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April 1, 2024

Allison Standish Plimpton, 2024 Women in Business Honoree

Senior Vice President, Business Banking Sales Leader for New England KeyBank Check out the rest of the 2024 Women in Business Honorees
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Allison Standish Plimpton is the senior vice president and New England business banking leader for KeyBank. With 35 years of experience in finance and banking, she began her career as a commodities broker and eventually became a commercial banker.

Her aptitude for developing customized financial solutions and building trusted client relationships enabled her to advance in her career to her current role as a senior regional leader.

Standish Plimpton has been with KeyBank for 13 years, joining through the acquisition of First Niagara Bank. Prior to KeyBank, she held positions with TD Bank, New Alliance Bank and UPS Capital. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rollins College and lives in Glastonbury.

What have been your biggest professional accomplishments?

I am most proud of building and mentoring a strong team of banking professionals who are dedicated to providing exceptional service to our clients and delivering strong results for KeyBank.

It is especially gratifying to be a trusted advisor and business partner to countless companies, bringing a holistic approach to helping them build, protect and expand their businesses.

What’s the next big goal you want to accomplish professionally?

As executive sponsor of KeyBank’s Key4Women program, which provides women business owners and entrepreneurs with financial guidance and resources to help them manage and grow their businesses, I want to continue to drive KeyBank’s reputation as a women-friendly bank, and help increase the number of successful women-owned businesses throughout the region.

What’s one of the biggest professional challenges you’ve overcome?

I began my career when there was little female representation in banking, and I experienced gender bias in gaining respect and acceptance as a commercial banker.

Fortunately, I had several male mentors who believed in and advocated for me. That is why it is important to me to be a mentor and advocate for others, both women and men.

How are you involved in the community?

I serve on the boards of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Community Economic Foundation Corp., and am an active member of Women in Manufacturing.

I also speak at numerous women’s leadership events throughout the market, and participate each year in KeyBank’s annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day of community outreach.

What legacy do you want to leave after your career is over?

I strive to leave a legacy of dedicated care and service to my clients, support to my community, and collaborative leadership to my colleagues.

Most importantly, I want to be remembered as a compassionate leader and mentor who provided my team with a trusting work environment and the support they needed to grow and succeed in their careers.

Check out the rest of the 2024 Women in Business Honorees

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