Valley in the Community

Helping our communities grow and prosper is the heart of our corporate citizenship philosophy.

Valley recently participated in a Paterson Habitat for Humanity project. Employees helped construction officials from the Passaic County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity renovate two homes in Paterson.

At Valley National Bank, serving the needs of the local community is a tradition that we embrace passionately. As a concerned corporate citizen we strive to act, lead and inspire in everything we do to make our communities a better place to live. We continue to support civic and charitable causes throughout our market by contributing time, talent and financial resources. Whether it is providing credit for affordable housing projects or supporting local charities, we feel that it is our responsibility to give back to the neighborhoods that we serve.

WAYNE, N.J. – Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Valley National Bank Territory Sales Manager Erika Duchonovic and Bensonhurst Branch Service Manager Anna Christine Gelardo recently organized three financial literacy presentations for students within the local Brooklyn community.

On March 20th, Ms. Duchonovic and Ms. Gelardo, along with the Bensonhurst Team, hosted a bank tour and financial literacy presentation at the Bensonhurst Branch for the 16 top Brooklyn Studio Secondary High School students along with Agnes Fezzuoglio, Assistant Principal and Hortense Blakey, Technology Manager/WBL Coordinator. The presentations provided tips on how to be a smart saver. Ms. Duchonovic also donated two boxes of college books to the school.

On March 24th, Ms. Duchonovic, Ms. Gelardo and Mortgage Marketing Representative Christine Hamilton-Thomas hosted a financial literacy program for approximately 45 students at a top Brooklyn Studio Secondary School. Principal Andrea Ciliotta and several teachers were so impressed by the presentation that they asked Ms. Duchonovic and Ms. Gelardo to join their advisory board.

On March 26th, Bensonhurst Head Teller Melissa Ruiz joined Ms. Duchonovic and Ms. Gelardo to host a financial literacy program at Seth Low Intermediate School 96 to approximately 100 students, parents and teachers. The presentation was well received and all of the participants appreciated Valley’s contributions in providing engaging financial literacy lessons to the local Brooklyn community.

On April 24, Ms. Duchonovic, and Ms. Gelardo hosted a financial literacy program for 38 students at Brooklyn Studio Secondary School. They started an ongoing series of lessons. The focus for National Teach to Save Day was “Budgeting” and “Can you afford to live as you like?” Ms. Blakey Hortese, Technology Manager/WBL Coordinator was so thrilled by the presentation that she instructed the class to make it an official assignment. In two weeks, Ms. Duchonovic and Ms. Gelardo will return to review the assignments, and continue on with the series, discussing check writing, know your score, paying for college and protecting your financial identity. At the end of the series each student will receive Valley financial literacy course completion certificates.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with over $19 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 224 branch locations serving 24 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, and southeast and central Florida. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call our 24/7 Customer Service Center at 800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. – Monday, April 27, 2015 - Valley National Bank partnered with the American Red Cross to host its Annual Blood Drive on April 23rd at 1455 Valley Road in Wayne, New Jersey. Valley’s employees helped the Red Cross collect over 42 pints of blood that will help meet the rising demands of blood supply in the area. The results of Valley’s Blood Drive are equal to the anticipated results of Blood Drives conducted by small to mid-size towns.

Through the processing of the 42 units of whole blood into its components, more than 126 individual patients will benefit from Valley’s blood drive. Shanley Toomey, Regional Coordinator for the American Red Cross, remarked, “The level of participation and support by the Valley employees is truly amazing with this year’s participation reaching an all-time high.”

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with over $19 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 224 branch locations serving 24 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, and southeast and central Florida. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call our 24/7 Customer Service Center at 800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. – Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY), recently provided a financial literacy program for youth and adults with disabilities at Community Access Unlimited. This is the second Financial Literacy Program provided by Valley National Bank District Sales Manager Aileen Boyle and her team at CAU. The first one was on February 3rd of this year.

Located in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Community Access Unlimited is committed to providing community access through a broad array of person-centered support services for adults and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and at-risk youth aging out of the child welfare system.

Ms. Boyle, and a team of her Territory Sales Managers consisting of Mary Ann Beltz, Angela Cruz, Lynn Swain and Commercial Loan Officer Mwaura Muroki conducted a Business Banking Workshop for the students of the Academy for Continuing Education program at Community Access Unlimited. The Seminar touched upon the basics of starting a business and making a success of the venture. The presentation was enthusiastically welcomed by the students who felt that they gained valuable insight and an awareness of details that can make or break a business undertaking.

