First Commerce Bank names veteran exec as senior business development officer

John Crisafulli, with more than 20 years of experience in many banking positions, including 15 years in management, has been promoted to vice president, senior business development officer of First Commerce Bank in Lakewood.

With 10 offices statewide, including a new expansion in Jackson, First Commerce is considered a community-based, full-service commercial bank that emphasizes the banking needs of small to medium-sized businesses, professional entities, governmental agencies and individuals, offering a broad range of consumer and commercial banking services.

In his new role, Crisafulli will be responsible for business development in all 10 branches of First Commerce Bank.

Crisafulli is the founder and a board member of Central Ocean Business Association, which he formed to support small businesses in Ocean County with focus on the Route 9 Corridor. COBA is a formal 501(c)(3) with more than 150 active members. A non-exclusive business association working with municipalities, COBA’s mission is to drive economic development, support small business and draw attraction to developing communities.

He is an active member of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Jewish Business Alliance, Rockland Business-2-Business Network, and handles business development for the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, an internationally recognized Chamber of Commerce.

Crisafulli also serves as a board member of the Strand Center for the Arts, Lakewood; Community Affairs Resource Center, Asbury Park; and the Burlington Mercer Chamber of Commerce. He served as a board member of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club as president; the Union Rotary Club; the Girls Scouts of the Jersey Shore; and was District Chairman for the Joshua Huddy District of the Boy Scouts of America Jersey Shore Council. He was honored as a Hometown Hero at the 2018 Ocean County Awards Gala.