Empire State Bank Adds Ralph Branca to Executive Team, Head of Loans Department | Upside down


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Ralph Branca (Staten Island Advance / Erik Bascome) Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Ralph Branca, a leader in the Staten Island business community, has been appointed executive vice president and chief credit officer of Empire State Bank.

With over 35 years of experience in community banking, with particular expertise in risk management, investments, strategic planning, financial accounting issues and maintaining a control environment ensuring accurate reporting financial, Branca has dedicated her professional career to the company. and the regulatory environment in which banks must operate successfully to survive.

Prior to joining Empire State Bank, he was President and CEO of Victory State Bank and its holding company, VSB Bancorp, Inc., as well as Founding Director and Founder.

Branca was one of the main architects in the founding of Victory State Bank in 1997, and he was instrumental in its growth from a branch operation to a $ 400 million bank with five branches. until its recent sale in July 2020.

“We are delighted to welcome Ralph to the leadership team,” said Philip Guarnieri, President and CEO. “Over 35 years ago Ralph and I worked closely in business and during that time he demonstrated exceptional skills as a banker complementing the current financial profile and outlook of Empire State Bank. “

President and Chief Operating Officer Thomas Sperzel said, “We are delighted to welcome Mr. Branca to the leadership team of Empire State Bank and look forward to building on his many years of industry expertise to add value to the organization and expand our market presence.


At Empire State Bank, Branca will be responsible for leading the bank’s lending department, which focuses on serving small and medium businesses, business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals. He will bring his experience in commercial lending and business development and his close ties to the Staten Island business community as he coordinates the activities and leads the bank’s lending efforts. He will oversee the management and development of all commercial, commercial, multi-family and SBA real estate loans.

“Small and medium-sized businesses play a central role in the US economy and are a key driver of innovation,” said Branca. “I am thrilled to join a team that provides comprehensive business finance solutions that help these entrepreneurs grow their businesses. I look forward to working with the team and contributing to the success of Empire State Bank.


The 38th annual Red Mass, a centuries-old tradition within the Catholic Church dating back to the 13th century when it officially opened the court’s mandate for most European countries, will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 19 at 6 p.m. in the Blessed Sacrament RC Church. in West Brighton.

The red mass symbolically marks the beginning of the judicial year. Presidents Ronald M. Cerrachio and Mario Esposito Jr. hope that the shared experience will inspire all to discharge their responsibilities and duties in an exemplary manner.

The invitation to the Red Mass is addressed to all members of the legal community of all faiths, their colleagues, administrative staff and all those who work in the courts.

This year’s homilist and concelebrant is Bishop John O’Hara, Episcopal Vicar of Staten Island.

The deceased members of the legal community will be remembered at Mass: Michael Barone, Civil Court Judge Pasquale Bifulco, Charles H. Burger, Joseph DeFazio and Joseph Materna.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual dinner will not be held this year.

Those wishing to sing in the choir should contact Terry Tarangelo in advance at ttarangelo@yahoo.com. Those wishing to be part of the choir should arrive at Blessed Sacrament RC Church at 5:00 p.m. to participate in a practice.

For those unable to attend, Mass will be webcast live on the church’s website at www.blessedsacramentchurchsi.


OCT. ten

Sunday is birthday time for Jill Buttermark, Sara Wilson, Andrea Yasso, Joe McAllister, president of the South Beach Civic Association, Don Stockman, Henry Froelich, Diane Tyson, Madison Marrero and Samuel Claro.

OCT. 11

Happy Birthday Monday to George Burke who turns 91, Maria Petrone, Anthony Fauci Jr., Nicholas Carrara, Heather Farrell, Joe Provenzo and Christopher Cistone.

OCT. 12

Birthday greetings Tuesday to Steven Thomas Pedersen who shares a birthday today with Lucinda Ferreri, Dr Raymond Flagiello, Ray Santero, George Sullivan, Regina Lisi, George Lehman, Jeannie Colonello, Maria Zarr and Michelle Ruggiero.

OCT. 13

Best Birthday Wednesday to Michael “Mickey” Krause, Tina Seton, Madison Marrero, Cheryl Russo and Edward Brennick.

Happy wedding anniversary Wednesday to Joe and Adriane Vitale.

OCT. 14

Thursday is the birthday of Jeff Turrisi along with his son Thomas, Arthur Silva, Alberto Rosa Jr., Rosemarie Gangemi, Ferdinand Scarsella Jr., John Glancy, former governor of Moose Lodge, Celia Scalici, Kimberly Bougadis, Keith O ‘Brien, Emily Grace DiToro, Donna Young and Stella Rose Caputo.

It’s Thursday time for wedding anniversaries for Cathy and Rich Akalski, Linda and Bob Schaffer, Doris and George Bossert, Lisa and Charles Romano, who are turning 26, and Dolores and Dom Vitale.

OCT. 15

The best of birthdays Friday to Joanne Cook, Frances Brown, Carlene Zippilli, Doreen Porter, Jim Welsh, Sean Thomas Manahan and Helene Fitzgibbons.

Happy Wedding Anniversary Friday to Rose and Tom McClaughry, Rita and Chris Hoey and Linda and Kenny Warner and Frank and Lorraine Zaluk.

OCT. 16

Birthday greetings Saturday to David Rose, President and CEO of Eger Lutheran Homes and Services, Tom Maroney, Michael O’Rourke, Jill Van Cleaf, Kathleen Truscelli, Linda Forman, John H. Adamski and twins Christina and Tyler Ramos.

Happy Wedding Anniversary Saturday to Debbie and Dave Krause, Tracey and Michael Currenti, Julie and Harvey Nodelman and Lynn and John Fodor, who celebrate number 45.


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