Executive Leadership

Executive Management

Douglas L. Kennedy
President and Chief Executive Officer
Douglas L. Kennedy is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Doug is responsible for leading the Company’s wealth, lending, and deposit solutions and directing the Bank’s overall strategic vision.

Doug is a career banker with over 35 years of commercial banking experience. Before joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank in 2012, he served as president of the New Jersey Market for Capital One Bank and North Fork Bank. Over the years, he has held key executive level positions and had great success building business at Fleet Bank, Summit Bancorp and Bank of America.

Doug is a graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut with a degree in Economics and an M.B.A. In 2015 he was named CEO of the Year by Corporate LiveWire as part of its Innovation & Excellence Awards. He was named to the NJBIZ “Power 50 Banking” list and the NJBIZ “Power 50: The 50 Most Powerful Non-Profit Board Members” list in 2011. Additionally, he received the Carpe Diem Award from Montclair State University and was named “Man of the Year” by the Boy Scouts of America that same year. Doug is a current member of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Montclair State University Board of Trustees, and Sacred Heart University Board of Trustees. He has served as President of NJ After 3 and as a Board Member of the New Jersey Bankers Association.
John P. Babcock
Senior Executive Vice President, President Private Wealth Management
John Babcock is a Senior Executive Vice President of Peapack-Gladstone Bank and President of Private Wealth Management. He is responsible for all of the Company’s wealth management activities including investment management, trust and fiduciary services, custody, banking and lending solutions for high net worth, institutional and not-for profit clients. He is a member of the Company’s Senior Management Executive Committee, the Asset and Liability Committee, the Firm Risk Committee, as well as serving as President of PGB Trusts and Investments of Delaware.

Prior to joining PGB, he was the managing director in charge of the Northeast Mid-Atlantic region for the HSBC Private Bank and, prior to that, he was the New York Metro Market Executive for U.S. Trust - the largest of U.S. Trust’s 53 markets in the U.S. In these and previous roles over the last 34 years, he has led commercial and wealth management/private bank businesses in New York City and regional markets through mergers, expansions, rapid growth and periods of significant organizational change.

John is a 1980 graduate of Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and has an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He holds his FINRA Series 7, 63 and 24 securities licenses. He has been involved with many organizations over the years in board and advisory capacities including the New Jersey Special Olympics, New Jersey Seeds, the New Jersey State Golf Association Caddie Scholarship Foundation and the Deidre O’Brien Child Advocacy Center.
Jeffrey J. Carfora
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Jeffrey J. Carfora is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Peapack- Gladstone Bank (and of Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation - the public Holding Company for Peapack-Gladstone Bank).

Jeff joined the Bank as Executive Vice President and CFO in March 2009. He was promoted to Senior Executive Vice President in August 2013. Including his tenure with the Bank, Jeff has over 34 years of financial experience, the majority of which has been in the banking industry. Prior to the Bank, Jeff was affiliated with Penn Federal Savings Bank (where he joined as Chief Financial Officer and was later promoted to Chief Operating Officer), Carteret Bank, and Marine Midland Bank. Jeff began his career in 1980 with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, upon graduation from Farleigh Dickinson University.

Jeff has a BS in accounting and an MBA in Finance, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Lisa P. Chalkan
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF CREDIT OFFICER
Lisa Chalkan joined the Bank in April 2015 as the Chief Credit Officer. She directs Peapack-Gladstone Bank’s credit professionals and quality assurance teams to efficiently manage the high growth of the Bank’s loan originations and ensure continued high asset quality. Lisa is a career banker with 29 years of financial services experience in all aspects of credit administration and the underwriting and managing of policies and procedures.

Prior to joining PGB, Lisa served at Capital One N.A. where she held executive level positions as Senior Vice President, Head of Commercial Credit Policy; Director of Loan Administration/Commercial Banking; and Manager of Middle Market Underwriting, responsible for defining credit parameters and authorities for commercial business and the build-out of a centralized credit administration team. Over the years, she also held key roles at Fleet Boston Financial/Bank of America and HSBC Bank USA/HSBC Securities, Inc.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Rutgers University. She is proficient in Spanish and earned a Certificate with Honors from the National Commercial Lending School. She is a key contributor to the Board of Trustees of the Union County Economic Development Corporation, serving as Secretary of the Board, and past honoree as a Woman of Influence in Finance by the Women’s Fund of New Jersey.
Timothy E. Doyle
Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer
Timothy E. Doyle is Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer at Peapack-Gladstone Bank, with responsibility for assessment and mitigation of risk across the enterprise.

