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Five Star Bank parent company appoints Corning’s Burlew to board

By Journal Staff


WARSAW, N.Y. — Financial Institutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISI), parent company of Five Star Bank, announced that it has increased the size of its board of directors from 11 members to 12, and appointed Dawn H. Burlew to fill the vacancy.

Burlew is director of business development at Corning Enterprises, a division of Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW). She has served in this role since 2008, leading business and economic development in Corning’s central business district, as well as several local and regional communities, by providing business and economic strategic planning to drive growth and regional economic sustainability, according to a news release from Financial Institutions. She previously was corporate real-estate portfolio manager for Corning, managing the firm’s global real-estate transactions and real-estate project management exceeding $200 million annually.

Burlew also serves as supervisor for the Town of Erin in Chemung County, according to the release. She is a member of several not-for-profit boards including: Chemung County Industrial Development Agency, Southern Tier Economic Growth (STEG), and Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council Loan Fund. She also serves as board treasurer and member of the executive and finance committee of the Guthrie Corning Hospital board and as board chair for the Regional Economic Development and Energy Corporation (REDEC).

“We are very pleased to add Dawn Burlew to our board of directors,” Robert N. Latella, chairman of the Financial Institutions board, said in the release. “She brings an in-depth understanding of economic development in New York’s Southern Tier, an important market within our overall footprint, along with strong relationships with businesses and community members in that region.”

Financial Institutions, Inc. — headquartered in the town of Warsaw in Wyoming County — provides financial services through its subsidiaries Five Star Bank, Scott Danahy Naylon, LLC, and Courier Capital, LLC. It employs about 650 people total.

Five Star Bank has more than 50 offices throughout Western and Central New York. Its CNY branches include offices in Auburn, Geneva (2), Seneca Falls, Ovid, Elmira (2), and Horseheads.

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