Beacon Trust Board of Directors

 

Christopher Martin – Chairman of the Board
 
Christopher Martin is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Provident Financial Services, Inc. and The Provident Bank, New Jersey’s oldest state-chartered bank. He has been in the banking industry for over 34 years.

Mr. Martin previously served as president and chief executive officer of First Sentinel Bancorp, Inc., which was acquired by Provident Financial Services, Inc. in July 2004. Beginning with First Sentinel in 1984 as controller, Mr. Martin advanced and was appointed president of First Sentinel Bancorp and its subsidiary, First Savings Bank, in 2003. Prior to his banking career, Mr. Martin worked for Johnson & Johnson in inventory control and as a financial analyst.

As one of New Jersey’s most prominent banking executives, Mr. Martin serves on the board of directors for the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and previously served on the board of directors of the New Jersey Bankers Association. Mr. Martin is a member of the advisory board for the Rutgers Center for Real Estate. He also dedicates much of his spare time helping to improve the community. Mr. Martin is a vice president of The 200 Club of Middlesex County, which provides financial assistance and scholarships to families of law enforcement, fire and public safety officials. He serves on the board of trustees of Elon University, and is a past president of the alumni board. He is a member of the Raritan Bay Medical Center Retirement Trust & Investment Committee. Mr. Martin volunteers at local food pantries and Habitat for Humanity build sites. He also spends time teaching financial literacy to high school students at inner city schools. He was formerly a member of the board of trustees of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties.

Mr. Martin is president of The Provident Bank Foundation, which, since its founding in 2003, has provided more than $19 million in grants for programs focusing on community enrichment, education, and health, youth and families.

Mr. Martin has been honored for his philanthropic endeavors by the National MS Society, the American Jewish Committee, The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club of America, Project Live and Felician College.

Mr. Martin received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business from Elon University and holds a MBA from Monmouth University.
 
James D. Nesci – President, Board Member
 
James Nesci is president of Beacon Trust Company and also serves as chief wealth management officer at The Provident Bank.

Mr. Nesci has been in the financial industry for more than 20 years and is working to enhance and expand wealth management services in response to the growing demand for sophisticated and reliable financial advice. He is a member of Beacon Trust’s board of directors and Provident Bank’s Executive Leadership Team, which drives the direction of the bank. He also serves on several of the bank’s management committees, including the Asset and Liability Committee, Officers Trust Committee, and Disclosure Committee. In addition, Mr. Nesci is a board member of Provident Investment Services, Inc.

Prior to joining Provident, Mr. Nesci was chief operating officer for the national wealth management division of Wilmington Trust. While at Wilmington, Mr. Nesci was a key member of the wealth management merger and acquisitions team. Earlier, he worked with Lehman Brothers’ high net worth group and in the corporate trust departments of U.S. Trust and HSBC.

Mr. Nesci has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Hofstra University and earned masters’ degrees from the London and Columbia Business Schools’ EMBA-Global program.
 
John F. Kuntz – Board Member
 
Mr. Kuntz has been Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Provident since January 2003, and has been Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of The Provident Bank since January 2011, and prior to that time Executive Vice President and General Counsel since May 2005. Prior to that time, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of The Provident Bank since November 2002, and Vice President and General Counsel of The Provident Bank since September 2001.
 
Thomas M. Lyons – Board Member
 
Mr. Lyons has been Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 2011. Prior to that time he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Provident and The Provident Bank since September 2009, and previously was First Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of The Provident Bank since February 2005 and First Vice President, Finance of The Provident Bank since July 2004.
 
 
Michael A. Raimonde – Board Member
 
Mr. Raimonde has been Executive Vice President and Director of Retail Banking of The Provident Bank since January 2011. Prior to that time he was Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Banking of The Provident Bank since April 2007. He was Executive Vice President of the Community Banking Division and Market President of the New York Retail System of Sovereign Bank prior to that time.