M&T Bank to 'showcase' Buffalo during commercial bank conference

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M&T Bank will put its hometown on display this week when 900 bankers descend on Buffalo for the company’s 2016 commercial bank conference.

The majority of those bankers – 750 in total – are traveling to the Queen City from other markets within M&T’s eight-state footprint. M&T’s regional vice president said the event – which runs from May 23 through May 25 – offers an opportunity to see the new Buffalo.

“I think this gives M&T a chance to showcase what’s going on here,” said Jeff Wellington, who oversees the bank’s Western New York market. “A lot of the out-of-towners don’t have much opportunity to travel back here and see all of the activity.”

M&T (NYSE: MTB) will hold the conference at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. It will be attended by middle-market and commercial real estate bankers who will learn about new products, network with their peers and hear from some of the bank’s leadership team, including chairman and CEO Robert Wilmers.

This year’s conference is the second in a row following a seven-year hiatus during which commercial bankers would instead gather for regional meetings.

But organizers decided there were benefits to bringing everyone together in Buffalo, where M&T is headquartered, said Michele Langdon, senior vice president of commercial payment solutions.

“Last year went so well,” Langdon said. “We felt it was a critical component in connecting our bankers and offering training to them.”

All 750 out-of-town attendees are set to stay downtown at six hotels, including four whose construction or renovation projects have been financed by the bank, Wellington said.

He could not say how much economic impact the conference will have on Buffalo. The bank is paying for hotel rooms and food, but the out-of-town bankers will have time during which they may spend their own money, he said.

“I think as people wander around the city, they’ll see what’s going on,” Wellington said. “There’s a bit of bragging rights associated with people coming here.”


Published: Buffalo Business First

Article by: Allissa Kline,