M&T Bank Names Steve Gorczynski Regional President for Central New York
Posted on May 20, 2021
Allen Naples to retire after 16 years as the bank’s leader in the region
M&T Bank, the region’s leading deposit holder and small business lender, announced Steve Gorczynski, a 16-year M&T veteran,has been named Central New York regional president. He succeeds Allen Naples, who is retiring after 16 years with M&T Bank. Naples’ 48-year banking career culminated in his role as M&T’s regional president, overseeing a region that stretches across Central New York and the Mohawk Valley.
Gorczynski previously served as commercial bank senior group manager for M&T in Central New York, after working as a commercial relationship manager. Earlier in his career, he spent time with HSBC in Central New York as regional commercial executive and as an auditor at KPMG Peat Marwick.
“Serving as regional president has been a tremendous honor. I’m proud of the work we’ve done to uplift our community, and I’m grateful for the customers that I’ve had the great fortune of building relationships with over my years with M&T and in the banking industry,” Naples said. “Furthermore, I am pleased to welcome Steve to his role as regional president. For years, he has proven his commitment to strengthening the Central New York community and supporting the success of local businesses. He will do an outstanding job as the bank’s leader in the region.”
Throughout his career, Naples has focused heavily on community service. Gorczynski has followed a similar path in his career, remaining actively involved in the community. He serves as business council chair for Early Childhood Alliance Onondaga, chair of the membership committee of CenterState CEO, and on the advisory councils of the Le Moyne College’s Madden School of Business and Erie21 Initiative. He previously served as board chair for the United Way of Central New York and on the Finance Council for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.
“I’m excited to get started as regional president – in this period of economic recovery, there’s so much work to be done to help Central New York grow and thrive,” Gorczynski said. “As a bank built for communities, our team at M&T knows it’s essential to step up during times like these and do our part to uplift the regions we serve. We’re committed to making a difference in people’s lives, and I look forward to the work ahead to ensure we meet the unique and diverse needs of Central New York.
“Thank you to Allen Naples for all of his work for our community over the years and for serving as a mentor to me and many others within our company,” Gorczynski added.
M&T has 45 offices and employs nearly 450 people in its Central New York region, which covers Onondaga, Cayuga, Oswego, Madison, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Seneca Counties. In addition to holding the region’s highest deposit share, M&T is the top Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in Central New York. Its team leveraged their deep expertise in SBA lending to quickly design and implement an industry-leading Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) process, which helped ensure its customers were able to secure the funding they needed amid the financial hardships of the pandemic.
In addition to the PPP, M&T also addressed community needs amid the pandemic through its active charitable giving. In 2020, the bank contributed over $1 million to 98 nonprofit organizations in the Central New York region.
The bank recently opened a new branch in Downtown Syracuse’s Armory Square on the ground floor of M&T’s new Central New York banking headquarters at 250 S. Clinton St., which will soon open to employees.
M&T invested about $7 million to renovate its new regional headquarters and branch, as well as to upgrade them with the latest technology, furniture and equipment. More than 125 financial professionals, including experts in retail and commercial banking, wealth management and insurance, will have offices on the building’s fourth floor.