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Professional Profiles


Professional Profile: Robert Bernard 2016


  • Title: SVP Commercial Real Estate Lending/Long Island Regional Manager
  • Company: People's United Bank
  • Location: 100 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY
  • Birthplace: Smithtown, NY

Education: St. John’s University – MBA in Finance (1991) and BS in Marketing (1986)

First job outside of real estate: Golf course maintenance worker

First job in real estate or allied field:  Administrative assistant at Westbury Federal Savings.

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I lead the People’s United Bank commercial real estate lending team on Long Island that provides clients with loans, deposit services, and treasury management products to enhance their real estate portfolios. 

How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? My favorite things to do are spending time with family, taking a yoga class, golfing with friends, and skiing.

Favorite book or author: “Falling into Grace” by Adyashanti

Favorite movie: Anything with Will Ferrell in it.  It’s hard to beat his humor.

Last song you purchased/downloaded? “Just Pass it On” by Joe Cocker

One word to describe your work environment: Teamwork

Rules to live by in business: Honesty is always the best policy.

If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead, but not related to you) who would it be and where would you go? Mahatma Gandhi at the Old Course Hotel in Scotland.

What is your dream job? I really enjoy what I do and hope to be doing it forever. If I ever retire I would devote more time to teaching yoga, which I have been doing on a part time basis for several years.