Marguerite Modero, Director of the ACE Program remarked, “Nothing is more important than to offer the possibility of a dream for young men and women who are coming from difficult life circumstances and need a direction and a career path to pursue that will get them out of the troubling environment they are now in.”

Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call our 24/7 Customer Service Center at 800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. – Monday, April 6, 2015 - Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY), hosted 18 Sophomores from Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy, Elizabeth High School, William F. Halsey Academy of Finance, and Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy on March 26th as part of the Rutgers University Business for Youth (RUBY) program.

RUBY provides high school students with the fundamental knowledge of what it means to attend business school. With the assistance of student and staff volunteers, RUBY utilizes its resources to make local high school students eager and open to the idea of attending business school, and/ or college in general.

This year’s class of sophomores made a site visit to Valley’s corporate headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey and received a financial literacy lesson about banking, the economy and insight for succeeding in the business industry.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with over $18 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 224 branch locations serving 24 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, and southeast and central Florida. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call our 24/7 Customer Service Center at 800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. – Thursday, April 2, 2015 - Valley National Bank employees participated in World Autism Awareness Day on Thursday, April 2, 2015 by wearing blue as part of the Light It Up Blue Campaign.

April is Autism Awareness Month in the United States and World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), is celebrated each year on April 2nd. It was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized with its own day by the United Nations. WAAD activities increase world knowledge of autism and impart information about the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism around the world.

On World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Speaks celebrates its international Light It Up Blue campaign. Thousands of iconic landmarks, communities, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families around the world affected by autism.

If you would like to learn more about Autism, visit https://www.autismspeaks.org/.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with over $18 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 224 branch locations serving 24 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, and southeast and central Florida. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call our 24/7 Customer Service Center at 800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. – Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY), was named a "Champion of Good Works'' by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) at its recent Chairman's Reception saluting corporate philanthropy.

More than 200 business executives attended the gala reception at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack. Martin Kafafian, chairman of the CIANJ board of directors, presented the trophies to 31 businesses. "For most of these companies their donations, kindness and community outreach are part of their corporate culture -- their mission," said Kafafian, who is also a managing member of the Beattie Padovano law firm in Montvale. "The public at large is often unaware of the magnitude and scope of the good works. This reception is our way of shining a spotlight on "Companies that Care."

Valley National Bank was recognized for making a donation of $100,000 to The Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was created to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. The foundation honors our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country. Valley’s contribution will support the construction of homes for veterans who have been disabled in their defense of our way of life.

“These brave men and women put their lives on the line every day to defend the freedoms we sometimes take for granted,” remarked Valley National Bank Chairman, President & CEO Gerald H. Lipkin. “The positive attitudes and undiminished spirits of veterans embody the best of our country and are truly worthy of our respect, support and admiration. As a regional bank with long-standing ties to the people and communities we serve, we are making this contribution to support our soldiers who have been wounded in the defense of our way of life.”

The CIANJ is a statewide business advocacy organization based in Paramus. It represents more than 900 member companies from every business sector. The associations asked businesses to tell stories of their good works and more than 85 responses were given. These accounts and pictures are featured in a special "Companies that Care" section in the March issue of COMMERCE Magazine, the media arm of the association.

A panel of judges reviewed all the submissions and selected 31 champions. The judges included: Cathleen Davey, executive director of the Ramapo College Foundation, John Galandak, president of the CIANJ, Jackie Lue Raia, assistant director of the NJ Sharing Network, Cindy Myer, the owner of Ridgewood Moving Service who also serves as president of the board of the Center for Hope and Safety; Jacey Raimondo, executive director of the Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, Judi Stewart, an ambassador with the CIANJ Human Resources Council, and Tom Toronto, president of Bergen County’s United Way.

Along with the champion, the CIANJ also honored a family-owned Midland Park men’s clothing store for its “Extraordinary Good Works.” Over the past five years Sal Lauretta for Men organized a fashion show raised more than $460,000 for Eva’s Village, a social service agency in Paterson that provides food, shelter and counseling to those in need.

Caption: Left to right: James Trouwborst, Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending at Valley National Bank accepts the Champion of Good Works award from Martin Kafafian, CIANJ Chairman.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with over $18 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 224 branch locations serving 24 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, and southeast and central Florida. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call our 24/7 Customer Service Center at 800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. – Tuesday, March 17, 2015 – Students from the Waldorf School of Garden City recently visited Valley National Bank’s branch located at 339 Nassau Boulevard in Garden City, Long Island as part of a financial literacy lesson. The students enjoyed a real-world experience by visiting the local branch and exchanging coins for currency which was then used to buy lunch at a local pizzeria.

