Ralph Branca, President/CEO Of Victory State Bank,
Is New Chairman of Staten Island Chamber Of Commerce
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Ralph Branca, president and CEO of Victory State Bank, was sworn in yesterday as the chairman of the board of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.
Branca was among the Chamber's executive and Foundation board members due to take the oath of office, along with its board of directors for 2013.
The Chamber's annual Board Installation Breakfast was held in the Grand Oaks Country Club, Huguenot.
At the installation, Linda Baran, president and CEO of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, outline the group's plans and goals for 2013 and beyond.
Later in the day, the Chamber hosted a tour of Hurricane Sandy damage for a delegation organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Business Civic Leadership Center. The group also met with local non-profits, community organizations and government officials to discuss storm recovery.
Founded in 1895, the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in Richmond County. Its roster includes nearly 800 firms with a combined total of 20,000 employees. Every major industry is represented, with businesses ranging in size from "mom and pop' stores to large public corporations.
Branca, who was a founding director and incorporator of Victory State Bank, helped grow what was a one-branch operation in 1997 into a $270 million enterprise with five branches across Staten Island.
A well-known community leader, Branca also chairs the board of directors at the Staten Island Museum and the Seamen's Society for Children and Families.
He was president of the Staten Island Boy Scout Council, and is a board member of the Building Industry Association of NYC, executive vice chairman and board member of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation, and he was formerly a trustee of the Community Agency for Senior Citizens.
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce executive board officers for 2013 also include:
Vice Chairperson -- Annamarie Gulino Gentile, supervising partner, Angiuli & Gentile.
Treasurer -- Glen V. Cutrona, president, Glen V. Cutrona Associates.
Secretary -- Michael Assenza, vice president, Stat-Land Security Systems
Legal Counsel -- Bruce G. Behrins, attorney, Behrins & Behrins.
Immediate Past Chair -- Solomon Chemo, managing principal, Richmond Group Wealth Advisors.