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The New Jersey Bankers Association (NJBankers) has installed two new members to its board of directors.

Fahima Hamid –  Fahima (Fay) Hamid is Senior Vice President, Retail Banking Regional Executive of Garden State Community Bank, the New Jersey division of New York Community Bank (NYCB). Since 1998, Hamid has been responsible for overseeing and managing NYCB’s retail banking presence in New Jersey, which currently spans 42 branches in the state.

With more than 35 years of service to the banking industry, Hamid has experience in retail banking, operations, compliance, sales and culture development. She earned her M.B.A. degree from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Ira Robbins – Ira Robbins is President/CEO of Valley Bank and approaches his role from a unique perspective. Robbins joined Valley in 1996 as part of the Bank’s Management Associate Program and has grown along with the company. From college student to thought leader, his 20-plus year career at Valley has seen him through several key positions where his contributions have helped shape Valley’s growth and success.

Robbins earned his B.S. degree in Finance and Economics from Susquehanna University, his M.B.A. in Finance from Pace University, and is a graduate of Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey.

The NJBankers Board of Directors guide the Association as it implements its mission of representing the membership’s interests before state, federal and regulatory authorities and legislators, providing support in public and media relations; creating professional development opportunities and providing employee health insurance benefit programs through its licensed insurance brokerage facility, Bankers Cooperative Group.

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