch

New GRB Headquarters Reflects Growth, Focus on Personal Touch We are pleased to be featured in today’s edition of the Rochester Business Journal in an article discussing the move to our new headquarters. The article traces GRB’s growth from just 17 employees 13 years ago to more than 100 today. That growth could not have […]


GRB on Point with Online Mobile Banking Trends, Announces Enhancements to Mobile App

GRB on Point with Online & Mobile Banking Trends, Announces Enhancements to Mobile App Online and mobile banking are now the most preferred forms of banking, with more than half of all Americans managing their accounts online, according to recent survey results released by the American Bankers Association (ABA). GRB is pleased to note that […]


Same Day ACH Phase 1 Begins September 23

Same Day ACH Phase 1 Begins September 23 On Sept. 23, 2016, the banking industry will introduce a new faster electronic payment option for eligible transactions known as Same Day ACH or “SDA”. Introduced by the National Automated Clearinghouse Association (NACHA), this change will enable ACH Originators to send eligible transactions to settle on the […]


GRB Moves Up in Top 100 Rankings

GRB Moves Up in Top 100 Rankings “Appearing on the Top 100 list is a tremendous honor.  This year, I cannot say enough about the employee team here at GRB.  Through the move to our new headquarters and all the growth in our business, they remained focused and continued to deliver the high level of […]


More Merchants Requiring a PIN with Debit Transactions

More Merchants Requiring a PIN with Debit Transactions Whether you are shopping brick and mortar or online, making sure you are able to do so in a secure manner and as easily as possible is crucial. Please note the following tips: More Merchants are Requiring a PIN with Debit Transactions – In an effort to reduce […]


GRB Recognized as “Best Company” for Fifth Time

We are pleased to announce that GRB has been named to the 2017 “Best Companies to Work for in New York” list. This is the fifth year that GRB has appeared on the “Best Companies” list in the small/medium size category. Rankings in the annual program are chosen based on employee responses to the engagement […]


Happy Anniversary!

It seems like only yesterday that GRB moved its headquarters to the new building at 1850 South Winton Road.  But it has been one year already and we took a few moments to celebrate with all of the employees who put in extra hours to make the move possible, and with those who have joined […]


Helping Write Customer Stories Centerpiece of GRB Small Business Week Celebration

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs […]


GRB Mortgage Fundraising for Veterans Outreach Center

GRB Mortgage is pleased to announce it is sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit our local service men and women. GRB Mortgage will donate $25 for every residential mortgage application taken in the month of May 2017 to the Veterans Outreach Center (VOC). For those of you who may not be familiar with VOC, the organization […]


Same-Day Check Processing Begins July 5

Beginning July 5, 2017, checks you have written will now post to your account on the same day they are received by GRB (typically by 1 PM that day).  Previously, checks clearing your account were processed in the evening and didn’t affect your available balance until the following morning. The change applies to both individual customer […]


Local Favorites Coming to the Village of Webster

We are pleased to congratulate The Village Bakery and Cafe, JoJo Bistro & Wine Bar, the Pittsford Farms Dairy & Bakery and ROC and Soul Fitness on their move to the Village of Webster on the northeast side of Main Street. As the property owner of the largely retail space since 2014, GRB has been […]


GRB Co-founder and Entrepreneur E. Philip Saunders Honored by RIT

On Oct. 10, RIT’s Saunders College of Business honored local entrepreneur, philanthropist and GRB Co-founder E. Philip Saunders with a permanent wall display at the college to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the naming of the Saunders College of Business.  Mr. Saunders’ contributions to both the business community and to the community at large has […]


“Focus on the Rochester Community” Topic of GRB Radio Interview

We are pleased to share that GRB Community Relationship Manager Chris Kiley was recently a guest on the “Business Voice” radio show on WYSL and hosted by the Greece Regional Chamber of Commerce. Kiley discussed GRB’s focus on serving the Greater Rochester community and the bank’s commitment to supporting and developing small businesses in the region. […]


GRB Moves Up on 2017 Top 100 List

GRB is pleased to announce it has moved up 14 spots to #30 on the Rochester Chamber and KPMG “2017 Top 100” list.  GRB is the only bank on the Top 100. To be eligible for the Rochester Chamber Top 100, businesses must be privately held, headquartered in the nine-county Rochester region, and have earned […]


GRB Earns Silver Award for SBA Lending

We are pleased to announce that GRB has once again been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for its lending activities, earning a “Silver Award” for writing 36 loans worth $6 million to local businesses during the SBA’s fiscal year 2017.  In total, our SBA loans helped preserve or add 419 jobs to the […]


Celebrating the Addition of New Services at Our Winton Road Branch

Genesee Regional Bank (GRB) is pleased to have celebrated the addition of new services for both Retail and Commercial clients at its headquarters location at 1850 South Winton Road with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 2.  The event also coincided with National Small Business Week, recognizing the significant contributions of small businesses to the U.S. […]


Facial Recognition Support Available on GRBmobile for iOS Users

The latest upgrade to GRBmobile brings a number of enhancements to users, including support for iOS facial recognition technology used on the iPhone 10.  Now, GRBmobile users that unlock their mobile device with facial recognition can also bypass the user name and password requirement for GRBmobile using the same process. If you have automatic updates […]


Is Your HSA Due for a Check Up?

