Lakeland Bank Announces New Hires - July 2018

Oak Ridge, N.J. – July 5, 2018 – Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bank, is pleased to announce the following appointments.

Gerard Savarese has been hired as Vice President, Network Operations Center Manager based at the Milton Operations Center in Oak Ridge. He was most recently a Network Operations Center Manager for KPMG in Montvale. Prior to that, he was Manager of Network Operations and Infrastructure Support for Delta Dental Plan of New Jersey. Savarese earned a bachelor of science in computer science and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Queens College of the City University of New York. He is ITIL certified. Savarese is a resident of Mahwah.

Jeffrey Li has been hired as Assistant Vice President, Small Business Junior Underwriter/Portfolio Manager based in Oak Ridge. He was most recently a Relationship Manager-Originations and Underwriting with China Merchant Bank in New York. Prior to that, he was an Underwriting Associate with Full Circle Capital. Li earned a bachelor of science in finance and information systems from New York University, Stem School of Business. He is a resident of Ridgewood.

Justin Colgan has been hired as Vice President, Project Manager based at the Milton Operations Center in Oak Ridge. He was most recently a Senior IT Project Manager with WebMD in New York and prior to that, a Senior IT Infrastructure Project Manager with Realogy in Madison, N.J. Colgan earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech University and later received a graduate certificate in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is an active member of St. Dunstan’s Church vestry. Colgan resides in Sussex County.

About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has $5.5 billion in total assets. The Bank operates 53 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 in New York 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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