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M&T Names Four Regional Presidents

May 13, 2022, 07:23 AM

M&T Bank named four Regional Presidents: Grace Lee, Frank Micalizzi, Tyré Robinson and Michael Seaver. Micalizzi and Seaver also were named Head of Commercial Banking for their respective states.

Frank Micalizzi
Micalizzi has been named M&T Bank Bridgeport Regional President and Head of Commercial Banking for Connecticut. Previously, he served as M&T's Tarrytown, NY and Connecticut Regional President since 2015.

"Frank has built a track record of success based on personal service and strong local knowledge, making him uniquely positioned to bring M&T's community banking model to life in Bridgeport, home of our New England headquarters," said Mike Keegan, M&T Bank Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Community Banking. "His decades of banking experience and dedication to his community are important assets in supporting our multicultural communities, customers and workers."

Micalizzi began his career at M&T Bank in 2009 and previously served as Senior Group Manager for the Tarrytown, NY Middle Market group. Prior to joining M&T, he spent 30 years with JP Morgan Chase, holding senior positions, including Senior Vice President and Division Manager.

Micalizzi is a graduate of Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia and has completed the Senior Leadership Program at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Michael Seaver
Seaver has been named Vermont Regional President and Head of Commercial Banking across the state for M&T Bank, a role he has held with People's United Bank since 2009.

"Michael's deep experience and extensive knowledge of what makes Vermont unique will be an enormous asset for M&T and our customers throughout the state and beyond, " said Keegan. "Through collaboration with customers and community partners, Michael will advance inclusive economic growth for the local region. We are thrilled to be retaining a leader with such personal, localized experience in Vermont."

Seaver received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Saint Michael's College in Colchester, VT.

Grace Lee
Lee has been named Eastern Massachusetts Regional President and Group Lead of New England Government Banking at M&T Bank. Previously, Lee led government banking for People's United in Massachusetts since 2014.

"Grace brings years of experience and excellence in banking and treasury management in both the public and private sector and direct ties to the communities she serves," said Keegan. "Grace will be an integral part of our regional team in Eastern Massachusetts, continuing her long-standing commitment to the region and dedication to reaching underserved communities."

Prior to joining People's United, Lee was special counsel and Vice Chair of the Public Finance Group for law firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC. Previously, she served as General Counsel and First Deputy Treasurer of the State of Massachusetts Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General, where she oversaw the operations of the Treasury and its various divisions. Lee's public sector experience includes her work as a civil rights attorney for the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and as chief of the civil rights division for the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office.

Lee received a Bachelor of Arts from California State University of Northridge, CA, and a Juris Doctor from New England Law in Boston, MA.

Tyré Robinson
Robinson has been named Tarrytown, New York Regional President at M&T Bank. She will also continue to serve in her previous role as Business Banking Lead for the Tarrytown and Hudson Valley regions, a role she held since 2020.

"Tyré has a proven track record of building trust and fostering collaboration among diverse communities, while contributing to inclusive growth in Tarrytown neighborhoods," said Keegan. "With her local knowledge and personal commitment to making a difference in people's lives, Tyré will be an outstanding leader for this region."

Throughout her tenure with M&T Bank, Robinson was responsible for building and managing small business banking and consumer relationships across Westchester, Rockland and Connecticut. Robinson also conceptualized and implemented the Brand Builder Program which helped more than 250 employees take an active role in their career development. She is also a sponsor for the Equity One Sponsorship program, an overarching education and awareness campaign that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. The program specifically aims to increase Black and Brown team members in senior management and leadership roles within M&T Bank and Wilmington Trust.

Robinson co-founded M&T's African American Resource Group of New York and New Jersey (AARG). As a chair member of the Professional Development Committee for AARG, Robinson facilitates personal branding workshops and mentors employees of diverse backgrounds, including many women. Additionally, as a Multicultural Banking Advisor to M&T, she supports the bank's efforts to connect with multicultural consumers, identify and designate multicultural banking centers and certify bilingual branch employees.

Robinson earned her Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor from The Stern School of Business at New York University and is an alumna of the Rising Leadership Development Program (RLDP). She is a member of M&T's Women in Networking (WIN) and HOLA Employee Resource Group (ERPs).

Under its local engagement model, M&T separates the geographic areas it serves into community regions led by regional presidents. Because they know their communities best, these regionally based teams work to create differentiated strategies to serve their markets, combining the capabilities of a large institution with the care and empathy of a neighborhood bank. They also make decisions locally about community activities, grants and lending.

In their new roles, they will ensure collaboration across all lines of business, and direct community banking activities that advance the bank's localized focus to provide more value for customers, businesses and communities across the region.


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