Edward J. PettinellaEdward J. Pettinella
Vice Chair, Elected: 2019
Elected to the Board: 2013

1976 M.B.A. - Whitman School of Management

Edward J. Pettinella is the former president, CEO and director of Home Properties, Inc., a large apartment REIT traded on the NYSE. The REIT acquired, developed and operated apartment communities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets. Home Properties was recently purchased by Lone Star Funds.

Prior to joining Home Properties in 2001, Pettinella’s business career was in banking. He served as president of Charter One Bank of NY and executive vice president of Charter One Financial, Inc. In addition, he held several management positions for Rochester Community Savings Bank, including chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and chief investment officer. Previously, he worked in the treasurer’s office at Ford Motor Credit, headquartered in Dearborn, Mich.

Pettinella currently serves on the board of directors of Manning and Napier (NYSE:MN), a publicly traded investment management firm; he serves on the board of directors of LifeStorage (NYSE:LSI), a publicly traded REIT; and he serves on the Royal Oak Realty Trust, a private REIT focused on acquiring net leased industrial and office properties. Pettinella is also a Board member of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. Previously he served on the board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), and was a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Pettinella serves as a Vice Chair, chair of the Audit Committee, and serves on the Board Budget and Executive Committees. He is a past chair of the Budget Committee. He serves as a member of the Academic Planning and Steam Station Ad Hoc Workgroups, and served on the Ad Hoc Workgroups on Real Estate Strategy and the West Campus District Project.

Pettinella serves on the Martin J. Whitman School of Management Advisory Council and the Kuhn Real Estate Center Advisory Board. He served on the search committee for the chief financial officer.

Ed and Ann Pettinella generously support the Whitman School, where they created the Edward J. Pettinella Assistant or Associate Professorship in Business. They also created the Edward J. Pettinella Athletic Graduate Scholarship Fund in Athletics, and have supported a number of University scholarships.

Updated: May 10, 2020