Anthony Bergamo has served as a Director of Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (the 'Company') since its formation in 1995 and as a Trustee or Director of The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh (the 'Bank') since 1986. Mr. Bergamo is a licensed attorney in New York and New Jersey and currently serves as Vice Chairman of MB Real Estate, headquartered in Manhattan, New York. Mr. Bergamo is also the chief executive officer of Niagara Falls Redevelopment LLC, Chairman of the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation and Audit Chairman of SP Acquisition Holdings, Inc. In 2002, Mr. Bergamo was elected a director of Lonestar Steakhouse and Saloon, Inc., a publicly traded company. Mr. Bergamo also serves as a member of the New York State Judicial Screening Committee and as a board member of the New York City division of Off Track Betting.
George L. Clark, Jr. has served as a Director of the Company since its formation in 1995 and as a Trustee or Director of the Bank since 1980. Mr. Clark is President of George L. Clark Inc. (Realtors), a New York State licensed real estate firm. Mr. Clark was a director of the Federal National Mortgage Association between 1986 and 1992, and a former Chairman of the New York State Republican Committee. Mr. Clark has been a licensed real estate broker for 46 years.
Steven D. Cohn has served as a Director of the Company since its formation in 1995 and as a Trustee or Director of the Bank since 1994. Mr. Cohn is the managing partner in the law firm of Goldberg and Cohn LLP, in Brooklyn Heights, New York.
Patrick E. Curtin has served as a Director of the Company since its formation in 1995 and as a Trustee or Director of the Bank since 1986. Mr. Curtin is a senior partner in the law firm of Conway Farrell Curtin & Kelly, P.C. ("Conway Farrell") in New York, New York.
Michael P. Devine has served as a Director of the Company since its formation in 1995 and as a Trustee or Director of the Bank since 1980. Mr. Devine has served as Vice Chairman of the Boards of both the Company and Bank since February 2014, and served as President of both the Company and Bank from 1997 through his retirement in 2015. Prior to his appointment as Vice Chairman, Mr. Devine served as COO of the Company from its inception in 1995 to February 2014, and of the Bank from 1989 to February 2014. Prior to Mr. Devine’s appointment as President, he served as EVP and Secretary of both the Company and the Bank. Mr. Devine joined the Bank in 1971 and has served as the Internal Auditor, Comptroller and Investment Officer. Prior to 1971, Mr. Devine served as a Senior Accountant with the firm of Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. From August 2001 through September 12, 2008, Mr. Devine served on the Board of Directors of Retirement Systems Group, Inc. From September 2007 through December 2014, Mr. Devine served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees of Long Island University. Since March 2009, Mr. Devine has served as a director of Pentegra Retirement Trust.
Robert C. Golden was appointed to the Board of Directors of both the Holding Company and the Bank in March 2011. Mr. Golden is currently retired, after having served from 1997 to 2010 as Executive Vice President of Corporate Operations and Systems at Prudential Financial, Inc. (previously Prudential Insurance Company of America), where he managed operations, technology infrastructure and communications and Administrative services for all of Prudential Financial Inc.'s subsidiary companies. From 1976 through 1997, Mr. Golden served in several capacities at Prudential Securities, Inc., formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prudential Insurance Company of America until majority ownership was sold in 2003, ending his tenure at Prudential Securities as Chief Administrative Officer in charge of operations, technology, systems infrastructure, communications, human resources, administrative services and real estate. Mr. Golden is a licensed member of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority as a General Securities Representative, as well as in the specialties of Financial and Operations Principal and Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination.
Kathleen M. Nelson was appointed to the Board of Directors of both the Holding Company and the Bank in March 2011. Ms. Nelson currently serves as managing principal of Bay Hollow Associates, a commercial real estate advisory firm that she co-founded in 2009, as well as President of KMN Associates, LLC, a commercial real estate consulting firm which she founded, and that provides consulting service to mixed-use and commercial retail real estate developers or owners. Ms. Nelson has also served in the mortgage and real estate division of TIAA-CREF from 1968 through 2004, retiring as the Managing Director and Group leader of the division. Ms. Nelson currently serves on the Board of Directors and Compensation Committees of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust focused on shopping center properties, as well as Apartment Investment and Management Co., a publicly traded owner and manager of rental apartments. Ms. Nelson also serves currently as a trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers ("ICSC"), where she chairs the Audit Committee and serves on the Nominating Committee, Investment and Employee Retirement Committee and the Architectural & Design Award Committee. She also serves as treasurer and a Director of ICSC's charitable foundation. Ms. Nelson is also a member of the advisory board of Castagna Realty Company, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation and the Anglo American Real Property Institute.
Vincent F. Palagiano has served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (the "Company") since its formation in 1995 and of The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh (the "Bank") since 1989. He has served as a Trustee or Director of the Bank since 1978. In addition, Mr. Palagiano has served on the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America, Brooklyn Division since 1999, and served on the Boards of Directors of the Institutional Investors Capital Appreciation Fund from 1996 to 2006, and The Community Banker's Association of New York from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Palagiano joined the Bank in 1970 as an appraiser and has also served as President of both the Company and the Bank, and as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank. Prior to 1970, Mr. Palagiano served in the real estate and mortgage departments at other financial institutions and title companies.
Joseph J. Perry has served as a Director of both the Company and Bank since September 2005, and as a Director of the Bank's wholly-owned subsidiary, Havemeyer Equities, Inc., from January 2004 through August 2005. He is currently a partner at Marcum & Kliegman LLP, a public accounting and consulting firm headquartered in Melville, New York, where he has served as the partner-in-charge of the Long Island Tax Department since July 2004. Prior to joining Marcum & Kliegman LLP, Mr. Perry was a tax partner at one of the leading "Big 5" accounting firms and provided services to several financial services companies throughout the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Perry is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Public Accountants. He has additionally served as a member of the advisory board to Suffolk Community College.
Omer S.J. Williams has served as a Director of both the Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (the "Company") and The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh (the "Bank") since July 2006. Prior to his retirement in early 2009, Mr. Williams was a partner at Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP, where he served as both the Chairman of the firm's Executive Committee and the Managing Partner of the firm. Mr. Williams has more than 40 years of experience in corporate and financial institution law, including securities and mortgage finance issues.