ConnectOne Bank's Sorrentino Elected to American Bankers Association Board

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Oct. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Frank Sorrentino III, Chairman and CEO of ConnectOne Bank and ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNOB) has been elected to the board of directors of the American Bankers Association (ABA). ABA's board is the association's governing body between annual conventions and is made up of CEOs from banks of all sizes.

"It is a privilege to join the ABA Board, and to have the opportunity to be a leading voice on behalf of community banks and the issues facing the banking industry," said Sorrentino. "I look forward to working alongside my fellow peers to unify our industry and continue working toward positive change."

The ABA represents banks of all sizes and charters and serves as the voice for the nation's $14 trillion banking industry and its 2 million employees. The association provides educational benefits and programs for its members, represents the industry in Washington D.C. and speaks on behalf of the industry in the press.

Sorrentino has overseen the Bank's growth from a de novo financial institution to a publicly traded financial institution with eight branches and more than $1 billion in assets. Sorrentino has also become a national thought-leader in the banking industry, frequently commenting on issues concerning all bankers.

About ConnectOne Bank

ConnectOne Bank is a community-based, full-service New Jersey-chartered commercial bank that was founded in 2005 by local community and business leaders to provide the highest level of personalized banking services. The Bank operates from its headquarters located at 301 Sylvan Avenue in the Borough of Englewood Cliffs, Bergen County, New Jersey, and through its seven other banking offices.

CONTACT: Rachel Gerber MWW 646-215-6889 rgerber@mww.comSource:ConnectOne Bank