For those with a High Deductible Health Plan, your Health Savings Account is an important part of your health benefits package. “To maximize its benefits, make sure and give it a ‘mid-year check up,’” says Genesee Regional Bank’s Health Savings Account Relationship Manager Laura Benotti. “Your situation may have changed significantly since the beginning of the […]


You Could Be Surprised with Mastercard Surprises!

GRB is pleased to announce that it is participating in the Priceless Surprises® campaign with Mastercard®, allowing eligible cardholders to be entered for prizes just for using their GRB debit card.  Surprises range from $500 statement credits to once-in-a-lifetime trips – and one GRB customer is guaranteed to win one of the $500 prizes! The […]


GRB Welcomes Tim Jones to Executive Team as Chief Lending Officer

GRB Executive Vice President Dave Halladay to Take on New Position as Chief Credit Officer Genesee Regional Bank (GRB) is pleased to announce that Tim Jones has joined the bank’s leadership team as Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer.  Executive Vice President Dave Halladay will take over the newly created role of Chief Credit Officer. […]


E. Philip Saunders Selected as ICON Honors Recipient

Celebrating the selection of GRB’s Co-founder and Chairman of the Board E. Philip Saunders to the ICON Honors class of 2018! The ICON Honors awards recognize Greater Rochester Area business leaders over the age of 60 for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership both within and outside of their chosen field. Mr. Saunders […]


Your GRB Mastercard Could Take You to Hawaii

GRB is pleased to announce that it is participating in the Priceless Surprises® campaign with Mastercard®, allowing eligible cardholders to be entered for prizes just for using their GRB debit card.  Surprises range from $500 statement credits to once-in-a-lifetime trips – and a GRB customer is guaranteed to win one of the $500 prizes! The […]


January Fundraising for Veterans

GRB Mortgage is pleased to announce it is sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit our local service men and women. GRB’s Mortgage Team is offering free appraisals on VA loans and will donate $25 for every residential mortgage application taken throughout the month of January 2019 to the Veterans Outreach Center (VOC). For those of you […]


New Greece Branch Up and Running!

GRB is excited to share the news that its new Greece branch location is ready to serve you better!  As of Monday, Jan. 28, the Greece Branch is located at: 4180 West Ridge Road Just west of Kohl’s in The Shops at Hampton Ridge Plaza We are pleased the new location will offer a number of […]


GRB Named to “Best Companies” List for 2019

GRB is proud to announce that it has been recognized as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in New York 2019” by the NYS chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in the small/medium size category. The 2019 award marks GRB’s sixth year on the “Best Companies” list. Rankings in the […]


Give Your Employees More Benefits with GRB

GRB is pleased to offer our commercial business owners the opportunity to offer their employees a number of discounts on retail and mortgage banking services. Our resident affinity banking specialist Laura Smith come to your place of business and help your employees learn about the additional products, services and discounts available to them through your […]


GRB’s Allana Lazeroff Named to 2019 Class of “Women of Excellence”

Please join us in congratulating GRB’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Allana Lazeroff on her selection to the 2019 class of Women of Excellence sponsored by the Rochester Business Journal. Allana is a 25-year veteran of the banking industry and joined GRB in 2007.  She is responsible for the bank’s operations, marketing, project management, […]


New First-time Homebuyer Mortgage Program Offers Up To $15,000 in Grants

As a bank, GRB is able to work with the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY) to provide grant assistance to qualified first-time homebuyers. The Homebuyer Dream ProgramTM provides grants of up to $15,000 towards the purchase of a home in New York.  This is a program that is only available to banks, […]


GRB Moves Up in 2019 “Best Companies” List

We are pleased to announce that GRB has ranked no. 13 out of 23 in the “Best Companies to Work For in New York” program in the mid-size employer category (100-250 employees) for 2019. This is GRB’s fifth consecutive year on the list and we are up four spots from last year’s finish at no. 17. See […]


Vote GRB for 2019 Reader Rankings

It’s time to vote! We are pleased to announce that GRB has also made it to the final round of voting in the RBJ’s 2019 Reader Rankings program, this year in three different categories: Best Overall Company to Work For (76-250 employees) Best Business Banking Best Mortgage Lender We are proud to be considered for this […]


Sunscreen, Shades and Your Health Savings Account (HSA)

You may wonder what sunscreen and shades have to do with your HSA.  Well, those are just two of the many items that are HSA-eligible expenses.  With summer around the corner, you may want to prepare for fun in the sun by tapping into your HSA to cover sun-protection costs.  Your HSA is the only […]