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Vote GRB for 2019 Reader Rankings

Vote Now Reader Rankings graphicIt'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 program and hope you'll take a few minutes to cast your vote for GRB.  The voting deadline is May 24.  Don't forget to vote in all three categories!

VOTE NOW

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GRB Moves Up in 2019 "Best Companies" List

bcg ny 2019 printWe 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 the full 2019 rankings here.

Our ranking was determined based on feedback from GRB employees who participated in an engagement survey focused on:

  • · Leadership & planning
  • · Corporate culture & communications
  • · Role satisfaction
  • · Work environment
  • · Relationship with supervisor
  • · Training, development & resources
  • · Pay & benefits

Thank you to all our employees, customers and colleagues for making GRB a great place to bank -- and a great place to work!

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

Homebuyer Dream Program logoAs 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, mortgage brokers are not able to access grant funds for this program.

Homebuyer Dream Program* (HDP) eligibility requirements

  • Must be first-time homebuyers (have not owned a home individually or with a spouse in the last three years)
  • Reside and purchase a home in New York
  • Have a household income at or below 80% of area median income (i.e., in Monroe County up to $62,240 for 1- and 2-person households, up to $71,576 for 3+ person household as of August 2018)
  • Complete an accredited homeownership course
  • Meet the income and credit requirements for the program
  • Have the minimum equity contribution of $1,000 toward purchase of the home
  • Remain in the home for five years or repay a portion of the grant funds back to FHLBNY

Important information

  • Up to $14,500 in grant funding is available to be applied to down payment and closing costs
  • Up to $500 in grant funding is available to offset the cost of the homeownership course

Find out if you qualify 

For more information, contact our mortgage professionals.

* Homebuyer Dream Program is a trademark of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.

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GRB COO Allana Lazeroff Featured in "Women in Finance" Article in RBJ

Allana Lazeroff Path to Excellence RBJ front page imageAfter being named to the 2019 class of the Women of Excellence, GRB's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Allana Lazeroff also appeared on the front page of the Rochester Business Journal's March 29 issue.  The article focused on Women in Finance and offered a look at Allana's career and experiences as she honed her leadership skills.

Allana's 30-year career in finance has included experiences in human resources, retail and commercial banking and operations.  With the last 11 years at Genesee Regional Bank, she has played an integral role in the bank's growth from $100 million in assets to more than $560 million.  Allana also served as a founding member and executive sponsor of GRB's Women @ GRB group, dedicated to to helping “educate, celebrate, and inspire GRB Women to achieve their personal definition of success.”

In the article, Allana acknowledges sometimes "being the only women in the room," but notes that diverse perspectives are necessary and that maintaining authenticity is crucial for women to be successful as leaders. 

"...Diversity, regardless of the type of diversity, whether that’s gender, religion or race, allows a lot of different perspectives. The organization benefits when you have different perspectives represented."

 

To read the entire article go to the RBJ online at:   http://bit.ly/AllanaPathtoExcellence

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Cardon Joins GRB as Chief Credit Officer

Randy Cardon SVP and Chief Credit Officer photoGenesee Regional Bank (GRB) is pleased to announce that Randy Cardon has joined the bank’s leadership team as Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer.    

Randy, who has more than 30 years of commercial banking experience in the local Rochester market, will oversee the commercial loan administration and commercial credit teams at GRB.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from St. John Fisher and spent his career with the former Central Trust Company and M&T, most recently as Vice President, Credit Officer.  Randy is an experienced small business and middle market lender and credit officer, working with customers from Rochester to the North Hudson Valley.  He is active in the community, doing volunteer work for Foodlink and serving as a past board member on the Rochester chapters of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Diabetes Association.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Randy to the GRB team.  He is an exceptional banker who brings solid credit analysis, loan review, and special asset 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.  It is time to bring additional leadership resources to the bank to support the growth we are experiencing throughout our commercial loan portfolio.” 

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