March 2, 2024

Economic Backbone: Finance

A History of Acquisitions

Seacoast Bank, founded at the onset of the Great Depression, is the stuff of homespun Florida. During World War II, the Stuart-based institution provided mothers of service members Blue Star flags. Read more »
Published on 4/25/2023

Rising Interest

“Higher interest rates have definitely slowed down our incoming sales pipeline. However, we do think that buyers are coming to terms with the fact that this is the new norm for interest rates.” Read more »
Published on 4/19/2023

Signs of Strength

VyStar Credit Union's acquisition of First Coast Federal Credit Union earlier this year reflects a trend of credit unions growing through acquisitions — something previously associated with banks, says Steven Kelley, an adjunct economics professor at Jacksonville University and director of downtown development for Jacksonville's Downtown Investment Authority. Read more »
Published on 4/14/2023

Post-Merger Manager

Steve Fisher, a 20-year veteran of Central Florida's banking industry, joined Truist in 2021 as the area's middle market banking lead and became regional president last September when Sandy Hostetter retired from the position. Read more »
Published on 4/13/2023

Funding Dreams

At age 22, Kortney B. Murray got an early business lesson when she opened a clothing boutique in California. Read more »
Published on 4/12/2023

Florida's Fed Voices

New Florida voices are serving on branch boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, where their input will help shape monetary policy. Read more »
Published on 4/12/2023

Setting goals

Hatch says many athletes still seek guidance and advice from him on everything from estate planning to real estate deals. “They say, ‘Hatch, can you take a look at this and let me know if this is on the up and up?' And I never charge anything because I've seen some of my friends and ex-teammates taken advantage of.” Read more »
Published on 4/11/2023

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