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Kara Garner Pass

Kara Garner Pass

Kara G. Taylor

Kara Garner Pass is senior vice president and managing director for Tompkins Wealth Advisors in central New York. Kara is responsible for establishing and executing the wealth management strategy for the central NY region, as well as ensuring that clients receive the highest level of care. With more than 15 years of industry experience, Kara joined Tompkins in 2016. Previously, she was a vice president of business and professional banking for a national bank, where she worked with professionals and small business owners to establish and achieve their financial goals.

She has served on numerous boards and committees including the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Tompkins County, Beechtree Care Center, TC3 Foundation, Franziska Racker Centers, Sciencenter Discovery Museum and Leadership Tompkins. In 2013-2014, Kara chaired the United Way Community Campaign. She also received the 2014 McPheeters Award presented to an alum of Leadership Tompkins in recognition of community service, a collaborative spirit, creative thinking and proactive work for the common good.

Kara loves her work, the people she works with and the community she lives in. She gives the people she works with 100% of her attention, asking the right questions and listening to the answers. When not working, she enjoys spending time golfing, swimming, hiking and cooking with her family.

Education & Certifications

MPA, Cornell University

BA, Roanoke College


Vice President of Business and Professional Banking
M&T Bank


Board Member
Past Chair and Current Chair of Business Development Council
Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce

Finance Committee Member
Franziska Racker Center

Board Member
Chair of Resource Development Council
United Way of the Southern Tier

Board Member
Chair of Stewardship Committee
Sciencenter Discovery Museum

Board Member
Tourism Committee Member

Advisory Team Chair
Delta Gamma, Cornell University

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