James J. Byrnes, Chairman

James J. Byrnes served as the Company's Chief Executive Officer from its formation in 1995 until his retirement on December 31, 2006, and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company since its formation in 1995. He served as President of Tompkins Trust Company beginning in 1989 through 2002 and again in 2006.  He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tompkins Trust Company, and as a Director of Tompkins Mahopac Bank. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of New York Business Development Corporation. Mr. Byrnes has been involved as a director or volunteer with over twenty local not for profit and civic organizations.  He is currently an instructor at Cornell University, where he has served on numerous advisory boards, and he is also a member of the Cornell University Council. In 2009, he and his wife were named “Volunteers of the Year” by the Tompkins County Society of Professional Development Officers.  We believe Mr. Byrnes’ qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include his management experience of more than forty years in the banking industry, including aspects of domestic and international banking, his seventeen years as a successful CEO of our own company, leadership with many civic organizations in our market area, and his leadership as chair and director of state banking associations and the New York Business Development Corporation.