Tompkins Financial Corporation Elevates Two Key Team Members

Posted on May 7, 2024

Tompkins Financial Corporation Elevates Two Key Team Members

ITHACA, NY (May 6, 2024) — Demonstrating its commitment to nurturing internal talent, Tompkins Financial Corporation (Tompkins) has announced the promotions of Thomas Cannon and Michelle Harlan. Cannon, elevated from his position as branch manager, has been appointed to wealth advisor, joining Tompkins Financial Advisors’ Central New York wealth management team. Harlan, previously an assistant branch manager, will succeed Cannon as branch manager of Tompkins Community Bank’s Plaza Branch in Ithaca, New York.

After joining Tompkins as a teller in 2018, Cannon quickly proved his banking expertise and leadership abilities, enabling him to advance through multiple positions at Tompkins Community Bank. As a wealth advisor with Tompkins Financial Advisors, Cannon will build and maintain client relationships, developing holistic financial plans that align with the client’s goals to achieve financial independence. Cannon holds a bachelor's degree in pre-counseling from Moody Bible Institute and is currently working toward an MBA with a concentration in finance from Post University. He is a board member of Cortland Loaves and Fishes and currently resides in Cortland, New York with his wife and two daughters.

“Thomas’s journey at Tompkins over the past six years has been nothing short of inspiring,” said Jennifer Green, senior vice president and managing director of Tompkins Financial Advisors’ Central New York Region. “He has consistently shown dedication and drive, and his integrity, strategic mindset, and ability to inspire others make him the perfect fit for this new role.”

Harlan, a 16-year veteran of the banking and financial industry, will now oversee Tompkins’ Plaza Branch, working to nurture relationships, and ensuring all client and employee needs are met. A resident of Groton, New York, Harlan has been a volunteer with Cortland County’s SPCA since 2019.

“Michelle’s promotion signifies not only her exceptional dedication to Tompkins’ clients but her ability to act as a role model for her peers at the Plaza Branch,” said Brandy Besemer, vice president and community banking regional manager. “Throughout her time with Tompkins, Michelle has consistently demonstrated a deep understanding of our customers’ needs and a passion for delivering top-tier service. Her transition to branch manager is a testament to her unwavering commitment to excellence. I have full confidence in her ability to lead our team to greater success and service for clients.”

For more information on Tompkins Financial Corporations’ financial advisors and community banks, please visit their respective websites.

About Tompkins Financial Advisors:

Tompkins Financial Advisors is the wealth management firm of Tompkins Financial Corporation, a leading New York State-based financial services holding company. With more than a century of experience, Tompkins Financial Advisors provides customized wealth management strategies. Locations include Ithaca, NY; Rochester, NY; Buffalo, NY; Mt. Kisco, NY; Wyomissing, PA, and Blue Bell, PA. Wealth Advisors also are available by appointment at Tompkins Community Bank affiliate locations. For more information, visit or follow the firm on LinkedIn.

About Tompkins Community Bank:

Founded in 1836, Tompkins Community Bank serves the Central, Western, and Hudson Valley regions of New York, and the Southeastern region of Pennsylvania. Through their unique local decision-making model, the bank offers personalized service and exceptional responsiveness, while delivering a broad range of products and services for consumers and businesses. Insurance services are offered through Tompkins Insurance Agencies, and wealth management services are available through Tompkins Financial Advisors. Further information is available at

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