Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Kenneth J. Mahon
President and Chief Executive Officer
Kenneth J. Mahon has served as a Director of the Company since 2002 and of the Bank since 1998. Mr. Mahon has served as President of the Company and Bank since January 1, 2016, and as the COO of both the Company and Bank since February 2014. Prior to that, he served as Chief Financial Officer ("CFO") of both the Company and the Bank since 1996. Mr. Mahon performed all functions of CFO until Mr. Pucella was appointed principal financial officer on March 27, 2014. Mr. Mahon was named SEVP of both the Company and the Bank in 2013, First EVP of both the Company and the Bank in 2008, and Executive Vice President of both the Company and Bank in 1997. Prior to serving as Executive Vice President, Mr. Mahon served as the Bank's Comptroller and Senior Vice President. Mr. Mahon is a member of the Financial Managers Society, the National Investor Relations Institute and the National Association of Corporate Directors, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A. Prior to joining the Bank in 1980, Mr. Mahon served in the financial areas of several New York City metropolitan area savings banks. This experience and these qualifications led the Board to conclude that Mr. Mahon should serve as a Director of the Company.
Lance J. Bennett
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Lance J. Bennett has been with the Bank and Company since 2002, and has over 27 years of banking experience. Mr. Bennett was hired as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of both the Company and Bank, and was promoted to First Vice President of both the Company and Bank in 2004, Senior Vice President of both the Company and Bank in 2007, and Executive Vice President of both the Company and Bank in 2011. He currently serves as General Counsel and Secretary of both the Company and Bank, responsible for all legal matters as well as corporate governance. He additionally oversees the corporate insurance functions of both the Company and Bank.
William E. Brown
Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Officer

William E. Brown joined the Bank in September 2016 as Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Officer, responsible for sales, service, operations, distribution and strategy for the bank’s consumer and small business segments. Mr. Brown is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of financial services experience, most recently as Head of the Retail Branch Network at HSBC. Previous to that, he spent 17 years at Citibank as a Managing Director in positions of increasing responsibility including Head of the Global Consumer Bank AML, FATCA, and Branch Controls Office as well as Market President for Citibank's New York City market. Prior to Citibank, Mr. Brown was an Officer in the US Navy for nearly eight years serving as a Naval Flight Officer in a Maritime Patrol Squadron and at the Pentagon on the Navy Staff. Mr. Brown holds a BA in International Relations from Boston University.

Conrad J. Gunther Jr.
Executive Vice President - Business Banking
Conrad J. Gunther joined the Bank in December 2016 as Executive Vice President – Business Banking and has been a banking executive for over 40 years. Most recently, Mr. Gunther served as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of First Central Savings Bank, a community bank with $525 million in assets. Previous to First Central Savings Bank,
Mr. Gunther was First Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Community National Bank. Prior to that, he was Founder and President of E-Bill Solutions, Inc., a sales and marketing organization for credit card processing and prior to E-Bill, held senior positions at Reliance Bancorp, The Allied Group, North Fork Bancorp, and European American Bank.
Mr. Gunther holds an MBA and BA from Adelphi University.
Timothy B. King
Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer
Timothy B. King has over 33 years of banking experience, and has been with the Bank since 1983. Mr. King was promoted to Treasurer of the Bank in 1989, Vice President of the Bank in 1993, Treasurer of the Company at its inception in 1995, First Vice President of both the Company and Bank in 1997, Senior Vice President of both the Company and the Bank in 1999 and Executive Vice President of both the Company and the Bank in 2008. In 2002, Mr. King was named the Chief Investment Officer of both the Company and Bank, overseeing the securities investment function of both entities. In March 2011, Mr. King was named the Chief Risk Officer of both the Company and the Bank, in charge of oversight of all risk management functions of both entities.
