Lakeland Bank Appoints Fischer and Smits

Oak Ridge, N.J. – Nov. 2, 2015 – Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bank, is pleased to announce the following officer appointment and promotion.

Jason Fischer has been appointed to Assistant Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer for the Montville Commercial Lending Team based in Montville, N.J. Fischer was most recently with Valley National Bank in Totowa, N.J. as an Assistant Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer. Prior to that, he was with Affinity Federal Credit Union in Basking Ridge, N.J. as a Business Lending Relationship Officer. Fischer earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University where he is currently enrolled in the Business School program working toward a MBA with a concentration in finance. He was a recipient of the New Jersey Banker’s Association 2014 New Leader in Banking Award and is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. Fischer is a resident of Basking Ridge, N.J.

Kelly Smits, has been appointed to Vice President, Loan Portfolio Manager for the Montville Commercial Lending Team based in Montville, N.J. Smits joined Lakeland Bank in March 1992 as a Teller and over the years advanced to Vice President, Branch Manager of Wanaque and Ringwood Branches. She was most recently Vice President, Loan Portfolio Manager, Small Business Lending in Oak Ridge. Smits earned an associate degree in accounting from County College of Morris and was awarded Lakeland Bank’s Top Sales, Top Producer, Highest Growth, and Expertise in Retail Sales awards. A former member of the Wanaque Chamber of Commerce and the Ringwood Chamber of Commerce, she has been a member of the Bloomingdale Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary since 1994. Smits is a resident of Bloomingdale, N.J.

About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bancorp (LBAI), the holding company for Lakeland Bank, has $3.7 billion in total assets with 48 branch offices, five regional lending centers, and two loan production offices spanning Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties in New Jersey, and the Hudson Valley region of New York. Lakeland Bank offers an extensive array of consumer and commercial products and services, including online and mobile banking, localized commercial lending teams, and 24-hour or less turnaround time on consumer loan applications. For more information about the full line of products and services, visit

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