Ana and Richard Blank
Ana and Richard Blank have been an integral part of carrying out our mission for over 20 years. They have dedicated their time and resources to ensuring that 180 is here for your friends and neighbors in need 24 hours a day. They are also strong supporters of other charitable efforts including the Jackie Robinson Foundation, The Visiting Nurse Association and the VNA's Hospice Program, CPC Behavioral Healthcare, Open Heart Yoga, and Monmouth Medical Center along with many other important community causes. They are committed to the community and volunteer their time and resources to make a positive impact. Richard has been a stalwart supporter of 180, chairing Golf & Tennis outings for many years and hosting awareness events at their home to introduce friends and colleagues to 180's life-saving mission. Joined by his dynamic wife, Ana, she has served on the Board of Trustees for over 10 years in several capacities; as Vice President, as Nominating Committee Chair and on the Development Committee. Together, they are a team second to none. When he is not dedicating himself to charities, Richard is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Equities at BTIG. Richard leads a team of global traders and sales traders across the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. They are the proud parents of Winston, who attends Choate Rosemary Hall and will be attending Lafayette College, Easton, PA in the fall of 2023, and dedicate their leisure time to attending his golf competitions all over the country. It is an honor to be recognizing this very deserving couple at this year's 180 Gala.
Carol Stillwell, Owner and President of Stillwell-Hansen, Inc., a leader in data center infrastructure solutions. S-H offers a complete complement of data center products including power, precision cooling, fire protection and traditional HVAC products. Carol joined founder Gordon Stillwell in 1964, rising thru various roles in the company before becoming President in 1991. During her time as President, she has helped the company realize unprecedented growth in terms of sales volume, and along the way has achieved numerous business awards and recognition for the company's excellent customer service and expertise. Stillwell-Hansen has consistently had the honor of being named as one of
New Jersey's top 250 companies, while Carol has proudly been recognized as one of the top women business leaders in the state each year from 2009-present. In addition to leading a very successful company, Carol has devoted her life to many philanthropic causes in a heartfelt mission to improve the lives of others. Among Carol's most recent efforts 180 Turning Lives Around, Ashley Lauren Foundation, Bayshore Hospital Foundation, Brookdale Community College, CASA of Monmouth County, CFC Loud and Clear, Count Basie Theatre, Monmouth County SPCA, Monmouth University, United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and the Valerie Children's' Center at Monmouth Medical. Carol has been profoundly humbled to be honored by many of the organizations she supports, awards too numerous to list. However, she is most proud of the difference her efforts have made in directly benefiting the underserved children and families in the community which those groups work so tirelessly to assist. Carol's business success, combined with her outstanding philanthropic efforts, has made her a natural choice for selection to serve on the Board of Trustees for many organizations. She is currently honored with the privilege of sitting on the following Boards: Count Basie Theatre Board, Bayshore Medical Center Foundation Board, Hackensack-Meridian Hospital Advisory Board, Monmouth University Board of Trustees, Parker Family Advisory Board, Lunch Break Advisory Board and 180 Turning Lives Around. Carol has long enjoyed a fondness for fine wine, spending her limited free time in beautiful Napa Valley. Also, with life-long passion for horses, she cherishes spending time at her farm in Colts Neck, NJ. Carol is graciously assisted in her many philanthropic efforts by her twin sister Mary Ann Larkin. She is the proud mother of one son, Scott Belford and six bonus children, as well as GC to many wonderful grandchildren and Godchildren.
Since 1902, OceanFirst Bank N.A. has helped families and businesses realize their financial dreams. OceanFirst was formed as the Point Pleasant Building and Loan by a small group of business leaders interested in providing financing to their neighbors so they could build homes. The Bank initially offered traditional savings deposit and mortgage loan products to their neighbors in our local communities; however, this has grown over the years to include commercial loans, checking accounts, and digital banking and treasury management services, along with trust and asset management services.
At OceanFirst, we are very proud of our 120+ year history and long-standing commitment to the communities we serve. Although our name has changed several times throughout our history to reflect our growth and mission, one thing remains the same - OceanFirst's commitment to helping our neighbors. We do this by providing competitive products and services to meet our customers' ever-changing financial needs and delivering these products with extraordinary, personalized service.
The Bank also encourages employee volunteerism and, when our staff is out supporting non-profit organizations and helping our neighbors, we call our employees the WaveMakers. The OceanFirst WaveMakers volunteer thousands of hours every year to help in our communities.
In 1996, in conjunction with our initial public offering (IPO) OceanFirst became the first bank in the country to establish a Foundation at the time of conversion from mutual to stock ownership. OceanFirst Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization, and since established 26 years ago, has provided over 9,000 grants totaling more than $45 million to local charities and has become the template for over 90 banks throughout the country who have followed this IPO model: thereby resulting in millions of people in need benefitting from this OceanFirst initiative.
Today, OceanFirst has almost 1,000 employees and is a $12.7 billion regional bank providing financial services throughout New Jersey and the major metropolitan markets of Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Boston. OceanFirst is one of the largest and oldest community-based financial institutions headquartered in New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.oceanfirst.com.