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Senior Vice President, Head of Market, Bank of America

Achievements: Lucia Mar has been with Bank of America for 18 years and for the past three years served as Senior Vice President and Chief Market Officer, responsible for developing Bank of America’s commercial banking presence in Indiana. During that time, she tripled the number of Bank of America employees dedicated to the commercial banking team in Indiana, resulting in significant growth in the number of middle market businesses served and the number of proposed solutions. In recognition of his work, Bank of America presented him with the Pinnacle Award, the highest honor for outstanding performance and contribution to customers, the company and the business, for outstanding business results. She also received the Global Diversity and Inclusion Award for her “outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion”.

Career path: Mar joined Bank of America in Atlanta after earning his MBA degree from the University of Georgia. From Atlanta, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to take on a senior relationship manager role to open a new market for Bank of America. In 2019, she took her role in Indianapolis.

Give back: She sits on the Indy Chamber Board of Directors and is an active member of the Accelerate Indy Economic Development Task Force. She also serves on the boards of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indy Arts Council and was a board member of Integrating Women Leaders, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, as a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation and former board member of Pass the Torch.

Mentors and Mentoring: “I’m passionate about mentoring as a way to give back and empower others to grow personally and professionally,” she said. “I have benefited from role models and mentors in my own professional development journey and [have] seen their power firsthand. At Bank of America, she acts as an advisor to team members and serves as an executive sponsor for internal employee networks and employee resource groups.

Work-life balance: “I focus on time management, like doing the most difficult/impactful/strategic things first each day,” she said. “I also focus on energy management – I’m most creative in the morning, so I do most of my thinking before 9 a.m. I do work that requires less brain power in the aftermath. By focusing on time and energy management, I can be as productive as possible at work, allowing me to protect family time in the evening and get a good night’s sleep.”•

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