Pictures and details of this visit can be found on the Waldorf School of Garden City’s website at:
www.waldorfgarden.org/page.cfm?p=1199&newsid=250

The Waldorf School of Garden City educates children to meet the world with purpose, gratitude and respect. The School’s aim is to graduate a diverse group of young men and women distinguished by the scope and acuity of their minds as well as the depth and integrity of their character. For more information about the school, visit www.waldorfgarden.org

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with over $18 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 224 branch locations serving 24 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, and southeast and central Florida. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call our 24/7 Customer Service Center at 800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. - Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - Valley National Bank supported the American Heart Association's National Wear Red Day® with Go Red for Women on Friday, February 6th. The Bank and its employees made contributions to support funding for the research of heart disease, the leading cause of death for women in the United States. On February, 6th, employees in New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and Florida wore red to show their solidarity with the American Heart Association and support the fight against heart disease in women.
The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases. They fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with over $18 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 224 branch locations serving 24 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, and southeast and central Florida. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call our 24/7 Customer Service Center at 800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. - Friday, January 9, 2015 - On December 12th, Valley National Bank Territory Sales Managers from the Bergen District made a special trip to the Don Imus Building at the Hackensack University Medical Center to deliver three large bags of children’s toys and receive a tour of the wonderful facilities.

Since 1982, Tomorrows Children’s Fund has strived to assist young patients fighting cancer or a serious blood disorder and also provides support to their families. In all those years, so many children have entered their doors and are provided with the finest in medical care and additional support systems. They are proud to be the only state designated pediatric bone marrow/stem cell transplant unit.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with over $18 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 224 branch locations serving 24 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, and southeast and central Florida. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call our 24/7 Customer Service Center at 1-800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. – Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - Valley National Bank employees celebrated the holidays early this year by helping those that need it most. For the 10th year in a row, Valley National Bank participated in the Salvation Army’s Angel Giving Tree Program. The Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree Program is an adoption program that allows sponsors to provide Christmas gifts to children in need. To help make this a special Holiday for needy children throughout northern New Jersey, Valley employees contributed over 350 brand new board games, dolls, action figures, puzzles, books, clothes and much more to the Salvation Army. Valley also participated in the Salvation Army’s Annual Coat Drive by donating over 100 coats to help those less fortunate in our area.

Since 1886, The Salvation Army has been providing social and spiritual services to communities throughout the world. To learn more about The Salvation Army, please visit http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with over $18 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 224 branch locations serving 24 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, and southeast and central Florida. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call our 24/7 Customer Service Center at 1-800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. - Friday, October 31, 2014 - Nutley Territory Sales Manager Nancy Shaulis and Passaic Relationship Sales Manager Daisy Alvarez provided a financial literacy lesson for Paul T. Palek's 7th Grade math class of 30 students at McKinley Elementary School in Newark on October 29th. Ms. Shaulis and Ms. Alvarez discussed preparing a monthly budget, how to write a check and how to use a check register. They also provided information about certificates of deposit (CDs), savings accounts, online banking, debit cards and the importance of a credit score.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with $16 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 204 branches in 144 communities serving 16 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 1-800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. - Friday, October 24, 2014 - Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY), hosted 30 Sophomores from Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy, Elizabeth High School, William F. Halsey Academy of Finance, and Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy on October 23rd as part of the Rutgers University Business for Youth (RUBY) program.

RUBY provides high school students with the fundamental knowledge of what it means to attend business school. With the assistance of student and staff volunteers, RUBY utilizes its resources to make local high school students eager and open to the idea of attending business school, and/ or college in general.

This year’s class of sophomores made a site visit to Valley’s corporate headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey and received a financial literacy lesson about banking, the economy and insight for succeeding in the business industry from Brian Haag, First Vice President – Residential Mortgage Sales Manager at Valley National Bank.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with $16 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 204 branches in 144 communities serving 16 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 1-800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY), announced today the appointment of a new Bronx, New York, commercial lending team.

