Lakeland Bank Announces New Branch Opening in Clifton, NJ

Clifton Resident and Active Member of Community Named Branch Manager

Oak Ridge, N.J. – February 8, 2019 – Lakeland Bank is pleased to announce the opening of a new branch in Clifton, NJ located at 11 Ackerman Ave. The branch opened on March 4, 2019 and Lakeland Bank will host a Grand Opening in early June to celebrate with the Clifton community and surrounding areas. The Clifton location marks the 51st branch office for Lakeland Bank which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this May.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our footprint into the wonderfully vibrant community of Clifton,” said Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bank. “As a community-focused financial institution, we believe our core values and relationship-based banking philosophy meet the personal and business banking needs of Clifton. We look forward to supporting the thriving commercial and small business enterprises, as well as growing families that call Clifton home.”

As a full-service bank, Lakeland Bank will offer the Clifton community in-branch solutions, as well as online and digital solutions to help address customer banking preferences. The branch will provide an extensive array of consumer and commercial products and services, as well as wealth management products. To efficiently service the needs of the community, Lakeland Bank has hired six associates for the branch, four of which are bilingual. Perry Lighty, a Clifton resident and active member of the community, has been named Branch Manager.

“We believe in investing in communities where our associates live and are connected to personally and professionally,” said Shara. “Perry not only has 30 years of experience in financial services, but he also has deep roots within the city of Clifton and Paterson. We’re confident he will uphold Lakeland Bank’s commitment to putting our customers at the forefront of everything we do and giving back to our communities.”

Perry Lighty was hired by Lakeland Bank in 2018 as Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of the Carlstadt office. He was formerly a Vice President, Branch Manager at Chase Bank. Lighty is a Board Member of the Paterson Great Falls Rotary Club and Paterson/Passaic Boys and Girls Club, as well as a member of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce which supports non-profit organizations in Clifton, and he volunteers at the Clifton Boys and Girls Club. Lighty is also on the District XI Ethics Committee of New Jersey and is an active volunteer with the Great Falls Food Pantry.

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About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has $6.3 billion in total assets. The Bank operates more than 50 branch offices throughout Bergen, Essex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties in New Jersey including one branch in Highland Mills, New York; six New Jersey regional commercial lending centers in Bernardsville, Jackson, Montville, Newton, Teaneck and Waldwick; and one New York commercial lending center to serve the Hudson Valley region. Lakeland also has a commercial loan production office serving Middlesex and Monmouth counties in New Jersey.  Lakeland Bank offers an extensive suite of financial products and services for businesses and consumers. Visit for more information.

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