A Bank and Community Team Player. (RMA Volunteer Profile)

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Timothy Abell, president, Fleet Bank Pennsylvania

Timothy Abell has spent his 20-year banking career involved in some aspect of commercial lending, and all of it in the Philadelphia area.

Abell started his career at Continental Bank, completing its credit training program, then spending time in real estate, workouts, and commercial lending. When Continental became Midlantic, he managed the bank's asset-based lending function. At Prime Bank, he was responsible for commercial lending teams. He stayed with Prime, through its transition to Summit and now to Fleet. Currently, Abell is president of Fleet Bank in Pennsylvania, where he oversees business financial services activities in Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey for companies with sales of $2 million to $1 billion.

As a regional executive for the bank, Abell is also responsible for ensuring that the bank is engaged in community activities and doing the right things with respect to contributions, volunteerism, and community reinvestment.

"I have several lending teams that report to me, says Abell. "A favorite part of my day is making calls with relationship managers, getting together with customers. You get different ideas from customers and can learn from what they are doing.

"I think that's important for bankers today," he continues. "I believe it's important for prospects and customers to see not only their relationship managers but their senior management as well."

As expected, Abell has developed a finely tuned set of skills during his two decades in banking, working with different levels of people within the bank and with customers as well. …