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ConnectOne Bancorp Inc (CNOB.OQ)

CNOB.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Frank Sorrentino

57 2014 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

William Burns

58 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Christopher Ewing

Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Elizabeth Magennis

2014 Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer

Michael McGrover

Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer

Stephen Boswell

65 2014 Lead Independent Director

Michael Kempner

61 2014 Director

Daniel Rifkin

48 2019 Director

Frank Baier

53 2014 Independent Director

Alexander Bol

72 2015 Independent Director

Frederick Fish

74 2012 Independent Director

Frank Huttle

64 2014 Independent Director

Nicholas Minoia

63 2009 Independent Director

Katherin Nukk-Freeman

50 2018 Independent Director

Joseph Parisi

59 2014 Independent Director

Harold Schechter

75 2007 Independent Director

William Thompson

60 1994 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Frank Sorrentino

Mr. Frank S. Sorrentino is a Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Sorrentino became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company commencing as of the closing of the Merger with the former ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc. (“Legacy ConnectOne”) on July 1, 2014 (the “Merger”). Prior to this, Mr. Sorrentino served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Legacy ConnectOne and the Bank. Prior to becoming an officer of Legacy ConnectOne and the Bank, Mr. Sorrentino was a founder of the Bank and a builder and construction manager in Bergen County. Through his business contacts in our market, Mr. Sorrentino has been able to bring customers and investors to the Company, and his real estate experience in our market is of great value to the Board. In addition, as the Company’s senior executive officer, his insight on the Company’s operations is invaluable to the Board.

William Burns

Mr. William S. Burns is the Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. Prior to joining the Company in October of 2012, Mr. Burns was the Chief Financial Officer of Somerset Hills Bancorp, a bank holding company located in New Jersey, from April 2009 through September, 2012 and of The Trust Company of New Jersey, a commercial banking institution which was acquired by North Fork Bancorporation. Mr. Burns has over thirty years of experience in the financial services industry including senior positions at The Dime Savings Bank of New York, Summit Bank, The Bank of New York and Ten Rock Capital Fund, L.P. (from 2005-2009). Mr. Burns received an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a B.S., cum laude, from Syracuse University.

Christopher Ewing

Elizabeth Magennis

Michael McGrover

Stephen Boswell

Mr. Stephen T. Boswell serves as Lead Independent Director of ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. Mr. Boswell was a founding organizer of the Bank. His firm, Boswell Engineering, Inc., for which he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 1990, is involved in many projects in our market. Through his business activities, Mr. Boswell has a strong sense of business conditions in our market that is invaluable to the Board.

Michael Kempner

Mr. Michael W. Kempner is an Director of ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. Mr. Kempner was a founding organizer of the Bank. He has over 30 years of public relations and media experience and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for MWW Group, Inc. since 1985. His experience as the head of a locally based media company has proved invaluable to the Board.

Daniel Rifkin

Mr. Daniel E. Rifkin is Director of the Company. Mr. Rifkin has been a certified public accountant since 1993 and, since 1999, has served as the Managing Partner of Rifkin & Company, CPA’s, LLP. In such role, Mr. Rifkin provides accounting services to both business enterprises and individuals, including tax planning, tax preparation, compilations, audits, and reviews. In addition, he serves as the President of Payserv Corporation, a payroll processing and human resource management company. Mr. Rifkin is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the New York State Society of CPAs. Mr. Rifkin joined the Board of Directors in connection with the acquisition by the Company of Greater Hudson Bank, effective as of January 2, 2019. During his tenure at Greater Hudson Bank, he served as Vice Chairman from 2008 until its acquisition, and as Audit Committee Chairman for approximately five years. Mr. Rifkin’s expertise in accounting matters, and as the proprietor of locally owned businesses, provides him with unique perspective valuable to the Company’s Board.

Frank Baier

Mr. Frank W. Baier serves as Independent Director of ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. Mr. Baier currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Continental Grain Company, a diversified operating and investment company. Mr. Baier has an extensive background in finance. Mr. Baier also served as Legacy ConnectOne’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from July 2011 through September 2012. Mr. Baier’s extensive background and understanding of finance proves invaluable to the Board.

Alexander Bol

Mr. Alexander A. Bol serves as Independent Director of ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc. Mr. Bol founded Bol Architecture in 1974, and currently serves as a Principal of that firm. Mr. Bol is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the New Jersey Society of Architects and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Mr. Bol is a New Jersey licensed Professional Planner and a registered Architect in the states of New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Bol served as chairman of Company from 2000 until June 30, 2014. The leadership Mr. Bol has provided to the Company and Union Center National Bank prior to the consummation of the Merger, together with his knowledge of the banking industry and his stature in the community led the Board to conclude that Mr. Bol should serve as a director of the Company.

Frederick Fish

Mr. Frederick S. Fish serves as an Independent Director of Center Bancorp Inc. Mr. Fish was appointed as a director of the Company and Union Center National Bank on March 30, 2012. Mr. Fish’s extensive knowledge of, and experience in, the real estate industry, his familiarity with complex financial transactions and his significant involvement with various charitable endeavors, led the Board to conclude that Mr. Fish should serve as a director.

Frank Huttle

Mr. Frank Huttle III serves as Independent Director of ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. Mr. Huttle was a founding organizer of the Bank. Mr. Huttle is a partner at the law firm of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C., and was formerly a partner and of counsel to the law firm of Decotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole and Giblin. Mr. Huttle also served as the Mayor of the City of Englewood, New Jersey until December 31, 2018. Prior to entering his legal practice in 1988, he was a Partner with Touche Ross & Co. Mr. Huttle also served as President of Hudson Capital Properties, a real estate management and investment company, and as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Hudson Media Inc., a diversified magazine service and holding company. Mr. Huttle’s extensive experience in the insurance, mortgage banking and real estate industries provides valuable insight to the Board.

Nicholas Minoia

Mr. Nicholas Minoia serves as an Independent Director of Center Bancorp Inc. Mr. Minoia’s experience as a principal of a full-service real estate group and his knowledge about the real estate market led the Board to conclude that Mr. Minoia should serve as a director.

Katherin Nukk-Freeman

Ms. Katherin Nukk-Freeman serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Nukk-Freeman is the co-founder of Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. a labor and employment law firm located in New York and New Jersey, as well as the co-founder of SHIFT HR Compliance Training. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the New York Society of Security Analysts (2010-2016), the Advisory Board of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (2009 - Present), as General Counsel to The Healthcare Marketing & Communications Council (2005 – 2009), on the Board of Trustees, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Human Resources Committee (2004 – 2010), the Board of Trustees, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Human Resources Committee (1999-2008) and the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (2013 – 2016). Ms. Nukk-Freeman’s expertise in employment law, coupled with her entrepreneurial undertakings, provides the Board with a unique and invaluable perspective.

Joseph Parisi

Mr. Joseph C. Parisi, Jr., is an Independent Director of ConnectOne Bancorp Inc. Mr. Parisi was a founding organizer of the Bank. Mr. Parisi has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Otterstedt Insurance Agency since 1979. He also served as Mayor for the Borough of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, from November 2005 to January 2016. His experience in the insurance industry and as the former Mayor of a town in our market allow him to provide valuable insight to the Board on conditions affecting our customers.

Harold Schechter

Mr. Harold Schechter serves as an Independent Director of Center Bancorp Inc. Mr. Schechter’s financial acumen and experience as a chief financial officer of an import and distribution business, and his ability to understand complex financial matters, led the Board to conclude that Mr. Schechter should serve as a director.

William Thompson

Mr. William Aloysius Thompson serves as an Independent Director of Center Bancorp Inc. He is Managing Director, Spencer Pierce Capital LLC (investment bank) (2015 – present); General Manager, Uniselect USA (auto parts distributor) (2007-2015); Vice President of Thompson & Co. (auto parts distributor) (prior years)