Local business leader who is an advocate for financial literacy and expert event planner joins M&T’s Central New York regional advisory board
Syracuse, N.Y. Oct. 23, 2020—M&T Bank has appointed Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling to its Directors Advisory Council for the Central New York region. The 11-member council meets regularly throughout the year to provide M&T management with valuable insight on a wide range of business, client and community matters.
Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling, franchise owner of EventPrep, Inc., has deep roots in the Central New York community, having attended Syracuse University and residing in the region for more than 13 years.
“M&T’s Central New York Directors Advisory Council consists of local business leaders who advocate for our region and are actively involved in the community. This group provides a variety of perspectives and solutions for how we can grow, strengthen and improve our community,” said Allen Naples, M&T Bank regional president for Central New York.
“Me’Shae is an excellent addition to our advisory council. She is passionate about our region and brings a wealth of knowledge on entrepreneurship and financial literacy. With her experience in special events and hospitality, she will help deepen our understanding and inform our advocacy to support an industry that has been severely impacted by the pandemic,” Naples added. “We’re grateful for the insights she will bring to the council.”
Brooks-Rolling has been franchise owner of EventPrep, Inc. since 2018. The national firm specializes in hotel and vendor contracting and meeting and event planning. She is the first owner/operator of the EventPrep brand in New York State and the northeast territory. Brooks-Rolling is also a certified educator in personal finance and author of two books on financial literacy. In 2021, she will merge her passions of financial literacy and conference planning by producing the first ever Financial Empowerment Summit to benefit the Syracuse community.
Brooks-Rolling was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan fellowship to pursue her Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Public Administration at Syracuse University, earning her MPA in 1990. She obtained a certificate in Meeting & Conference Management at New York University and worked as a senior events coordinator in the City of New York Mayor’s office. Brooks-Rolling currently serves as interim executive director for the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA) as well as executive board member for the WISE Symposium (Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship) and the CA$H Coalition of Onondaga County.
In addition to Brooks-Rolling, M&T Bank’s Directors Advisory Council for the Central New York region consists of: Carl Byrne, Byrne Dairy; Andy Breuer, Hueber-Breuer Construction; Mara Charlamb, United Radio; James (Jim) Fox, O’Brien & Gere; Karyn Korteling, Pastabilities; Robert (Luke) Lewis, Lewis Custom Homes; Robert H. Linn, formerly with Ernst & Young; Joseph Mancuso, Hancock & Estabrook; Meg Tidd, VIP Structures; and Melissa Zell, The Pioneer Companies.
M&T Bank’s Central New York regional headquarters is located on Salina Street and is responsible for managing operations its 45 local offices, with nearly 500 employees across eight counties, including Cayuga, Herkimer, Jefferson, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Seneca County.