Culture Building in a Telecommuting World: What’s the New Normal for a Post-Coronavirus Workplace?

By: Sharon J. Lorman, The Kafafian Group
Jeffrey P. Marsico, The Kafafian Group

Podcast Show Notes:

On this episode, our guests share their insights on how banks are returning to work, some of the benefits and risks associated with “work from home”, and how to promote your culture when a sizeable part of your workforce is remote. Don’t miss this interesting and informative episode with Alan Kaplan, Founder and CEO of Kaplan Partners, Austin Stonitsch, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Dime Community Bank and Janet Whitehead, SVP of Human Resources, Univest Financial Corporation. Listen and enjoy!

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Topic: Culture Building in a Telecommuting World and What’s the New Normal for a Post-Coronavirus Workplace?

Insights from:
Alan Kaplan, CEO Kaplan Partners
Austin Stonitsch, EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Dime Community Bank
Janet Whitehead, SVP, Human Resources, Univest Financial Corporation

How will we adapt to changes in the working world that will remain post-pandemic? With remote working, are employees as productive and focused when not in the office? What employment issues or concerns are there with a remote working model? Our guests share their insights on how banks are returning to work, the legal and operational risk of work from home, and how to promote your culture when a sizeable part of your workforce is remote. Listen and Enjoy!

Alan J. Kaplan Biography
Founder and CEO, Kaplan Partners
610-745-5067 cell
610-642-5644 office

Alan J. Kaplan is the Founder and CEO of Kaplan Partners, a retained executive search and board advisory firm headquartered in Philadelphia. Kaplan Partners provides Boards and CEOs with advice on the dynamics of CEO and Board succession, and assistance with the identification, assessment and selection of new CEOs, Directors and senior executives. The firm’s Board Advisory Services assist clients with Director Succession, Performance, Diversity and Recruitment. Kaplan Partners also conducts Management Assessments of leadership teams to enhance succession planning and professional development efforts. Alan is a recognized leader in corporate governance, talent management and leadership succession across the financial services industry, and a frequent speaker and author for banking organizations nationwide.

Austin Stonitsch Biography
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Dime Community Bank
631-537-1000 ext.7298 office

Austin Stonitsch is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Dime Community Bank. Prior to the merger on February 1, 2021, Mr. Stonitsch served in the same capacity for BNB Bank, joining BNB in 2016. Before joining the Bank, Austin served as Head of Human Resources for Alma Bank and IDB Bank and held various senior positions at JP Morgan Chase. He has over 30 years’ experience in financial services with 20+ being in various HR disciplines. Austin has a bachelor’s degree from RIT in Rochester, NY and an MBA for Hofstra University.

Janet Whitehead, CEBS, PHR Biography
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Univest Financial Corporation
215 721-2527 office

Janet Whitehead, Senior Vice President at Univest Financial Corporation, has more than 20 years of human resources experience for the financial services industry. She currently leads Talent Acquisition, Compensation, HRIS, and Performance Management for Univest and is a contributor to the Benefit and Pension/Retirement initiatives. Prior to Univest, Janet was Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources at Vista Bancorp in New Jersey. Janet earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Muhlenberg College and holds both PHR and CEBS certifications. She serves on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Allentown and has served as President of the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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Jack Murphy Named CEO of BankNewport

NEWPORT, R.I., April 1, 2021 – OceanPoint Financial Partners, MHC and BankNewport announced today that John F. (Jack) Murphy will succeed Sandra J. Pattie as president and chief executive officer of both the Mutual Holding Company and the Bank, effective May 17, 2021.

“We are delighted to welcome Jack to BankNewport,” said Peter Capodilupo, Chairman of the Board at BankNewport.  “We are looking forward to Jack’s leadership, and are confident that his experience and perspective will further the success the Bank has enjoyed as the leading community bank in Rhode Island.”

Murphy will bring more than 30 years of financial services experience to BankNewport, most recently as President of Business Banking at Citizens Bank. During his career he has managed multiple lines of business including Small Business, Business Banking, Community Banking, Equipment Finance and Auto Finance.  Prior to his time at Citizens Bank, he held leadership positions at Santander Bank, TD Bank, JPMorgan Chase and American Express.  Murphy is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont.  He and his wife, Kelly, reside in Duxbury, MA, where they have raised five children.

“I am thrilled to be joining BankNewport, whose reputation is among the best in the industry,” said Murphy.  “I was drawn to the Bank because of its unwavering commitment to the community, its customers and employees, and I intend to build upon the Bank’s foundation and long standing success.”

Pattie will retire from BankNewport after a 36-year career at the institution, beginning as a loan officer in 1984.  In 2012, she was named the first female President and CEO in the Bank’s history. 

About BankNewport:

Founded in 1819 and headquartered in Newport, BankNewport offers a full suite of loan and deposit products and services for families and businesses throughout Rhode Island.  With $2.0 billion in assets, BankNewport is one of the oldest community banks in the United States and, as a mutual organization, is committed to the financial success of its customers, employees and communities. BankNewport has 17 branch locations, with commercial lending offices in Cumberland and Providence.

BankNewport business lines include OceanPoint Marine Lending, specializing in consumer marine and recreational vehicle financing programs, and OceanPoint Insurance, a Trusted Choice independent insurance agency, providing a broad range of property casualty insurance products, including employee benefits and marine related insurance products.