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Getting To Know: John Tolomer, The Westchester Bank

Published 03/02/2015

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. ­­ John Tolomer’s commitment to helping the community stems from his parents.

The President and Chief Executive Officer of The Westchester Bank learned long ago the value of volunteer engagement and involvement in local causes.

“My parents were big believers in helping others,’’ said Tolomer, who joined TWB in 2008. “I’ve used that as a guiding principle. The rewards in the feeling I get back are more than I give.” Tolomer joined the Board of Directors for the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers three years ago. He has been a past member of the Board of Directors for Westchester County Association, The United Way and Leukemia Society. He also served as the co­chair for the March of Dimes March for Babies Westchester Walk.

“We believe it’s a social responsibility to improve the quality of life for those that you serve,’’ Tolomer said. “We’re able to do it in different ways. Sometimes it’s writing a check. Sometimes it’s getting volunteers. You put it all together, we try to be a good corporate citizen.”

Tolomer enjoys working on the Hudson River Museum, which he believes inspires children. “I think any time we can educate our children, it’s important from a social and historical perspective,’’ he said. “It’s important for people to know about the environment and how people lived and prospered in the Rivertowns. It brings history to life and augments their education.”

Tolomer lives in Chappaqua with his wife, Liz. He enjoys golf and theater, but his real passion is business. He has steered the growth of the bank to reach assets of over $500 million by the end of 2014.

“I learned a long time ago if you mix your vocation with your avocation and enjoy what you’re doing, you’re not really working,’’ Tolomer said. “I love mentoring and seeing people succeed and grow into their roles.”

Many of The Westchester Bank’s employees follow Tolomer’s lead and volunteer for community groups. The company’s philanthropic spirit helps its standing in the community, Tolomer said.

“I think in many ways, our community involvement enhances our reputation,’’ Tolomer said. “We have a lot of non­profit groups that do business with us and it’s good for employees to get involved with them. We find ourselves supporting our employees and their causes. It’s great for business, and it’s great for the soul.”