Mount to honor Derrik R. Wynkoop and David Potack at annual gala

November 11, 2019

Derrik R. Wynkoop is the 14th President and Chief Executive Officer of Walden Savings Bank.

Join Mount Saint Mary College for its Tenth Annual Gala Reception on Friday, December 6, celebrating two pillars of the local community.

Derrik R. Wynkoop, President and CEO of Walden Savings Bank, and David Potack, President of Unitex Textile Rental Services, Inc., will be honored with the Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence.

The gala will take place at 6 p.m. in the Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center on campus, 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, N.Y. Tickets are $175 each. To purchase tickets, contact Kathleen Barton, Director of Advancement Events, at or at 845-569-3609.

Funds raised will enable the college to provide an affordable, values-based education to thousands of deserving students, many of whom are among the first in their families to attend college.  

The Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence recognizes individuals or organizations whose professional accomplishments and approach to management reflect the same commitment to quality, concern for neighbors, and shared prosperity that have exemplified the career and character of local restaurateur Joseph A. Bonura.

Derrik R. Wynkoop became the 14th President and Chief Executive Officer of Walden Savings Bank in 2011. A year later, he was elected to the bank’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining Walden Savings Bank, Wynkoop was Vice President of Retail Delivery & Marketing at Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU), where he was responsible for 21 branch locations, HVFCU Financial Services, and more.

Wynkoop served as an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Mary College from 1992 to 1999 and is a frequent guest speaker at the college. Furthermore, Wynkoop and Walden Savings Bank collaborated with the Mount to establish and endow the Medici Scholars Program in 2016. This selective program exposes undergraduate business students to Hudson Valley not-for-profit and arts-related charitable orginizations. Wynkoop was also an adjunct professor at Marist College and currently serves as Chairman of Marist’s Hudson Valley Scholars Program.

In the community, Wynkoop is a past Chairman for the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan County and has served on the board since 2001. Also, he is the Chairman for the SUNY Orange Foundation and has been on the board since 2010. He became a Board Member of the Orange County Partnership in 2016. Wynkoop was founder and Co-President of the Walden Community Council from 1996 to 1999. In 2015, Wynkoop hosted a “Take Your Lawmaker to Work Day” with Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney. In June 2017, he received The Cancer Resource Center of the Hudson Valley’s Great Guy Award based upon his work with cancer prevention, education, and awareness. 

Like five generations of his family before him, Wynkoop currently resides in Walden with his wife Allison. He has three children: Sara, Christopher, and Matthew. He received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting from Marist College.  

DMSMC Gala honoree, Dave Potackavid Potack serves as President of Unitex Textile Rental Services, Inc. Founded in 1922 by Max Potack, Potack’s great-grandfather, Unitex is a leader in the medical uniform and linen rental industry. The company is currently the largest family-owned healthcare service provider in the country. Unitex currently operates 11 commercial laundry facilities in the northeast United States, focused on providing services to healthcare clients and processing more than 300 million pounds of linen annually. Potack is a fourth generation family member in the business and works closely with his father, Michael, and brother, Robert.

Potack received his college degree from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. in 1995. After graduation, Potack held various positions within Unitex, including Customer Service Representative, District Manager, and General Manager, prior to his appointment as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and now President. His vast range of experience within the company gives him an unparalleled understanding of the inner workings of Unitex and allows him to lead with great knowledge and purpose.

For several years, Potack served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA). In this position, Potack brings analytical and outreach skills that help make a difference in the industry. Previously, he also served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the TRSA Government Affairs Committee. 

Community is very important to Potack. He is the Treasurer of the Newburgh Community Land Bank, a not-for-profit community-based program; a member of the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Council; and the current Chairman of Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Board of Trustees.  

Potack resides in Chappaqua with his wife Samantha, their two children Alexa and Justin, and the family’s pet dog, Madison.