First Bank names local exec to lead Fairfield headquarters

Anthony DeSenzo, first senior vice president and market executive, will serve as senior leader of the bank’s new Fairfield location, which will operate as First Bank’s Northern New Jersey Headquarters, according to a Tuesday announcement from the Hamilton-based bank.

DeSenzo has successfully served the business community in Fairfield and Essex County for many years, and he will lead an experienced team of community banking professionals in the new location. Joining DeSenzo are David Roskowsky, vice president and Fairfield branch manager, and Stephen Bohmert, vice president of business development. Bohmert and Roskowsky have been tasked with growing First Bank’s market share and expanding the bank’s brand in this exciting new market.

The new location, which will open its doors Monday, will bring the bank’s unique, next-level approach to community banking to the region.

First Bank has a long tradition of commitment to the neighborhoods it serves, by providing unrivaled access to its banking teams throughout its New York City-to-Philadelphia footprint. First Bank’s tagline, “Personal Bankers. Real Relationships,” captures the thoughtful approach behind every customer interaction.

“At First Bank, we focus on our customers and make everything else revolve around them,” First Bank CEO and President Patrick Ryan said. “We’ve created a banking experience where our customers have access to decision-makers, a place where our team members have real authority to help. As a result, we listen carefully, ask smart questions and deliver solutions — not products. That’s the foundation for a true community bank.”

First Bank said its experienced relationship managers will respond quickly and provide customized solutions for its business community customers with a “hands-on” approach that includes convenient digital banking services, competitive interest rates on savings and checking accounts and flexible loan options for personal and business needs.

While the community bank is very focused on all types of commercial lending and especially small & midsize business lending, it has recently added resources for private equity groups and their portfolio companies to cover the full lifecycle. More recently, the bank has introduced a new specialty financing group that offers asset-based lending, which helps business owners and entrepreneurs turn illiquid assets into more capital.