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Lakeland Bank Announces New Hires

Thomas J. Shara, president and CEO of Lakeland Bank, announced the following appointments.

Gerard Savarese has been hired as Vice President, Network Operations Center Manager based at the Milton Operations Center in Oak Ridge. He was most recently a Network Operations Center Manager for KPMG in Montvale. Prior to that, he was Manager of Network Operations and Infrastructure Support for Delta Dental Plan of New Jersey. Savarese earned a bachelor of science in computer science and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Queens College of the City University of New York. He is ITIL certified. Savarese is a resident of Mahwah.

Jeffrey Li has been hired as Assistant Vice President, Small Business Junior Underwriter/Portfolio Manager based in Oak Ridge. He was most recently a Relationship Manager-Originations and Underwriting with China Merchant Bank in New York. Prior to that, he was an Underwriting Associate with Full Circle Capital. Li earned a bachelor of science in finance and information systems from New York University, Stem School of Business. He is a resident of Ridgewood.

Justin Colgan has been hired as Vice President, Project Manager based at the Milton Operations Center in Oak Ridge. He was most recently a Senior IT Project Manager with WebMD in New York and prior to that, a Senior IT Infrastructure Project Manager with Realogy in Madison, N.J. Colgan earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech University and later received a graduate certificate in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is an active member of St. Dunstan’s Church vestry. Colgan resides in Sussex County.

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