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CNB Announces New Board Chair

July 19, 2023

 Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Announces New Board Chair  
George H. Hamlin , IV Lauded For His Leadership


George-HamlinGeorge H. Hamlin, IV is stepping down as Chairman of Canandaigua National & Trust Company (CNB) and Canandaigua National Corporation (CNC) in addition to his role as Officer and Senior Policy Advisor, ending a remarkable and transformational four decades of leadership at CNB. He will retain a seat on the Board of Directors. Michael C. Goonan, who joined the board in 2015, will succeed him as Chair of CNB and CNC.

Mr. Hamlin joined CNB as President and CEO in 1979 and has served as Chairman since 2011 when his son, CNB President and CEO, Frank H. Hamlin, III succeeded him.

Under his leadership, CNB expanded from Ontario County to Monroe County and grew from $100 million dollars in total assets to $5 billion dollars (along with $4.5 billion in assets under management) becoming the largest locally owned bank in the Rochester area.

“CNB’s success is rooted in the simple philosophy my father lives every day: banking is a people, not a money business. It is woven into every element of our business and culture and has gifted us with immense customer and employee loyalty. It will forever be part of my father’s legacy and we, as a company, are eternally grateful,” said Frank H. Hamlin, III.

In addition to his storied banking career, Mr. Hamlin has a long history of community service and leadership serving on the boards of the Federal Reserve, University of Rochester Medical Center, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Kitchen, CMAC, Mercy Flight, and the Bristol Valley Theater, Eastman School of Music, and construction of the Canandaigua Airport among others projects. 

Mr. Hamlin is also a decorated Air Force F-105 Fighter Pilot who served three tours logging 100 Mission of duty over North Vietnam, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and ten Air Medals.

He and his wife Mary have three children and five grandchildren.

CNB plans to honor Mr. Hamlin’s career and community service in October.