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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 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
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!
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
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.
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, mortgage brokers are not able to access grant funds for this program.
After 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.”
Genesee 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.”
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, 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.
According to the RBJ, “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.”
As 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.”
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.
“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.”
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…