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.
 
Valerie O. Murray, CFP ® President, Board Member


Valerie Murray is president of Beacon Trust. She is focused on the overall delivery of wealth management services to individuals and institutions. Ms. Murray most recently held the position of chief operating officer of Beacon Trust where she was responsible for initiatives across the organization related to client services, technology, marketing, and operations.

Ms. Murray has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining Beacon Trust in 2011, she was senior vice president and senior trust officer at U.S. Trust in New York City. During her 15-year tenure with U.S. Trust, Ms. Murray administered high net worth relationships and successfully transitioned clients through two mergers and acquisitions, including Charles Schwab’s acquisition of U.S. Trust in 2000 and Bank of America’s acquisition of U.S. Trust in 2007.

Ms. Murray serves on the Board of Directors of Jersey Battered Women’s Services, Inc. (JBWS), and she is a member of Provident4Women, a social networking group organized in 2014 to share insights about various topics impacting women. Ms. Murray received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bucknell University, and she is a CFP® professional.

 
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.