HOLMDEL, NJ: BCB Community Bank opened in 2000 with one location. Today, BCB Community Bank is thriving with branch offices throughout New Jersey and New York, and has more than 425 employees and assets in excess of $2.9 billion.
The foundation of the bank's success was built on high level, personalized customer service, and a love for the community. BCB has always considered the community to be its primary focus. While growing, the Bank never lost sight of its mission to serve the people and businesses within the communities it supports. The past, present, and future are rooted in the community.
When BCB Community Bank opened the Holmdel branch, in 2016, the founder, Tom Coughlin made certain that in addition to all the typical bank manager requirements, it was mandatory that the manager chosen, be someone who would embrace the local community, and make a positive impact.
"From my first meeting with Holly I recognized her enthusiasm and professional demeanor. I knew immediately she was the perfect fit to manage the BCB Bayshore Branch. Holly is passionate about her job and community. She goes above and beyond helping her customers, as well as volunteering countless hours in the Bayshore, and surrounding communities. Holly has been honored several times for her service to the Monmouth County community, and we are very proud of what she has accomplished." Tom Coughlin, CEO and Founder of BCB Community Bank, commented to TAPinto.
Holly hit the ground running when she took on the position of BCB Bayshore Branch Manager. Right out of the gate she began volunteering to help the community's local charitable organizations like the RAINE Foundation and Hazlet's Hope Network. Founder of the RAINE Foundation, Patti Dickins commented, "Holly is one of our strongest supporters. She's not just about handing over a check. Holly is a roll up your sleeves, let's get to work, how can I help, type of person. She has volunteered countless hours wrapping Christmas gifts for families in need, really anything we need help with she's there. She really cares about giving back to the community, and it shows."
In her first few months as branch manager, she became active in local business networking groups like the Holmdel Chamber of Commerce and Hazlet Business Owner's Association. She also became active in LeTip of Middletown, the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Matawan-Aberdeen Chamber.
Local businesswoman Sherilyn Przelomski, who serves on local community business committees with Holly, commented to TAPinto, "Holly is a true professional. She has extensive business knowledge and goes above and beyond for not only her customers, but for all in the community, as she is a passionate volunteer. Her energy is impactful and contagious, and it is easy to connect with her instantly."
So, who does Holly credit as her role model? "Definitely my mom. She is a pillar of strength and such a giving person. I am so lucky to have such a strong role model in my life. She taught me to persevere and move forward and do what you know is the right thing to do and focus on any goal, and you can make it happen. If one door shuts, find another way in. She was and is always an example of doing the right thing."
Holly has now been honored by many organizations for making a positive impact in the community she serves and beyond. The Monmouth Park Charity Fund will honor BCB Bayshore recognizing Holly's impactful community service (the Kentucky Derby event was postponed due to the pandemic and will be rescheduled, at which time BCB will be honored). BCB Bayshore is a major sponsor of the Monmouth Park Charity Fund's Kentucky Derby event, which in turn awards thousands of dollars in grants to local charitable organizations.
Holly commented, "The reason we are such strong supporters of the Monmouth Park Charity Fund is because we realize the broad reach that the Fund is making with so many of their grant recipients and that is something in line with our community mission. They are like a hub reaching so many important charities all at once, and they bring so many charities together. They opened my eyes to many charities I never knew about. I also love their Derby event! It's a fun time to be creative with fashion, all the hats...it's a great time."
Pictured above is Holly on the right and Monmouth Park Charity Fund Board Member, Linda Sirico, at the 2019 Kentucky Derby Event.
Holly was not always in the banking business. "My father was a landscaper and I mean a design landscaper. His work was amazing and his passion for design influenced my creativity. I went to school to study art and design. I have also always loved fashion. With that combination, I ended up working in sales in the garment industry in Manhattan, for 11 years, becoming a national sales manager."
When U.S. manufacturing started to dwindle, Holly made a career change, "I left the garment world. I reinvented my career and worked in banking for several years. Eventually I was not happy with how the banking industry was becoming so impersonal, and I was going to make a career change again, until I learned about BCB Community Bank, and their true community commitment."
Holly began working for BCB in 2016 and cannot say enough great things about the company. "I couldn't be happier. BCB is true to its culture and true to its mission. A lot of companies have mission statements, clearly for PR messaging, and do not follow them, like BCB does."
BCB was founded to help the senior population because the founder Tom Coughlan was not happy with how he saw the senior population being treated at his then local bank. He wanted to do more for them, do more for the Veterans and others who were underserved.
Holly comments, "Volunteerism is so important to me and so is supporting non-profit and charitable work. The BCB corporate culture supports me with what I believe is important in the community. I can honestly say that I love my job because I am able to carry out the corporate mission every day of making a positive community impact, and that brings me real job satisfaction."
Holly has a passion for the arts, and BCB Bayshore is now a sponsor of The Middletown Arts Center. "The arts is such an important part of our community. Access to the arts should be available to all families, today more than ever." As a child Holly loved ballet and just a few years ago rekindled her love of dance taking ballroom dance classes and competing in north Jersey. Holly also loves to bake. "One of my favorite hobbies is baking. I love baking and sharing what I make with everyone. My name is Holly so maybe that's why I am so passionate about the Christmas season, but one of my traditions is baking every Christmas cookie imaginable and gifting them to friends and family."
Moving to the Bayshore, according to Holly, was the best move for her.
"I grew up in North Jersey, but I never loved where I lived until I moved to Keyport. The Bayshore is now home. I love living near the water, and I've found true happiness here. I love my neighborhood, and I've made so many friends in the short time that I've lived here. The Bayshore lifestyle is such a great fit for me."
During the current Pandemic, BCB Bank has made every effort to be a source of knowledge for its customers and community. "Recently I was a guest on SCAN's weekly Facebook Live with information on the newest scams that have emerged in relation to Covid-19. I have also been a source of information for funding options with the CARES Act for the local business community." SCAN is a perfect fit for BCB to align with as it is Social Activities Community Network, a nonprofit serving Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
BCB offers individuals and businesses a full menu of products and services, including: Personal Savings, Checking Accounts, CDs, Business Checking Accounts, Commercial Mortgages, Residential Mortgages, Small Business Loans, Business Lines of Credit, Health Care Industry Loans for Medical Professionals, and much more.
BCB is making an impact in the communities BCB serves, helping people save for the future, buy their dream home, start or expand their businesses, and so much more.
The Holmdel branch is located at 626 Laurel Avenue, Holmdel, NJ 07733. You can call the Holmdel branch at 732-788-2980 BCB has convenient online banking:
BCB offers individuals and businesses a full menu of products and services, including: Personal Savings, Checking Accounts, CDs, Business Checking Accounts, Commercial Mortgages, Residential Mortgages, Small Business Loans, Business Lines of Credit, Health Care Industry Loans for Medical Professionals, and much more. BCB prides itself in 'Paying It Forward.' We are a true community bank that gives back to the neighborhoods it serves. BCB was born from community and remains committed to the communities we serve.