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Board of Directors
Thomas R. Rochon
Thomas R. Rochon
Mr. Rochon has served as a Director of the Company since 2009, and was elected Chairman of the Board in May 2014. He has served as a Director of Tompkins Mahopac Bank since July 2017, and served as a Director of Tompkins Trust Company from January 2009 to June 2017. In July 2017, Dr. Rochon joined the Educational Records Bureau (ERB), a not-for-profit educational testing and assessment company based in New York. He was named President of ERB in December 2017. From July 2008 through June 2017, Dr. Rochon served as President of Ithaca College. He has served on the boards of a number of organizations related to higher education and community service, and is actively involved with several local charitable and community service organizations. We believe Dr. Rochon’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include his many years of management experience, including as President of ERB and as former President of Ithaca College, as well as an understanding of the challenges faced by organizations that operate in a heavily regulated sector.
Stephen S. Romaine
James W. Fulmer
John E. Alexander
Paul J. Battaglia
Paul Battaglia has served as a Director of the Company since 2010 and was a Director of TFA Management, Inc. f/k/a AM&M Financial Services, Inc. from April-December 2010. He has served as a Director for the Bank of Castile since January 2011. He became Chairman of the Audit Committee in May 2011. In 2015 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of TFA Management, Inc. and to the Corporate Credit Oversight Committee of the Company's Board of Directors. Until his retirement in 2018, Mr. Battaglia served as a Managing Director of Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C., a 300-person "Top 100" public accounting firm headquartered in Western New York. As a Managing Director, Mr. Battaglia managed the operations of the firm’s Batavia office in addition to providing consulting services on various transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, design and implementation of financing plans, estate planning and business succession planning to his clients. He served on the firm's Executive, Compensation, and Finance Committees, and was a Trustee for the firm's retirement plan. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Battaglia currently provides consulting services in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, estate and succession planning, trust administration and financing to various clients. Mr. Battaglia has demonstrated significant involvement through years of service as a director for regional economic development organizations, and through service on the boards of many charitable and educational organizations. We believe Mr. Battaglia's qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his 46 years of experience in public accounting dealing with financial and accounting matters for complex organizations. He has acquired a deep understanding of the Western New York business environment during his years of working with commercial clients in the region.
Daniel J. Fessenden
Daniel J. Fessenden has served as a Director of the Company since 2009, as a Director of Tompkins Trust Company since January 2009, and as a Director of TFA Management, Inc. since 2011. Mr. Fessenden served as a member of the New York State Assembly from 1993 to 1999. He has served as the Executive Director of the Fred L. Emerson Foundation, a family foundation located in Auburn, New York since January 2007. From 2004 to 2006 he served as the founding Executive Director of the Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park, Geneva, New York. Mr. Fessenden has been actively engaged with numerous business, civic and educational organizations throughout the Central New York region. We believe Mr. Fessenden’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include his extensive experience in government and public service, his executive experience in the private sector, his active engagement with civic organizations, and his deep connections to the Central New York business community.
Patricia A. Johnson
Patricia A. Johnson has served as a Director of the Company since 2006, and served as a Director of Tompkins Trust Company from 2002 to 2014. She has served as a Director of Tompkins VIST Bank since April 2014. In January 2014, Ms. Johnson became the Vice President for Finance and Administration with Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. She had previously been with Cornell University, starting as the Assistant Treasurer in 1995, and later serving as Associate Vice President & Treasurer. She is currently on the board of several regional economic development/workforce training organizations, and she has demonstrated civic leadership through her service on the boards of many local charitable or educational institutions. We believe Ms. Johnson’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include her accounting expertise and her ability to understand and evaluate the Company’s complex financial operations.
Frank C. Milewski
Ita M. Rahilly
Ita M. Rahilly has served as a director of Tompkins Mahopac Bank since July 2018. She has served as a Tax Partner with the firm of RBT CPAs, LLP in Newburgh, NY since August 1999 and she is the Partner in charge of the firm’s tax division where she assists closely-held businesses and their shareholders and high net worth individuals in achieving their goals. She is an Accredited Estate Planner, is a member of the Governing Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), President of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), a member of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils (NAEPC), and the Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council. Ms. Rahilly is highly regarded by clients and peers and widely recognized for her expertise in estates, trusts and succession planning, corporate, partnerships, international taxation, and non-profit information reporting. We believe Ms. Rahilly’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include her 25 years of extensive public accounting experience dealing with financial and accounting matters for complex organizations. She has acquired a deep understanding of the Hudson Valley business environment during her years of working with commercial clients in the region.
