Background of Directors
R. Michael Briggs, President & CEO
Mr. Briggs is the president & chief executive officer of USNY Bank. He has significant experience in banking, finance, insurance, and economic development. He is a graduate of Cornell University and has attended executive education sessions at the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School). He has been active in many community and civic endeavors, including serving as board chairman of Finger Lakes Health (Geneva, NY) and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital (Penn Yan, NY). He served 10 years on the Yates County Legislature and formerly was vice president on the Board of Education for the Penn Yan Central School District. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station plus the boards of Atlantic Community Bankers Bank, and Independent Bankers Association of New York State. He formerly served on boards for the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, Finger Lakes Health, the Finger Lakes Community College Foundation, and several other community organizations.
H. Todd Bullard, Director
H. Todd Bullard is an attorney with the Harris Beach law firm in Pittsford, N.Y. The practice focuses on public finance, economic development, business and litigation. He has a bachelor's degree from Alleghany College and a law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. In the community, he currently serves on the board of Nazareth Schools and is a board trustee for the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester. He was a Monroe County legislator from 1995 to 2005.
H. Taylor Fitch, Director
Mr. Fitch is the former owner of F&W Parts, an automotive supply business that he operated from 1973-1999. He is a graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. He also served in the US Army in Italy. Mr. Fitch is a former chairman of the Yates County Legislature and a former chairman of the board of the Yates County Industrial Development Agency. He is also former chair of Finger Lakes Health and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital. He currently is on the board of Healthcare Trustees of New York State. He has also participated in numerous community and civic roles.
Jeffrey S. Gifford, Chairman of the Board
Jeffrey S. Gifford is the president and chief executive officer of The Birkett Mills in Penn Yan. The company was established in 1797 and manufactures buckwheat and wheat products for wholesale and retail customers. He is also president and chief executive officer of Crooked Lake Management, Inc., which is the holding company for Carey's Lumber & Building Supply and Carey's True Value, both located in Penn Yan. He is the immediate past chairman of the board of directors of the Genesee Reserve Supply Company in Rochester, and is a member of the executive committee for Section V Boys' Basketball where he also serves as southern tier coordinator. He has served twice as chairman of the Yates County Industrial Agency.
Murray Heaton, Director
Mr. Heaton currently serves as an attorney with Heaton & Venuti LLP, a law firm in Geneva, NY. The law firm focuses on business, real estate, and related disciplines. Mr. Heaton is a graduate of Oberlin College and received his JD from Boston University. He has served his community on the boards of several community and civic organizations. He is currently board chair on The Smith Center For The Arts.
J. Michael Moffat, Director
Mr. Moffat is the chief executive officer of Black Ash Holdings in Cooperstown, NY. This business operates The Blue Mingo Grill, Sam Smith's Boatyard and Lake Classic Outfitters, and is the former publisher of The Freeman's Journal, a newspaper founded in Cooperstown by Judge William Cooper in 1808. Mr. Moffat graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio. He is on the board of directors for The Scriven Foundation, The Farmers' Museum and Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown and The Island School Foundation in Boca Grande, Florida. He has also served as the chairman on the board of trustees of The Brookwood School, was president of The Cooperstown Country Club and on the boards of Hyde Hall, the Otsego Land Trust, Otsego 2000, and the Otsego County Conservation Association. He was also appointed a commissioner of the Central New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission by Governor George Pataki in 1997.
Alexandra Karlow Nolan, Vice Chairwoman
Ms. Nolan is a graduate of Smith College and The Harvard Business School. She began her career as an analyst with the Government Affairs Office of American Express Company. She later joined Shearson/American Express, becoming the director of branch analysis and planning. Subsequently, she served as the editorial finance manager of Time Warner's LIFE Magazine. Her more recent focus has been on volunteering in her local community and schools. She has served as a trustee of the Montclair Kimberley Academy. Alex lives with her husband in Montclair, NJ, and also spends time at their farm property in Genoa, NY.
Robert O'Neill, Director
Prior to joining Union Labor Life Insurance Company in Washington D.C. in 2000, Robert O'Neill spent 39 years on Wall Street as a general partner of L.F. Rothschild and as an executive vice president of Tucker Anthony. Mr. O'Neill has served as an expert witness for FINRA, where he is presently a consultant on Municipal Financing. Mr. O'Neill is a former officer of the United States Air Force, receiving the commendation medal. He is a graduate civil engineer from Manhattan College and has served civic, cultural and professional organizations.
Robert Ranger, Director Emeritus
Robert Ranger has 40 years of experience in commercial banking, working half of his tenure as a senior bank executive. He was regional president at Fleet Bank, N.A. in New York State and had additional responsibilities for statewide consumer, small business, credit card and mortgage portfolios along with coordinating all CRA Activities. His career involved major responsibilities in commercial lending and municipal finance. He was also president and chief executive officer of Wyoming County Bank. He currently owns and operates RWR Funding, providing a broad range of consulting and arranging taxable and tax-exempt financing. His major clients are municipalities, health care, public schools, volunteer fire companies, community banks and corporate entities. Mr. Ranger graduated from Cornell University and Rutgers University, Stonier School of Banking.
Steven Smith, Director
Steven Smith is the owner of G & S Construction, a high-end residential building and remodeling company. He is also co-owner of Cooperstown Self Storage and the Schuyler Lake Hotel. Mr. Smith has served as a Community Board Member for the Bank of Cooperstown, a unit of USNY Bank. He is the owner and team director of Paceline Sports, an elite northeast bicycle race team. He is also a professional cycler, and volunteers with the Safe Kids Bike Coalition, as well as the Cooperstown Chapter Girls on the Run. He is a past planning board member of the Town of Otsego, as well as a past member of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Smith graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a lifelong resident of Cooperstown, where he resides with his wife, Sheri, who is the manager of Sperbecks grocery store, a fourth generation family business. They have one daughter, Ariel, who resides in California.