Spotlight On: November 2021

Spotlight On: November 2021

2021-11-30T21:09:19-05:00November 30th, 2021|Spotlight On|

Every year Capital Analytics has the chance to interview 1000s of the nation’s top level executives and leaders. Our Spotlight On series is an exclusive opportunity for readers to receive these leaders’ thoughtful insights and perspectives that ultimately help to inform the editorial in our publications. The following are all of the Spotlight On‘s released in November 2021.

Todd Williams, President, Fidelity Bank

Minneapolis  Todd Williams, President, Fidelity Bank

2 min read November 2021 — Todd Williams, president of Fidelity Bank, thinks the last year has been a good experience in which the bank had to adapt to different conditions but also take advantage of the opportunities provided by the PPP funding and the liquidity provided to the economy. His outlook for the bank and his clients in the Twin Cities region is positive, he told Invest:. Read more

Scott Morgan, President, Brunner

Pittsburgh  Scott Morgan, President, Brunner

2 min read November 2021 — In an interview with Invest:, Scott Morgan, president of marketing services agency Brunner, talked about the benefits of doing business in Pittsburgh and how his company is faring in a growing post-pandemic economy. He also discussed innovations in the field of marketing and his outlook on the future of the industry… Read more

Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce Corinne McCann Trainor

New Jersey  Corinne McCann Trainor, President, Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce 

2 min read November 2021 — The Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce serves as a regional chamber for professionals and businesses that are located in or serve Monmouth and Ocean Counties. In an interview with Invest:, President Corinne McCann Trainor discussed the wide-ranging economic importance of the region’s tourism industry, the state of the industry as well as her economic outlook for the coming years. Read more

Ameris Bank Brian Parks

Jacksonville  Brian Parks, Regional President, Ameris Bank

2 min read November 2021 — Brian Parks, regional president of Ameris Bank, spoke to Invest: about the opportunities for Jacksonville’s future and about the challenges overcome during the year of pandemic. The PPP loan program was a huge success for the bank, he said. Parks also explains why Jacksonville is poised to take advantage of nearshoring manufacturing opportunities. Read more

Citizens Savings Bank Sergio Ora

Nashville  Sergio Ora, President & CEO, Citizens Savings Bank & Trust Co.

2 min read November 2021 — Citizens Bank is the oldest, continuously operating African American-owned bank in the country, and it was the first minority depository institution established in the state of Tennessee. In an interview with Invest:, Sergio Ora, president and CEO, discussed the bank’s mission, the current strength of minority communities, financial literacy efforts and his outlook for the region. Read more

City of San Antonio Transportation Department

San Antonio  Tomika Monterville, Director, City of San Antonio Transportation Department

2 min read November 2021 — The purpose of San Antonio’s Transportation Department is to create a safe, equitable, and multimodal transportation system for all people in San Antonio. In an interview with Invest:, Director Tomika Monterville discussed the reasons for creating the department, top priorities from a transportation perspective at this time and her outlook. Read more

Jerry Johnson UBS Wealth Management

Nashville  Jerry Johnson, South Central Market Head, UBS Wealth Management USA

2 min read November 2021 — Jerry Johnson, South Central market head at UBS Wealth Management USA, had a conversation with Invest: regarding the invaluable growth potential of the Middle Tennessee region. He shared reasons why the area is a great market for UBS, how the demand for its services has shifted and how investors have increased their focus on several sustainability initiatives while looking toward the future. Read more

Chris Hilger Securian Financial Group

Minneapolis  Chris Hilger, Chairman, President & CEO, Securian Financial Group

2 min read November 2021 — Chris Hilger, president and CEO of Securian Financial Group, sees a winding road ahead as the economy emerges from the pandemic. Still, he told Invest:, he is confident that what companies and people learned over the last 18 months will provide a good foundation for a better future. Read more

Rick Pullum One Florida Bank

Orlando  Rick Pullum, President, One Florida Bank

2 min read November 2021 — In an interview with Invest:, Rick Pullum, president of One Florida Bank, discussed the lender’s background and success as a new player in the Central Florida landscape. “I think that the demand for what we are doing as a local bank and the businesses we deal with demonstrate that there is a very high value on decisions being made locally and then making a local impact in the community,” Pullum said. Read more