Michael H. Spain
Jennifer Tegan has served as a Director of Tompkins Trust Company since 2016. She is a founding partner of Cayuga Venture Fund (CVF), located in Ithaca, NY. Since starting with CVF in 2002, Ms. Tegan has been working with, supporting and financing entrepreneurs in technology-based companies across a broad spectrum of industries. Ms. Tegan serves on the boards of several of CVF’s privately-owned portfolio companies as well as a national trade organization board. Ms. Tegan’s civic commitments include service on the board of a local educational organization, as well as board service for non-profit organizations which support regional economic growth and capital access for regional entrepreneurs. We believe Ms. Tegan’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include her extensive experience fostering the development of early stage businesses in our local market, the banking industry knowledge she has acquired through her service on the Tompkins Trust Company Board of Directors, and her demonstrated commitment to local economic development and other civic engagement in the Tompkins County region.
Alfred J. Weber
President & Chief Executive Officer
Stephen S. Romaine
Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Francis M. Fetsko
David S. Boyce
Executive Vice President
With approximately 23 years of banking experience, DeMilia joined Tompkins Mahopac Bank (TMB) as its Regional Vice President providing commercial banking services in Westchester County in 2008. His dedication to the Bank, fellow team members, shareholders and clients was quickly recognized and shortly thereafter DeMilia became the Westchester Commercial Lending Division Manager and later the Senior Commercial Lending Division Manager for all of commercial lending in the Hudson Valley. His contributions to Tompkins have not been limited to the Mahopac Bank affiliate as DeMilia has directed and co-directed multiple important Corporate initiatives that have helped Tompkins continue to be a forward looking multi-faceted full service financial institution providing superior services to its clients and its communities. DeMilia exhibits the values of Tompkins Mahopac Bank with his various community activities and involvement, most notably his position as Trustee of the WMC Health Organization where he has overseen team efforts to raise in excess of $125,000 for that organization over his years with TMB. DeMilia obtained his JD/MBA from Pace University in 2006 and received his Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Cortland in 1998. A lifelong resident of Westchester County, DeMilia lives in Yorktown Heights with his wife Kim and daughter Grace.
EVP & General Counsel
Executive Vice President
Gregory J. Hartz
Gregory J. Hartz has been employed by the Company since 2002 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Tompkins Trust Company and Executive Vice President of the Company effective January 1, 2007. Mr. Hartz has more than 30 years of banking experience and prior to his current position he was Senior Vice President of Tompkins Trust Company, with responsibility for Tompkins Investment Services.
Executive Vice President
Brian A. Howard
A career Pennsylvania banker, Ginger Kunkel is well known throughout the financial services community for her expertise in commercial, retail, operational and executive management. She joined Tompkins in 2021 as chief operating officer for the Pennsylvania market, and will assume the role of president of the Pennsylvania market in the second quarter of 2022. Most recently, she was SEVP and chief operating officer for Riverview Bank & Riverview Financial Corporation, headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Prior to Riverview, she worked in C&I commercial lending for Susquehanna Bank ($18 billion in assets), headquartered in Lititz, Pennsylvania and was active throughout the Tompkins PA core markets. She is committed to community involvement and has served as a board member and volunteer for many non-profit and civic organizations, including Boy Scouts of America, the Fresh Air Fund, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, the United Way, and the West Brunswick Planning Commission. She was recently appointed to the board of the PA Bankers Services Corporation, where her knowledge of digital products and services will assist in the evaluation of fintech solutions available to community banks.
Executive Vice President
John M. McKenna
John has more than 25 years of banking experience including approximately 17 years with JPMorgan Chase Bank and its predecessors and 4 years with Citibank including experiences in investment banking, commercial lending and retail banking. John rose to the position of Managing Director within the syndicated and leveraged finance group of JPMorgan Securities, Inc. He led a team dedicated to the origination and execution of syndicated asset based loans for the company’s commercial bank and investment bank clients in the United States and Europe.
John earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Rochester in 1988 and a M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the William E. Simon School of Business Administration in 1992. John resides in Brighton with his wife, Martha, and their four children. He is active in his children’s activities and in the community. John is a member of the Bishop's Stewardship Council for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, board member of the Center for Governmental Research in Rochester, NY, Chair of the Board of Governors of Al Sigl Community of Agencies, and member of the Advisory Council at St. John Fisher College’s School of Business.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing
Susan M. Valenti
Susan M. Valenti joined Tompkins in March of 2012 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing. Prior to joining the Company, Susan spent 23 years at JPMorgan Chase working in a variety of marketing roles, most recently as Vice President of Chase Private Client Marketing Executive. Prior to that time she was Vice President, Retail Rebranding Project Lead and led the rebranding of The Bank of New York branches and Bank One to Chase.
Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources