Michael J. Gill BBA Pace University MS Columbia University
Mike Gill spent 15+ years at NYC-based Bankers Trust, resigning when the bank decided to sell its branch banking system so it could focus on a trading and derivatives/securitization strategy. Bankers Trust was later acquired by trading and derivatives/ securitization-focused Deutsche Bank.
Mike’s first significant management assignment at the “old Bankers Trust” was heading the group responsible for demographic and economic research and site analysis for new branch locations in NYC and throughout NYS. The group was also responsible for determining the branch-franchise value of banks on the “possible acquisitions list.” He next became the senior executive in charge of the Manhattan/Bronx region; then the chief-of-staff for all metropolitan-area functions such as marketing and human resources while simultaneously reporting to the Office of the Chairman as the widely acknowledged creator of and senior executive in charge of Corporate Responsibility.
He represented Bankers Trust as Chairman of the Board of NYC's American Institute of Banking, and was also a faculty member at the ABA’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutger’s University, teaching a course that focused on growing and managing a bank’s branch banking business.
Among the founders of SoBRO, a South Bronx economic development organization, he and fellow-founder Senator Jacob K. Javits played a key role in convincing the CEOs of NYC’s six major banks in the 1970s to commit to a novel several-year stability-assurance funding formula that fueled SoBRO’s widely heralded quick successes, and he was SoBRO’s Board Chairman for its first nine years.
His other leadership activities include having been a founder and Chairman of Youthbridge NY; a Board member of the Community Preservation Corporation; Fundraising Committee Chairman of the inaugural Bronx Week; and Chairman of the Inaugural Bronx Professsional Tennis Classic.
Mike’s dual concerns – about community economic development and about financing for small, mid-size majority-owned and minority-owned business – has been satisfied in recent years by the achievements of The 504 Corporation, a licensed SBA lender in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, where he is a member of the Board of Directors.
Virginia F. Wright BA Simmons College MBA George Washington University
Gini Wright began her management career in municipal government, first as a productivity analyst and then as a human resources specialist for the City of Los Angeles.
She then relocated to Washington, DC, and joined American Security Bank’s management training program and simultaneously started earning an MBA. A few years later she was managing the bank’s largest branch. Then for the last few years of her 10+ years at American Security she was the senior executive in charge of the bank’s 35 branches and more than 500 employees, and the promotion was carried as a news story with a photo by The Washington Post under the following headline: Woman Given High Position with AS&T.
While at American Security, she represented the bank on a Federal Reserve Bank Task Force that addressed a range of legal, operational and electronic check clearance matters. And she was also prominently involved in the research and decision making leading to the introduction of ATMs in the DC market area.
Her wide role in researching, testing and selecting retail banking hardware and software during a period of rapid retail banking technological change – to include visiting the manufacturing/testing sites of a half-dozen F500 technology leaders – resulted in a comfort and expertise with the use of technology. This has positioned the GillWright Group at the forefront of technology-driven research and presentations.
She was on the Board of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation during the administrations of three Bronx Borough Presidents (Ferrer, Carrion and Diaz) and served for several years as the Chair of the Board’s Marketing Committee. And during several of the same years, she served as a Board Member of NYC’s tourism-focused Big Apple Greeter.
Gini's well-known strong convictions about career-focused education (attributable mostly to values gained at long-time career-focused Simmons College) are the underpinnings for such involvements as having served as a Junior Achievement advisor in Washington, DC; as the Chairman of the Board of the Bronx Community College Foundation; and in the early years of the GillWright Group as a faculty member at Bergen Community College.
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