Mr. Doyle has over 30 years of financial services experience in risk management in a regulatory environment, as well as broad experience in transaction-intensive relationship banking including structuring, execution, marketing and management. Prior to joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Tim served as Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer at Millennium bcp, Indus Bank and Crown Bank, where he specialized in credit and risk management. Prior to that, he held credit and leadership responsibilities at Sovereign Bank, Summit Bank/Fleet National Bank and CIBC World Markets.

Mr. Doyle graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce with Honors and MBA from the University of Windsor (Canada). He is a resident of Westfield, NJ and member of the New Jersey Bankers Association , Commercial Lending Committee.
Brydget Falk-Drigan
Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Brydget Falk-Drigan is the Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Ms. Falk-Drigan oversees the Bank’s Human Resources function, building upon its existing strategic plan, success and growth.

Brydget brings 27 years of human resources experience in the financial services industry to the bank, with a focus on organizational development, employee engagement, talent attraction, onboarding, operational excellence, team member communications and best-in-class overall human resources experience. Her proven track record over the years includes attracting, developing and retaining new talent, contributing to organizational growth and employee satisfaction.

Prior to joining PGB, Ms. Falk-Drigan served as Leader, Global Talent Solutions and People Operations, Leader, Global Talent Acquisition, and Leader, Employee Engagement and Internal Communications at Dun & Bradstreet Corporation in Short Hills, NJ. There she led HR operations, systems implementations/enhancements, employment branding, talent acquisition, onboarding and the incorporation of a Managed Service Provider (MSP) program. Additionally, as a Senior Human Resources Business Partner and Winning Culture/Talent Development Leader, she provided business partner support to the U.S. Dun & Bradstreet sales organization, helping to drive significant growth through the advancement of a strong performance culture, while also advancing the development of the company’s winning culture strategy in support of its aspiration and brand. Ms. Falk-Drigan began her career in Canada, and occupied the role of VP, Human Resources at Dun & Bradstreet Canada, prior to relocating to the U.S., supporting various lines of business and building a winning culture focused on succession planning and career development.

A resident of Watchung, NJ , Ms. Falk-Drigan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Business from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She is designated a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) with the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario, Canada, and holds a Canadian Human Resource Management Certificate (CHRM) from the Advanced Program in Human Resources Management, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Robert A. Plante
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Bob Plante is a seasoned executive, proficient in tactical and operational leadership within the financial services industry. He has an extensive skill set with a focus on delivering high-value results. Adept at generating business value, Bob is an outstanding team builder and coach with expertise in business alignment, innovation and operations, mergers, acquisitions and integration, regulatory compliance, and performance management.

Bob most recently served as executive vice president and chief operations officer/chief information officer at IDB New York, a $9.8 billion commercial bank, where he was a member of the credit risk, market risk and asset liability committees. In his role, he was responsible for all back-office support functions including payments, deposits, commercial and residential lending, treasury, custody, commercial cash management and information technology.

An experienced banker, Bob has also held leadership positions at The CIT Group, a global commercial and consumer finance company with $5.6 billion in revenue and more than 7,000 employees in 31 countries, and at GE Capital Global Consumer Finance, where he was a member of the senior management team responsible for technical strategy development and integration, systems selection and implementation, data center consolidation, acquisition due diligence and organizational planning and recruiting.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.), Finance, from the University of Vermont. Bob has been recognized as a “Top Innovator” by Information Week and named a “Top 100 CIO” by CIO Magazine. He also has been awarded the “Individual Achievement” award from CancerCare of New Jersey.
Todd M. Poland
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Todd M. Poland is Executive Vice President, General Counsel at Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Working out of the Bank’s Headquarters in Bedminster, New Jersey, he is responsible for overseeing all legal affairs of the Company in addition to providing advice to the Bank’s executive management team on all matters of law and policy.

Mr. Poland previously served as Partner at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP in Morristown, New Jersey with a concentration in banking, corporation and securities law. He has extensive experience in bank and thrift regulatory and transactional matters, representation of parties to private equity transactions and other mergers and acquisitions (including strategic and financial buyers, and institutional lenders and equity investors), general representation of banks and other financial institutions, public and privately held companies, and public and private offerings of securities.

