June 05, 2019
NEWBURGH, NY -
The Mount honored two friends of the college at the annual Golf and Tennis Tournament on June 3. From left: honorees John J. Lease, Jr. and Michael J. Gilfeather, along with Dr. Jason N. Adsit, president of the Mount.
Mount Saint Mary College’s 41st Annual Invitational Golf and 8th Annual Invitational Tennis Tournament grossed $128,000 for the college on Monday, June 3.
The tournament, held at the Powelton Club in Newburgh, N.Y., recognized Michael Gilfeather (golf honoree) and Jack Lease, Jr. (tennis honoree). About 225 friends of the college enjoyed the event.
The funds raised through the tournament assist the college in its efforts to keep the cost of a Mount education within the reach of deserving students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college.
Michael J. Gilfeather, Orange Bank & Trust Company President and CEO, joined the Bank in March 2014. He also serves in the same positions with the bank’s holding company, Orange County Bancorp, Inc (OCBI) and is a director of Hudson Valley Investment Advisors, a wholly owned subsidiary of OCBI. The bank, founded in 1892, has 13 branches throughout the Hudson Valley and currently has assets of more than $1 billion. While growing and expanding into new markets, Orange Bank & Trust has continued to focus on providing premier banking services, based on personal relationships, for businesses, organizations and individuals.
Prior to joining Orange Bank & Trust Company, Gilfeather was the Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President of Hudson Valley Bank, where he was directly responsible for the branch network, training and development, human resources and the bank’s trust department. He was part of the team responsible for Hudson Valley Bank’s growth and transformation into a $2.6 billion and 28 branch banking operation.
Prior to joining Hudson Valley Bank in 2005, Gilfeather was with The Bank of New York for 20 years, where he was the Senior Manager for all retail banking in the Borough of Manhattan.
Gilfeather was born is Red Hook, N.Y., and now resides in Middletown, N.Y. He is a board member of the New York Bankers Association, Orange County Partnership, the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation, Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region.
John J. Lease, Jr., a licensed real estate broker, has been appraising, selling, leasing, and managing real estate since 1958. He was an owner and partner of John J. Lease Realtors, Inc., a family business started in 1938 by his father, for two decades. The business, currently owed by John Lease III, consists of sales of residential, industrial, and commercial properties, as well as appraisals of all types of real estate in Eastern Orange and Southern Ulster Counties.
During the course of his long and illustrious career, Lease appraised real estate for clients such as Aetna Inc.; BP Oil; the Board of Education of Highland Falls, N.Y.; the City of Newburgh; Exon Mobil Corporation; General Motors Company; Highland National Bank of Newburgh, N.Y.; IBM Corporation in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; the New York State Thruway Authority; Newburgh Savings Bank; the Palisades Interstate Park Commission; PepsiCo; the Town of Cornwall, N.Y.; and more.
Lease was born in Newburgh, N.Y. and graduated from Newburgh Free Academy in 1951. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Rider College in Trenton, N.J. in 1955, majoring in Real Estate and Insurance.
Community is very important to Lease. He currently serves, or has served, on the National Association of Real Estate Boards, the New York State Association of Real Estate Boards, Inc.; the Powelton Club Board of Directors, the Newburgh Planning Board, the Newburgh Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Board of Directors, and the Newburgh Jaycees. He lent his skills as director to the Orange County Real Estate Board, the Newburgh Real Estate Board, Inc., and Newburgh Area Industrial Developers, Inc.
In addition, Lease is a supporter and long-time member of Newburgh YMCA, was elected to the New York State National Baseball Congress All-State Team in 1955, and played American Legion and Newburgh baseball for nearly a decade.
In 1955, Lease was married to Frances K. Favino, who passed away in 2015. He has three children: Jeffrey Michael Lease, Karen Lease Driscoll, and John Lease III.