Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Michael P. Puorro
Michael P. Puorro
CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT & CEO
Michael P. Puorro Mr. Puorro has over 30 years banking experience and over 25 years as a senior banking executive in all facets of developing successful financial institutions. Since 2012, Mr. Puorro has served as the Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Hanover Community Bank, and its holding company since its inception in 2016. Mr. Puorro coordinated an effort to reorganize and recapitalize Hanover through a revamped Board of Directors and new management team. In approximately five years, the Bank’s equity position has increased by $60 million while producing 117% stock price appreciation. Further, during this time, Hanover has grown its asset base tenfold and has consistently displayed a track record of record earnings and best in class asset quality. Today, Hanover is one of New York’s fastest growing community banks and is class leading in many financial metrics. Prior to Hanover, Mr. Puorro was the Co-Chairman and President of Madison National Bancorp, Inc. and Madison National Bank where he was a leading member of Madison’s entrepreneurial group and executive management team that raised $32.5 million in capital from a private placement. Prior to this, Mr. Puorro served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of New York Community Bancorp, Inc. where he was directly responsible for managing the financial functions of the fourth largest thrift in the United States with over $24 billion in assets and $5 billion in market capitalization. Before his tenure with New York Community Bank, Mr. Puorro served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Roslyn Bancorp, Inc. where he coordinated Company growth from less than $1 billion to over $12 billion in assets, and from five to forty full service retail locations. Mr. Puorro was a former senior member in the Financial Services Group of KPMG LLP, specializing in financial institutions ranging in size from local community banks to super money center institutions. Mr. Puorro serves as a Board member of the New York Bankers Association which serves as the State’s preeminent provider of legislative and regulatory services to a unified banking industry. Mr. Puorro earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Dowling College’s School of Professional Accountancy, and in addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. In May 2012, Mr. Puorro received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Human Letters from Dowling College.
Brian K. Finneran
Brian K. Finneran
E.V.P. & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Brian K. Finneran Mr. Finneran has over 35 years of experience in the banking industry with an extensive tenure as a Chief Financial Officer of Long Island-based, publicly-traded community banks. At Hanover, Mr. Finneran has responsibility for all facets of financial management including budgeting, strategic planning, treasury and asset/liability management, tax and investor relations. Mr. Finneran is also the Chief Financial Officer of the Bank’s holding company. In previous assignments, Mr. Finneran has also worked extensively with institutional investors in raising capital and disposing of problem assets. Prior to joining Hanover in 2017, Mr. Finneran was the former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Directors at Suffolk Bancorp (SCNB) from 2012-2017. Mr. Finneran was a member of the executive management team that remediated SCNB’s regulatory problems, helped restore it to profitability and increased its market capitalization from $100 million to $500 million over a five-year period. SCNB was sold to People’s United Bancorp in 2017. Prior to his tenure at SCNB, Mr. Finneran was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at State Bancorp, Inc. from 1990 until its sale to Valley National Bancorp in 2012. Prior to his tenure at State Bancorp, Mr. Finneran held various accounting and finance positions at Nat West Bank USA and Irving Trust Company. Mr. Finneran is the past recipient of the SmartCEO Magazine Executive Management Award in the CFO category, and he is also a former Long Island Business News CFO of the Year award winner. Mr. Finneran is a Certified Risk Professional with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Baruch College and an MBA in Finance from Pace University.
Denise Chardavoyne
Denise Chardavoyne
E.V.P. & CHIEF RETAIL & INFORMATION OFFICER
Denise Chardavoyne Ms. Chardavoyne brings to Hanover extensive expertise in all facets of Information Technology, Operations, and Retail Banking. At Hanover, Ms. Chardavoyne is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of IT, Retail Banking, and Operational initiatives that align with Hanover’s corporate objectives. Ms. Chardavoyne is also responsible for driving retail business development through the implementation of a sales culture throughout the branch network, as well as assisting in the identification, procurement and successful opening of future branch locations. Prior to joining the Hanover team in May 2018, Ms. Chardavoyne served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Amalgamated Bank, and Chief Information Officer at Suffolk County National Bank (SCNB). Before SCNB, Ms. Chardavoyne served as a Senior Vice President and Director of Deployment for Citibank N.A., where she led a key deployment initiative that drove global modernization and technology expansion across 1000+ branches. Ms. Chardavoyne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science/Mathematics from Hofstra University.
