First Bank’s President and CEO Patrick L. Ryan was recently named a finalist for EY’s New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges and evaluated based on their demonstration of long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.

In many ways, First Bank is an extension of Pat’s entrepreneurial spirit. He used his entire savings to invest in starting the bank in 2008, which has grown impressively over the last 13 years to $2.51 billion in assets.  Pat credits his success in part to resiliency & persistence. “Resiliency is key for any new venture to succeed.  No matter how great your team or your idea, you will hear ‘no’ quite often.  Roadblocks invariably emerge,” he said.  “Resiliency and a belief in your vision is what propels you forward.”

Patrick L. Ryan, President & CEO

The whole team here at First Bank is rooting for Pat!! The EY New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year winner will be announced June 15, 2022.

Learn more about the award and other finalists here: