Provident Bank names new FVP of retail leadership team

Iselin-based Provident Bank said Robert Tharp has joined the bank as first vice president, retail sales & services director.

Tharp is based in the bank’s Iselin administrative headquarters and is responsible for developing and managing the execution of the overall retail sales and services strategy and business development plans. In addition, he is responsible for the programming and the structuring of Small Business Lending, Government Banking, Corporate Development and Provident Investment Services.

Tharp has more than 35 years’ experience in retail banking and sales management. Prior to joining Provident, he served as a senior manager of the TD Bank Partnership at TD Ameritrade. In addition, Tharp has held senior leadership positions with TD Bank, TD Banknorth and as director of retail sales with Hudson United Bank.

“I am pleased to welcome Robert to our retail banking leadership team and look forward to working with him,” said Vito Giannola, executive vice president, chief retail banking officer. “His exceptional knowledge and extensive experience will contribute to Provident’s growth strategy and will assist with achieving our goal of delivering best-in-class financial services to our customers.”