Rev. Dr. William Howard - Bethany Baptist Church

Newark, New Jersey

"City National is helping us restructure a mortgage program on a 22,000 square foot school building that was built as a private elementary school. The people at City National have been very professional, very available and very courteous. They probably understood the culture of church and the financial capacity of church better than any of the banks that we talked to in our move towards financing this loan. Bethany Baptist Church is the oldest black Baptist church in Newark. It was founded in 1871 and now has about 1,500 loyal members. We had a couple of other deals percolating, but we were more interested in City National Bank because it is an African-American financial institution, and we want to do our part by working with them.”