Board and Advisory Board

Board of Directors

Gary Berner First Niagra Bank     

Gary Berner

Chairman & Retired Executive VP

First Niagara Bank

Bruce Boyea Security Mutual Life Insurance     

Bruce W. Boyea

Chairman, President & CEO

Security Mutual Life Insurance Company

Jim Brynes Tompkins Financial Corporation  

Jim Byrnes

Retired Chairman

Tompkins Financial Corporation  

Herbert Chorajian Charter One Financial  

Herbert G. Chorbajian

Retired Director

Charter One Financial Corporation

Daryl Forsythe NBT Chairman  

Daryl R. Forsythe

Chairman NBT


Jeffery Levy NBT Bank  

Jeffrey M. Levy

Capital Region President

NBT Bank 

Pat Mackrell NYBDC  

Patrick MacKrell

President & CEO


Christina Orsi University at Buffalo  

Christina Orsi

Associate Vice President, Economic Development

University at Buffalo

Advisory Board


John Rhea

Founder and Managing Partner

Rheal Capital Management


Brian McMahon

Executive Director

NYS Economic Development Council


Jim King

State Director

NYS SBDC Network



Lamine Diagne


Cafe Rue Dix


Hope Knight

President & CEO

Greater Jamaica Development Corp.


Sherry Roberts

Executive Director

Local Development Corp. of East New York

Karanja Augustine

VP of Legal Affairs and Compliance

Wilmorite Construction

Angelina Ramirez

Executive Director

Washington Heights Business Improvement District