Bank of Greene County announces recent promotions

Contributed photoPictured from the left top to bottom are Brian Stickles, Don Gibson, Stacey Sawicki, Nick Frantjeskos, Cheryl Rothkranz, Rob Agostinoni, Marny Joyce, Kaleigh Borneman, Joe Szepessy, Allen Austin. Bob Gibson is not pictured.

CATSKILL — Donald Gibson, President & CEO of the Bank of Greene County, announces employee promotions across the bank. He said, “Due to the continued growth and success of the Bank, it is my pleasure to announce we have promoted several dedicated employees to positions of increased responsibility within various departments. It is particularly rewarding when all of the employees promoted are from within our company, and have grown with us over the years.”

Robert Agostinoni has been promoted to Vice President of Commercial Lending and Business Development. Agostinoni has worked for the bank for more than 15 years, in positions of increased responsibility in both residential and commercial lending. Agostinoni has a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the College of St. Rose. He serves on the Board of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, and lives in Cairo.

Brian Stickles has been promoted to Vice President of Commercial Lending and Business Development. He began his career with the bank more than 14 years ago, and has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in the Bank’s Commercial Lending Department. Stickles has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia-Greene Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the College of Saint Rose. He is a resident of Germantown, and serves on the boards of Columbia Economic Development Corporation and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Allen Austin IV has been promoted to Vice President, Director of Corporate Cash Management & Administration. Austin has been with the bank for more than six years, and has led the Bank’s Corporate Cash Management program for several years. He is a graduate of Babson College in Boston, Mass. with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He earned his Master’s degree and an Executive Certificate in Leadership from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Austin was honored by the New York State Assembly as the 2009 Greene County Citizen of the Year. He is very involved in the local community, and is a board member of the Greene County Economic Development Corporation and Catskill Educational Foundation. He lives in Catskill.

Nicholas Frantjeskos has been promoted to Assistant Vice President of BSA & Operational Support. Frantjeskos has worked at the bank for more than 10 years, where he began his career in the Branch Network. He has held a variety of positions of increased responsibility, both in the Branches and back office. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master’s of Business Administration from Utica College, concentrating in Economic Crime and Fraud Management. He also has a certificate of Law and Banking through American Bankers Association and is a certified IRA Specialist. Frantjeskos lives in Greenville.

Robert Gibson has been promoted to Senior Advisor, Municipal Banking Officer. Gibson works with the bank’s Municipal Team and was previously with JPMorgan Chase for 35 years. As a Vice President at JPMorgan Chase, he was responsible for municipal efforts with local governments and school districts in Northeastern New York. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. He lives in Clifton Park and has served on both the planning board and zoning boards for the Town of Clifton Park.

Cheryl Rothkranz has been promoted to Credit Manager & Officer. She started with the Bank more than four years ago as a credit analyst before being promoted to Credit Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from State University of New York at Cortland and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Marist College. Rothkranz is a board member and treasurer for the East Hudson Women’s Soccer League.

Joseph Szepessy has been promoted to Portfolio Manager and Business Development Specialist. Szepessy has worked for the Bank more than four years, and has held positions of increasing responsibilities in the Commercial Lending department. He is a graduate of the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the College of Saint Rose. Szepessy serves on the finance committee for Greene Land Trust and lives in Athens.

Marny Joyce has been promoted to Senior Commercial Loan Originator. Joyce joined the bank more than 10 years ago, working in Operations and Customer Service before holding positions of increased responsibility in the Lending department. She attended Houghton College and the Management School in Madison, WI. Joyce lives in Catskill.

Stacey Sawicki has been promoted to Senior Commercial Loan Originator. Sawicki has worked for the bank more than five years in the Lending department. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Binghamton University. Sawicki lives in Athens and is a dance teacher and Administrator at Creative Studio of Dance in Coxsackie, and a member of the Greene County Capital District YMCA.

Kaleigh Borneman has been promoted to Assistant Branch Manager. Borneman joined the bank two years ago as a teller, and has held positions of increased responsibility within the Branch network. She is currently attending the Leadership Development Institute Program with the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Borneman is a graduate of Red Hook High School and lives in Red Hook.

Headquartered in Catskill, the Bank of Greene County is the only locally based bank with offices in Greene, Albany, Columbia and Ulster counties. Proudly serving the Hudson Valley for more than 130 years.

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