Leadership

Leadership Team

Kevin O’Connor

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. O’Connor is Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. Prior to the merger on February 1, 2021, Mr. O’Connor was President and Chief Executive Officer of BNB Bank. He joined the Bank in October 2007 as President and Chief Executive Officer Designee and Director. In 2008, he became President and CEO. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. O’Connor served as Executive Vice President and Treasurer of North Fork Bank from 1992 through 2007. An active supporter of local New York communities, Mr. O’Connor is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Suffolk County Community College and a Board Member of the New York State Bankers Association. Recently named one of Long Island's Top CEO's by Long Island Business News, Mr. O’Connor has been honored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, Eastern Long Island Hospital, Suffolk Community College and Boy Scouts Suffolk County Chapter for his proactive role in championing these causes.

Stuart H. Lubow

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Lubow is President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank. Prior to the merger on February 1, 2021, Mr. Lubow was President of Dime Community Bank. Mr. Lubow has been a banking executive for over 40 years. Prior to joining Dime in 2017 as Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Business Banking, he served as Chairman, CEO, and President of Community National Bank, a full service community bank with nearly $1 billion in assets and 11 branches. Previous to that, he was Founder, CEO, and President of Community State Bank and previously held executive positions at Garden State Bank, Dollar Dry Dock Bank, and People's Bank, N.A. Mr. Lubow is a graduate of Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting.

Conrad J. Gunther

Senior Executive Vice President and
Chief Lending Officer

Mr. Gunther is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank. Prior to the merger on February 1, 2021, Mr. Gunther served in the same capacity. He has been a banking executive for over 40 years and joined the Bank in 2016 as EVP– Business Banking. In February 2018, he was promoted to EVP and Chief Lending Officer (“CLO”). Most recently, Mr. Gunther served as EVP and CLO of First Central Savings Bank, a community bank with $525 million in assets. Previous to First Central Savings Bank, Mr. Gunther held senior positions at The Allied Group, North Fork Bank, and European American Bank, as well as served as a Director and consultant for Reliance Bancorp.

Avinash Reddy

Senior Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Reddy is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Bank. Mr. Reddy is responsible for the Company’s strategic, financial, capital and liquidity planning and investor relations. From 2017 to January 2019, Mr. Reddy served as Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Development and Treasurer. He was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2019. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Reddy held several investment banking roles with firms including Evercore Partners, from 2011 to 2014, Barclays Capital, from 2008 to 2011, and Lehman Brothers, from 2005 to 2008.

Michael J. Fegan

Executive Vice President and
Chief Technology Officer & Operations

Mr. Fegan is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer & Operations of the Bank. Mr. Fegan joined the Bank in February 2019 as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. As Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Fegan is responsible to drive the Bank’s technology and operations efforts forward, improve the usability of existing solutions and spearhead innovation in new solutions. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Fegan served as Chief Information and Operations Officer of Investors Bank until December 2018 and prior thereto, held senior positions at Bank Leumi and Suffolk County National Bank.

James J. Manseau

Executive Vice President and
Chief Retail Banking Officer

Mr. Manseau is Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Banking Officer of the Bank. Prior to the merger on February 1, 2021, Mr. Manseau served in the same capacity for BNB Bank. Mr. Manseau joined the Company as Senior Vice President and Chief Retail Banking Officer in March 2008. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Manseau served as a Divisional Senior Vice President with North Fork Bank and Capital One. Mr. Manseau is a graduate of the State University of New York at Farmingdale.

Christopher Porzelt

Executive Vice President and
Deputy Chief Risk Officer

Mr. Porzelt is Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Risk Officer of the Bank. Prior to the merger on February 1, 2021, Mr. Porzelt served as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of the Bank since November 2017. Before joining the Bank, Mr. Porzelt served as Managing Director at EisnerAmper from April 2016 to November 2017, Managing Director at AIG from November 2012 to April 2016 and held various senior positions at Monster, BNY Mellon, Deloitte & Touche and Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Porzelt has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. John’s University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and New Jersey.

Kevin L. Santacroce

Executive Vice President and
Deputy Chief Lending Officer

Mr. Santacroce is Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Lending Officer of the Company. Prior to the merger on February 1, 2021, Mr. Santacroce served as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of BNB Bank. He joined the Company in March 1997 as Assistant Cashier and Credit Administrator. In January 2004, Mr. Santacroce was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. Mr. Santacroce is a graduate of Bryant University.

Patricia Schaubeck

Executive Vice President and
General Counsel

Ms. Schaubeck is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Bank. Ms. Schaubeck is an attorney admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. Ms. Schaubeck joined 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.

Austin Stonitsch

Executive Vice President and
Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr. Stonitsch is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of the Bank. Prior to the merger on February 1, 2021, Mr. Stonitsch served in the same capacity for BNB Bank, joining BNB in 2016. Before joining the Bank, Mr. Stonitsch served as Head of Human Resources for Alma Bank and IDB Bank and held various senior positions at JP Morgan Chase. Mr. Stonitsch has a Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University.

Julie Levy

Senior Vice President and
Chief Marketing Officer

Ms. Levy is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the Bank. Prior to the merger on February 1, 2021, Ms. Levy served in the same capacity for BNB Bank. Before joining the Bank, Ms. Levy served as First Vice President, Retail Bank Marketing for People’s United Bank. Ms. Levy spent the majority of her career in Citibank’s Credit Card business, beginning in 1992. Ms. Levy has a Master of Business Administration from New York University.

Leslie Veluswamy

Senior Vice President and
Chief Accounting Officer

Ms. Veluswamy is Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of the Bank. Prior to the merger on February 1, 2021, Ms. Veluswamy served in the same capacity for the Bank since 2019. Ms. Veluswamy joined the Bank in June 2016 as Director of Financial Reporting. Before joining the Bank, Ms. Veluswamy served as Assistant Controller for Crystal and Company from 2014 through 2016 and as Audit Manager for Crowe LLP from 2008 to 2014. Ms. Veluswamy has a Master of Accounting from the University of Florida.