Mr. Poland has been a frequent lecturer on corporate and banking law matters to bar and banking groups. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law (Commercial Law) at Rutgers University Law School, Newark, New Jersey. Todd has also been listed in Super Lawyers® (2006, 2009, 2012-2014), a Thomson Reuters rating service business, in the areas of banking and business/corporate.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Georgetown University and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina. Additionally, Mr. Poland holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University Law Center and was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Todd holds a Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) from New York University School of Law and is a member of the New York and New Jersey State Bar Associations.
Kevin B. Runyon
Executive Vice President, Head of Information Technology
Kevin Runyon is an Executive Vice President of Peapack-Gladstone Bank. He is responsible for leveraging emerging technologies in support of the Bank’s strategic direction ultimately solidifying Peapack-Gladstone Bank as a leader in products, services and innovation. He is a member of the North Jersey Bankers Association, New Jersey Bankers Association and Pennsylvania Bankers Association.

Prior to joining PGB, he brings with him 34 years of knowledge and experience in the Banking technology industry. Recently serving as Managing Director of All Covered, a Division of Konica Minolta in Cherry Hill, NJ, Kevin was responsible for the delivery of technology and IT compliance- related services to over 100 banks across the country. Kevin has held high-level information technology positions with United Computer, OceanFirst Bank, CoreStates Bank and National State Bank of Elizabeth with a focus on technology issues that affect the bottom line of business.
Gregory Martin Smith
Executive Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking
Gregory M. Smith is the Executive Vice President Head of Commercial Banking at Peakpack-Gladstone Bank. Greg owns Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Lending across the organization and maintains the company's focus on providing advice-led solutions to its large-level commercial clients.

Greg is a seasoned business banking professional who joined Peapack-Gladstone Bank from Capital One Bank where, for seven years, he served as the group sales executive for the Northest and Mid-Atlantic regions, responsible for the $2 - $25 million business banking segment from Virginia to Massachusetts. During his more than 15 years with Capital One Bank, Greg help several senior-level strategic, sales and team leadership roles, where he was responsible for generating millions in new business, including both load and deposit generation. Prior to Capital One Bank, Greg worked at Summit Bank for 15 years, moving up the ranks to senior regional vice president, responsible for directing a significant segment of the NJ market.

Greg holds an MBA in Business Administration/Finance from Rider University, where he graduated Suma Cum Laude, and a BS in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he also graduated with distinction.
Vincent A. Spero
Executive Vice President, Commercial Real Estate
Vincent A. Spero is an Executive Vice President of Peapack-Gladstone Bank. He serves as the Head of Commercial Real Estate and is a responsible for directing the Commercial Banking function and guiding the bank’s overall commercial lending strategic plan.

Vince has over 25 years of banking experience in community, commercial and private banking, specializing in real estate lending. He joined Peapack-Gladstone Bank in June of 2008 as senior vice president and senior commercial lender, responsible for managing the commercial lending sales team and maintaining the organization’s commercial loan portfolio. Prior to joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank, he had held senior level positions at both Lakeland Bank and Commerce Bank.

Vince is a graduate of Wagner College and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in their MBA Program. He was appointed executive vice president and chief lending officer at Peapack-Gladstone Bank in 2009.
Eric H. Waser
Executive Vice President, Head of Investment Banking
Eric H. Waser is an Executive Vice President of Peapack-Gladstone Bank. As the Head of Commercial Banking he is responsible for the oversight and growth of the Bank’s commercial and industrial lending business. He is part of an executive team that is laser focused on providing both new and existing clients with the bank’s unique brand of private banking.

Eric has more than 25 years of experience in financial services and private banking, most recently serving as managing director for Citibank’s East Business Banking Division, which achieved superior growth and risk adjusted returns through his direction. Prior to Citibank, Waser was the senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Clean Venture, Inc., one of the largest private environmental remediation company’s in the US. Throughout his career, as president of Mid Atlantic Corporate Banking, CEO-NJ and managing director at Sovereign Bank and executive vice president at Fleet Boston Financial/Nat West Bank, Eric focused on all aspects of Retail and Commercial Banking Segments including: business banking, middle market, large corporate, leveraged lending, and professional services, healthcare and not for profit specialty segments.

Mr. Waser holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University, Kelly School of Business and has taught extensively on advanced credit, sales and leadership training topics and programs.

