by Patrick L. Bowen
Presented by: Simmons Bank
How Do I Find A Banker And Start Building A Relationship?
As you might do when looking for a new doctor, accountant, or other key service provider; ask your friends, family, and business advisors who they know or recommend. Once you’ve identified several candidates, ask for an introduction. Bankers analyze many things about potential clients including character. Be sure to have whomever makes the introduction share things like how they know you and how long they’ve known you. The best way to start building any relationship is to invest time in meeting to get to know one another.
What Should I Look For In A Banker?
I’d expand this question to include bank as well. Most banks focus on certain types of business and lending. Some banks might focus on small business banking, while some might focus on large commercial real estate lending. Within any bank, bankers might specialize in certain types of business. You’ll want to ask questions such as is my business a good fit with your bank or does your bank work with many clients like me. Beyond finding a good match, be sure your bank and banker are responsive and that you have great communication.
Answers provided by Patrick L. Bowen, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending at Simmons Bank. He can be reached at 314-569-7243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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