DBT40 Honoree: Allison Kerwin of M&T Bank

Photo by Ron Dubick

AGE: 35
TITLE: Delaware CRE Group Manager/Administrative Vice President
WORKS IN: Wilmington

What the nominator said:

“A natural-born leader, Allison is an active member of several community service boards. She is chairman of the Red Shoe Society and has been instrumental in raising over $75,000 for the Ronald McDonald House over the past five years. Additionally, she is vice chairman of the Wilmington Housing Partnership, an entity that collaborates with various private and nonprofit groups to increase
the city of Wilmington’s affordable housing stock.”

Social media platform you can’t live without:

Facebook and LinkedIn

Biggest break:

“The opportunity to head the Delaware Commercial Real Estate team for M&T Bank. This role has provided me with the ability to share what I have learned throughout my career with the next generation of lenders and help foster an environment for sound and creative lending that will help to facilitate growth opportunities in the markets we serve.”

Two words that best describe you:

Hardworking and passionate.

Work/life balance technique you recommend:

“Be present in the moment and don’t agonize in those times when the scales tip too heavy to one side.”

Your advice for the next generation:

“Embrace change. While change can be scary, pushing yourself outside your comfort zone is the best way to challenge the depth and breadth of what you thought you were capable of doing.”

In one sentence, define success:

“To me, success is achieving the goals you set out for yourself, both personally and professionally, while maintaining your sense of self and happiness in each outcome, knowing you gave it your all.”

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