Howard P. Milstein leads the third generation of the legendary business and philanthropic family. An entrepreneurial builder and leader of innovative companies, Howard is a major figure in local, national and global affairs and a trusted advisor on economic, civic and philanthropic matters.
The Milstein family has been recognized for generations for their ability to see the potential in economically challenged communities. In areas like the Lincoln Center, Times Square and Battery Park City neighborhoods in Manhattan, Starrett City in Brooklyn and the New Jersey waterfront, the Milstein family has worked diligently to foster the type of development that, over time, revitalizes and restores entire communities.
Howard and the Milstein family are active in numerous charitable organizations. In Western New York, Howard and Niagara Falls Redevelopment, LLC, have supported numerous organizations and charitable causes, including Community Missions, the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, the Niagara Falls Police Club, the Harry F. Abate Elementary School, the Niagara Street Area Business & Professional Association, the Niagara Aerospace Museum, the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, the Niagara Falls Block Club Council and many others. At Cornell University, Mr. Milstein is a Trustee and Presidential Counselor, and an Overseer of Cornell Medical College. He is also on the Board of the Weill Cornell Medical College.
Howard also serves as the Chairman of the Board of the New York Blood Center and American Skin Association, and is a board member of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Howard is also an active supporter of the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation (FLEF).
Among many honors, Howard has received the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Humanitarian Award, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award, the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Gold Medal Award, the Emerald Isle Immigration Society Robert Briscoe Award, the Make a Wish Foundation Award, the Tanenbaum Center Corporate Bridge Builder Award, and awards from the Jewish National Fund and B’nai B’rith Youth Services. In 2008, Howard was honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year by Cornell University. In March of 2012, he was sworn-in as an honorary FDNY Battalion Chief, in recognition of his significant support for the New York City Fire Department.
Howard is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Private Bank & Trust and its operating bank, Emigrant Bank. He also chairs and operates the Milstein family’s real estate companies, including: Milstein Properties, Milford Management, and the Milford Agency. In 2011, Howard was selected by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve as the Chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority. The New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Howard’s appointment in June 2011.
A graduate of Cornell University, Howard earned a B.A. in Economics summa cum laude (1973). At Harvard University, he earned both his Law and Business degrees in the JD/MBA Program (1977). He was admitted to the New York State Bar, and is a member of the Federal Bar Council and the American, New York State and New York City Bar Associations.
Mr. Bergamo has broad experience as a CEO, Operating Officer and Director of public and private companies. He also has a proud history of public service as an Independent Fiduciary for the Federal District Court, as a Commissioner of the New York State Commission for Sentencing Reform, as a member of the New York State Judicial Screening Committee, First Department and as the Founder and Chairman of the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.
Mr. Bergamo is Vice Chairman of MB Real Estate, a national full-service company engaged in the leasing, sales, investment and management of commercial and residential real estate. The two primary offices are in New York and Chicago. Mr. Bergamo also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Niagara Falls Redevelopment, LLC, a partnership that controls 140 prime acres with over $1 billion in planned redevelopment in downtown Niagara Falls, NY, and also operates the Niagara Falls Airport.
He was previously the Managing Director of the Milstein Hotel Group, consisting of three properties: The Milford Plaza, the 1,300 room “Lullabuy of Broadway” located in Times Square (sold in 2003); The Bristol Plaza, a Five Star suites hotel located on Manhattan’s “Gold Coast” at 65th and 3rd Ave. and The Liberty Plaza, a residential suites hotel located in Battery Park City.
Mr. Bergamo was the past President and Chief Operating Officer of the Custom Shop Shirtmaker a manufacturer and retailer of high quality men’s fashion. The company owned and operated 85 retail locations throughout the country. He was also responsible for all real estate acquisitions, the operation and sale of shopping malls, and the purchase and sale of office buildings and residential properties. Some of the companies he completed major sales and exchanges such as Bell South, Motorola, Goodyear, American Express, Citibank, Proctor & Gamble, Sears, and Duracell.
Mr. Bergamo previously served as Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President of Greyhound Exhibit Group and Greyhound Exposition Services, the world’s largest Tradeshow and Convention Company, with over 2,000 employees. While working as Vice President of Operations of Greyhound Support Services, he managed projects in the U.S., England, Greece, France, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, Kuwait, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
Public Board Experience
Additionally, Mr. Bergamo is a Director of Dime Community Bancorp, a publicly traded bank with $4.0 billion in assets. He has been a Director since 1995 and a Trustee since 1986. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Executive and Community Reinvestment Committees. He previously served on the Mortgage, Planning and Nominating Committees.
He serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and also serves as a Member of the Compensation Committee of Steel Partners Holdings L.P., a New York Stock Exchange listed investment firm with over $1 billion in revenue and $500 million in assets. They have interest in the defense, insurance, banking and restaurant industries.
He served as the Audit Chairman of SP Acquisitions Holding Company. This was a SPAC fund and he served from inception through dissolution from 2007 to 2009. In light of the economy the fund was dissolved.
