Leadership spotlight: Benito Almanza

Benito Almanza
Arizona Market President
Bank of America

Benito is Bank of America Arizona Market President. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of Santa Clara, he has been with the bank for 34 years.  He currently chairs the Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board and is a member of the Teach for America Arizona Board and Greater Phoenix Leadership.

Biggest challenge: “Realizing that a 13-hour work day six to seven days per week was not good for myself or my family and doing something about it.  I readjusted my 10-year career plan to balance priorities putting my focus on my family and building my professional skills.”

Best advice to offer: “Keep the lines of communication open and be sure that credit for good work is delivered regularly and to the right people.”


About Michael Gossie

Michael Gossie is an award-winning journalist who has earned more than 50 awards for writing, editing and design. He studied economics at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., and put his entrepreneurial spirit to work in 2007, using a 200-year-old family recipe to launch an Italian sauce company. He is a competitive marathon runner, Ironman triathlete and is most proud of being the founding president of the Steuben Arc Foundation in Upstate New York, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities, including his sister.