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Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts

“For several years, Peapack-Gladstone Bank has been the main financial partner of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, and the specific, non-profit expertise of its team has been key in expanding and deepening our professional relationship. More specifically, our banker, Joseph Serzan, alongside his team members, Ana Risoli and James Stadtmueller, has been extremely helpful to our organization, ensuring that we achieve our financial strategic goals.”

Robert Hamburger, President of the Board of Trustees;
Helen H. Cha-Pyo, Artistic Director; and
Peter H. Gistelinck, Executive Director

The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is New Jersey’s largest non-profit performing arts education organization, serving over 1,500 students of all ages and abilities through a range of classes and ensembles, in three different programs. In addition to the renowned New Jersey Youth Symphony and its ensembles, based in New Providence, NJ, programs include the Paterson Music Project, an El Sistema-inspired program that uses music as a vehicle for social change, by empowering and inspiring children through the community experience of ensemble learning, and playing in its hometown of Paterson. The Performing Arts School, based in Berkeley Heights, NJ, offers 500 private lessons and group music and theatre classes each week, ensuring there is something for everyone of all ages and abilities, beginning with early childhood music classes for toddlers.

Joseph Serzan, Wealth Advisor, Peapack Private Wealth Management
Dear Valued Shareholder,

On behalf of Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation and all of its wholly owned divisions and subsidiaries, I hope you and your families are safe and healthy.

These are certainly unprecedented times for everyone, but it is during times like these that I find comfort and security in knowing that I am not alone. It is my hope that you feel the same, and that you know Peapack-Gladstone Bank and its team of hard-working employees are here for you.

For nearly 100 years, we have put our clients and our communities first. These are two of our most important core principles, which we stand by each and every day. These statements truly define who we are and exemplify our commitment to doing the right thing, providing a trusted relationship for clients, even during extremely difficult times.

The theme of our 2019 Annual Report is “Focused on the Client.” The decision to follow this theme throughout the Report was made well before the Coronavirus entered our lives, but I feel strongly that it rings even more true today than ever before. Although much has changed during the last few months, our commitment to our clients, and our focus on our clients, will never waiver. Whether it is through support of our community organizations in need with funds or volunteers, or through loan or financing relief for our commercial and consumer clients, or specifically through offering Paycheck Protection Program assistance for our small businesses, we will always provide a steady hand.

I am proud of our 2019 accomplishments and that we were able to deliver a seventh year of record results for our shareholders. The enclosed report tells our story, which I hope you will also take pride in.

As we look ahead to our new normal, we will continue to keep our shareholders, our clients, our communities and our employees at the forefront. This will drive our success.

Respectfully yours,

Douglas L. Kennedy
President & CEO
Peapack-Gladstone Bank