R. Hardie has served as a
Director of the Company since 2001. Mr. Hardie has been Vice Chairman of the
Board of Directors of Tompkins Insurance Agencies (“TIA”), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of the Company, since August 1, 2002. He was President of Austin,
Hardie, Wise Agency, Inc. from 1974 until January 1, 2001, when he became President,
Chief Executive Officer and a Director of TIA. Effective January 1, 2003, Mr.
Hardie ceased serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of TIA. He
continues to be employed by TIA as a producer. Mr. Hardie is the managing
member of Bennington Farms, LLC, a property leasing company, and also currently
serves as Secretary/Treasurer and Director of the Schooner Bay Homeowners
Assoc., a condominium community in Sarasota, Florida. His community service includes serving as a
Director of the Wyoming County Hospital Foundation, as well as service on the
Wyoming County Chamber Legislative Committee.
We believe Mr. Hardie’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors
include his forty years of management experience in the insurance industry,
including thirty years as chief executive officer, as well as his prior
experience as a bank director before joining the Tompkins organization. In
addition, Mr. Hardie has served in various capacities with numerous civic
organizations throughout his career.