How To Create Powerful Partnerships

Guests: Shaun Merriman & David Sessions

Guests: Shaun Merriman & David Sessions

Whether it’s starting a business, planning for retirement or even helping to raise money for a cause you care about, it’s going to be crucial to have good partners. And my guests in this interview know about that firsthand. They’ve used their powerful partnership to create one of the coolest LEED-certified banks in Florida and they are going to share with you strategies for partnerships that can help you succeed.

Shaun Merriman is president and CEO of Gateway Bank, a community bank here in Sarasota and Bradenton. A 27-year banking veteran, Shaun began organizing Gateway Bank in November, 2006, during the most adverse banking climate seen in Southwest Florida in decades. Gateway Bank reached sustained profitability in just 31 months of operation which is virtually unheard of in the banking industry. But even more importantly, its serving our community as a truly local bank. I am truly honored to have Gateway Bank as a sponsor of Talk Credit Radio.

David Sessions is Owner and President of Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc., a Sarasota-based construction management firm. He has more than 29 years of multi-disciplined experience in educational, healthcare, religious, green sustainable, industrial and commercial construction. And under his leadership, Willis Smith Construction received several awards.

In the first part of the interview, we learn how this partnership has led to the development of al Leed-certified bank branch for Gateway Bank, and discuss what that means for our community.

Later in the interview we focus on entrepreneurs who live and work in Southwest Florida. Maybe they want to start a business, or maybe a non-profit project - how can they forge these kinds of relationships and partnerships? What are some suggestions for getting started?

This interview aired live November 18, 2013.

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