Timothy Lenhoff
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Timothy K. Lenhoff joined the Bank in October 2014, as the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Lenhoff served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Columbia Bank from 2007 to 2014. During a 23 year career with BISYS and Open Solutions from 1983 to 2007, he held a variety of senior management roles where he directed client service, product management, training and implementation activities supporting banking institutions across the United States. Mr. Lenhoff has over 31 years of experience in the banking and technology industry. Mr. Lenhoff currently oversees the management, planning, implementation, and infrastructure and network security protocol for all information technology utilized by the Bank.
Stuart H. Lubow
Senior Executive Vice President - Business Banking
Stuart H. Lubow joined the Bank in January 2017 as Senior Executive Vice President – Business Banking, and has been a banking executive for over 37 years. Most recently, Mr. Lubow was a Founder, Chairman, President, and CEO of Community National Bank, a full service community bank with nearly $1 billion in assets and 10 branches, since its inception in 2005 until its sale to Bridgehampton National Bank in December 2014. Prior to that, he was Founder, President, and CEO of Community State Bank, a four-branch, $145 million asset bank and was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Garden State Bank. Prior to Garden State Bank, Mr. Lubow held senior positions at Dollar Dry Dock Bank, Peoples Bank N.A., First Fidelity Bank, and Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A. He holds a BA in Accounting from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Michael Pucella
Executive Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer
Michael Pucella was promoted to Comptroller of the Bank in 1989 and of the Company at its inception in 1995, Vice President of both the Company and Bank in 1996, First Vice President of both the Company and Bank in 1997, Senior Vice President of both the Company and the Bank in 1999, and Executive Vice President of both the Company and Bank in 2009. He currently serves as the Chief Accounting Officer of both the Company and Bank, responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, corporate planning and tax administration. In March 2014, Mr. Pucella was named the Company’s principal financial officer. Mr. Pucella has been with the Bank since 1981, and has over 41 years of banking experience. He additionally oversees the Human Resources functions of the Company and Bank.
Anthony J. Rose
Executive Vice President and Chief Administration, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer
Anthony Rose joined the Company in April 2016 as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of both the Holding Company and the Bank. Mr. Rose is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience, most recently as partner in the financial services practice at Marakon, a management-consulting firm that specializes in strategy and helping CEOs and their leadership teams achieve winning performance and stronger organizations. Previous to that, he was a Senior Managing Director/Partner and Chief Financial Officer of the International Strategy & Investment Group (ISI Group). He managed and led the sale of ISI Group to Evercore Partners, including the transaction’s structure, financing, tax and legal concerns, and pre- and post-merger integration. Prior to the sale, he managed all financial, operational, and compliance activities for ISI Group. Previously, he was a Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Equities Division at Credit Suisse where he managed all financial aspects of the business, with a particular focus on capital, funding, and liquidity management. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Rose was head of Capital Management within Global Treasury at JPMorgan Chase & Co.. He holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia Business School and a BS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Roberto S. Volino
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Roberto S. Volino has been with the Bank since 1999, and has over 21 years of experience with banking or related financial institutions. Mr. Volino began his career with the Bank as a securities portfolio analyst, and received several promotions prior to being named Vice President and Treasurer of the Bank in 2007. He was subsequently promoted to First Vice President and Treasurer of the Bank in 2009, and to his current title of Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of the Bank in 2014 and the Holding Company in 2015. Mr. Volino currently oversees the asset and liability management activities of both the Holding Company and Bank, which includes both investment and funding strategies, as well as management of liquidity and capitalization reserves. Mr. Volino also oversees the loan servicing, operations support, financial forecasting and electronic funds transfer activities of both the Company and Bank.

Board of Directors

Vincent F. Palagiano
Chairman
Vincent F. Palagiano has served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Company since its formation in 1995 and of the Bank since 1989. He has served as a Trustee or Director of the Bank since 1978. In addition, Mr. Palagiano has served on the Boards of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York since January 2012, the Institutional Investors Capital Appreciation Fund from 1996 to 2006, and The Community Bankers Association of New York from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Palagiano joined the Bank in 1970 as an appraiser and has also served as President of both the Company and the Bank, and as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank. Prior to 1970, Mr. Palagiano served in the real estate and mortgage departments at other financial institutions and title companies. This experience and these qualifications led the Board to conclude that Mr. Palagiano should serve as a Director of the Company.
