GRBblog

Welcome to the GRBblog! Get to know GRB, Rochester's only locally owned and managed commercial bank. A commercial bank, but also a community bank, with an entrepreneurial spirit about everything we do. We're committed to Growing Rochester Business and making our community a better place to live and work.

The GRBblog is where we post bank news and information, stories about the great organizations we support, and share relevant local and national business news.


GRB Leaders Featured on Podcast Discussing Small Business, Community Commitment

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If you have not had a chance to catch the recent podcast featuring GRB Founder and Chairman E. Philip Saunders and GRB President and CEO Philip Pecora, you need to grab 45 minutes and do so!  Such great stories about the roots of their personal and professional commitment to the local small business community, and what we can all do to help the Rochester community grow and prosper.

Listen to the podcast.

“I’ve had many people that we’ve done business with (at the bank) that come to me and have actually thanked me.  You did more than just become my banker…you’ve really helped me see my business in a different light.  They’ve looked at us…like we’ve really helped them evolve into something else.  That makes you feel good.”

– E Philip Saunders

“As a bank, we believe in entrepreneurs.”

– Philip Pecora


Give Your Employees More Benefits with GRB

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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 business banking relationship with GRB.

GRB can provide your employees with:

  • Free financial education workshops
  • Discounts on residential mortgage closing costs
  • No-fee Health Savings Accounts
  • Interest-bearing checking accounts
  • And much more…

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Ribbon-cutting Marks Official Opening of Re-located Greece Branch

Photo of guests cutting the ribbon in Greece Branch

Genesee Regional Bank held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the re-located Greece Branch on Friday, Feb. 15.  With more space and additional features for our customers, we are pleased to be adding to our footprint in the Town of Greece.  We were pleased to have a number of customers, associates and special guests available to help us celebrate.  Thank you to the following for sharing in this wonderful event:

  • Sarah Lentini, our co-host and President and CEO of the Greece Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Joseph Robach, New York State Senator for the 56th District
  • Jeff Adair, Chief Economic Development Officer for Monroe County
  • Andy Conlon, Receiver of Taxes for the Town of Greece, representing Supervisor Bill Reilich
  • Kevin Donohue, Director of Membership for the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

Stop by and visit us the next time you are in the area.

Greece Branch

4180 West Ridge Road

Rochester, NY  14626

See our social media channels for additional photos!


GRB Named to “Best Companies” List for 2019

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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 annual program are chosen based on employee responses to the engagement and satisfaction survey, as well as the employer-provided benefits and policies questionnaire. The results are analyzed based on eight core focus areas:

  1. Leadership and Planning
  2. Corporate Culture and Communications
  3. Role Satisfaction
  4. Work Environment
  5. Relationship with Supervisor
  6. Training, Development and Resources
  7. Pay and Benefits
  8. Overall Engagement

It is no small feat to appear on this list year after year. So, to the members of the GRB team, a sincere thank you!


New Greece Branch Up and Running!

Inside picture of the new Greece Branch

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 significant benefits for our customers, including:

  • Two Drive-up Teller Lanes
  • 24/7 Drive-up Night Depository
  • 24/7 ATM in Vestibule
  • Offices for Added Privacy
  • Easier In and Out, Ample Parking

“GRB has experienced substantial growth in its retail, mortgage and commercial lines of business,” said Paul Keenan, Senior Vice President and Retail Banking Manager.  “Our new location provides added convenience for our current customers and offers additional space so we can continue to grow all three lines of business.”

We will be conducting an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15.


January Fundraising for Veterans

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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 who may not be familiar with VOC, the organization was established in 1973 and provides comprehensive resources to current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families through direct service, community collaboration and advocacy. This includes providing a wide range of services such as benefits counseling, job training and placement, mentoring, legal resources, therapy services, housing assistance and much more.

You can learn more about VOC and follow their efforts at www.vocroc.org.

If you are interested in a VA loan or any other residential mortgage option, talk to our mortgage team.

Spread the word and we thank you in advance for your support of our local service men and women.


Greece Branch Moving to Serve You Better

Photo of new Greece location

GRB is excited to share the news that it will be relocating its Greece branch, currently located at 2300 West Ridge Road, just a little further west to a larger location at:

4180 West Ridge Road

Just west of Kohl’s in The Shops at Hampton Ridge Plaza

The new branch will officially open for business on Monday, January 28 at 8:55 a.m.  We are pleased the new location will offer a number of significant benefits for our customers, including:

  • Two Drive-up Teller Lanes
  • 24/7 Drive-up Night Depository
  • 24/7 ATM in Vestibule
  • Offices for Added Privacy
  • Easier In and Out, Ample Parking

“GRB has experienced substantial growth in its retail, mortgage and commercial lines of business,” said Paul Keenan, Senior Vice President and Retail Banking Manager.  “Our new location provides added convenience for our current customers and offers additional space so we can continue to grow all three lines of business.”

PLEASE NOTE:  In preparation for the move, the current Greece Branch will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25.


Your GRB Mastercard Could Take You to Hawaii

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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 grand prize winner can select one of the following amazing destinations:

  • New York City
  • Los Angeles
  • Hawaii
  • Miami
  • Chicago

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, cardholders will automatically receive one (1) entry into the promotion each time they use their Mastercard to make a purchase during the promotion period through March 31, 2019. PIN-based purchases made with a Debit card, international transactions and transactions with an HSA Mastercard or small business Mastercard are not eligible for an entry. The promotion is open to our Mastercard debit cardholders age 18+ who are U.S. residents, and cardholders in good standing.


E. Philip Saunders Selected as ICON Honors Recipient

E. Philip Saunders Receives ICON Honor

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 is the founder of a number of notable companies including Truck Stops of America, Griffith Energy, Travel Centers of America and Sugar Creek Corporation.  In addition, Mr. Saunders is an owner of Essex Property Management, a company responsible for commercial properties. Other significant ownership interests include Valley Fuels, Bristol Harbour Resort, Sugar Creek Farms, Western New York Energy and American Rock Salt.


GRB Welcomes Tim Jones to Executive Team as Chief Lending Officer

Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer Tim Jones

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.

Jones, who has more than 25 years of commercial banking experience in the local Rochester market, will oversee the commercial relationship management team and lead GRB’s business development efforts.  Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in economics/finance from Ithaca College and completed his Master of Business Administration at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Saunders College of Business.  He also completed the Senior Leadership Development Program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.  Active in the community, Jones is a member of the Board of Directors and serves on the Audit and Finance Committees for Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women and is a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Constellation Brands Performing Arts Center (CMAC).  He is also a former chairman of the Board of Directors of Bivona Child Advocacy Center, and continues to serve the organization as a member of its Stewardship Committee.

“We are pleased to welcome Tim Jones to the GRB team.  Tim is an exceptional banker who brings solid credit acumen and extensive sales management experience to GRB,” said Philip L Pecora, GRB’s President and CEO.  “In the last decade, GRB has grown five-fold in total assets, adding hundreds of new commercial client relationships and more than 80 employees.  With a focus on continued growth, we feel it was time to bring additional leadership resources to the bank.”