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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Thomas M. O’Brien
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President
Mr. O’Brien has served as our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer since June 2020. In connection with hiring Mr. O’Brien, the Board of Directors of the Company appointed Mr. O’Brien to fill the Board of Directors vacancy created by the resignation of Thomas Lopp. Mr. O’Brien was similarly appointed to the board of directors of Sterling Bank. These appointments were effective June 3, 2020 pursuant to the interim non-objection of the OCC, and confirmed pursuant to the final non-objection of the OCC on September 21, 2020. Prior to his appointment, Mr. O’Brien provided consulting services to the Bank beginning in March 2020. Mr. O’Brien is an accomplished leader in the financial services industry with over 44 years of industry experience. Most recently he served as Vice Chairman of New York City-based Emigrant Bancorp, Inc. and Emigrant Bank from October 2018 to March 2020. Mr. O’Brien served as president, chief executive officer and on the boards of Sun Bancorp, Inc. and Sun National Bank from April 2014 to February 2018. Mr. O’Brien previously served on the boards of BankUnited, Inc. and BankUnited, NA from May 2012 to April 2014. Prior to that, Mr. O’Brien served as president, chief executive officer and a director of State Bank of Long Island and State Bancorp, Inc. from November 2006 to January 2012. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. O’Brien was president and chief executive officer of Atlantic Bank of New York and, following the acquisition of Atlantic Bank of New York by New York Commercial Bank, continued to serve as president and chief executive officer during the post-closing transition. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. O’Brien was vice chairman and a board member of North Fork Bank and North Fork Bancorporation, Inc. From 1977 to 1996, Mr. O’Brien was chairman, president and chief executive officer of North Side Savings Bank. Mr. O’Brien served as a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York from 2008 to 2012 and served as chairman of the New York Bankers Association in 2007. Mr. O’Brien is currently trustee and chairman of the audit committee of Prudential Insurance Company of America $175 Billion Annuity Fund Complex, and vice-chairman of the board and chairman of the finance committee of Archcare and Catholic Healthcare Foundation for the Archdiocese of New York. Mr. O’Brien received a B.A. in Political Science from Niagara University in 1972 and an M.B.A. from Iona College in 1982.
    Benjamin Wineman
    Director

    Mr. Wineman has served as a member of our Board since 2013. Mr. Wineman has extensive commercial real estate and financial experience. Currently, He is a Principal at Mid-America Real Estate Corporation. Based in Chicago, Illinois, the firm is a part of Mid-America Real Estate Group, a midwestern full-service retail real estate organization with offices in Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. Mr. Wineman co-leads Mid-America's Retail Investment Sales Group, focusing specifically on the disposition of shopping centers and retail properties throughout the greater Midwest region for institutional, REIT, and private owners. Prior to employment with Mid-America, Mr. Wineman worked at LaSalle Investment Management (JLL) as a Financial Analyst in the Private Equity Acquisitions Group, where he was responsible for the valuation, due diligence, and closing of commercial real estate transactions on behalf of its institutional pension fund clients. Within the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), he is a member of the Illinois State Committee and the Government Relations National Economic Policy Sub-Committee. Within the community, Mr. Wineman is a member of the Executive Committees of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation and the Ravinia Festival Associates Board, where he is the incoming Board President. Mr. Wineman graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree.

    Peggy Daitch
    Director
    Ms. Daitch joined the Board in 2019. She brings over 40 years of experience as a highly respected and recognized advertising and marketing executive, innovative thinker and community leader. She spent the majority of her career with Conde Nast where she was the leader of Detroit's Conde Nast office representing, at its peak, 29 of America’s most celebrated magazine titles and online sites including Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Golf Digest, Architectural Digest, Wired, Bon Appetit, epicurious.com; concierge.com; and wired.com. Ms. Daitch has also represented titles from Hearst Corporation, National Geographic and other leading media companies. After retiring from advertising, she pivoted to her current role at Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd. stewarding the growth of the 20-year old philanthropic advisory firm in Michigan. Ms. Daitch is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
    Seth Meltzer
    Director

