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Next Generation: Michael Anderson, expanding Bank on Buffalo's retail banking growth

As banks try to grab more deposit market share and attract more business clients, they are scooping up experienced personnel from competitors and giving them new roles. Big players in the region are also hiring and promoting new people to important roles, eager to keep their edge over their competitors. Here is a look at one up-and-comer at area banks; click here to see more.

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Michael Anderson arrived at Bank on Buffalo to oversee its growing retail operation.

This year, the bank plans to open a fifth branch, on Hopkins Road in Amherst, and expects to replace its temporary branch in Wheatfield with a permanent location that will be built in Niagara Falls.

Anderson late last year was named regional retail banking administrator for Bank on Buffalo, a division of Pennsylvania-based CNB Financial. His job is a new one, reflecting the bank's aggressive expansion in the Buffalo Niagara market since opening its first full-service branch, in the Electric Tower, nearly two years ago.

Bank on Buffalo president Martin Griffith said Anderson's role will include providing strategic advice on future retail expansion and services.

Anderson has worked in banking for 18 years, most recently as a retail area leader for KeyBank. Prior to that, the South Buffalo native worked with First Niagara Bank, HSBC Bank USA and FleetBank.

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