Chamber of Commerce Hosts Women’s Network Luncheon

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce recently held a Women’s Network Luncheon at Glenmaura National Golf Club, the first in-person event the Chamber held since March due to COVID-19. The event was sponsored by Fidelity Bank.

Shown from left are: Jill Valentini, AVP, retail branch manager II, Fidelity Bank; Paige Cognetti, Mayor of Scranton, the keynote speaker, and Mari Potis, director of membership and events, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber introduced its “COVID comfort band” system at the luncheon. Guests were asked to wear a wristband associated with their level of social comfort. 

Fidelity Bankers Get Promoted

fidelityDaniel J. Santaniello, President & CEO, Fidelity Bank is pleased to announce that at a recent meeting of the Board of Directors, the board, based upon management’s recommendation, promoted the following Fidelity Bankers to new Corporate Officer positions:

Angelo DeCesaris has been named a Senior Vice President. Angelo will also be taking on the new role of Regional Commercial Group Leader, responsible for Business Relationship Managers and the Business Banking team in the Northeast region. A member of Fidelity Bank for the past three years, he serves commercial clients from the Kingston Office with a focus on Luzerne County.  

Joseph Tomko has been appointed a Senior Vice President.  Joe is a Business Relationship Manager focused on the Lackawanna County market. A Fidelity Banker for the past 3 1/2 years, he is highly regarded by his peers and has a loyal client base because of his solid guidance and attention to their needs.  

Carlo Ramelah has been appointed Vice President.  Carlo joined Fidelity Bank in 2019 and leads the Bank’s IT group as the Information Technology Manager. His leadership is witnessed regularly and most recently, he quickly coordinated and implemented the transformation of our bankers into remote workers due to the Covid-19 crisis, ensuring the continued operation of Fidelity Bank.

David Saxton has been appointed Assistant Vice President.  Dave’s talents in graphic design and his strategic focus on aligning the Fidelity Model Experience has created a strong brand presence in his role as Technology and Digital Client Experience Officer.  A 7-year Fidelity Banker, he has grown in skill, responsibility and scope, continuously enhancing the delivery of the Fidelity Bank brand.

Lori Barrett has been appointed Assistant Vice President.  Lori joined our Wealth Management Division as a trust officer in 2018, and with a background in law, brings a depth of knowledge to the team that is demonstrated during her conversations with her co-workers, clients and prospects.  

Kathleen Solsman is appointed to Officer Status.  Kathy is the Bank’s Business Relationship Administrative Manager, handling all administrative support and overseeing sales efficiencies.  Her extensive reporting skills, ability to develop new processes, and her focus on internal relationships has made her the go-to person, relied upon and respected by many.

Matthew Stroney is appointed to Officer Status.  Matthew joined Fidelity in 2017 and quickly rose to the position of Credit Administrator.  He has a strong understanding of the Bank’s reporting infrastructure, developed an expertise in software programs and focuses on continuous improvements to master the Credit Administration reporting.  

“I am pleased to recognize these seven Fidelity Bankers for their commitment to perfect effort,” said Santaniello. “They demonstrate the Fidelity Model Experience on a daily basis, and our bank, clients and community are lucky to have them.”

Marywood University Receives Big Donation Through Momentum Program

Fidelity Marywood grant

Shown at the presentation are, from left: Tammy J. McHale, vice president for business affairs and treasurer at Marywood University; Daniel J. Santaniello, president and chief executive officer at Fidelity Bank; Salvatore R. DeFrancesco, Jr., executive vice president and chief financial officer at Fidelity Bank; and Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood University.

Marywood University recently received a Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit donation in the amount of $20,000 from Fidelity Bank through the University’s Momentum program. The Momentum program is an approved EITC program that gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credits by enrolling in college level courses at a significantly reduced cost. 

The EITC program enables companies to support nonprofit schools at minimal cost. Rather than sending tax dollars back to the state, companies can reallocate them to support Marywood University’s Momentum Program. Participating businesses can receive a tax credit equal to 75 percent of a contribution, up to $750,000 per year. The credit increases to 90 percent if the business agrees to provide the same amount for two consecutive years.

Fidelity Bank is Northeastern Pennsylvania’s most recognized neighborhood bank. Fidelity Bank is 185 bankers strong, each with the expertise and drive to build successful relationships, create long-term shareholder value, and deliver success.

Because of its commitment to a set of core values including: to act with integrity, build strong relationships, demonstrate passion for what they do and who they are, constantly seeking to innovate, and to stay fully committed to each other, and to its stakeholders, Fidelity Bank’s values are their standard behavior, inspiring their actions and defining how they operate both now and into the future.