Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Kenneth J. Mahon
President and Chief Executive Officer
Kenneth J. Mahon was appointed President and CEO of both the Company and the Bank effective January 1, 2017. He joined the Bank in 1980, where he has been a director of the Bank since 1998, and a director of the Company since 2002. Mr. Mahon served as the Bank’s Senior Vice President and Comptroller, prior to being elevated to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and Bank in 1997. He has also served as Senior Executive Vice President and COO from February 2014 to January 2016, before being elevated to President. Mr. Mahon was elected to serve on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York beginning January 1, 2017. He also serves as a board member of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, a nonprofit which provides legal services for low income families in Brooklyn, and of Southside United /Los Sures, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving housing in the Williamsburg community for those of low and moderate income. Mr. Mahon is a member of the Financial Managers Society, the National Investor Relations Institute and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Prior to joining the bank in 1980, Mr. Mahon served in the financial area at two New York metropolitan area savings banks. He is a graduate of Saint Peter’s University, has an M.B.A. in finance from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the National School of Savings Banking, Fairfield University. This experience and these qualifications led the Board to conclude that Mr. Mahon should serve as a Director of the Company.
Roberto S. Volino
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Roberto S. Volino has been with the Bank since 1999, and has over 23 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, to EVP and Chief Investment Officer of the Bank in 2014 and the Holding Company in 2015, and to his current title of SEVP and COO of the Bank and the Holding Company in 2017. Mr. Volino currently oversees various areas and functions of both the Bank and Holding Company, including corporate operations, retail banking, loan servicing, liquidity and capital planning, treasury and investments, strategic analytics and data management, information technology, and human resources.
James L. Rizzo
Senior Vice President and Comptroller
James L. Rizzo joined the Bank in 1986 in the Accounting department, and has over 36 years of banking experience. In August 2017, Mr. Rizzo was named the Company’s principal financial officer. Mr. Rizzo has held various positions in the Accounting department prior to being promoted to Vice President and Comptroller of the Company and the Bank in 1999, and Senior Vice President in 2011. He is responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, and tax administration. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Rizzo worked at various New York City Banks.
Patricia M. Schaubeck
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Patricia M. Schaubeck, an attorney admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey, joined the Company and the Bank in March 2018 as EVP and General Counsel, serving as the chief legal officer to the Company and the Bank. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Schaubeck served as General Counsel to Sun Bancorp and to its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sun National Bank, in New Jersey from September 2014 to January 2018. Previously, Ms. Schaubeck served as General Counsel to Suffolk Bancorp and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Suffolk County National Bank, in New York from June 2012 through August 2014, and, prior thereto, she served as General Counsel to State Bancorp, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, State Bank of Long Island, in New York, from June 2007 through January 2012. Previously, Ms. Schaubeck was associated with various New York City and Long Island, New York law firms where she represented financial institutions and real estate clients.

Board of Directors

Vincent F. Palagiano
Chairman
Vincent F. Palagiano has served as Chairman of the Board 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. He served as CEO of both the Company and the Bank from January 1, 1989 to his retirement on December 31, 2016. Prior to Mr. Palagiano’s appointment as CEO, he served as President of both the Company and the Bank. Mr. Palagiano joined the Bank in 1970 as an appraiser, and has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank. In addition, Mr. Palagiano has served on the Boards of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York from 2012 to 2016, the Institutional Investors Capital Appreciation Fund from 1996 to 2006, and The Community Bankers Association of New York from 2001 to 2005. 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 2012 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 was appointed President and CEO of both the Company and the Bank effective January 1, 2017. He joined the Bank in 1980, where he has been a director of the Bank since 1998, and a director of the Company since 2002. Mr. Mahon served as the Bank’s Senior Vice President and Comptroller, prior to being elevated to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and Bank in 1997. He has also served as Senior Executive Vice President and COO from February 2014 to January 2016, before being elevated to President. Mr. Mahon was elected to serve on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York beginning January 1, 2017. He also serves as a board member of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, a nonprofit which provides legal services for low income families in Brooklyn, and of Southside United /Los Sures, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving housing in the Williamsburg community for those of low and moderate income. Mr. Mahon is a member of the Financial Managers Society, the National Investor Relations Institute and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Prior to joining the bank in 1980, Mr. Mahon served in the financial area at two New York metropolitan area savings banks. He is a graduate of Saint Peter’s University, has an M.B.A. in finance from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the National School of Savings Banking, Fairfield University. This experience and these qualifications led the Board to conclude that Mr. Mahon should serve as a Director of the Company.
Rosemarie Chen
Rosemarie Chen has served as a Director of both the Company and the Bank since September 2017. She is currently a Human Capital and Financial Services Leader at Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, broking, and solutions company where she advises companies on strategic human capital issues along with leading initiatives relating to fintech since 2016. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Ms. Chen was a Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting from 2013 through 2016, and Head of U.S. Infrastructure Services and Support at McLagan Partners (Aon Hewitt) from 2003 through 2013. Ms. Chen has more than 20 years of experience in finance, technology, and human capital management. This experience and these qualifications led the Board to conclude that Ms. Chen 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 36 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. Prior to retirement, Mr. Golden served as EVP of Corporate Operations and Systems at Prudential Financial, Inc. (previously Prudential Insurance Company of America) from 1997 to 2010, 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. Mr. Golden currently serves as a Manager at Mutual of America Capital Management Corp., a money management firm. 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. She was elected Lead Director of both Boards in January 2017. 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 Tax and Business Services Leader 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, and was formerly Senior Counsel to the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP. He was previously Counsel to Denton’s (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 50 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.
Kevin Stein
Kevin Stein has served as a Director of both the Company and the Bank since December 2017. He is currently the CEO of Resolution Analytica Corporation, a buyer of commercial judgments leveraging technology, data and analytics since 2016, when the company was founded. Mr. Stein was a Senior Managing Director of KCK-US, Inc., a private equity firm from 2016 through 2017, Managing Director of Financial Institutions Investment Banking with Barclays from 2011 through 2016, and Partner and Head of Depository Investment Banking at FBR & Co. from 2004 through 2011. Mr. Stein has more than 30 years of experience in finance and banking. Since 2017, Mr. Stein has served as a member of the board of Directors of PHH Corp. This experience and these qualifications led the Board to conclude that Mr. Stein should serve as a Director of the Company.