The Bronx Commercial Lending Team will work extensively to strengthen the Bank’s ties with businesses in the local Bronx area. By partnering with other business segments at the Bank, such as Treasury Solutions, Wealth Management and Retail Banking, the team will promote Valley’s extensive line of convenient products and services. Efforts will be focused on developing relationships with small and middle market businesses in industries such as service, wholesale, manufacturing and food services. The Bronx Commercial Lending Team will also focus on commercial loans that support housing for low-to-moderate income occupants. As always, customers can continue to expect the same personalized service and care that Valley has been renowned for since 1927.

Michael Warrington, First Vice President – Team Leader, will manage the Bronx Commercial Lending Team. Mr. Warrington joined Valley in July and brings over 30 years of commercial banking experience to his position. Prior to joining Valley, he served as a Commercial Lending Team Leader for a prominent New York-based financial institution.

Mr. Warrington received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Virginia State University and has obtained several security licenses. He is a board member of the Business Initiative Corporation of New York and a founding member of the Youth Mentoring Program in the Maplewood/South Orange, New Jersey area. He can be reached at 646-329-0551, extension 8551 or by email at mwarrington@valleynationalbank.com.

William C. Landers will also join the Bronx Commercial Lending Team as a Vice President – Commercial Loan Officer. Mr. Landers joined Valley in July and brings over 30 years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining Valley, he served as a Senior Business Relationship Manager for a prominent financial institution. He has also held senior level positions for a notable financial institution and served as an Executive Director for a New York based non-profit organization.

Mr. Landers received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from John Jay College and a Master’s of Professional Studies from New York Theological Seminary. He has also obtained several security licenses. Mr. Landers can be reached at 646-329-0552, extension 8552 or by email at wlanders@valleynationalbank.com.

Mr. Warrington and Mr. Landers have been working together for 13 years in developing client relationships throughout the Bronx market.

“Mike and Bill are experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated banking professionals,” remarked Executive Vice President Robert Meyer. “We are confident, that in these roles, they will help the Bank develop enduring client relationships throughout the Bronx market.”

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with $16 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 204 branches in 144 communities serving 16 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 1-800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. - Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Over the past six years, Valley has raised approximately $600,000 in support of breast cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and other international research facilities

Valley National Bank held its sixth annual breast cancer walk titled Valley Goes Pink! on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The event kicked-off at 1460 Valley Road in Wayne, New Jersey, and over a thousand employees, family members and friends walked to raise money for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF). The Cure Breast Cancer Foundation supports breast cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and other national and international research facilities under the direction of Dr. Larry Norton, M.D, who serves as the Foundation’s Scientific Advisor.

Contributions from this year’s event totaled over $100,000 and over the past six years, Valley has raised approximately $600,000 in support of Dr. Norton’s research. This year’s event featured games, prize drawings, a 50/50 raffle and free food and beverages. New York’s most popular television weather expert, Mr. “G.” was also in attendance. Dr. Elizabeth Comen, Assistant Attending Breast Cancer Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, spoke about the research and answered questions. Dr. Comen is one of the lead researchers working with Dr. Norton.

In 2013, the generous support of the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation allowed Dr. Norton’s research group to make further progress in their mission to decipher breast cancer biology so as to produce clinically relevant results. A major focus of their work is the relationship between mobile breast cancer cells and the "normal" cells in their immediate environment. This is of major importance because it is the mobility of breast cancer cells that allows them to form metastases, the major life-threatening aspect of cancer. Metastases depend not only on the mobility of cancer cells but also their ability to interact with white blood cells, blood vessel cells, and other cells in the organ that they invade. The CBCF has facilitated creative studies of this process leading Dr. Norton’s group toward the development of novel approaches to cancer prognostication, therapy, and ultimately prevention.

The Cure Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation whose mission it is to raise funds to support research to find a cure for breast cancer. CBCF provides critical funding for innovative research under the leadership of Dr. Norton, a leading breast cancer oncologist and researcher. CBCF donates 100% of its net fundraising proceeds to support this research.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with $16 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 204 branches in 144 communities serving 16 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 1-800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. - Friday, October 17, 2014 - Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY), announced today that Dana Marsalisi, Vice President and Anti-Fraud Officer, gave a presentation on the financial exploitation of seniors at the Elder Abuse Solutions Conference hosted by Bergen Community College on October 17th.

Ms. Marsalisi has over 18 years of financial crime experience with Valley National Bank. She is the Chairperson of the NJ Security Association as well.

“Financial exploitation of seniors is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country,” remarked Ms. Marsalisi. “By providing some basic information and useful tips to professionals who interact with seniors, we can help prevent this particular form of elder abuse and neglect in our communities.”

