Mohawk Valley Community College has named John Buffa ’85, senior vice president and regional commercial banking manager at NBT Bank, as the 2012 Alumnus of Merit. The MVCC Alumni of Merit Award is presented annually by the MVCC Alumni Association to a nominee who has contributed to the improvement of the community, helped the college, and otherwise demonstrated professional leadership that symbolizes MVCC’s mission of student success and community involvement.
Buffa was born and raised in Yorkville, graduating from Whitesboro High School in 1980. Since graduating from MVCC in 1985 with an associate degree in banking and insurance, he has spent 25 years in the commercial banking industry with a focus on commercial lending, business development, and credit risk and analysis. He has been with NBT Bank for 18 years.
Buffa is also active in the community, serving as immediate past chair on the Mohawk Valley EDGE Board of Directors, first vice president of the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Board of Directors, and treasurer of the Utica Industrial Development Agency. Buffa also has been involved with the Rotary Club of Utica, Kiwanis Club of Utica, Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Central New York Community Arts Council. He currently lives in Utica with his wife, Nancy, and two children, Tara and Matt.
Buffa has remained engaged with the college, and he regularly takes part in the annual MVCC Foundation Golf Tournament. He will receive the award at the Spring Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 18, at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.