Unlocking The Power Of Relationship Banking: Insights from M&T Business Banker Suzy O’Connor

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Welcome to another episode of The RVA Small Business Show with your host Cory Mosley. In today’s segment, we are joined by Suzy O’Connor, M&T Business Banking Relationship Manager.

Suzy works to develop an understanding of the operations and unique challenges of each of the businesses she supports. In addition to being able to assist with commercial financing, treasury management, and deposit accounts, getting to know her client’s business allows Suzy to make proactive and customized suggestions to improve cash flow, guard against fraud, and improve margins.

Every business is a little bit different. Everyone needs something different. And as businesses grow, that’s what we’re here for, to help them through those growth periods. -Suzy O’Connor

The Human Touch in Banking

As convenient as mobile apps and online banking platforms may be, there’s something to be said for having a trusted partner who understands your unique financial needs. Relationship banking emphasizes personalized service, tailoring strategies and products to suit each client’s goals and circumstances. This level of customization is crucial for businesses that require more than just cookie-cutter solutions.

Suzy points out that relationship banking is about more than just transactions; it’s about forging long-lasting connections with clients, becoming a trusted advisor, and providing unparalleled support.

The Benefits of Relationship Banking

  1. Tailored Financial Solutions: One of the key advantages of relationship banking is the opportunity to access financial products and services that are specifically designed to meet your needs. When you work with a dedicated banker, they can help you navigate the often-confusing world of financial services, ensuring that you find the best fit for your unique situation.
  2. Enhanced Communication and Responsiveness: In a world where we’re constantly bombarded with information, it can be challenging to get personalized attention from large financial institutions. Relationship banking puts the focus back on the client, ensuring that you have a direct line of communication with a knowledgeable professional who’s invested in your success.
  3. A Trusted Advisor: A relationship banker isn’t just there to help you manage your accounts; they can become a trusted advisor who offers financial guidance and expert insights. By developing a deep understanding of your financial goals and circumstances, a relationship banker can help you make smarter decisions and avoid potential pitfalls.
  4. Proactive Support: Relationship banking is proactive, meaning your banker will work with you to identify opportunities and address potential challenges before they become problems. This level of foresight can be invaluable for businesses and individuals alike, helping to ensure financial stability and growth.

Embracing Relationship Banking

So, how can you start leveraging the power of relationship banking in your financial life? The first step is to find a financial institution that values personalized service and prioritizes the client experience. Look for banks that offer dedicated relationship bankers, like M&T Bank, and take the time to build a rapport with your banker.

Remember that strong relationships are built on trust and communication. Be open and honest about your financial goals and challenges, and listen to the guidance your banker provides. Over time, you’ll find that having a trusted partner in your corner can make all the difference in achieving your financial objectives.


In a world dominated by technology, the personal touch of relationship banking offers a breath of fresh air. By working closely with a dedicated banker like Suzy O’Connor from M&T Bank, you can access tailored financial solutions, expert guidance, and proactive support that can transform the way you manage your finances.

Key Takeaways

  1. Relationship banking emphasizes personalized service, putting the focus on the client’s unique needs and goals.
  2. A dedicated relationship banker can provide tailored financial solutions, expert guidance, and proactive support to help you achieve your financial objectives.
  3. To leverage the power of relationship banking, seek out a financial institution that values personal connections and prioritizes the client experience.
  4. Cultivate trust and communication with your banker by being open about your financial situation and listening to their advice.

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