Ron Schwarz, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Lakeland Bank, was recently presented with the NJBIZ ICON Award. Now in its fifth year, the ICON Award was created by NJBIZ to recognize New Jersey business leaders over the age of 60 who have helped the State’s business community grow. ICON honorees are the ones others look to for mentoring and advice and, with careers spanning 30 to 50 years, are considered pioneers and change-makers.
Lakeland Bank congratulates Ron as he is recognized as an ICON honoree and thanks him for the exceptional leadership, commitment and guidance he has provided to the Lakeland Bank team. To learn more, see the NJBIZ ICON Award Special Edition.
Ron Schwarz, SeniorExecutive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Schwarz joined Lakeland Bank in 2009 as Chief Retail Officer and currently oversees Retail Banking, Commercial Lending and Marketing in his role as Chief Operations Officer.
Prior to joining Lakeland, Mr. Schwarz, with over 48 years of retail banking experience in Northern, New Jersey, was Executive Vice President and Market Executive of Retail Banking at Sovereign (now Santander) for their Northern New Jersey division. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of management for a 79-branch network and over $4 billion in deposits. Prior to Sovereign, he was Senior Vice President and NJ Retail President for Independence Community Bank and also held positions with Broad National Bank, Urban National Bank, Midlantic National Bank and United Jersey Bank.
Mr. Schwarz is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Metro YMCA’s of the Oranges and a past member of the Board of Directors for Hudson County Community College Foundation.