In a world driven by technology and fast-paced transactions, there are still individuals who hold tight to the old-fashioned ideals of community, compassion, and personal service. Meet Michael Serao, a banking professional with a heart of gold and an unwavering dedication to his community. His story is one of unwavering commitment to both his career and the betterment of those around him.
With over 25 years of experience in the banking industry, Michael Serao has made an indelible mark on the financial landscape. Having held esteemed leadership positions at Commerce Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, and Quontic Bank, Serao brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the table. Currently serving as the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at First Central Savings Bank (FCSB) in Glen Cove, NY, he has played a pivotal role in modernizing FCSB’s banking services. With a commitment to embracing digital advancements while maintaining the charm of personal service, Serao is dedicated to providing every community with the best of both worlds.
Serao is an influential LGBTQ+ activist advocating for underrepresented communities and inclusive banking services. As part of the Advisory Board of The New York League of Independent Bankers, he strives for equal financial access for all. His dedication and impact have garnered recognition, with awards such as the Long Island Press Power List, East End Impact Award, The A-List New York, and King of New York.
Serao demonstrates unwavering dedication to philanthropy, actively securing funding for a wide range of nonprofit and local community service organizations that support education, environmental conservation, animal welfare, health and wellness, special needs, disabilities, and children’s charities.
As a Board Director for Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) and Chair of the HR Committee, he is at the forefront of providing resources and support for individuals with autism. Currently serving as a Board Member of the Freeport Education Foundation, Serao continues to have a direct impact on the education and growth of his community. His previous board directorship and advisory roles demonstrate his commitment to serving the greater good in every aspect of his life.
As the CEO of Serao Enterprises and President of Guy Lombardo Properties, Serao combines visionary leadership and entrepreneurship. His academic background includes graduation from Queensborough Community College and coursework at New York University.
While accomplishments and accolades define one aspect of a person’s life, it is the personal details that truly paint a picture of an individual’s character. Michael Serao resides in Hewlett Harbor with his husband, Dr. Fidel Abreu, and their 3 dogs, Bernie, Coco, and Kai. Dr. Abreu’s professional accomplishments as the founder of Fidel Abreu, DDS PLLC, which provides a safe space for LGBTQ people and free services for victims of domestic violence further demonstrate the power couple’s commitment to serving their community.
In an era of impersonal transactions, Serao stands out for his warm hospitality, community stewardship, and genuine care. His legacy will continue to shine brightly, inspiring others to embrace personal connections and make a transformative impact in the digital world.