Lisa A. DiIorio
Lisa A. DiIorio
S.V.P & CHIEF ACCOUNTING OFFICER
Lisa A. DiIorio Ms. DiIorio has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry and oversees the operations and administrative functions of the Finance Division including accounting, financial reporting, policy development and internal controls. Ms. DiIorio serves as liaison for the Company’s external auditors and is also the Assistant Secretary of the Bank’s holding company since its inception in 2016. Prior to joining Hanover in 2016, Ms. DiIorio served as Vice President and Principal Accounting Officer at Bridgehampton National Bank. She has also served as Controller for a number of banking institutions including The First National Bank of Long Island, Madison National Bank and New York Community Bank. Ms. DiIorio was a senior accountant in the Financial Services Group of the public accounting firm of KPMG LLP where she specialized in audits of public financial institutions, brokers and dealers of securities, credit unions and various commercial entities. Ms. DiIorio earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University and an MBA in Finance from Dowling College. Ms. DiIorio is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Alice T. Rouse
Alice T. Rouse
S.V.P. & CHIEF RISK OFFICER
Alice T. Rouse Ms. Rouse has over 25 years of banking experience and oversees all enterprise risk management functions including the operation and administration of Hanover’s Corporate Compliance area and activities relating to the Community Reinvestment Act. Ms. Rouse also serves as the liaison for the Bank’s outsourced internal audit function, administers the vendor management process and ensures that the Bank’s internal operating policies are designed to minimize risk and comply with regulatory requirements. Prior to joining Hanover in March 2017, Ms. Rouse served in many financial and audit capacities at Astoria Bank for 24 years, including the Director of Financial Reporting and Internal Audit Liaison. Ms. Rouse was an integral part of Astoria Bank’s Initial Public Offering and three acquisitions which allowed Astoria to grow from $4.0 billion in assets to the fourth largest thrift in the United States with over $15 billion in assets. Prior to joining Astoria Bank in 1993, Ms. Rouse was an Audit Manager in the Financial Services Group of the public accounting firm of KPMG LLP, specializing in financial institutions. Ms. Rouse serves on the Board of Trustees (as well as a member of the Executive and Audit Committees) of Variety Child Learning Center (VCLC), a preschool for children with developmental disabilities. In April 2016, Ms. Rouse received the Arnold Greenberg award from VCLC for her dedication and service to the school. Ms. Rouse earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State.

Board of Directors

Michael P. Puorro
Michael P. Puorro
Chairman
Michael P. Puorro Mr. Puorro has over 30 years banking experience and over 25 years as a senior banking executive in all facets of developing successful financial institutions. Since 2012, Mr. Puorro has served as the Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Hanover Community Bank, and its holding company since its inception in 2016. Mr. Puorro coordinated an effort to reorganize and recapitalize Hanover through a revamped Board of Directors and new management team. In approximately five years, the Bank’s equity position has increased by $60 million while producing 117% stock price appreciation. Further, during this time, Hanover has grown its asset base tenfold and has consistently displayed a track record of record earnings and best in class asset quality. Today, Hanover is one of New York’s fastest growing community banks and is class leading in many financial metrics. Prior to Hanover, Mr. Puorro was the Co-Chairman and President of Madison National Bancorp, Inc. and Madison National Bank where he was a leading member of Madison’s entrepreneurial group and executive management team that raised $32.5 million in capital from a private placement. Prior to this, Mr. Puorro served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of New York Community Bancorp, Inc. where he was directly responsible for managing the financial functions of the fourth largest thrift in the United States with over $24 billion in assets and $5 billion in market capitalization. Before his tenure with New York Community Bank, Mr. Puorro served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Roslyn Bancorp, Inc. where he coordinated Company growth from less than $1 billion to over $12 billion in assets, and from five to forty full service retail locations. Mr. Puorro was a former senior member in the Financial Services Group of KPMG LLP, specializing in financial institutions ranging in size from local community banks to super money center institutions. Mr. Puorro serves as a Board member of the New York Bankers Association which serves as the State’s preeminent provider of legislative and regulatory services to a unified banking industry. Mr. Puorro earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Dowling College’s School of Professional Accountancy, and in addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. In May 2012, Mr. Puorro received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Human Letters from Dowling College.
