OAK RIDGE, NJ - Lakeland Bank's Max Custer, Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, and Robert Surovich, Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer have been named recipients of the NJ Bankers Emerging Leader Rising Star Award. Custer and Surovich were selected by NJ Bankers independent judges to receive this award for exhibiting the characteristics of true leaders.

Custer joined Lakeland Bank full-time in 2011 as a Junior Credit Analyst, advancing his career to his current position. As a Commercial Loan Officer, he is responsible for cultivating and maintaining comprehensive banking relationships with business professionals in a variety of industries. Focusing on both the commercial real estate and middle market sectors, his daily tasks include generating new commercial loan opportunities for the Bank which can be complemented with other bank products and services.

“It is a sincere honor to be recognized by NJ Bankers as an Emerging Leader Rising Star,” said Custer. “There is no shortage of talented young bankers across the New Jersey marketplace and to be acknowledged amongst them is a significant accomplishment. I am truly thankful and gracious to be recognized for the hard work I have put in over the last seven-plus years.”

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Surovich joined Lakeland Bank in 2012 as a Senior Credit Analyst. As a Commercial Real Estate Loan Officer, his primary responsibility is to generate new commercial loans for the Bank, which includes a variety of products such as mortgages and lines of credit. Surovich is also responsible for handling the banking needs of all of his relationships, which encompasses products on both the lending and depository side of the Bank.

“To be recognized as a ‘Rising Star’ in banking by NJ Bankers is truly humbling and an award I am honored to accept,” said Surovich. “To be selected for this award amongst my colleagues in the industry is truly special and is a reminder that hard work and dedication does pay off. I am grateful for all the opportunities that Lakeland Bank has given me during my tenure and look forward to building on the foundation that I have received here to continue to validate this wonderful distinction.”

Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has $5.6 billion in total assets. The Bank operates 50 branch offices throughout Bergen, Essex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties in New Jersey including a branch in Summit located at 510 Morris Avenue.

Other branch locations include Highland Mills, New York; six New Jersey regional commercial lending centers in Bernardsville, Jackson, Montville, Newton, Teaneck and Waldwick; and one New York commercial lending center to serve the Hudson Valley region. Lakeland also has a commercial loan production office serving Middlesex and Monmouth counties in New Jersey.

Lakeland Bank offers an extensive suite of financial products and services for businesses and consumers. Visit LakelandBank.com for more information.