Michael P. Devine
Vice Chairman of the Board
Michael P. Devine has served as a Director of the Company since its formation in 1995 and as a Trustee or Director of the Bank since 1980. Mr. Devine has served as Vice Chairman of the Boards of both the Company and Bank since February 2014. He served as President of both the Company and Bank from January 1, 1997 to his retirement on December 31, 2015. Mr. Devine also served as COO of the Company from its inception in 1995 to February 2014, and of the Bank from 1989 to February 2014. Prior to Mr. Devine’s appointment as President, he served as EVP and Secretary of both the Company and the Bank. Mr. Devine joined the Bank in 1971 and has served as the Internal Auditor, Comptroller and Investment Officer. Prior to 1971, Mr. Devine served as a Senior Accountant with the firm of Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. From August 2001 through September 12, 2008, Mr. Devine served on the Board of Directors of Retirement Systems Group, Inc. From September 2007 through December 2014, Mr. Devine served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees of Long Island University. Since March 2009, Mr. Devine has served as a director of Pentegra Retirement Trust. This experience and these qualifications led the Board to conclude that Mr. Devine should serve as a Director of the Company.
Kenneth J. Mahon
Kenneth J. Mahon has served as a Director of the Company since 2002 and of the Bank since 1998. Mr. Mahon has served as President of the Company and Bank since January 1, 2016, and as the COO of both the Company and Bank since February 2014. Prior to that, he served as Chief Financial Officer ("CFO") of both the Company and the Bank since 1996. Mr. Mahon performed all functions of CFO until Mr. Pucella was appointed principal financial officer on March 27, 2014. Mr. Mahon was named SEVP of both the Company and the Bank in 2013, First EVP of both the Company and the Bank in 2008, and Executive Vice President of both the Company and Bank in 1997. Prior to serving as Executive Vice President, Mr. Mahon served as the Bank's Comptroller and Senior Vice President. Mr. Mahon is a member of the Financial Managers Society, the National Investor Relations Institute and the National Association of Corporate Directors, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A. Prior to joining the Bank in 1980, Mr. Mahon served in the financial areas of several New York City metropolitan area savings banks. This experience and these qualifications led the Board to conclude that Mr. Mahon should serve as a Director of the Company.
Anthony Bergamo
Anthony Bergamo has served as a Director of the Company since its formation in 1995 and as a Trustee or Director of the Bank since 1986. Mr. Bergamo is an attorney licensed in New York and New Jersey. His public company Directorships are: Director, Audit Committee Chair and Compensation Committee member of Steel Partners LLP; and Audit Committee Chair, Compensation Committee member and Director of Moduslink Global Solutions Inc. Mr. Bergamo is additionally the Vice Chairman of MB Real Estate, and CEO of Niagara Falls Redevelopment LLC. Until February 2016, Mr. Bergamo served as a Director and Audit Committee Chair of the State of New York Mortgage Agency, and a member of the First Department of the New York State Judicial Screening Committee. This experience and these qualifications led the Board to conclude that Mr. Bergamo should serve as a Director of the Company.
Steven D. Cohn
Steven D. Cohn has served as a Director of the Company since its formation in 1995 and as a Trustee or Director of the Bank since 1994. Mr. Cohn is the managing partner in the law firm of Goldberg and Cohn LLP, in Brooklyn Heights, New York, and is both a past President of the Brooklyn Bar Association and a delegate to the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Cohn is also an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, teaching classes in business law and marketing research. This experience and these qualifications led the Board to conclude that Mr. Cohn should serve as a Director of the Company.
