Late last year, Frank H. Hamlin III ’00 took on the role of president for Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, an institution founded by his great-great-grandfather, Frank Hamlin I, also an Albany Law School graduate in 1872. The bank, incorporated in 1887, now has 23 branches in New York state’s Ontario and Monroe counties.
Frank Hamlin I served as president of the bank from 1887 to 1927, and several members of the Hamlin family have followed his path. Frank H. Hamlin III took over the president position from his father, George W. Hamlin IV, who was president since 1979 and remains CEO and chair of the bank’s board.
Previously, Hamlin was a criminal defense attorney with his own firm. While he thrived on his trial work and did not anticipate entering the banking world, he welcomed the challenge to lead the bank as it enters a new era and is relishing his new role.
“My trial experience, especially the acquired ability to assess people on the fly, are immediately transferable -- and quite helpful –- in the banking world,” said Hamlin.
Hamlin was appointed to the bank’s board of directors in 2004. Canandaigua National Bank & Trust is the fifth-largest bank in the Rochester, N.Y., market, with local deposits of $1.5 billion and a market share of nearly 10 percent, as of June 2011. It employs nearly 500 people.
Hamlin lives with his family in Canandaigua.