Thomas J. Shara
President and Chief Executive Officer
Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. and Lakeland Bank
As we get ready to say good bye to another year I, along with my executive team and colleagues, want to wish our customers and neighbors the very best this holiday season.
One of Lakeland’s core values is to give back to our communities, and I am always excited to see the support our colleagues and customers provide through our annual Share-A-Gift program. All of our offices collect gifts for local charities, and we invite you to join us. Just visit a Lakeland branch for details on the charity they are sponsoring, the types of gifts needed and the drop-off date. Together, we can make a difference for our neighbors who are facing challenges this time of year.
I am especially proud that Lakeland was recognized again this year by Forbes as one of "America's 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies". Lakeland’s founders built an institution steeped in the philosophy that success comes from conducting business clearly and honestly, and those standards of integrity still guide us today. This honor was earned as a result of how we always have, and how we always will, conduct our business. We truly appreciate your patronage and will continue to focus on building long-term customer relationships based on the trust you place in us.
We look forward to what the coming year has in store for Lakeland Bank and the local economy. With interest rates remaining low and the housing market stabilizing, the opportunity for home purchases and refinancing will continue to be robust.This, along with the declining unemployment rate, offers an optimistic outlook in the New Year.
Happy Holidays from your friends at Lakeland Bank.