A Note from Our President

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You may have heard!

Over the past several months, we have been busy putting Excellence in Orange to work here at Orange County Trust Company. You may see it in our new advertising campaign or have heard about it in the news, so let me take this opportunity to share some of our exciting – make that Excellence – news with you, our valued customers, friends and shareholders.

Excellence in Orange is a statement reflecting our mission in the communities we serve. The bank was founded in Orange County, New York 123 years ago. As we broaden our footprint to other regions, we will continue to deliver unparalleled service, never losing sight of our founding principles that demand a customer-first approach to banking. That is how we live Excellence in Orange, every day.

The Bank’s Board of Directors and I see real, unmet growth opportunities for community banking, and for Orange County Trust, in particular. To that end, I am pleased to announce the hiring of three new senior bank officers.

John Bartolotta, Joe Ruhl and Kate Maloney have extensive experience in community banking and loan, deposit and trust services. 

John Bartolotta and Joe Ruhl will serve as Regional Presidents in Rockland and Westchester Counties, respectively. Each will support our expansion into these counties and the establishment of Orange County Trust’s first full service branches in Rockland and Westchester.

These branches will operate under a division of Orange County Trust Company.

John and Joe come to us as highly respected bankers and business leaders.

Both are exceptionally experienced and have outstanding track records helping small to medium sized companies finance and grow their businesses in Rockland and Westchester.

John Bartolotta joins us from Hudson Valley Bank (HVB), where he served as Division Executive responsible for all commercial banking.  

Joe Ruhl also joins from HVB. He spent the first part of his career as an attorney prior to joining Hudson Valley Bank 13 years ago as head of its Attorney Banking segment.  

Kate Maloney, SVP is our new Director of Trust Services.  She has spent the majority of her career in the mid-Hudson Valley, working in bank trust departments after beginning her career in branch banking.  In addition to experience across a broad range of trust business, Kate has developed particular expertise in "special needs" trusts.

I am also pleased to announce that Greg Sousa has joined the bank as Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager.

Greg will primarily support growth of the Bank in Rockland County and assist with establishment of our new branch in White Plains. Greg also comes to us from Hudson Valley Bank, where he most recently served as a Senior Vice President and Branch Administrator. He was also recognized as one of Rockland County’s “Forty under 40” and is a graduate of Leadership Rockland.

We are excited to have these experienced professionals join the Orange team and are confident they will help our Bank grow stronger.  They also position us to more fully service your financial needs and provide an even higher level of Excellence.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please feel free to email me at mgilfeather@orangecountytrust.com or call me directly at 845-341-5127.

Very truly yours,
Michael J. Gilfeather
President & CEO