With a 35 year background in accounting, 32 of it spent directly in the banking industry, Charles brings a wealth of experience to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer at Rondout Savings Bank. As Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for managing the accounting, investments, and funding areas of the Bank. As the Chief Information Officer, he is responsible for managing the information technology (IT) strategy and the computer systems required to support the Banks objectives and goals. Among other things, Charles is responsible for creating the bank’s operating budget and business plan as well as setting targets for its growth.
Charles’ path to the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer’s seat began when he was 18 years old, working in the supplies department at the former Mid-Hudson Savings Bank. From there Charles went on to graduate in 1990 from SUNY New Paltz with a degree in Business/Accounting. The Poughkeepsie native went to New York City, where he worked for the United Bank of Kuwait for three years. He then held executive positions at Rhinebeck Savings Bank, a CPA firm in New York City and then Putnam County Savings Bank followed.
Charles’ addition to Rondout Savings Bank was in part brought on by his attraction to Rondout Savings Bank’s commitment to the local community and the ways in which it lent assistance to so many local groups and community-supported agencies. Mr. Cullen is a board member for Gateway Community Industries and holds their Treasurer position. Mr. Cullen lives in Hyde Park with his wife, Karyn and three children.