BankOnBuffalo, which is planning to enter the metro Buffalo market later in November, has appointed local banking executive Martin T. Griffith as its president, it was formally announced today.
Mr. Griffith will spearhead a unique approach to banking for small to mid-sized businesses with BankOnBuffalo where he will serve as a hands-on decision maker. He will also be the direct contact for area business owners and executives seeking timely, and in many cases same day, decisions for their capital need requests.
“Our goal is to be the friendliest business bank in the area,” Mr. Griffith said. “That begins with my direct involvement as BankOnBuffalo president in helping area companies grow by quickly funding their space expansion, new equipment, and increased employment needs.”
BankOnBuffalo, a division of CNB Bank, recently filed applications with the regulatory agencies to establish full service branches at the Electric Tower in downtown Buffalo, and in Williamsville and Orchard Park. A grand opening of the Buffalo branch is scheduled for mid-November.
Services to be provided include commercial lending, cash management and all other business financial needs – such as remote deposit, mobile banking, ACH and wire services, and credit cards. Private banking and wealth management services will also be offered.
Griffith is the first executive hired by BankOnBuffalo following 11 years as an executive at a regional bank, most recently as area president for the bank’s Western New York region.
His more than 20 years’ banking experience also includes commercial and small business lending positions. Prior to that, Griffith headed land development and construction for a family business, Griffith Builders in Canandaigua.
“My prior experience in leading a family owned business enterprise provides me with a unique perspective on the needs of today’s business owners,” said Mr. Griffith. “I’ve been on their side of the table, and we will deliver on our promise to provide efficient access to capital to fuel growth in their respective businesses.”
As a community bank, BankOnBuffalo, a division of CNB Bank, is being developed by local people and businesses. This local decision-making will increase the level of service provided to the communities of Buffalo and brings growth to the entire region.
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