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Board of Directors

GRB was founded by entrepreneurs. That spirit guides how we do business to this day. Our team truly understands the local business climate, thanks to our own personal experience. We maintain a board of experienced local board members who are focused on the local economy, and provide sound guidance for the bank.

 

Chairman

 

E. Philip Saunders

President & CEO, Saunders Management Co.

 

Philip Saunders began his business career in 1958 at his father's gas station, and built it into the Truckstops of America chain, and later Travel Centers of America. He is also credited with growing the Sugar Creek convenience stores during his tenure as Owner of Griffith Oil Company. Mr. Saunders has successfully diversified his interests to auto and truck rental, recreation and tourism, packaged foods, property management, and banking. His previous business history includes owner of Econocar International, owner of Richardson Foods, chief executive officer of American Rock Salt, and Sr. Vice President of Ryder Systems. Mr. Saunders currently serves on the board of directors for Paul Smith's College, the American Red Cross in Rochester, the National Association of Truckstop Operators Foundation, and the Rochester Institute of Technology, home of the E. Philip Saunders College of Business. His past service incorporates membership on the board of directors of several organizations, including Rochester General Hospital, Excellus BlueCross/BlueShield, Fleet Bank, and the Boys Scouts of America-Steuben Area Council. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the community, including the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award from the Rochester Institute of Technology College of Business, a Doctorate of Commercial Science from Paul Smiths College, the Teddi Award from Camp Good Days and Special Times, the Livingston County Citizen of the Year, the AT&T Commitment to Community Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester, and he was elected to the Rochester Business Hall of Fame in 2004.

 

Directors

 

Ronald Billitier

President, Billitier Electric, Inc.

 

Ron Billitier owns Billitier Electric Inc. which employs approximately 100 electricians throughout the year. Established in 1970 out of his home, it has grown from a mid-sized company to one of the largest commercial/industrial union electrical contractors in New York State. He is also a member of the St. John Fisher College Board of Trustees, University of Rochester’s James P. Wilmot Cancer Center Board, and University of Rochester Eye Institute Board.

 

Anthony Cotroneo

Partner, Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP

 

Anthony Cotroneo is a partner in the Business Finance Department; the Private Equity Practice Group; the Franchising; Distribution and Dealership Practice Group; and the Construction Law Practice Group. His business law practice includes mergers, acquisitions, sales, and spin offs. Mr. Cotroneo is the chair of the firm’s Private Equity Practice Group, where he represents Private Equity Firms, Angel Investors, and Issuers in Private Equity transactions, including assisting in defining the rights and preferences of securities, developing capital structures and deal structures for start-up and growth stage companies. As the chair of the firm’s Franchising Distribution and Dealership Practice Group, Mr. Cotroneo has assisted Franchisors and Franchisees in the preparation and review of Uniform Franchise Offering Circulars (UFOC) and Franchise Agreements. He also provides counsel to regional and national Distributors and Dealers in all activities, including preparing agreements and implementing dealer and distributor systems. Mr. Cotroneo's construction law practice includes representing owners, construction managers, general contractors and sub-contractors in all aspects of construction matters. Mr. Cotroneo is a member of the Board of the Rochester Italian Heritage Foundation, Empire State Lyric Theatre, the Rochester Business Alliance and is a Board member and Past President of the Small Business Council, an affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance.

 

Eli N. Futerman

Co-President, Hahn Automotive Warehouse, Inc.

 

Eli Futerman is co-President of Hahn Automotive, a leading regional distributor of auto parts to more than 1,400 independent and company-owned jobbers along the Eastern Seaboard and in the Midwest. He is the Chairman of Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc., and also serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Rochester's James P. Wilmot Cancer Center and Odyssey Software, Inc. Mr. Futerman is the Chairman of the Financial Resource Development Committee of the Rochester United Jewish Communities Campaign, and a Vice President and sits on the Board of Directors of the Rochester Jewish Community Federation. Along with his co-president, Daniel Chessin, Mr. Futerman was named 2010 Business Person of the Year by the Rochester Small Business Council.

