Five Star Bank Names Vito Caraccio Senior Vice President, Director Of Business Banking

WARSAW, N.Y., July 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In a move to expand and deepen its small and mid-sized business banking services, Five Star Bank (the “Bank”), a subsidiary of Financial Institutions, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ:FISI), has hired Vito Caraccio as Senior Vice President, Director of Business Banking. In this newly-established role, Mr. Caraccio will have oversight of small business lending, fee-based lines of business-related cash management and merchant services. He will also serve on the Bank’s Executive Loan Committee.

Prior to joining Five Star Bank, Mr. Caraccio served First Niagara Financial Group as Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking Team Leader in Rochester, N.Y. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Business Development Leader and Relationship Manager for JP Morgan Chase of Western New York, and held executive roles with KeyBank and FleetBoston Financial in Rochester, N.Y., the Bank of New York in White Plains, N.Y., and Chemical Banking Corporation in New York City.

“We’re delighted to welcome Vito to Five Star Bank,” said Martin K. Birmingham, President and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Institutions, Inc. “His outstanding talent and exemplary reputation as a commercial banker of the highest integrity, energy, and passion for his customers will be a powerful asset to Five Star’s small business lending and the community we serve.”

Mr. Caraccio holds a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from the University of Texas at El Paso, and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He serves on the board of directors and as treasurer of the Veterans Outreach Center and is a member of Rochester Rotary. He has served on the executive boards of the Small Business Council and the Urban League of Rochester. Additionally, he has been involved with the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, the Rochester International Business Roundtable, the American Red Cross and United Way. He lives in Fairport with his wife, Kristen, and their four children.

Mr. Caraccio joins Five Star Bank’s recently announced growth-centered executive leadership structure, designed to further accelerate its momentum serving communities across Western New York.

About Financial Institutions, Inc.

Financial Institutions, Inc. provides diversified financial services through its subsidiaries, Five Star Bank, Scott Danahy Naylon and Courier Capital. Five Star Bank provides a wide range of consumer and commercial banking services to individuals, municipalities and businesses through a network of over 50 offices and more than 60 ATMs throughout Western and Central New York State. Scott Danahy Naylon provides a broad range of insurance services to personal and business clients across 44 states. Courier Capital provides customized investment management, investment consulting and retirement plan services to individuals, businesses, institutions, foundations and retirement plans. Financial Institutions, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 700 individuals. The Company’s stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol FISI and is a member of the NASDAQ OMX ABA Community Bank Index. Additional information is available at the Company’s website:

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