Board of Directors

Carmen M. Bowser
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation Board Member
Carmen Bowser was named to the Board of Directors in September 2017. Ms. Bowser most recently served as Managing Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Division, at Capital One Bank, N.A., New York, NY, where she was responsible for a geographically dispersed 100-person team which provided the “first line of defense” for new loan originations and asset management.

Prior to joining Capital One, Ms. Bowser was a Principal/Managing Director for Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, where she led the commercial mortgage origination teams in McLean, Virginia, Boston, Massachusetts and New York City, overseeing annual team loan production of approximately $800 million across an expansive platform of FNMA, General Account, conduit, bridge, interim and mezzanine loans. She has held similar positions at Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, NY, Arbor National Commercial Corp, Los Angeles, CA, and The Prudential Insurance Company of America, LA, NY and Newark, NJ.

A resident of New York and graduate of William Smith College with an MBA in Finance from Rutgers Graduate School of Management, she is a National Association of Corporate Directors Fellow and a member of Women Corporate Directors, the Urban Land Institute and WX, Inc., an organization for executive women in commercial real estate. Ms. Bowser is an Independent Board Member and Member of the Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees for Columbia Property Trust, Atlanta, GA, and is a Board Member for the 42nd Street Development Corporation, NYC.
Susan A. Cole
President of Montclair State University, Director since 2014.
Dr. Susan A. Cole was named to the Board of Directors in February 2014. Dr. Cole is currently the president of Montclair State University, the second largest university in New Jersey, with close to 20,000 students. She began her tenure in September of 1998.  From 1993 to 1998 she served as President of Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to that she held positions as Vice President for University Administration and Personnel at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Associate University Dean for Academic Affairs at Antioch University, and was a faculty member at The City University of New York.
Anthony J. Consi II
Retired; previously Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations, Weichert Realtors. Director since 2000.
Anthony J. Consi II was named to the Board of Directors in 2000. Mr. Consi is now retired. Previously, Mr. Consi served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations, Weichert Realtors. Mr. Consi had 15 years of public accounting experience with Coopers & Lybrand and 22 years of finance and operations leadership at Weichert Realtors, both of which are invaluable to his role as Audit Committee Chairman.
Richard Daingerfield
Retired; Previously Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Director since 2014.
Richard Daingerfield was named to the Board of Directors in August 2014. Mr. Daingerfield is now retired. Previously, Mr. Daingerfield served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Daingerfield has expertise in corporate governance, executive management, risk management, corporate banking and commercial banking. His broad legal experience in all aspects of commercial and retail banking, including international and domestic private banking, are invaluable to his role as Risk Committee Chairman.
Edward A. Gramigna Jr.
Attorney, A Managing Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Director since 2012.
Edward A. Gramigna Jr. was named to the Board of Directors in October 2012. Mr. Gramigna is a Partner of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Mr. Gramigna has 26 years of experience in trust, estate planning and estate administration, which is invaluable in the oversight of our wealth management division.
Peter D. Horst
Founder, CMO, Inc.
Peter Horst is a Fortune 500 Chief Marketing Officer with 30 years of marketing leadership experience across diverse industries in consumer and business products, services and technology for market leaders such as Capital One, General Mills, US West (Century Link), Hershey and Ameritrade. He is the founder of CMO, Inc., and serves as a consultant, author, speaker, board member and advisor to senior executives on marketing strategy, messaging and growth planning.

Peter, a resident of McLean, Virginia, is a graduate of Harvard University and Dartmouth College’s, Tuck School of Business. He is a Forbes contributor and author of the best-selling book, Marketing in the #FakeNews Era.
Steven A. Kass
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation Board Member
Steven A. Kass was named to the Board of Directors in January of 2018. He is the retired Chief Executive Officer of Rothstein Kass and former senior partner of KPMG, the firm that acquired Rothstein Kass in 2016.

As CEO of Rothstein Kass, Mr. Kass developed and implemented corporate strategy, championed organizational culture, core values, business purpose, guiding principles, diversity and women’s initiatives. His firm was once named to Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work for in the United States. Kass was responsible for the oversight of the firm’s financial performance and risk management, including crisis response and corporate governance. He negotiated the sale of Rothstein Kass firm assets to KPMG and as senior partner at KPMG, he facilitated the subsequent integration and assimilation of the two firms.

