STAMFORD, Conn. – Stamford-based First County Bank announced the election of six new corporators at last month's annual meeting.
A corporator is a unique role offered to community representatives and thought-leaders as part of the bank’s mutual charter. A First County Bank corporator acts as the bank’s eyes and ears in the community, promotes the mission and vision of the bank, and supports the business community and nonprofit development, according to a statement from the bank.
“These new corporators bring a wealth of experience in diverse industries which will enrich the bank’s operations,” said Rey Giallongo, First County Bank chairman and CEO. “First County Bank has worked together with these individuals and knows they have the best interests of the bank in mind. We look forward to their contribution and advice.”
The board of directors recruits corporators who are successful in their business or profession, and have strong knowledge of the communities First County Bank serves. Corporators are centers of influence with diverse backgrounds from both for-profit and nonprofit sectors. The role of a corporator includes: assisting the bank in increasing its visibility and credibility in the community, advising the bank on community and customer needs, supporting the bank’s business development, and providing customer service feedback. First County Bank's new corporators are:
- Goitom (Tom) Bellete, president of GB Parking and Vineyard Development in Stamford. Bellete is a well-known builder and developer in the Stamford and Norwalk market. Bellete has experience in all levels of land development and home building, including property level feasibility, acquisitions, financing, and general contracting.
- Irene Dixon is director of sales and marketing for the Norwalk Garden Inn. She has been active in Norwalk for many years serving on the Mayor’s Business Advisory Council, as president of the Norwalk Seaport Association, a board member of the Maritime Center and a Norwalk Fire Commissioner.
- Jevera Hennessey is a partner in the law firm of Kaye and Hennessey in Greenwich. Jevera is a longtime Stamford resident whose law practice focuses on real estate transactions, estate planning and estate and trust administration. She participates on a number of nonprofit boards that have missions to support seniors.
- Michael (Mike) Pavia is a former mayor of the City of Stamford and a local real estate developer. He is the founder and owner of Pavia Development, a residential, commercial real estate management and construction business in Stamford. He served as a member of Stamford’s Police Commission for eight years and as Stamford’s Public Works Commissioner.
- Ann P. Rogers is executive director of the Norwalk Community College Foundation and has extensive experience in both for-profit and nonprofit businesses. Before joining NCC, Rogers was vice president of marketing and development for Laurel House where she increased private funding. During over 20 years at MBI Inc. in Norwalk, Rogers was executive vice president of product development and licensing.
- Laura Walbert is co-founder and managing director of Fraser Walbert Media in New Canaan. Her company provides strategic communication products to the financial service industry. Bdore founding her own firm, she was a financial reporter and staff writer for Fortune, Forbes’ Magazine, Money and The New York Times.
First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, is an independent mutual community bank with 15 branches in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport.