Freedom Bank announces 2 strategic hires for newly established Corporate & Government Banking Division

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Maywood-based Freedom Bank on Tuesday said Thomas Guinan has joined the financial institute as executive vice president of corporate & government banking, while Joseph Luppino has joined as first vice president of government banking and business development officer.

In their new roles, Guinan and Luppino will be directly responsible for the growth and oversight of the bank’s newly established Corporate & Government Banking Division.

Luppino will use his more than three decades’ experience to attract new business, specifically with municipal and county governments.

Prior to Freedom Bank, Guinan was most recently SVP, commercial lending, at Peoples Security Bank & Trust. Through the years, he has also gained experience at Lakeland Bank, ConnectOneBank, Oritani Bank and Columbia Bank.

Luppino previously worked at Kearny Bank as vice president of government banking, and worked for a large portion of his time with the county of Bergen, most recently as the chief financial officer. He managed Bergen County’s AAA bond rating, $750 million operating budget, $50 million annual capital budget and the county’s $966 million debt program.

“We are extremely excited to have Thomas and Joesph join the Freedom Bank team,” Diane Scriveri, executive vice president and chief lending officer, said.

Guinan earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In his spare time, he is a public member of the District IIA OAE (Office of Attorney Ethics) and a trustee of the Hackensack Golf Club.

Luppino is a professor and a mentor at Rutgers University for the N.J. Municipal & County Finance Officer Program and serves on the Fort Lee board of adjustment. He is a former elected board of education trustee and former president of the Englewood Cliffs board of education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pace University.