Appointment Reflects Bank's Continuous Bronx-Based Growth
MIDDLETOWN, NY / ACCESSWIRE / September 27, 2023 / Orange County Bancorp, Inc. (the 'Company') (NASDAQ:OBT), parent company of Orange Bank & Trust Co. (the 'Bank') announced today the appointment of Olga Luz Tirado to the Company's and the Bank's Boards of Directors effective October 1, 2023. The elevation of a longtime fixture in the Bronx business and economic development community represents the bank's continuous growth in the borough, as well as its ongoing commitment to advance diversity.
Tirado is president of O Communications & Solutions, Inc., a minority- and women-owned public relations and branding agency she founded in 2017. She previously spent 10 years leading The Bronx Tourism Council (BTC), where she launched a successful campaign to connect local cultural partners, restaurants, arts institutions, business, and corporate entities while rebranding the borough, its rich history, and diversity to both a domestic and global audience. Tirado managed the borough's high-profile events such as Bronx Week, Tour de Bronx, and Savor The Bronx Restaurant Week. She also published the Annual Bronx Visitor Guide and produced and hosted the Webby-winning podcast 'Go Bronx Pod.' She is a member of the board of the New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA) and a key contributor to the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee.
'Olga will be an exceptional addition to the Board given her impressive background supporting Bronx businesses and passion for community-focused economic development,' said Michael Gilfeather, Company President and CEO. 'Olga has consistently driven smart growth in the Borough, and her expertise will be instrumental in expanding our presence there, as well as shaping the affairs of the Company and the Bank.'
Widely regarded as a premier financial institution for commercial lending, business banking, and wealth management services in the Hudson Valley, Orange Bank & Trust opened its first Bronx branch in 2021 at 1978 Williamsbridge Road in the Morris Park neighborhood. It has since played a major local role financing impactful commercial real estate projects and urgently-needed affordable housing, supporting neighborhood small businesses, creating jobs for residents, and maximizing investments in community-serving non-profits.
'Strategic economic growth depends on key relationships and immense knowledge of the industries, businesses, and stakeholders that drive the community,' said Tirado. 'Orange Bank & Trust has consistently delivered results, earning the respect of its clients for more than 131 years, and I look forward to contributing to its future growth as a member of the Board.'
The news comes at an exciting period in the bank's 131-year history, as it reported continuous growth during each quarter in 2023 and in June it was added to the Russell 2000â Index, one of the most widely watched stock market indexes comprised of 2,000 small-cap U.S. companies.
About Orange County Bancorp, Inc
Orange County Bancorp, Inc. is the parent company of Orange Bank & Trust Company and Hudson Valley Investment Advisors, Inc. Orange Bank & Trust Company is an independent bank that began with the vision of 14 founders over 131 years ago. It has grown through innovation and an unwavering commitment to its community and business clientele to more than $2.4 billion in total assets. Hudson Valley Investment Advisors, Inc. is a Registered Investment Advisor in Goshen, NY. It was founded in 1996 and acquired by the Company in 2012.
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