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Chiasera, AugieFor August “Augie” Chiasera, the most important thing he does in his job is make sure M&T Bank is the “bank of choice for our clients, the employer of choice for our colleagues and a recognized community leader.”

Chiasera, who serves as M&T Bank’s senior vice president and president of M&T Bank’s Baltimore and Chesapeake regions, oversees middle market and large corporate banking activity throughout Maryland. He has been with the bank for nearly 30 years. When Chiasera joined the bank in 1993 he held the role of executive assistant and has since held many different senior and staff positions over the years.

In his free time, Chiasera participates in several different community organization boards and serves as the board chair of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore.

Chiasera holds his bachelor’s degree from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Who was your most significant mentor and what did you learn from that person?

I’ve had several good mentors over my career, but I’ve drawn my greatest inspiration from books. I’m an avid reader—and even worked at my college library throughout undergrad. Some of my favor authors are Robert Pirsig, David Foster Wallace, John Steinbeck, Brene Brown, among many others.

If you weren’t in this industry, what would you be doing?

The truth is, I love what I do. If I wanted to do something else, I would be doing it.