The success of any banking and financial services institution lies squarely with those who lead an organization and the employees who come to work each day.
We recognize the importance of strong management and the professionalism required to ensure that our customers become satisfied clients. As part of the fabric of the communities, our bankers can understand and handle our customers’ challenging issues.
Our management team of experienced private and commercial bankers has the vision to lead Darien Rowayton Bank and establish new directions in community banking. They provide the leadership to develop meaningful products, set standards for service and focus on building customer relationships that are the heart of our offering.
We are also proud to be supported by a group of founders and directors with strong roots in Fairfield County and the surrounding area. As established members of the community, they are committed to the bank’s vitality and success and have been instrumental in providing guidance into the bank’s formation and product offerings.
Robert K. Kettenmann
President & Chief Operating Officer
Robert K. Kettenmann is President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank. He has extensive commercial and retail banking experience and has spent over 25 years at the Chase Manhattan Bank in a variety of executive positions, including President of Chase's banking subsidiary in Spain. Mr. Kettenmann later was employed by the Dime Savings Bank of New York where he held a series of senior management positions, including Executive Vice President and General Manager of the consumer lending division. Under Mr. Kettenmann's leadership, Dime built a national consumer lending business while introducing a number of technology solutions designed to enhance customer service. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert E. O’Brien, Jr.
Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
Robert E. O’Brien, Jr. is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Bank. He has over 30 years of banking experience in positions of increasing responsibility. Mr. O’Brien began his career at Putnam Trust Company. He ultimately rose to Senior Vice President with responsibility for private lending, the loan division and the mortgage division. Mr. O’Brien was most recently employed as Senior Vice President – Operations of Greenwich Bank & Trust Company, a de novo institution formed in 1997. He worked with the originating team to launch this new bank and was integral in implementing the loan, compliance and credit policies. He also helped develop and was responsible for the bank’s internal systems, including its IT infrastructure.
Mr. O’Brien is a member of the Harpoon Club of Greenwich, Trustee and Past Commodore of The Greenwich Boat and Yacht Club, Director and Past President of the Greenwich Kiwanis Club, and Advancement Chairman for the Greenwich Council, Boy Scouts of America. He is a resident of Old Greenwich.
Robert W. Herrmann
Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer
Rob Herrmann has served as the Chief Lending Officer of the Bank since November 2010. He has over 20 years of banking, credit and lending experience. Most recently, Mr. Herrmann was employed by People’s United Bank. He has also held credit related positions with Citibank, Pitney Bowes Credit Corporation and First Fidelity Bancorporation (now Wells Fargo). Mr. Herrmann holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Connecticut. He received formal credit training from First Fidelity Bancorporation.
Gary Lieberman, Chairman of the Board, is the managing member, majority shareholder, control person and Chairman of the Board of Alcar LLC, the bank holding company that owns and operates DRB. Mr. Lieberman is the founding member of West Side Advisors, LLC, an investment management firm, and has served as President since its inception in 1997. He is on the Board of Directors for the Brooklyn Nets, and the Board of Trustees for the Riverdale Country School. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organizations, Urban Dove, The Leif Nissen Foundation and the Evans Team Foundation.
Mr. Lieberman received a B.A. from Emory University and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Maureen Connor, Director, is the owner and founder of Equity Capital Real Estate, the top Mortgage Default Asset Sales firm in Northern California, and one of the top residential real estate brokerage companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company serves REO Managers among most of the major national banks and third party mortgage servicing companies nation-wide. Ms. Connor founded the company in 1991 and since then has sold over 5,000 REO properties in total. The company sells REO assets in Northern California as a listing agent, and performs all services related to recovery and loss mitigation. The Company’s competitive position comes from a thorough understanding of Asset Valuation and market drivers, well developed systems for screening of prospective Residential Buyers (99.5% of deals close), and a highly Customer service driven staff.
Ms. Connor is a Co-Founder, Co-Owner, and a Corporate Officer of HMI Inc, a private mortgage lender specializing in short-term Residential Bridge financing for private individuals in Northern California. Ms. Connor is also a member and frequent conference speaker and panelist for REOMAC, the nation’s Mortgage-Default/Servicing Industry trade association who’s objective is best practices to mitigate losses on defaulted mortgage loans and to market, maintain, sell and ultimately dispose of non-performing real estate assets.
