TIER Talks to be presented by M&T Bank
By Steve Seepersaud
The core business of a bank is the management of financial assets. At the same time, there is tremendous value in what could be considered the strongest assets in a University environment: ideas, intellectual prowess and discoveries born from research.
In recognition of these assets within the Binghamton University community, and seeking to form stronger linkages between the business and University communities, M&T Bank has committed to a three-year sponsorship of the Alumni Association's TIER Talks speaker series.
Launched in 2014, TIER Talks brings dynamic Binghamton alumni and faculty to the table to share new insights, theories and perspectives on hot topics. The goal is to share our knowledge with the world and show that Binghamton is smart and cool at the same time. Speaker events at Homecoming and off-campus will carry the title TIER Talks presented by M&T Bank.
Peter Newman, MBA '98, regional president of M&T Bank in Binghamton, says the sponsorship stems from the bank's desire to see the University's thought leadership have a more visible role in the community. He feels the campus and local communities can work together more to produce results that are beneficial to all.
"We always say that M&T Bank is successful when our communities are successful," Newman says. "It's important to us that the University is successful because it's a bright spot in this region. Downtown in particular has grown in the last five years, and that growth is tied to the University."
Although TIER Talks can be considered a program by alumni for alumni, Newman feels there is also value in sharing the content with audiences outside the University circle to further enhance and grow Binghamton's reputation. The M&T Bank sponsorship will support the effort to take TIER Talks off campus and to share the content via live and asynchronous webcasting.
"My vision for the next three years is to bring TIER Talks not only to our alumni, but also to the larger community," Newman says. "TIER Talks has value far beyond Binghamton if we can bring this to areas like New York, Washington and Philadelphia where we have populations of alumni and where M&T Bank has a presence."
For Newman, the sponsorship isn't simply a business transaction; there is also a personal connection because he is a graduate of our University.
"I feel very proud that I earned my MBA at Binghamton," he says. "I'm happy to be part of an effort that will let people know that Binghamton offers a world-class education."
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