OceanFirst’s Maher named chair of NJBankers

Chris Maher. (Courtesy photo)

Chris Maher, the chair and CEO of OceanFirst Bank, has been named the chair of the board of directors for the New Jersey Bankers Association, the group announced this week.

Maher was one of several new officers announced. Others include:

  • First vice chair: Steven Klein, CEO of Northfield Bank;
  • Second vice chair: Patrick Ryan, CEO of First Bank;
  • Immediate former chair: John Fitzgerald, CEO of Magyar Bank.

“I feel privileged to take on the chairman’s role at such an exciting time for the banking industry,” Maher said. “The industry in changing quickly, and I look forward to working with NJBankers board and staff to create innovative solutions to better serve our members and the communities they represent.”

Michael Affuso, the incoming CEO of the group, said he is eager to get started with the new group.

“I’m excited to work with Chris and the rest of the new officers,” he said. “Chris, Steve and Pat are all such dynamic leaders in their institutions, and that level of leadership is going to be a great asset to the association moving forward.”