Tampa is referred to by many as a small big City. While large in its reach and population, many communities are localized and it seems that all of us are no more than 1 or 2 degrees from separation. I have been fortunate in that I have been able to meet so many of Tampa’s business professionals and can attest to the fact that we are all inter-connected on close levels. Every day I meet someone who tells me that they knew this person or that person who appeared on my radio show and I am thankful for the recognition that the Tampa business community has given to That Business Show and myself.
Being that Tampa is a small big City, it becomes natural then to want to support our local community interests. One of those being our community banks. Our guests today were Hanisha Patel and Wesley Joyner of Pilot Bank. Pilot Bank is a community bank based in Tampa and was founded in 1987. Focusing on customer service and relationships, Pilot Bank has grown into a local powerhouse institution with over $200 Million in assets.
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The bank’s leadership has always believed in strong, long-term relationships, and that approach has helped us to grow. Our people take the time to engage with customers. They listen and understand both immediate and long term needs, and they work as a team to go above and beyond in helping customers achieve success.
The bank’s holding company, Pilot Bancshares, Inc. was established in October 1995. The holding company soon acquired a specialized lending organization called National Aircraft Finance Company (NAFCO). This partnership added financial strength, diversification, and resilience to the corporation. NAFCO serves clients across the country by providing specialized and customized financing of general aviation (non-commercial) aircraft, from helicopters to corporate planes. NAFCO has an affinity relationship with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and is a well-known brand throughout the aviation industry.
Pilot Bank’s full suite of financial products and services is designed to help customers manage both personal and business matters as conveniently as possible. We offer retail and commercial deposit accounts and extensive commercial lending capabilities (including Small Business Administration Loans), as well as access to professional investment services. Our four financial centers in Tampa are strategically located in South Tampa, New Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Upper Tampa Bay. A fifth financial center is located in the Lakeland business district.
Wesley shares with the audience his expertise on small business lending and his outlook for 2017. He discusses some of the basics of preparing for a loan application and how the SBA is instrumental in many of the applications. Hanisha elaborates on the bank’s involvement in the community and how they are the bank to go to for aircraft lending, hence the name Pilot Bank! Learn more about them at www.pilotbank.com and consider them a resource for small business loans for your business today!
Childhood memories are filled with images of theme parks and ball games with the occasional bruised elbow or twisted ankle. For many, youth is a time of unparalleled innocence and imaginative adventures that make for great stories as we age. One childhood memory I recall is my father’s collection of motivational cassettes and business how-to books that apparently influenced my personality. A name I never forgot was that of Zig Ziglar. He is a well-known author and motivational speaker and his name was on many of those books and cassettes I remember as a child. Fast forward 25 years later and I find myself interviewing his daughter who was the guest on That Business Show for this edition of #FocusFriday.
Julie Ziglar Norman is the daughter of Zig Ziglar and worked for twenty years as his personal editor. With a background in the service industry, sales and business management, she has become a respected international inspirational speaker and as her famous father once did, Julie has shared the platform with greats like General Colin Powell, Rudy Giuliani, President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Howard Putnam, Joe Montana, Lou Holtz, Steve Forbes, Sarah Palin, Goldie Hawn, and many others. She will also be sharing the stage with Michael Gerber as the 2nd keynote speaker of the upcoming Focus on Entrepreneurs Conference being held April 27th and 28th and the new Wyndham Grand Hotel in Clearwater. This event is currently on sale and to attend, visit this link and take advantage of early bird pricing before January 31st, 2017.
Julie shared with us some of her memories of her relationship with her father and how he never promoted or spoke at an event that he did not believe in himself. Citing oftentimes, he would sign himself or herself up for the product or event he was helping to promote. “My father was very regimented in his daily routine” states Julie as she discusses how his routine was centerpiece to his success. Awaking each day at the same time and eating breakfast with his wife as well as incorporating daily exercise into this routine were just some of the many reasons Zig enjoyed success both in life and in his business. She also touched on how you must believe in yourself and your product/service to enjoy success too and goes back to highlight how her father never spoke or promoted an event or product that he too was not 100% committed to for himself.
Julie also talks with us about her first entrepreneurial experience selling helium balloons at the age of 14 and then passing through many other professions including spending 20 years as her father’s editor. Today she is continuing her father’s legacy of encouragement which is an honor and a privilege that Julie never expected or sought, but her willingness to accept the challenge has inspired audiences in America and abroad. Her vibrant style of delivery, her honest and transparent assessment of life, and her willingness to share intimate details of personal failures as well as personal triumphs have made her a popular crowd favorite. Today Julie is an International Keynote speaker and the author of Growing Up Ziglar: A Daughter’s Broken Journey from Heartache to Hope. She also offers Ziglar Principle Based Life Coaching and helps men and women build financial security through commercial, multi-family and single family real estate investment.
Come out to the 1st Annual Focus on Entrepreneurs Conference on April 27th and 28th to meet and hear her entire keynote speech. Tickets now on sale at www.foeconference.com and Juliann extended a special pricing opportunity to TBBO members so be sure to check your inbox for that offer and enjoy 50% off the price of admission! Learn more about Julie at www.julieziglarnorman.com and more about #FocusFriday in our Facebook group found here!