Varkey Abraham
Varkey Abraham
Varkey Abraham Mr. Abraham is a founding director of Hanover Community Bank. Mr. Abraham is the principal owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Eric’s shoe stores chain in the United States, Abraham and Sons Leather Company and VA Smith Shoe Company International. Further, Mr. Abraham is a real estate investor and serves as Chairman of the Pravasi television channel and is the President of the Queens Village New York Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Abraham is the former two-term President of the Indo-American Malayalee Chamber of Commerce and also served as a Sabha Council Member for Saint Thomas Mar Thoma Church. Mr. Abraham was born in Kerala, India and is well known in the South Indian Community.
Frank V. Carone
Frank V. Carone
Frank V. Carone Mr. Carone is an executive partner in the full-service law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP. Prior to joining his current firm, Mr. Carone was a founding partner in the Law Office of Seddio & Carone, LLC. Mr. Carone earned his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, where he graduated in the top of his class and received the award for American Jurisprudence in Legal Ethics. Mr. Carone has extensive experience in many complex areas of the law including complex Civil and Criminal matters for Individuals, Corporations, Governmental Agencies, NFPs, Professional practices and Family offices, as well as counselling clients in various government relations strategies. Mr. Carone was appointed to the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission in 2011 and completed his term of service with the Commission at the end of 2016. In 2017, Mr. Carone was appointed Chair to the newly formed New York State Bar Association Committee on Transportation Law which will focus on issues associated with Ride-Sharing Services and Driverless vehicles. Mr. Carone graduated from The School of Mortgage Banking in 1999 and founded a multi-state mortgage bank with over 200 employees that he subsequently merged into a larger mortgage bank. Mr. Carone served in the United States Marine Corps from 1993 to 1995 where he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. Mr. Carone has been a member of the New York State Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Brooklyn Bar Association (where he presently serves as First Vice President), The American Association of Bank Directors, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Kings County Criminal Bar Association and the Columbian Lawyers Association. Mr. Carone serves on the Board and is Chair of the Audit Committee of the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council ('RBSCC')(now RiseBoro). RBSCC is a non-profit which serves 30,000 constituents and has a budget of almost $100 million. Mr. Carone also previously served on the Board and as Audit Chair of the Catholic Foundation of Brooklyn and Queens. Mr. Carone joined the founding Advisory Board of the New York League of Independent Bankers and also serves on the Board at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Mr. Carone has been designated a Super Lawyer in Government Relations since 2016, a distinction earned by only five percent of the lawyers in the New York metro area.
Robert Golden
Robert Golden
Robert Golden Mr. Golden’s family is the legacy co-founder of the Snapple Beverage Corporation which produced one of the nation's leading flavored beverages. By the time the Company was purchased by the Quaker Oats Company in 1994, it produced annual sales revenue of $700 million. Today, Mr. Golden is the Founder and CEO of TREO Brands, an innovative beverage company focused on plant-based hydration. Mr. Golden is President of Golden Properties Group LLC which is an active investor in commercial office buildings and retail and residential properties in New York City and the surrounding areas, as well as throughout the Midwest. Prior to forming Golden Properties Group LLC, Mr. Golden was the owner of one of the largest cleaning and security companies in New York (Golden Mark). His company serviced mainly large office buildings and financial institutions. Mr. Golden is a contributor to many charitable organizations and is currently on the Nassau County Police Department Foundation Advisory Board. Mr. Golden attended the University of Bridgeport.
Ahron H. Haspel
Ahron H. Haspel
Ahron H. Haspel Mr. Haspel is an active investor and an attorney and CPA specialized in the tax area. He retired from Jones Day in January 2011 where he served as a partner specializing in the corporate tax and mergers acquisitions area. Prior to joining Jones Day in February 2005, Mr. Haspel was a partner at KPMG and served on its Board of Directors and in a number of leadership positions. While on the Board of KPMG, Mr. Haspel served on the firm's Audit, Compensation and Strategic Planning Committees. Mr. Haspel was the lead tax partner on some of KPMG’s most prestigious accounts, including Pfizer, Icahn Holdings and Norwest Financial (Wells Fargo). Mr. Haspel has written and lectured extensively on mergers and acquisitions, and partnership transactions. Mr. Haspel serves as a member of the Board and Trustee of North European Oil Royalty Trust (NRT) a New York stock exchange listed company and serves as Chairman of NRT’s Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Haspel is a qualified financial expert for SEC purposes. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Long Island University, his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School and his LLM degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law. He is a Certified Public Accountant and an active member of the New York Bar. He is also a member of the Board of a number of philanthropic organizations.
