FORM 4 [ ] Check this box if no longer subject to Section 16. Form 4 or Form 5 obligations may continue. See Instruction 1(b).         
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES
                                                                                  
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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
                      
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person * Smith Gregory Martin 2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol PEAPACK GLADSTONE FINANCIAL CORP [ PGC ] 5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)_____ Director                    _____ 10% Owner
__X__ Officer (give title below)    _____ Other (specify below)
SEVP, President Comml Banking
(Last)         (First)         (Middle)
500 HILLS DRIVE, SUITE 300
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (MM/DD/YYYY)
5/21/2021
(Street)
BEDMINSTER, NJ 07921
(City)       (State)       (Zip)
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (MM/DD/YYYY)
 
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line) _X _ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Trans. Date 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 3. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock  5/21/2021    S    3402  D $32.62  3859.2091  D   
Common Stock  5/24/2021    S    1698  D $32.67  2161.2091  D   
Common Stock                 1300.1095 (1) I  ESPP 

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Trans. Date 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 4. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Restricted Stock Units   (2)                  (3)  (3) Common Stock  858    858  D   
Restricted Stock Units   (2)                  (4)  (4) Common Stock  31437    31437  D   
Restricted Stock Units   (5)                  (6)  (6) Common Stock  8639    8639  D   

Explanation of Responses:
(1)  Includes shares received through dividend reinvestment since the last filing.
(2)  Each restricted stock unit represents a contingent right to receive one share of common stock of Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation.
(3)  The restricted stock units vest and settle in stock in three approximately equal installments on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date.
(4)  The restricted stock units vest and settle in stock in five approximately equal installments on each of the first five anniversaries of the grant date.
(5)  Each restricted stock unit represents the right to receive one share of common stock of Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation subject to certain performance conditions. The units will cliff vest, after three years, if the conditions are met.
(6)  The restricted stock units will cliff vest on the third anniversary of the grant date subject to certain performance conditions being satisfied.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
Smith Gregory Martin
500 HILLS DRIVE, SUITE 300
BEDMINSTER, NJ 07921


SEVP, President Comml Banking

Signatures
Gregory M. Smith 5/25/2021
**Signature of Reporting Person Date
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