2008 Citizen of the Year: Richard E. Taber

Richard E. Taber, 60, is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of First County Bank, a position he has held since 1989. He was promoted to president and CEO in 1982 and has worked at the bank since 1967, when he joined as a part-time teller while attending college. Today, Taber’s responsibilities include advising the board of directors on formulating policies and planning recommendations, overseeing financial, tax, risk management, and assuring the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive way to relevant stakeholders. Most importantly, Taber serves as the corporate visionary, looking for ways to enhance the services, reputation and significance of the bank to its customers, employees and the communities in which it serves.

During his 42-year career with the bank, he has served as an accounting clerk, assistant treasurer/operations officer, assistant vice president/controller, executive vice president, president and chairman. Under Taber’s leadership, the bank’s assets have grown from $300 million in 1982 to more than $1.2 billion today.

A Stamford resident since 1955, Taber is deeply involved in the local community. Currently, he serves as director of The Business Council of Fairfield County, director of Senior Services of Stamford, on the advisory board of Childcare Learning Center, chairman of the Stamford Police Foundation and member (and past president) of the Rotary Club of Stamford. He also is on the boards of directors for the Housing Development Fund and the Ferguson Library Citizen Advisory Board. Taber has served as director and treasurer for both the Stamford Partnership and Stamford Development Corp, and has held a variety of positions on the board of directors for the Stamford YMCA and ARI of Connecticut Inc. He also has served as commissioner and past chairman of the Downtown Special Services District, where he was recently named Stamford Citizen of the Year by the Jewish War Veterans Post 142.

Taber earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University in 1971 and graduated from the National School of Financial Management in 1980. In his spare time, Taber enjoys fly fishing and golf. He lives in Stamford with his wife Donna and they have three children.

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn., is an independent mutual community bank with 14 branches in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, trust and investment services, business banking services and online banking. First County Bank has assets in excess of $1.2 billion. For additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com.