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with $16 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 204 branches in 144 communities serving 16 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 1-800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. - Friday, October 14, 2014 - Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY), announced that Antonia Martinez and Jean Medina were recently recognized by the Poder Latino USA Newspaper for their outstanding service to the local community.

West New York Territory Sales Manager Antonia Martinez was honored for being a proud Hispanic business leader in the community. Her outgoing personality and her vast experience in the financial service industry serves her well in servicing her customers throughout the local community. West New York Branch Service Manager Jean Medina was recognized for her professional service to customers and for being a proud Ecuadorian serving the Latin-American community in the New Jersey Area.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with $16 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 204 branches in 144 communities serving 16 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 1-800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. - Friday, October 10, 2014 - Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY), announced today that the Bank has made a donation of $100,000 to The Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was created to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. The foundation honors our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country. Valley’s contribution will support the construction of homes for veterans who have been disabled in their defense of our way of life.

"These brave men and women put their lives on the line every day to defend the freedoms we sometimes take for granted," remarked Valley National Bank Chairman, President & CEO Gerald H. Lipkin. "The positive attitudes and undiminished spirits of veterans embody the best of our country and are truly worthy of our respect, support and admiration. As a regional bank with long-standing ties to the people and communities we serve, we are making this contribution to support our soldiers who have been wounded in the defense of our way of life."

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with $16 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 204 branches in 144 communities serving 16 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 1-800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. - Monday, September 15, 2014 - Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY), recently participated in a Paterson Habitat for Humanity project. Employees from all around the Bank spent a Saturday morning in September to help construction officials from the Passaic Chapter of Habitat for Humanity renovate two homes in Paterson. Thirteen volunteers arrived at 7:30 AM at the construction site, ready to perform a variety of tasks designed to accommodate four deserving families, who will enjoy home ownership for the first time.

“Helping Habitat create home ownership opportunities was a rewarding experience for me,” remarked Dianne Grenz, Executive Vice President and Director of Sales, Shareholder Relations and Public Relations. “And it’s always a great experience to get to know your colleagues outside of normal work hours.”

About Paterson Habitat for Humanity
Paterson Habitat for Humanity creates homeownership opportunities for families with limited income. We are committed to building decent, safe affordable homes that are energy efficient, environmentally responsible and economical to maintain. Join us as we continue to revitalize neighborhoods by building hope with homes.

About Valley
Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with $16 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 204 branches in 144 communities serving 16 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 1-800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. - Friday, September 5, 2014 - Over the past five years, Valley has raised approximately $500,000 in support of breast cancer research

Valley National Bank announced that it will be hosting its sixth annual breast cancer walk titled Valley Goes Pink! on Saturday, October 18th (Rain date: Sunday, October 19th) 9:00 AM, at 1460 Valley Road in Wayne, New Jersey.

This event will raise money for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation to benefit breast cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and other national and international research facilities under the direction of Dr. Larry Norton, M.D, who serves as the Foundation’s Scientific Advisor. Over the past five years, Valley has raised approximately $500,000 in support of Dr. Norton’s research. This year’s event will feature games, prize drawings, a 50/50 raffle and free food and beverages. New York’s most popular television weather expert, Mr. "G." will also be on hand to support the event. Dr. Elizabeth Comen, Assistant Attending Breast Cancer Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering will also be attending and will speak about the research as well as to answer questions. Dr. Comen is one of the lead researchers working with Dr. Norton.

In 2013, the generous support of the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation allowed Dr. Norton’s research group to make further progress in their mission to decipher breast cancer biology so as to produce clinically relevant results. A major focus of their work is the relationship between mobile breast cancer cells and the "normal" cells in their immediate environment. This is of major importance because it is the mobility of breast cancer cells that allows them to form metastases, the major life-threatening aspect of cancer. Metastases depend not only on the mobility of cancer cells but also their ability to interact with white blood cells, blood vessel cells, and other cells in the organ that they invade. The CBCF has facilitated creative studies of this process leading Dr. Norton’s group toward the development of novel approaches to cancer prognostication, therapy, and ultimately prevention.

The Cure Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation whose mission it is to raise funds to support research to find a cure for breast cancer. CBCF provides critical funding for innovative research under the leadership of Dr. Norton, a leading breast cancer oncologist and researcher. CBCF donates 100% of its net fundraising proceeds to support this research.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with $16 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 204 branches in 144 communities serving 16 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 1-800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. - Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY), is proud to announce that it has received special recognition from the New Jersey Bankers Association for the Bank’s community service activity throughout the state in the over $5 billion asset category.