Dr. Michael Katz
Dr. Michael Katz
Dr. Michael Katz Dr. Katz is an active financial institution investor and highly experienced and accomplished board-certified otolaryngologist and possesses extreme business development capabilities in the Long Island marketplace. Dr. Katz has been in practice with Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates of New York, P.C. since 1969. For over 35 years, he served as President of the group practice which is one of the largest multi-specialty practices of its kind with offices located throughout Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, and the Bronx. While serving as President, Dr. Katz oversaw a growing practice of over 200 employees in multiple locations including over 30 physicians and physician assistants/nurse practitioners, specializing in otolaryngology, allergy & immunology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, audiology, sleep disorders and speech and swallowing disorders. Dr. Katz earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his medical degree from the State University of New York, Downstate. He went on to complete general surgery training at Kings County Hospital in New York and then did his residency in otolaryngology at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Katz was Chief of Ear, Nose and Throat (“ENT”) at Flushing Hospital and was previously Chief of ENT at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens. Apart from the medical field, Dr. Katz serves as Co-Chairman of the Fisher Island Condo Board #2, is highly active in the area of environmental issues and is a large contributor to the UJA-Federation of NY.
Philip A. Okun
Philip A. Okun
Philip A. Okun Mr. Okun is a founding director of Hanover Community Bank. Additionally, he has been Chairman of the Loan Committee since the Bank’s inception. Mr. Okun has been in the commercial real estate industry for more than 30 years. As President of Polimeni International, Mr. Okun was responsible for the Company’s development program in Poland, having successfully completed numerous shopping centers throughout the country. As President of its affiliate company, Skyline Management Corp., he was responsible for the management of a 3,000,000 square foot portfolio of office buildings and shopping centers on Long Island and the east coast. Further, his experience includes redevelopment, leasing, financing, and brokerage. Mr. Okun is a founding partner of Realty Connect USA, LLC. Realty Connect currently has over 800 sales agents in 14 offices on Long Island and Queens. Mr. Okun is a licensed real estate broker in New York and Florida. He is author of the book “Make Money On Main Street” and a licensed sea captain. Mr. Okun earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
John W. Sapanski
John W. Sapanski
John W. Sapanski Mr. Sapanski possesses over 50 years of banking, commercial lending and commercial real estate experience. Mr. Sapanski began his banking career at The Dime Savings Bank of New York where he served in the positions of Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and finally President and Chief Operations Officer, before leaving in 1987. In 1988, Mr. Sapanski joined Florida Federal Bank as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Sapanski joined Florida Federal after the Bank became a troubled institution and was retained by the RTC to assist in the sale of the Bank. In 1993, Mr. Sapanski was part of an investor group that purchased Republic Bank in Florida and became their Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. While leading Republic, Mr. Sapanski grew the Bank from 4 branches to 85 branches before retiring in 1999. In 2000, Mr. Sapanski joined the Board of Clarity Bank.com and subsequently became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and facilitated the Bank’s sale in 2004. Mr. Sapanski holds both a Bachelor of Business Administration and MBA in Accounting and Finance from Baruch School, City College of New York and graduated with honors from the Banking Program at Brown University and the Management Program at The University of Massachusetts.
John R. Sorrenti
John R. Sorrenti
John R. Sorrenti Mr. Sorrenti, FAIA, is Founder and President of JRS Architect, P.C., a full service architectural, interior design and preservation firm serving the greater New York City region. Since its inception in 1986, the firm has received numerous design awards under his leadership. Mr. Sorrenti has served on many committees both for American Institute of Architects (AIA) and National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) rising to the President of the New York State AIA, Vice President of the National AIA and Regional Director for the NCARB’s national board. Mr. Sorrenti chaired the AIA/College of Fellows’ Regional Representative Program nationally for six years and in 2016 was the Chancellor for the College of Fellows. He remains on the New York State Education Board of Architecture as an Extended Member, previously serving as Chair and is currently Chair of North Hempstead’s Landmarks Commission. In 1991, Mr. Sorrenti helped to form the guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and in 1993 assisted with the New York City ADA Code. Mr. Sorrenti has served on the National Architectural Accrediting Board Committee for college accreditation and has performed reviews of his peers for the American Council of Engineering Companies. In 2008, Mr. Sorrenti was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AIA Long Island Chapter and in 2017 received their Community Service Honor Award. Mr. Sorrenti earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), a Masters in Architecture from Ohio University, and an MBA from NYIT.

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