New York: The Path to Recovery


”New York: The Path to Recovery"
March 18, 2009

Moderator: President Stephen J. Friedman

Joseph FicaloraJoseph Ficalora
Chairman, President, and CEO of New York Community Bancorp, Inc.

 Joseph R. Ficalora has been President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of New York Community Bancorp, Inc. since its inception on July 20, 1993 and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of its primary subsidiaries, New York Community Bank and New York Commercial Bank, since January 1, 1994 and December 30, 2005, respectively. On January 1, 2007, Mr. Ficalora was appointed Chairman of the Company and the Banks, a position he held previously at the Company (from July 20, 1993) and at the Community Bank (from May 20, 1997) until July 31, 2001. In addition, Mr. Ficalora has served as President of the Commercial Bank since December 30, 2005.

Since 1965, when he joined the Bank, Mr. Ficalora has held increasingly responsible positions, crossing all lines of operations. Prior to his appointment to President and Chief Executive Officer in 1994, Mr. Ficalora had served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank (beginning in October 1989) and previously as Executive Vice President, Comptroller, and Secretary.

A graduate of Pace University with a degree in business and finance, Mr. Ficalora provides leadership to several professional banking organizations. In addition to serving as a Director of the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) and as Chairman of its Metropolitan Area Division, Mr. Ficalora is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and of the Thrift Institutions Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the RSI Retirement Trust and of Peter B. Cannell & Co., Inc., the investment advisory firm that became a subsidiary of the Community Bank in 2004.

In addition, Mr. Ficalora’s industry affiliations include having served as Chairman of the Community Bankers Association of New York State, the forebear to NYBA, and as a member of the Thrift Institutions Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Chairman of the New York Savings Bank Life Insurance Fund; President and Director of the MSB Fund and the Asset Management Fund Large Cap Equity Institutional Fund; and as a director of Computhrift Corporation.

Mr. Ficalora also is an active participant in community affairs. A member of the Board of Directors of the Queens Chamber of Commerce since 1990, Mr. Ficalora has served on its Executive Committee since April 1992. In addition, Mr. Ficalora is President of the Queens Library Foundation Board, and serves on the Boards of Directors of the Queens Borough Public Library, the New York Hall of Science, Flushing Cemetery, Forest Park Trust, and the Advisory Council of the Queens Museum of Art. Until recently, Mr. Ficalora also served on the Board of Trustees of the Queens College Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the Queens Museum of Art.



Barry GosinBarry Gosin
CEO of Newmark Knight Frank

Barry M. Gosin has been a principal of Newmark Knight Frank since 1978 and has served as CEO since 1979, directing all facets of the day-to-day operations for the firm. Mr. Gosin has spearheaded and guided Newmark Knight Frank’s national expansion initiatives and has been instrumental in the creation of Newmark Knight Frank’s global partnership with Knight Frank. With over 6,900 employees worldwide, the firm now operates from 196 global offices, including 26 U.S. locations and 170 offices throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Taking a visionary approach to industry practices, Mr. Gosin has directed the firm’s client-focused growth through the addition of divisions including consulting, project management and logistics, and facilities management.

Among his extensive roster of corporate clients, Mr. Gosin has negotiated headquarter leases for Bloomberg L.P.; Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Chadbourne & Parke; White & Case LLP; Cahill Gordon Reindel; AXA Equitable; Lowe Lintas & Partners and others. His clients also include Citigroup Inc.; The Bank of New York; North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System; The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. and KeySpan Energy.

Along with his equity partners, Mr. Gosin has acquired a portfolio of over 40 properties totaling in excess of ten million square feet, including New York City landmarks such as the Flatiron Building, the former Ford Building and 55 Wall Street. In 2004, he purchased the historic Bethlehem Steel site in Pennsylvania, which he is currently developing as a mixed-use casino, retail, entertainment, residential and cultural venue in a joint venture with the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

An active industry and community leader, Mr. Gosin’s extensive roster of memberships and honors include:

  • Member of the Board of the Partnership of New York City
  • Member of the Board of NYC & Co.
  • Trustee of the Citizens Budget Committee
  • Trustee and Board Member for the Parker Jewish Institute, honored for his work on its behalf
  • Trustee of Pace University, Recipient of "Leadership in Management Award"
  • Member of the Board and Honoree of Federation Employment and Guidance Services (FEGS)
  • Honored by the Public Education Association as a distinguished graduate of New York City public schools
  • Recognized and honored by the New York Junior Tennis League
  • Honored by the Association for the Help of Retarded Children
  • Honored by the UJA-Federation of New York
  • Received REBNY’s “Most Ingenious Deal of the Year” award on two separate occasions
  • Honored by The High School of Economics and Finance for his efforts and contributions to its library
  • Received the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2002
  • Honored by Northern Westchester Hospital as “2001 Man of the Year”

Mr. Gosin graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Economics and History.