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“I have been in banking in South Philadelphia for the last 30 years and I feel like I am at home with Valley Green Bank. This bank takes relationship-building to the community, as well. As a South Philly native, I know how important it is to have a financial institution like Valley Green Bank totally committed to the neighborhood. We look forward to a long partnership with South Philly.” Valley Green Bank opened its doors in 2005 as a one-branch operation in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. Feeling disenfranchised by the big banks, local business and civic leaders felt a need for a neighborhood bank; a bank that would be responsive to the community. A year later, Valley Green opened a second branch in Chestnut Hill. All of this activity was happening during the economic downturn, but oddly enough, the banking crisis was good for Valley Green Bank. “Customers were turned off to the big banks. They wanted a local bank that knew them as people and not numbers. They wanted and expected exemplary customer service,” says President and CEO Jay Goldstein. “With our small business customers, we were able to make good, solid loans throughout the banking crisis when the big banks turned off their spigots. Why? We are experienced bankers who know and understand our customers. We are committed to their growth and success,” Goldstein added. Valley Green Bank also has commercial loan offices in

Center City and Radnor, PA. Tune into WIP94 sports radio to understand further why a move to South Philly is a natural for Valley Green Bank. As Bob Marino talks it up with his childhood friend and local sports radio figure, Anthony Gargano, “Banking’s all about relationships, Anthony!” Marino goes on to explain, “There are transactions and then there are relationships where the bank understands the unique aspect of a business and becomes a trusted, interested advisor. That’s a relationship.” Business developer Howard Briskin, another native South Philadelphian who has been with Valley Green Bank for more than two years, seconds Marino’s focus. “Relationship-building is how I like to do business. It’s the individual contact that builds longterm relationships. This dynamic is working; I am doing great business in South Philly!” Designated Valley Green Bank South Philadelphia branch manager, Frank Pizzo, rounds out the conversation by saying, “I have been in banking in South Philadelphia for the last 30 years and I feel

like I am at home with Valley Green Bank. This bank takes relationship-building to the community, as well. As a South Philly native, I know how important it is to have a financial institution like Valley Green Bank totally committed to the neighborhood. We look forward to a long partnership with South Philly.” Meanwhile, there’s lots of construction activity at the corner of Broad & Tasker. The signs are up announcing a Spring 2013 opening. The new branch has been designed by a local firm, Metcalfe Architecture and Design. An award-winning, nationally recognized architectural firm. Metcalfe designed Valley Green Bank’s other branches, as well. Bob Marino sums it up. “Opening this branch in South Philly makes perfect sense. We will capitalize on our existing relationships in South Philly and develop new ones. Plus, we are opening a branch designed to add to the already vital business scene.”prh Valley Green Bank is a member of the Philadelphia RowHome (PRH) Business Network

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