A resident of New York and graduate of Syracuse University, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, he served as Co-Chairman of the Board at Rothstein Kass from 2005 - 2014, and was a member of the Executive Committee from 1995 - 2014, serving as Chair from 2005 - 2014. Mr. Kass is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the American College of Corporate Directors, the Association of Audit Committee Members, the KPMG Audit Committee Institute and the Private Directors Association. He is also a former board member of Sun Bancorp and AGN International, an international affiliation of accounting firms. He is a member of both the Whitman School of Management and the Lubin School of Accounting Advisory Boards for Syracuse University.
Douglas L. Kennedy
President and Chief Executive Officer of Peapack-Gladstone and the Bank. Director Since 2012.
Douglas L. Kennedy is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Peapack-Gladstone Bank. Doug is responsible for leading the Company’s wealth, lending, and deposit solutions and directing the Bank’s overall strategic vision.

Doug is a career banker with over 35 years of commercial banking experience. Before joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank in 2012, he served as president of the New Jersey Market for Capital One Bank and North Fork Bank. Over the years, he has held key executive level positions and had great success building business at Fleet Bank, Summit Bancorp and Bank of America.

Doug is a graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut with a degree in Economics and an M.B.A. In 2015 he was named CEO of the Year by Corporate LiveWire as part of its Innovation & Excellence Awards. He was named to the NJBIZ “Power 50 Banking” list and the NJBIZ “Power 50: The 50 Most Powerful Non-Profit Board Members” list in 2011. Additionally, he received the Carpe Diem Award from Montclair State University and was named “Man of the Year” by the Boy Scouts of America that same year. Doug is a current member of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Montclair State University Board of Trustees, and Sacred Heart University Board of Trustees. He has served as President of NJ After 3 and as a Board Member of the New Jersey Bankers Association.
F. Duffield Meyercord
Partner of Carl Marks Advisory Group, LLC; President, Meyercord Advisors, Inc. Director since 1991.
F. Duffield Meyercord is Chairman of the Board of Peapack-Gladstone and the Bank since December 2013. Mr. Meyercord is a Partner of Carl Marks Advisory Group, LLC; President, Meyercord Advisors, Inc.; Mr. Meyercord has 40 years of experience in directing strategic projects and providing operational advisory services to numerous businesses, which is invaluable to the Board’s oversight of corporate strategy.
Patrick J. Mullen
Retired; Previously Director of Banking, New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance
Patrick Mullen is a highly experienced financial services professional with a distinguished history of team building and effective relationship management. He is an accomplished and seasoned leader, who recently retired as the Director of Banking, State of New Jersey, for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, for which he worked for eight years. There, among other things, he was responsible for the examination and supervision of all state-chartered banks and credit unions and state-licensed non-bank financial institutions.

Patrick earned his Master’s Degree from Ball State University and his Bachelor of Arts from St. Francis College. His career in financial services included time spent at Chemical Bank, A.G. Becker, Inc, Kidder Peabody, Inc., Barclays Capital/BZW Securities, ABN AMRO, Inc., Alliance Capital and Sound Securities, LLC, before landing at the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance.
Philip W. Smith III
President, Phillary Management, Inc., a real estate management company. Director since 1995.
Philip W. Smith III was named to the Board of Directors in 1995. Mr. Smith is the President of Phillary Management, Inc., a real estate management company. Mr. Smith has 28 years of experience in commercial real estate agency and management, which is invaluable to the Board’s oversight of the Corporation’s real estate loan portfolio.
Anthony W. Spinelli
Chief Operating Officer and President, Cyberdivision for Fractal Industries, Inc.
Tony Spinelli was named to the Board of Directors in May of 2017. Mr. Spinelli serves as Chief Operating Officer and President, Cyberdivision for Fractal Industries, Inc., a venture-backed artificial intelligence and machine learning decision-platform focused on advancing digital analytics in both cybersecurity and risk management. Mr. Spinelli maintains Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) accreditation and serves on the boards of Per Scholas, the US Department of Defense and Georgia Tech Institute for Information Security and Privacy.
Beth Welsh
General Manager, Basset Associates, a real estate management company. Director since 2012.
Beth Welsh was named to the Board of Directors in October 2012. Ms. Welsh is the General Manager of Bassett Associates. Ms. Has 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate market as well as her past banking experience, which is invaluable to the Board’s oversight of the Corporation’s real estate lending and small business banking.