Small Town USA
April 10, 2017
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 55% of all jobs in the U.S. are from small businesses. Innovation, entrepreneurship and capitalism were the founding characteristics of how the America became the most powerful global economy in the world. I truly love small business owners, farmers and people that live and work in small town America. That sounds a little strange from a person that works in downtown Atlanta.
The funny thing is that I am not a big city person. I was raised in a mid-size town, went to college in a remote town in the Rockies and spent my first ten plus years working in smaller communities in Georgia. That’s what’s great about working at PKM; I am still connected to the people that make up more than 80% of the U.S. population, small-town USA.
After college, my career path would lead to finance; however once I embraced the idea of Banking my goal was to help people and communities gain success by achieving their goals. I am a career Community Banker, until I began at PKM working for the Risk Advisory Services (RAS). The work of advising community banks to keep within their regulatory guidance is interesting because everyone operates differently in order to meet their depositors demands
The firm is very much the same way. We for the most part work with the same clients, just in different capacities helping our clients achieve common goals. When we are in the office together we compare notes about the companies we work with and the towns that we stay in: where to stay, things to see or do, and the best places to eat. Working at PKM has allowed me to learn more about the profession of finance but more importantly the fabric of America.