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Columbia Bank Announces Community Service Awards

Shown with Mr. Kemly (center) at the bank’s recent award ceremony are (from left): Mark Proudman, Bob Cleveland, Margie Hochkeppel, Shannon Brand, and Paul Vicente.

FAIR LAWN, NJ – NOVEMBER 13, 2018 – Columbia Bank is proud to announce their 2018 Community Service Award Winners, part of a statewide program that recognizes outstanding community support efforts by their employees. Columbia employees receiving this year’s special recognition were:

  • Shannon Brand of Clifton: Serves as a Youth Mentor for the International Rainbow for Girls for the past 12 years, volunteers at Eastern Star, an international women’s charity organization, and is District Chairperson for Masonic Nursing Home. Shannon also volunteers at St. Peter’s Haven, Clifton’s only food Pantry. She is an Executive Secretary in the bank’s Treasury Department.


  • Bob Cleveland of Vineland: Serves as a Director and Finance Committee Member for the United Way of Gloucester County. Bob also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Woodbury Chamber of Commerce and as a Trustee and Finance Committee member at Family Promise of Gloucester County. He is the Financial Services Officer at the bank’s West Deptford branch.


  • Margie Hochkeppel of Lincoln Park: Serves as Sargent at Arms for the Fair Lawn Rotary Club and is a Trustee, Treasurer, and Executive Committee Member for the Broadway Improvement Corporation. Margie also serves as the Vice President for the Elmwood Park Chamber of Commerce and is Vice President of Marketing for the Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce. She is the Financial Services Officer at the bank’s Broadway (Fair Lawn) branch.


  • Paul Vicente of Oakland: Serves as a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, Eva’s Village, and the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson. Paul has also taught financial literacy at Passaic County Technical Institute, volunteered at the Phoenix Center, and is a regular contributor to many of the bank’s local toy and food drives. Paul has also been a Rotarian for over 19 years at the Wyckoff-Midland Park Rotary Club. He is a Vice President, Business Banking Officer in the bank’s Corporate Development Department.


  • Mark Proudman of Old Bridge, “Lifetime Community Service Award Winner”: Proudman was the recipient of the bank’s “Lifetime Community Service Award” for his continued involvement in community support activities. Mark has served as a member and Treasurer of the Old Bridge Economic Development Corporation and as a Commissioner and Treasurer of the town’s Redevelopment Agency. He also served as Chairman for the Woodbridge Chamber of Commerce, as co-team leader for the Middlesex County chapter of Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk, and is active in the Central Jersey March of Dimes Walk. Mark was also a member of the President’s Council at Raritan Bay Medical Center.  He is the bank’s 1st Senior Vice President, Branch Administration.

In presenting the awards, Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank noted, “At Columbia Bank community service is at the forefront of what we do. These individuals exemplify exceptional service and we thank them for their outstanding work.”