The Duke of Trust

Alan Wilzig of New Jersey Trust Bank makes motorcycle dreams come true

As the old proverb says, "You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover!" So on our first approach to an outstanding castle on Long Island's East End, we tried to keep that in mind. When one sees a mansion of this magnitude it's difficult not to have those stereotypical visions of Bentleys and Rolls Royces flashing through the mind of a motor head. However, our thoughts were kept pure due to the fact we were escorted directly into the massive driveway by a small squadron of motorcycles - three to be exact, two Ducatis and one KTM. They were sent to meet us by Alan Wilzig, former banker with The Trust Company of New Jersey. Speed TV was there that same day to film and document time with Alan and his family and friends. MotoSavvy was also invited along to meet this true motorcycle enthusiast. Alan and the Wilzig name have a long history with The Trust Company of New Jersey. In 1969, Alan's father, Siggi Wilzig, a Holocaust survivor, became a director of the Bank. With a fortune previously earned with a strong work ethic and rising through the ranks in the Wilshire oil company of Texas, he invested in the trust company and in 1970 became the chairman. In the late 1980's, both his sons, Alan and Ivan had come on board. By the time of Siggi's retirement in 2002, the bank had expanded to 75 branches in New Jersey. He stayed on as chairman until his death in 2003. In May 2004, North Fork Bancorp of Long Island, NY, paid a substantial sum of money to complete the acquisition of The Trust Company of New Jersey. Even as a young boy, Alan had his eye on motorcycles. Growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey, just 20 minutes from New York City and without anyone else in the family interested in motorcycling, Alan's chances to get his first bike seemed slim.

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