Gerald H. Lipkin (Gerry, as he prefers to be called), was born in Passaic, New Jersey. He received his B.A. in Economics from Rutgers The State University in 1963 followed by his M.B.A. in Banking & Finance at New York University in 1966. In 1972 he received a diploma from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.Lipkin was employed by the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency in 1963 and was appointed Deputy Regional Administrator in 1970. In 1975 he joined Valley National Bank as a Senior Vice President. He was elected a Director in 1986, promoted to Executive Vice President in 1987 and elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1989. The title of President was added in 1996.Beyond his business accomplishments, Lipkin is actively involved with Rutgers The State University as a Member of the Board of Overseers, Member of the Foundation Board, past Chairman and member of the Business School Board of Advisors and a Member of the Deans Advisory Council. He was the Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award 2001, Newark College of Arts and Sciences; Chapter Honoree Beta Gamma Sigma 2005; Recipient of the Universitys Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. Lipkin has also served as a guest lecturer in various classes on numerous occasions and delivered the graduation address to the Business School in 2009. Lipkin also serves as Chairman & Member of the Executive Committee of New Jersey Bankers Association. He has served as Chairman of the Nominating Committee for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and was a Board Trustee at the Beth Israel Hospital in Passaic for 27 years where he served over 10 years as the Chairman of the Finance Committee.Lipkin received the Man of the Year Award from Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America, the Community Service Award for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morris, Bergen & Passaic Counties, and was the Recipient of the Legacy Award from William Paterson University. Lipkin has raised funds for basic cancer research at the Lautenberg Center for Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem for over 20 years and was honored for his contributions with the prestigious Torch of Learning Award. In 2009, he received the American Jewish Committee National Human Relations Award.He has also received the Corporate Achievement Award from Bnai Brith International, he was the Honoree for the New York City Israel Bond Campaign, the Community Service Award from NJ Citizens Action, the Emily Bissell Honor Award from the American Lung Association, the Bergen-Passaic 2001 Chairman of the American Heart Association, the Corporate Recognition Award from the Metro Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Corporate Award from the Sunrise House Foundation, the Community Achievement Award from the Urban League of Bergen County. Lipkin also received the Corporate Excellence Award from The University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey.Lipkin currently resides in Montville, NJ with Linda, his wife of 47 years. He is an active collector of Pre-WW1 European and American antique toy trains and enjoys spending time with his wife Linda and children, Pam and her husband Rob, Jeffery and his wife Jayme, and five grandchildren.
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