 

Dan Gullace

Partner, Fulton, Friedman & Gullace, LLP

 

A founding partner in Genesee Regional Bank, Dan Gullace has enjoyed a successful legal career. Before his partnership at Fulton, Friedman & Gullace, he retired as a partner at Gullace & Weld LLP.

 

Daniel Hogan

President, Crane-Hogan Structural Systems

 

Co-founded by Dan Hogan, Crane-Hogan specializes in new construction and rehabilitation of highways, bridges, parking garages, dams, buildings and both sewer and water treatment plants. Recent projects include Frontier Field Stadium, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, the Irondequoit Bay Swing Bridge, the rebuilding of the Bay Bridge over Irondequoit Bay, and work on the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge and the O’Rorke Bridge over the Genesee River. Mr. Hogan is on the Board of Directors of UNICON, Genesee Transportation Council, Monroe County Empire Zone, America Rock Salt Corporation, and The Hughes Corporation. Additionally, he serves as a member of the SUNY Brockport College Council and is a trustee for the Rochester Laborers Welfare & Pension Fund.

John Holahan

Retired President, Travel Ports of America

 

John LiDestri

President, LiDestri Foods, Inc.

John LiDestri is the president and CEO of LiDestri Foods Inc. Starting his career at Ragu Foods, Inc., he went on to become CEO of Cantisano Foods, Inc. Becoming sole owner when the Cantisano family stepped down, he renamed the company LiDestri Foods, Inc.

 

Michelle Paroda

Vice President of Operations, Ramsey Constructors

 

Michelle Paroda joined Ramsey Constructors, her brother’s construction company, in 2002. She previously was Vice President of Customer Service at Frontier Communications and Senior Vice President at Choice One Communications. Together with her brother, she also invests in commercial real estate in Dansville, NY. Ms. Paroda serves on the board of Directors of UNICON.

 

Philip Pecora

President & CEO, Genesee Regional Bank

 

Steven Sauer

President, North Central Region, Toshiba Business Solutions

 

Steven Sauer joined Toshiba Business Solutions New York in 1995. Under his leadership, the former struggling $10 million business has grown to a profitable $45 million company. Mr. Sauer previously served as second vice president at Chase Manhattan Bank and assistant vice president at Fleet Bank. He is Vice Chairman of the Unity Health System board and serves on the boards of the Geneseo Foundation, Seneca Park Zoo Society, Canfield and Tack, and FM Resources. Mr. Sauer has been Chairman of the Unity Health Foundation board of directors, is a Past President of the Mental Health Association, board member of the Small Business Council of Greater Rochester, member of SUNY Geneseo John Wiley Jones School of Business Advisory Board, and a board member of Entrepreneurial Partnership for Nazareth College. In 2007, Mr. Sauer was named Business Person of the Year from the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce, and he received the Jack Palvino award from the Heart of Gold Foundation for his contribution to youth sports. In 2006, his company was awarded the Rochester Business Ethics Award, and it earned Certified Dealer Status for Client Satisfaction by J. D. Power and Associates. Steven Sauer was awarded Small Business Person of the Year in 2002 by Rochester’s Chamber of Commerce, and was also awarded Upstate NY Finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2003. He is also a recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s Forty under 40 award, and was awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Mental Health Association.

 

Daniel Tessoni

Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology

 

Dan Tessoni is an assistant professor of Accounting in the Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology and a CPA. He received his Ph.D. in Accounting from Syracuse University, a MS from Clarkson and a bachelor's degree from St. John Fisher College. He has presented seminars and executive programs on accounting and finance related issues to numerous companies including Constellation Brands, ITT Industries Eastman Kodak, Xerox, Bausch & Lomb, Chase Manhattan Bank, First Empire Bank and Apple Computer. Dr. Tessoni has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of ACC Corp., a publicly- held long distance and cellular telephone company from 1987 until 1998 when the company was purchased by AT&T, and as chairman of the Audit Committee, and as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Executive Committee and several special committees. Serving on the boards of several privately held corporations, his research interests are in the areas of agency theory and positive accounting theory.