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Columbia Bank Announces Hiring of Joseph LaPella, Chief Executive Officer of RSI Insurance Agency

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Joseph LaPella, President and CEO of RSI  Insurance Agency. Photo Courtesy of  Columbia Bank

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Fair Lawn NJ, Columbia Bank is pleased to welcome Joseph LaPella as Chief  Executive Officer of RSI Insurance Agency, a subsidiary of the Bank, effective immediately. In his role, Mr.  LaPella is responsible for managing the oversight of the newly acquired agency.

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Mr. LaPella has more than three decades of diversified experience at  premiere insurance agencies, most recently serving as a Senior Business Development Manager at Plymouth Rock Assurance Company, where  he collaborated with multiple business units to develop and launch a  go-to-market strategy; successfully appointing over 300 agents and  growing a significant book of business in the first 18 months. Previously  he served as Territory Sales Manager at The Hanover Insurance Group,  where he worked with the New Jersey field team to expand the  company’s distribution channel and consult with partner agencies to  increase total premium volume throughout the state. Prior to that, he  was a Sales Producer and Owner of an Allstate New Jersey Insurance

Company agency, and an independent Owner of Goins & Hewitt Insurance Agency in Pennsylvania, where he successfully managed and  expanded his personal and commercial portfolio of product offerings,  as well as his clientele, through organic growth, acquisition and  strategic partnerships.

An active member of the community, Mr. LaPella supports charitable causes, including Save a Suit, a nonprofit organization, which assists  members of the military to transition to the civilian work force. Mr.  LaPella who resides in Long Valley, New Jersey with his family, holds a  Master of Education from Temple University and Bachelor of Science  Degree from Ursinus College.

Located in Rahway, New Jersey, RSI Insurance Agency, shares Columbia Bank’s commitment to serve the  community and provide the highest level of personalized customer service. The agency was founded in  1999 to offer a broad range of insurance products and investment solutions, along with sound advice from  experienced insurance professionals. Services benefit former RSI Bank customers, Columbia Bank  customers and New Jersey residents across the state, through a strong offering of personal and business  lines of insurance.

Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Fair Lawn, NJ, Columbia Bank has more than 60 full-service branch networks  spanning the state of New Jersey, an asset base of approximately $9.8 billion. Columbia Bank offers a full suite of  consumer and commercial products, including online and mobile banking, localized lending centers as well as title,  investment and wealth management services. For more information about Columbia Bank’s complete line of products  and services, visit

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