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

Retired Chairman

NBT Bancorp 

Jeffery Levy NBT Bank  

Jeffrey M. Levy

Senior Vice President

Community Bank 


Patrick MacKrell

President & CEO


Christina Orsi University at Buffalo  

Christina Orsi

Associate Vice President, Economic Development

University at Buffalo



President & CEO

Independent Bankers Association of
New York State



Advisory Board


John Rhea

Managing Partner

Rheal Capital Management


Brian Goldstein

State Director

NYS Economic Development Council


 Jill Johnson


Institute for Entrepreneurial Research


Ariel Barbouth


Nuchas LLC  


Hope Knight


Greater Jamaica Development Corp. 


Steve Gomez

Executive Director

Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation


Sherry Roberts

Executive Director

Local Development Corporation of East New York


Angelina Ramirez

Executive Director

Washington Heights Business Improvement District


Ernie Post

State Director

Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center


Karanja Augustine

Senior VP & General Counsel

del Lago Resort & Casino


Jose Pinargote

Adobe Latin Kitchen