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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.

Celebrating Women of Excellence - Including GRB's Allana Lazeroff

Allana Lazeroff receives Women of Excellence AwardWe are proud to be celebrating alongside one of the Rochester Business Journal's 2019 Women of Excellence, GRB's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Allana Lazeroff.  Allana received her award, along with other deserving #ROC women at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center on May 9.    

Women excellence 2019 award logoAllana 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, and cash management teams.  Allana graduated from the John Wiley School of Business at SUNY Geneseo, and earned the Certified Treasury Professional designation in 1999. 

The Women of Excellence awards identify high-achieving women for their tremendous career accomplishments. The women are selected based on their professional experience, community involvement, leadership and sustained commitment to mentoring.

This year’s class, selected by a panel of past Circle of Excellence honorees, features 40 women from a variety of industries. They have achieved impressive career accomplishments and have made the Rochester community better through their civic engagement and mentoring.

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Happy National Small Business Week

Happy National Small Business Week graphicAt GRB, we celebrate small business every day.  We're a small business and we are deeply engaged with the small business community here in Rochester.  

We know this community and understand its unique needs and opportunities.  We are proud of the hundreds of commercial clients whose innovative ideas and hard work have fueled our local economy and supported its many charitable efforts. 

Small business is the foundation of this community and we are proud to share the story of some of the many successful entrepreneurs with whom we have had the pleasure to work on our Community page.  

Congratulations to our business owner clients and to all those who have had made the bold move to turn their vision into reality.  To recognize your efforts, we are offering a number of activities this week:

  • Drop in to our branch locations (schedule below) and treat yourself to some "me time" with a cup of coffee, delicious treats, and a FREE GIFT from GRB.
Wednesday, May 8
Greece Branch
4180 W. Ridge Rd.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, May 9
Winton Branch
1850 S. Winton Rd.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, May 10
Pittsford Branch
3380 Monroe Ave.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Check out our social media channels for infographics and information on the contributions small businesses make economically and in the community -- feel free to share!
  • Talk to your relationship manager about the latest GRB tools, products and services to help you reduce costs, guard against fraud, and enhance your operations.

Happy National Small Business Week!

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You Could be West Coast-bound with GRB and Mastercard

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!

MasterCard Surprises promotional graphicThe grand prize winner can select one of the following amazing destinations:

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

Beginning April 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 June 30, 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. 

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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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No Phishing Here! ABA and FTC Resource Aims to Help Raise Awareness of Email Fraud

ABA FTC infographicAs phishing becomes a top cyber threat—with losses growing to nearly $30 million in 2017 from $8 million in 2015, according to the FBI—the American Bankers Association and the Federal Trade Commission today released a new infographic highlighting this growing problem.

Accoding to the ABA, phishing scams typically involves emails, texts or calls that come from seemingly trusted sources that attempt to trick victims into clicking a link or handing over personal information. Once a scammer has the information, they can use it to steal the victim’s money, identity or gain access to their computer.

The infographic provides tips for consumers on how to spot potential scams, how to protect themselves against phishing attempts and how to notify the proper authorities. “One of the best ways to combat phishing is to implement multi-factor authentication, which is a second step to verify you are you, like sending a text to your phone with a confirmation code,” said ABA SVP Paul Benda. “We encourage consumers to use MFA for any of their accounts that support it, especially email and financial accounts.”

From the ABA Foundation web site:  https://bankingjournal.aba.com/2019/03/aba-foundation-ftc-release-infographic-on-phishing-threat/ 

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