Mr. Bergamo served as a Director from 2002 to 2006 for Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, headquartered in Wichita, KS. He served as the Chair of the Audit Committee. This company owned and operated a chain of approximately 250 restaurants, including six Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak Houses and 15 Sullivan’s Steakhouses. Revenues for this company were approximately $650 million. The company was acquired in 2006 and was taken private.
He is a member of the board and the Audit Committee Chairman of the State of New York Mortgage Agency. Their mission is to provide funding for moderate to low income first-time owner occupied housing in New York.
He was appointed a member of the New York State Judicial Screening Committee, First Department in January 2008. His responsibility is to identify, interview and recommend appropriate candidates for judicial appointments in Manhattan and the Bronx.
Governor Paterson appointed him as a board member of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation in August 2008 for a six-year term. OTB had revenues in excess of $1 billion. OTB operated 55 betting parlors, three teletheaters, a telephone betting room and eight restaurant/bar locations. They have approximately 1350 employees. The operations were acquired by NYRA in 2010.
Mr. Bergamo was appointed in May 2007 as a Commissioner for New York State Commission for Sentencing Reform. The mission was to review the current sentencing statutes, identify problems, analyze the effect on the probation, parole and prison systems, and to propose any appropriate modifications in a written report to be issued by December 2008.
Mr. Bergamo served as an Independent Fiduciary in a major Federal ERISA and union fraud case under the Hon. Louis J. Freeh, the Hon. Michael B. Mukasey, and the Hon. Milton J. Pollack in the Federal District Court, Southern District. The matter was Consolidated Local 867. He was responsible for all investigations, identifying and attaching assets, and reconciliations of approximately 30,000 claims and disbursement of funds. He interfaced with both the US Attorneys’ Office and the Department of Labor. He served from 1991 to 1996.
In addition to his many business activities, Mr. Bergamo is Founder and Chairman of the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation. Established in 1988, this qualified charitable Foundation was originally formed to provide financial support to the families of law enforcement officers killed in action, and those agents and their families suffering from serious illness or recovering from natural disasters. The Foundation has raised millions of dollars to fund numerous programs including: Fed Kids Daycare; Inner-City Drug Reduction; FBI Summer Camp for Inner-City Youths; NYPD Vest Fund; CEO Day; PBA Widows and Children Fund; DEA Widows and Children Fund; PAL Financial Assistance; Foreign law enforcement programs; a substantial Scholarship Program; and Heroes’ Night.
He earned a BS in history from Temple University, and a JD from New York Law School. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Federal District Court, US Court of Appeals and the US Supreme Court.
Roger Trevino is an accomplished marketing executive and businessman who has successfully combined his expertise in brand marketing and commercial real estate to establish a unique yet interesting career.
As an executive in Niagara Falls Redevelopment, LLC (NFR), Trevino oversees the day-to-day real estate interests in Niagara Falls, NY for Milstein Properties, a multi-billion dollar entity with significant holdings in the Niagara Falls market. Strategically located at the gateway entrance to Niagara Falls and adjacent to the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel, the 140 acre assemblage may be one of the most attractive entertainment development sites in North America.
The Buffalo News published an account about one of many NFR community initiatives entitled, “The Man Behind the Falls Walk” chronicling Trevino’s almost two year behind the scenes effort to secure Nik Wallenda’s world-wide television broadcast of Wallenda’s historic walk across the Falls – a feat most knowledgeable professionals said would never happen and now acknowledged as the largest event ever held in Niagara Falls.
Before joining NFR, Trevino operated his own sports marketing and management firm representing Fortune 100 companies, entertainers and professional sports figures and was a founding board member of the NFL Quarterback Club which included Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, John Elway, Steve Young, Jim Kelly and Warren Moon, to name a few. The venture was touted by NFL Properties as a marketing coup in delivering a first in the sports licensing industry, now a common practice in all of team sports.
Besides the Wallenda wire walk, Trevino has been an innovator in developing a number of community based and nationally sponsored events and promotions for charitable causes. His knowledge and expertise in packaging promotions has proved invaluable to secure funding for events ranging from television and event production to sponsorship treatments designed to deliver bottom-line oriented results.
Trevino has served or been a member of the Board of Directors for the Niagara Falls Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, NAACP, the Festival of Lights, Kelly for Kids, United Way, New Millennium Group and Niagara Falls Park Advisory Panel.
Trevino proudly served two years active duty in the U.S. Navy during which time he was nominated for an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, but chose to receive his honorable discharge and return to Texas where he continued to serve his country in the Naval Reserve, fulfilling his commitment.
Proud of his family and his Hispanic heritage, Trevino developed an interest in genealogy and has been successful in tracing his family lineage back to the original Spanish Land Grant in Texas and tracing his mother’s Latvian roots in Riga, Latvia. He developed this interest as a Texas land man in oil and later as an underwriter for St. Paul Title Company.