PRESIDENT, TRUIST BANK
Gregory Farno grew up in New England but now is happy to tell people he is from Baltimore. Farno is the president of the Maryland Region of Truist Bank, which was formed by the merger of SunTrust and BB&T that was finalized late in 2019. Farno was working for SunTrust at the time of the merger.
He came to Maryland when he started his career with a bank now owned by Bank of America.
“I love this community and I did from the get-go,” he said in 2020. “Baltimore is special. It is unique. It’s got character. It embraced me and my wife, made us part of the community, welcomed us.
“I am proud of it and I am proud of what we do here. I see that civic pride everywhere I go, and I am proud to feel it as well.”
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
Be comfortable in your own skin.
What’s been your biggest success?
My biggest success by far is my 39-year marriage to my wife and our raising two beautiful children and daughter-in-law. Everything else pales in comparison.
Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?
I’m blessed in that I have had many mentors in my career, and without them my career would have looked very different. Mentors were critical to my professional development, particularly early in my career.
What do you do to unplug in your free time?
Spend time with family, read and play a little golf.