Gustavo Buitrago, Senior Vice President of Business Banking at Flushing Bank
Mr. Buitrago joined Flushing Bank in 2007 and is currently a Senior Vice President and Team Leader in the Business Banking Group. Gustavo (Gus) is responsible for leading the Bank’s commercial banking efforts and manages the activities of a team of Relationship Managers. Prior to joining Flushing Bank, he was with Banco Popular North America and was responsible for Middle Market/Small Business Lending and the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Group. Gus has over 35 years of commercial banking experience. He currently serves on the boards of the Long Island City Partnership, Commonpoint Queens Business Council, and the Business Initiative Corporation of New York (BIC) in the Bronx. He has also served on the boards of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Brooklyn Chamber Business Attraction/Business Retention Advisory Council.
Gus truly understands the personal impact of kidney disease. Approximately 16 years ago, his daughter was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a type of glomerular disease that causes scarring in the kidney. FSGS affects both children and adults and there is no known cause or cure. At the time it was devastating news, but thankfully a wonderful pediatric nephrologist, Dr. Howard Trachtman, saved her life.
Michael Mancusi, CFO and Founder of Maximum Security
Retired Detective, Suffolk County Police Department
Michael Mancusi is a retired detective of the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), who served over 23 years with assignments including the 2nd Precinct General Service Squad and Major Crimes Unit. During his career, he has received considerable training in multiple policing techniques which include: Advanced Criminal Investigation, Identification Procedures, Interview and Interrogation Techniques, Incident Command Training through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Identity Theft, Narcotics Investigation, Gang Suppression, and Vehicular Theft. Michael has received numerous awards within the police department for excellence of service with over ten commendations including The Exceptional Meritorious Award, and the 1997 2nd Pct. Cop of the Year Award.
Michael currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer and a principal owner of Maximum Security; a security services company located on Long Island. Since the company’s inception in 2002, Michael has developed and executed a successful financial business plan that has enabled the company to achieve tremendous growth in the Long Island security market. His financial forecasting and operational strategic planning have put Maximum Security in a position to successfully manage the changing patterns of demand, cost, and opportunity in the current economic environment. As CFO, Michael believes that having a strong executive leadership team that interacts directly with clients is the key to successfully implementing long-range strategic plans and ensuring company financial stability.
In addition to all his professional accomplishments, Michael is also a living kidney donor. Michael’s brother in law, who was been in the family for over 23 years, was born with kidney disease. In early 2017, it became evident that he would have to go on dialysis if he didn’t receive a kidney transplant. Michael knew he would be a match – and sure enough, it was confirmed that he was indeed a match. In November 2017, Michael donated a kidney to his brother in law, and they are both doing well.