Ms. Connor was recently appointed to serve on the REO Advisory Board for First American Corporation, a Santa Ana, California based diversified real estate and financial information services firm. A native of Oakland, California, Ms. Connor earned her Bachelor degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1982. In 1982, she was hired by Pacific Plaza Hotels, a Northern California based hotel developer where she served eight years and became Vice President of Marketing, Partner and member of the Executive Committee and Development Team.
Gary S. Gladstein, Director, is currently an independent investor and consultant. He was a Partner, Managing Director, and Chief Operating Officer at Soros Fund Management from 1985 until his retirement in 2000. Mr. Gladstein serves on several corporate boards, including Mueller Industries, where he is a non-executive chairman of the board, and serves as a director of various independent boards of hedge funds. Mr. Gladstein has served on other private and public company boards over his career. He is also a director of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation and the Abraham Fund Initiatives and various other not-for-profit boards. He was also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Connecticut. Mr. Gladstein graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1966 and earned a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University in 1968. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Connecticut in 2008.
Rodgers L. Harper, Director, has over 30 years of diverse business experience in management consulting, general management and finance. He currently works with The Harper Company, a management consulting firm, specializing in strategy, organization, marketing and productivity improvement. Previously, Mr. Harper was a partner of First Manhattan Consulting Group, a financial services industry consultancy that counseled major financial institutions in the US and abroad. Previously, Mr. Harper was a consultant at Booz Allen and Hamilton, Director of Administration of the Hathaway Patch Division of Warnaco, COO of Atlantic Sails and Senior Investment Analyst at New England Life. He is a board member of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross, the China Care Foundation, and the Harvard Business School Club of Connecticut Community Partners who provide pro-bono consulting, management workshops and scholarships for leaders of not for profits in Connecticut. Mr. Harper has an undergraduate degree from John Carroll University and an MBA from Harvard. Former Darien residents, Rodgers and his wife Nancy, now live in New Canaan.
Jeffrey Laikind, Director, is retired and a former Co-Founder and Managing Director of Prudential Securities Asset Management. At Prudential Securities, Mr. Laikind created its in-house asset management division where it raised over $2 billion in assets under management, generating over $50 million in revenue for the firm. Prior to joining Prudential Securities, Mr. Laikind was Founder and Managing Director of Furman Selz Asset Management, building its division from $20 million to $200 million in assets under management. Mr. Laikind also held similar positions at Wertheim & Co., A.G. Becker & Co., David J. Greene & Co., and Marine Midland Bank. Mr. Laikind has served on the boards of Harken Energy, North American Resources, a joint venture of Richmonte N.A. and on the board of Hanover Direct, a direct mail company. Mr. Laikind currently serves on the boards of Riversource Mutual Funds, a $240 billion family of mutual funds and Hapoalim Securities where he is chairman of the Audit Committee. He is also on the Board of American Progressive Insurance Company, where he chairs both the audit and compensation committees.
Mr. Laikind has extensive community relationships that include: President of the Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Association and Trustee of Choate Rosemary Hall; Chairman of the Board of “StreetSquash”, an urban enrichment program serving over 750 high school students in Harlem; Team Captain and General Chairman of Maccabi, USA,; and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the New York City Opera. Mr. Laikind received a B.A. from Cornell University and attended New York University’s Graduate School of Business. Mr. Laikind lives in Weston, Ct. He is a nationally ranked squash player and an avid tennis player.
Michael Madigan, Director, is Principal and Founder of Sound Financial Management, LLC, an investment management firm in Rowayton offering comprehensive financial planning and tax services. He was previously Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and a member of the board of Dorr-Oliver Inc., an engineering services and equipment company with nine foreign subsidiaries. Mr. Madigan was also Principal and Founder of Restoration Properties, LLC, a real estate development company specializing in the purchase and remodeling of historic Victorian homes in Fairfield County and Washington, DC. He is a resident of Rowayton.
Brian W. Smith, Director, is the founder and Managing Director of Smith Regulatory Strategies, LLC located in Washington, DC, New York and West Palm Beach. Smith Regulatory Strategies, LLC provides management consulting and strategic advisory services to participants in the financial services industry. Mr. Smith has over 41 years of experience in the financial services industry, including roles as a senior partner in a multinational law firm, as Chief Counsel to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and, as SVP and General Counsel of MasterCard International. His experience includes roles as a legal counselor to corporate management and Boards of Directors, a business executive with planning and management responsibilities, and a government official with responsibilities for policy development. Mr. Smith received his BA and JD from St. Johns University and an MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
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