According to the New Jersey Bankers Association, “Strong financial literacy programs, significant support for affordable housing initiatives, particularly in low income areas, coupled with a strong focus on children in need and support for medical research and facilities help set this community involvement apart.”

Founded more than 110 years ago, the New Jersey Bankers Association (NJBankers) is a trade association representing 111 banks and over 235 service providers. NJBankers provides a variety of services to members including government relations at both the state and national levels; education and professional development, and employee health and welfare insurance benefit programs through its licensed insurance brokerage facility, Bankers Cooperative Group.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with $16 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 204 branches in 144 communities serving 16 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 1-800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. - Monday, June 16, 2014 - Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY) ("Valley"), is pleased to announce that Derek Del Buono, Giuliano Di Iorio, and Julian Mattaliano are the recipients of the Valley National Bank John L. Soldoveri Scholarship Award for 2014.

This award was established by Greater Community Bancorp prior to joining Valley National Bank in honor of its founder, John L. Soldoveri. The Valley National Bank John L. Soldoveri Scholarship Award offers financial assistance for those pursuing a major in Business Administration. Active employees or a child of an active employee are eligible for the scholarship for college, a post-high school institution of learning or training purposes. The award recipients were chosen by Dianne Grenz, Tony Bruno and Jeannette Chardavoyne who serve as the Trustees for the award.

Derek Del Buono has decided to pursue an education in Business Administration from The College of New Jersey. Over the past four years of high school, Derek has received high honor roll. He has also received silver medals for the National Spanish Exam in his freshman and junior year, as well as being inducted into the Spanish National Honor Society.

Giuliano Di Iorio is a Sales Associate at Valley National Bank’s Belvidere Branch and a full-time student at Centenary College in Hackettstown. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in both Finance and Management. In addition, he intends to continue with graduate school to obtain an MBA in Finance. Giuliano received academic honors being named to the Dean’s List for 2013 with a 3.75 GPA.

Julian Mattaliano has accepted his college admission as a "direct admit" to the University at Albany – State University of New York to pursue a degree in Accounting and Finance. Julian hopes to become a Certified Public Account once he finishes his college education. This year, Julian achieved his Eagle Scout award in the Boy Scouts and has been working as a teacher’s assistant for his school’s business and finance classes.

On behalf of The Valley National Bancorp Educational Foundation, Inc., each of these recipients will receive a scholarship award of $3,500 to further their education and pursue their goal of obtaining a degree.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with $16 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 204 branches in 144 communities serving 16 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. For more information about Valley National Bank please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 1-800-522-4100.

WAYNE, N.J. - Monday, June 9, 2014 - Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY)("Valley"), is pleased to announce the five winners of the 2014 Samuel F. Riskin Memorial Award. This year’s winners will receive a $3,500 scholarship award to be used at the higher education institution of their choice. The 2014 winners are:

  • Soumya Sudhakar, daughter of Customer Service Representative Shobha Sudhakar, wants to create a global organization that initiates and coordinates sustainability projects. She plans to study engineering at college next September.
  • Courtney Crann, daughter of Note Department Assistant Manager Leslie Crann, wants to pursue a career in graphic design and animation. She will attend Montclair State University next fall.
  • Zachary Michaels, son of Telecommunications Manager Michael Michaels, wants to pursue a career in astronomy. He will attend Lycoming College in September.
  • Alyssa Mancini, daughter of Joseph Mancini from ISD Project Management, has always been fascinated by the field of neuroscience. She will pursue her dream of becoming a licensed physician specializing in this particular field by attending Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School next fall.
  • Kristen Holmes, a full-time Teller at Valley’s Maplewood branch, aspires to be a deaf educator and wants to start her own American Sign Language (ASL) based day care facility. She will be attending Kean University in September.

Established by the Riskin family and Valley National Bank, the Samuel F. Riskin Memorial Award was created as a way to keep alive the memory of Samuel F. Riskin who served as Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Valley National Bank for 40 years. The purpose of the award is to assist Bank employees and/or their children to achieve their career goals. These five winners were chosen from over 60 applicants based on their career aspirations and the passion each demonstrated for reaching them. Funding for the scholarships is provided by the Riskin Family and Valley National Bank.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with $16 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 204 branches in 144 communities serving 16 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 1-800-522-4100.