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Feb 24, 2015 11:20 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Business Briefs, February 18

Feb 24, 2015 2:28 PM

Bank Rings In Milestone

Suffolk County National Bank kicked off its 125th anniversary celebration by ringing the NASDAQ closing bell on January 28. The bank first opened its doors for business in Riverhead, where it’s still headquartered today, on February 18, 1890. Since then, the community-oriented bank has strengthened and broadened its base in both Suffolk and Nassau counties. “While we have recently expanded our service area into Nassau County and the boroughs of New York City, our dedication to the business and consumers on the East End of Long Island and throughout Suffolk County is without question,” bank president and CEO Howard C. Bluver said.

The anniversary milestone will continue to be marked with bank-wide events, promotions and festivities throughout this year. SCNB will be honored for its commitment to the Suffolk region at a number of events this year, including the East End Arts Artworks Spring Gala and the annual Hamptons Heart Ball, hosted by the American Heart Association.

As one of the oldest community banks on Long Island, SCNB has earned its place as a leader in offering financial services and products to small and middle-market businesses.

“40 Under 40” Earned

The editor-in-chief of Edible Holdings, Brian Halweil of Sag Harbor, was recently named a “40 Under 40” Business Leader by Long Island Business News during the publication’s annual awards dinner on January 29 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Since 1998, LIBN has taken nominations for outstanding members of the business community on Long Island who are under the age of 40.

Edible Holdings is a food magazine that covers news about local foods, food culture and restaurants, as well as healthy recipes, drinks and more. Mr. Halweil was celebrated for his commitment to his local community and the local food movement. He was selected for his success in founding and guiding a variety of community food organizations, such as Slow Food East End, the East End coalition of School Gardens, and the Food Lab at Stony Brook Southampton.

New Protection Software

Suffolk County National Bank recently introduced a new online security tool for its customers: IBM Security Trusteer Rapport will be offered free of charge to all of SCNB’s online banking customers.

The new software works in combination with other anti-virus programs already in place, in order to further protect online accounts from cyber criminals and fraud.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to offer this additional level of fraud protection to SCNB clients. Helping our clients keep their financial information safe is a top priority,” said Howard Bluver, president and CEO of SCNB.

To learn more about Trusteer Rapport and how it works to protect your computer, visit www.scnb.com/Trusteer.

Best Of Long Island

Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, a law firm with offices in Bridgehampton and Ronkonkoma, was recently named the best law firm on Long Island by The Long Island Press. Additionally, Joe Campolo, Esq., managing partner of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, was named the 2015 Best Lawyer on Long Island by the publication.

The full-service business law firm offers clients a wide variety of legal counsel, including matters regarding healthcare, intellectual property and technology, labor and employment, and more.

CPCU Designation Earned

Kirsten Squires of Water Mill has been awarded the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation and diploma after successfully completing courses and examinations on risk management principles, insurance policy contracts and coverage analysis.

Ms. Squires currently serves as vice president and personal insurance manager for Cook Maran and Associates, a full-service insurance broker with five offices in New York and New Jersey. She works at the Southampton branch, began her insurance career in 1992 and has been with the agency for all 23 years.

She attended the University of Minnesota, and previously earned the Accredited Advisor in Insurance designation. She resides in Water Mill with her husband and two children and is an active member of the community both with the Water Mill Community Club and the First Presbyterian Church of Southampton.

CPCU designees are dedicated to serving their clients and the insurance business by maintaining their professional knowledge, skills and competence.

Executive Director Named

The Native American Financial Services Association recently named Lance Gumbs of Southampton, a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, as its new executive director.

As executive director, Mr. Gumbs will direct day-to-day operations and strategic direction of NAFSA, the leading trade association for tribally owned e-commerce businesses. It was formed in 2012 to advocate for Native American sovereign rights and to enable tribes to offer responsible online lending products.

“NAFSA is very fortunate to have Lance as its new executive director,” said John Shotton, chairman of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

Mr. Gumbs has served two terms as tribal chairman and is a nine-term Tribal Trustee for the Shinnecock Nation. He is also a lifetime member and regional vice president of the National Congress of American Indians.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead NAFSA as it continues to advocate for Native American sovereign rights and serve the Native American e-commerce businesses which are so vital to the social welfare of tribes across the country,” Mr. Gumbs said.

“As this industry continues to grow and creates exciting new opportunities for tribes across the country, it will be well served with Lance at the helm of NAFSA,” the outgoing executive director of NAFSA, Barry Brandon, said.

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