BEDMINSTER, NJ--(Marketwired - Sep 27, 2016) -  In light of recent events within the banking industry, President and CEO of Peapack-Gladstone Bank (NASDAQ: PGC), Doug Kennedy, has been moved to address an open letter to clients as well as the general public.

Dear Clients and Friends,

Recently, you may have heard two troubling stories in the media about how big "mega" banks approach servicing their clients. Coming on the heels of the Great Recession, these reports have caused me to become quite concerned about the state of the financial industry. So many institutions, especially strong, locally based banks like Peapack-Gladstone Bank, continue to have our hard work and commitment to our clients tarnished by these reports. 

The first report is about a large bank whose employees opened nearly two million accounts that may not have been authorized by clients, reportedly in order to achieve sales goals placed upon them. These actions resulted in clients paying unauthorized fees and bank staff members receiving bonuses. After nearly four decades in this business, I see this as nothing short of outrageous.

The second story reported on an approach being taken by the private banking division of another large bank to require clients to have a minimum of $10 million in investible assets in order to receive access to its top-tier platform, services and advisors. It's as if helping clients get to $10 million isn't worth their time.

I've spent most of my career at big financial companies. I moved to Peapack-Gladstone Bank four years ago to be closer to clients and to work collaboratively with them to improve their financial situations. All of our bankers at Peapack-Gladstone Bank joined the Bank for the same reason -- to help our clients achieve their financial goals in a thoughtful and unbiased way.

Peapack-Gladstone Bank was founded in 1921 with the goal of serving its clients better. We don't sell for the sake of selling. We have been providing thoughtful financial advice and solutions to clients for generations. We are successful because our clients trust us. Trust is the foundation of banking; it is the foundation of any meaningful relationship.

If you feel that you are just another customer of one of those mega banks and you know that it doesn't have your best interests in mind, maybe it's time to reconsider your options. A great local bank like Peapack-Gladstone Bank will always have you and your family's best interests in mind. This may ultimately determine whether you achieve your financial goals over your lifetime.

Doug Kennedy
President & CEO of Peapack-Gladstone Bank

At Peapack-Gladstone bank, we believe in honest and valuable partnerships with our clients. Amid the questionable and sometimes disgraceful actions of the modern banking industry, we will uphold our high standards of integrity. Our philosophy is simple - "All Banking Should Be Private Banking."

Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation is a New Jersey bank holding company with total assets of $3.60 billion as of June 30, 2016. Founded in 1921, Peapack-Gladstone Bank is a commercial bank that provides innovative private banking services to businesses, real estate professionals, non-profits and consumers, which help them to establish, maintain and expand their legacy. Through its private banking locations in Bedminster, Morristown, Princeton and Teaneck, its private wealth management, commercial private banking, retail private banking and residential lending divisions, along with its online platforms, Peapack-Gladstone Bank offers an unparalleled commitment to client service.

Contact Information:

Denise Pace-Sanders
Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Vice President, Brand and Marketing Director
500 Hills Drive, Suite 300
Bedminster, NJ 07921
(908) 470-3322