Patrick E. Curtin
Patrick E. Curtin has served as a Director of the Company since its formation in 1995 and as a Trustee or Director of the Bank since 1986. Prior to his retirement on December 31, 2015, Mr. Curtin served as a senior member in the law firm of Conway Farrell Curtin & Kelly, P.C. ("Conway Farrell") in New York, New York, and represented the Bank in loan closings, litigation and various other matters for over 35 years. This experience and these qualifications led the Board to conclude that Mr. Curtin should serve as a Director of the Company.
Robert C. Golden
Robert C. Golden was elected to the Boards of Directors of both the Company and the Bank in March 2011. Mr. Golden currently serves as a Manager at Mutual of America Capital Management Corp., a money management firm. From 1997 to 2010, Mr. Golden served as EVP of Corporate Operations and Systems at Prudential Financial, Inc. (previously Prudential Insurance Company of America), where he managed operations, technology infrastructure and communications and administrative services for all of Prudential Financial, Inc.'s subsidiaries. From 1976 through 1997, Mr. Golden served in several capacities at Prudential Securities, Inc., formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prudential Insurance Company of America until majority ownership was sold in 2003, ending his tenure at Prudential Securities as Chief Administrative Officer in charge of operations, technology, systems infrastructure, communications, human resources, administrative services and real estate. Prior to retirement, Mr. Golden was a licensed member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority as a General Securities Representative, including the specialties of Financial and Operations Principal and Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination. This experience and these qualifications led the Board to conclude that Mr. Golden should serve as a Director of the Company.
Kathleen M. Nelson
Lead Director
Kathleen M. Nelson was elected to the Boards of Directors of both the Company and the Bank in March 2011. Ms. Nelson currently serves as managing principal of Bay Hollow Associates, a commercial real estate advisory firm that she co-founded in 2009, as well as President of KMN Associates, LLC, a commercial real estate consulting firm she founded that provides consulting services to mixed-use and commercial retail real estate developers or owners. Ms. Nelson also served in the mortgage and real estate division of TIAA-CREF from 1968 through 2004, retiring as the Managing Director and Group leader of the division. Ms. Nelson currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive and Audit Committees of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust focused on shopping center properties, as well as on the Board of Directors and Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees of Apartment Investment and Management Co., a publicly traded owner and manager of rental apartments. Ms. Nelson is also a member of the advisory boards of Castagna Realty Company, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, the Anglo American Real Property Institute, and an unaffiliated Board member of the JP Morgan U.S. Real Estate Income and Growth Fund. This experience and these qualifications led the Board to conclude that Ms. Nelson should serve as a Director of the Company.
Joseph J. Perry
Joseph J. Perry has served as a Director of both the Company and Bank since September 2005. From January 2004 through August 2005, Mr. Perry served as a Director of Havemeyer Equities, Inc., a previously wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bank. He is currently a partner at Marcum LLP, a public accounting and consulting firm headquartered in New York, New York, where he has served as the Firm-Wide Partner-in-Charge of Tax Services since 2006 and is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining Marcum LLP, Mr. Perry was a tax partner at one of the leading "Big 5" accounting firms and provided services to several financial services companies throughout the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Perry is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Public Accountants. This experience and these qualifications led the Board to conclude that Mr. Perry should serve as a Director of the Company.
Omer S.J. Williams
Omer S.J. Williams has served as a Director of both the Company and Bank since July 2006. Mr. Williams is an attorney, Senior Counsel to the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP. He was previously Counsel to SNR Denton (US) LLP and prior to that a partner at Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP ("Thacher"), where he served as both Chairman of the firm's Executive Committee and Managing Partner of the firm from 1991 to 2003. Thacher's partners determined to dissolve the firm as of December 31, 2008, and Mr. Williams served as Chairman of Thacher's dissolution committee until dissolution was completed in 2012. Mr. Williams has more than 48 years of experience in banking, corporate and financial institution law, including corporate structure, securities and mortgage finance issues. This experience and these qualifications led the Board to conclude that Mr. Williams should serve as a Director of the Company.