    Mr. Meltzer has served as a member of our Board since 2000. Mr. Meltzer is President and CEO of the Seligman Group, a family owned real estate and investment company. Previously, Mr. Meltzer held leadership positions for various subsidiaries of the Seligman Group. In 1998, Mr. Meltzer began working for Seligman & Associates, Inc. as its Vice President until his promotion to President. Mr. Meltzer led the Bank's initial development of online banking and has since run the Seligman Group's management affiliate (Seligman Western Enterprises, Ltd.). Prior to Seligman, Mr. Meltzer interned at Sterling Bank and Trust, F.S.B..  Mr. Meltzer is a director of the Seligman Family Office. He is a director of both the Company and the Seligman Group. He has a BS in Finance from the University of Arizona.

    Sandra Seligman
    Director

    Ms. Seligman has served as a member of our Board since its inception in 1984. Ms. Seligman is a philanthropist, actively dedicating her professional time and expertise to the charitable communities of Greater Detroit, Miami, and New York City. Through the Seligman Family Foundation, she contributes to the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Florida, the University of San Francisco Medical Center in California, the Beaumont Health System, and Wayne State University Medical School in Michigan. Ms. Seligman is also a director of the Wolfsonian-Florida International University, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Jewish Women's Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Detroit. She has a BS from Michigan State University.

    Lyle Wolberg
    Director

    Mr. Wolberg joined our Board in 2017. He is one of the founding partners of Telemus Capital Partners, a financial advisory firm he co-founded in 2005. Mr. Wolberg was a former Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch and Senior Vice President-Investments at UBS Financial Services. Mr. Wolberg has more than twenty years of industry experience across all facets of financial wealth planning and investment management. He is a certified financial planner. He also serves on the Executive Board of Temple Shir Shalom, is a trustee for the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, and is Past President and Co-Founder of the Berkley Educational Foundation. Mr. Wolberg has a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan.

    Denny Kim
    Director
    Mr. Kim was appointed to our Board of Directors on September 22, 2020, effective upon receipt of regulatory non-objection from the OCC, which was recently received. Mr. Kim brings over fifteen years of financial experience to the Board of Directors. Mr. Kim is an Advisor at Gemspring Capital, a lower middle market private equity fund with $1.1 billion in assets under management, where he has worked since July 2020. He is also the Principal and Founder of 7911 Partners, a private investment and advisory firm focused on early-stage startups. Mr. Kim spent more than eleven years as a private equity investor dedicated to investing in financial services companies, having worked at WL Ross & Co. from 2010 to 2018 and J.C. Flowers & Co. from 2004 to 2007. Mr. Kim began his career at Credit Suisse First Boston’s Investment Banking Division, where he advised on mergers, acquisitions and capital raising initiatives for financial institutions. Mr. Kim previously served as a member of the board of directors of Talmer Bancorp, Inc. and as a board observer at Sun Bancorp, Inc. Mr. Kim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
    Steven Gallotta
    Director
    Mr. Gallotta was appointed to our Board of Directors on September 22, 2020, effective upon receipt of regulatory non-objection from the OCC, which was recently received. Mr. Gallotta brings over 35 years of financial reporting and assurance experience in the financial services industry to the Board of Directors. Mr. Gallotta spent the majority of his career at KPMG, from 1975 until his mandatory retirement from the firm in 2013. He became an audit partner in the New York Financial Services Practice of KPMG in 1986, serving all types of financial institutions, including depository institutions. During this time, Mr. Gallotta also served as an Advisory partner in KPMG’s Office of General Counsel. Since 2016, Mr. Gallotta has served on the board of directors of St. Patrick’s Home for the Aged and Infirm, a non-compensated role, in the Bronx, New York. Mr. Gallotta has been a certified public accountant licensed in New York since 1979. He obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from Iona College.
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