Kenefick Named FN Bank Senior VP

BUFFALO – First Niagara Financial Group Inc. recently announced it has named John Kenefick, a 25-year financial services veteran, as senior vice president, central underwriting credit manager.

In this role, Kenefick will oversee the approval and ongoing monitoring of small business loans across the bank’s four-state footprint. He joins First Niagara from HSBC Bank USA, where he was the senior vice president of business lending, and led the transformation of a credit underwriting and operations function into an efficient and automated operating model in support of a multi-billion commercial loan portfolio.

“John is a seasoned banking professional with extensive knowledge and skill in credit management and commercial loan operations and administration,” said Nancy Cinfio, senior director of credit risk and approval at First Niagara. “His long track record of exceptional financial management and operational acumen makes him a perfect fit for First Niagara.”

Kenefick earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University, and a Master of Science degree in banking and financial services management from the Boston University School of Management. He lives in East Amherst with his wife Mary and will be based in Buffalo.

Bennett Joins Century 21

Taylor Bennett, a lifelong Chautauqua County resident, has recently joined Century 21 Turner Brokers as a full-time real estate agent.

Bennett, a graduate of Jamestown High School, got his start in the real estate business when he decided to enter the field beginning with residential auctions.

“It pretty much grew quickly from there,” Bennett said. “The more I started to purchase investment properties for myself, the more I felt the desire to help others buy and sell homes as a real estate agent. It was important to me to be able to associate myself with a top company that could help me learn and grow.”

Bennett who has been owning and managing his own investment properties over the past two years previously worked for a local pizzeria along with the Pepsi Bottling Company. He is a currently a member of the Vikings Lodge and continues to volunteer for the Kiantone Fire Department. He is also a Jamestown High School track coach, a sport in which Bennett ran in the state championship meets and was a three-time most valuable player.