Peapack-Gladstone Bank proudly announces that Bridget J. Walsh, senior vice president human resource director, recently earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

The certification, awarded by the HR Certification Institute, signifies that Bridget J. Walsh possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the field.  Ms. Walsh, a resident of Somerville, New Jersey, has over 33 years experience in the banking field and has been with Peapack-Gladstone Bank for over 6 years.

"Certification as a human resource professional clearly demonstrates a commitment to personal excellence and to the human resource profession," said Mary Power, CAE, executive director of the HR Certification Institute.

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To become certified, an applicant must pass a comprehensive examination and demonstrate a strong background of professional human resource experience.

The HR Certification Institute is the credentialing body for human resource professionals and is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world's largest organization dedicated exclusively to the human resource profession.  The Institute's purpose is to promote the establishment of professional standards and to recognize professionals who meet those standards.

Established in 1921, Peapack-Gladstone Bank is a $1.51 billion asset, wholly owned community bank that offers a full range of quality banking products and services to businesses and residents of Essex, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris and Union counties in New Jersey, through 23 full-service branches, an online branch and a trust division, PGB Trust & Investments.