Keith Lawlor is a Vice President, Senior Commercial Relationship Manager for TD Bank’s Long Island Market. Keith has nearly 15 years of banking experience all of which has been with TD Bank. He is primarily responsible for new business development and the cross-selling of all bank products, including international products, treasury management and wealth management. Keith’s focus includes providing working capital facilities, equipment financing, acquisition financing and mortgage financing to middle market companies located in the Metro NY area.
How long have you been with TD Bank? 14 years
Tell us a little bit about TD Bank. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S. with deep roots in the communities we serve dating back more than 150 years.
What is your number one tip for other business leaders looking to break through in the food/beverage industry? Test your product with consumers.
What is the first thing you should do before starting a business? Meet with professional advisors.
What do you think makes a business successful? Passion, product, process!
What other business leaders do you look up to and why? My father, as the former CEO of Huntington Hospital he always had a calm demeanor, strong work ethic, and was passionate while taking pride in the people and company.
If you could describe the food industry in one word, what would it be? Competitive
What do you think the future of the food industry looks like? Regulated, healthier.
What challenges are there with the food industry and how can start-ups overcome them? Regulation, don’t cut corners!
What advice do you have for start-ups to grow their business? Don’t grow too fast and have a defined process.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? 14 years at TD Bank and being involved in the community through charitable endeavors
How does a day in the life of Keith Lawlor look? My morning focuses on looking for new business and connecting with customers. My afternoon focus is credit analysis/ writing memos, helping clients and meeting internally.
How do you think people will remember you? Outgoing, involved business leader that has banking expertise. Trusted advisor.
In addition to working at TD Bank, Keith is a board member of the Risk Management Association- LI Chapter, a member of the RMA Young Professionals Committee, a member of the LIA Young Professionals Committee, and a golf committee member for the American Heart Association. In recognition of Keith’s effort on Long Island, he received the Long Island Business News 15th annual 40 under 40 award in 2013 and the CIBS Associate Member of the Year award in 2015.
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