December 7, 2012 at 7:00 AM
SUMMIT, NJ - After working for a large commercial bank for many years, Maria Cianci realized that in order to really make a difference, she needed to work for a community bank. Cianci, who is the Vice President of Private Banking for Two River Community Bank in Summit, made the switch in 2008 and doesn’t regret it.
Cianci spent 15 years at Wachovia Bank, which eventually became Wells Fargo. Cianci began working at First Fidelity Bank part-time as a college student and worked her way up the corporate ladder.
“I had wonderful years there,” she said
In 2008, the opportunity came knocking at her door. Her passion is lending and when she was told she could exclusively concentrate on that, she welcomed the opportunity.
“I came to work for a bank because I wanted to be a lender,” she said. “I feel that at Two River Community Bank we are a community-minded bank with sophisticated products with an offering that other banks cannot provide today.”
After opening in 2000, the New Jersey state chartered financial institution has 15 branches located throughout Eastern Monmouth County and in Union County including a loan production location in Summit on Deforest Avenue and in New Brunswick. According to bank's website, “increased shareholder value is achieved by having a culture that puts the customer first and earns their confidence and loyalty through exceptional, friendly and professional service while their employees are provided a stimulating and challenging work environment.”
Working at Two River is different than her work at her previous job. While having spearheaded the new Private Banking/Loan Production office, she is self driven, hardworking and a people person, so she enjoys her job very much.
"At other banks loan processing and loan decisions seem to take a long time, but at Two River Community Bank all of our loan decisions are made locally and much quicker than the competition," she said.
As a lender the most important thing is gaining the clients’ trust and respect, otherwise they won’t return, she said.
Cianci's personality and work ethic has already enabled her to stand out in the community in Summit.