Jenna Saucedo-Herrera greater:SATX

San Antonio  Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, President & CEO, greater:SATX

2 min read November 2021 — Despite the ongoing effects of the pandemic, San Antonio is ready to shine. By investing in its people and its infrastructure, Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, president and CEO of greater:SATX, a private-public nonprofit dedicated to growing quality jobs in the San Antonio, Texas region, told Invest: the area is poised to become an economic machine and a talent hub on an internationally competitive level. Read more

St. Johns County Hunter Conrad

Jacksonville  Hunter Conrad, County Administrator, St. Johns County

2 min read November 2021 — St. Johns County is the second-fastest growing county in the state of Florida and it also happens to be the wealthiest. In an interview with Invest:, County Administrator Hunter Conrad discusses the unique economic opportunities within the county, initiatives to support the local population and businesses and his bullish outlook.  Read more

Toni Murphy Comcast

Pittsburgh Toni Murphy, Senior Vice President – Keystone Region, Comcast

2 min read November 2021 — Comcast is a renowned global media and technology company and is one of the largest video, high-speed internet and phone providers in the United States. In an interview with Invest:, Senior Vice President of the Keystone Region Toni Murphy discussed what differentiates the Pittsburgh market and the ways in which Comcast is striving to improve connectivity and accessibility in the region. Read more

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Fort Lauderdale  Phil Purcell, President & CEO, Marine Industries Association of South Florida

2 min read November 2021 — Phil Purcell, president and CEO of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, is bullish on the future of the marine industry, expecting further growth while also seeing challenges in managing the increasing demand. In an interview with Invest:, Purcell said he is confident in the ability of local stakeholders to be able to rise to the occasion and provide a welcoming environment to those looking to be out on the water. Read more

Brian Slipka True North Equity Partners

Mineapolis  Brian Slipka, Founder & Managing Partner, True North Equity Partners 

2 min read November 2021 — In an interview with Invest: Brian Slipka, founder and managing partner for True North Equity Partners, talked about the opportunities available in Minnesota and the challenges the company faced during the pandemic. He also explained the company’s unique leadership style and how it gives back to the community. Read more

Nashville General Hospital Joseph Webb

Nashville  Joseph Webb, CEO, Nashville General Hospital

2 min read November 2021 — For more than a century, Nashville General Hospital (NGH) has been serving the Middle Tennessee community. In an interview with Invest:, CEO Joseph Webb took a deep dive into the exposure of social determinants of health during the pandemic and how to address health inequities moving forward. Read more

Orlando Sanford International Airport Tom Nolan

Orlando  Tom Nolan, President & CEO, Orlando Sanford International Airport

2 min read November 2021 — “Aviation has made the world more accessible and Orlando Sanford International Airport is proud to play a role in the greater Orlando commercial airline transportation network,” said the Airport’s President & CEO in a conversation with Invest:. He shared what makes Florida an attractive location, highlighted the ways the aerospace industry continued to grow, the future of the aviation industry and how the airport’s strategic development plan has continued despite all the challenges the economy has faced. Read more

University of North Florida Pamela Chally

Jacksonville  Pamela Chally, Interim President, University of North Florida

2 min read November 2021 — Interim President Pamela Chally at the University of North Florida stated in an interview with Invest: that Jacksonville is “the biggest small town there ever was due to the close working connections and interactions within the community.” She noted how business in the city “is accomplished through strategic relationships and associations.” Chally also addressed the ways UNF actively engages the community and how the university adjusts its educational offerings to match the changing demands and needs of students. Read more

Morris County Chamber of Commerce

North Jersey  Meghan Hunscher, President & CEO, Morris County Chamber of Commerce

2 min read November 2021 — The pandemic has fundamentally changed many businesses and Meghan Hunscher, president and CEO of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, is keen to support member businesses and boost economic growth in the county. “We like to say we’re hometown roots with global reach,” says Hunscher about Morris County’s unique position in a number of dynamic markets. Read more

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

San Antonio  Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

2 min read November 2021 — Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-San Antonio), founded in 2009, is a contemporary university reflective of the diverse and heritage-rich community it serves. In an interview with Invest, President Cynthia Teniente-Matson discussed the main takeaways from the pandemic, dynamics surrounding first-generation students, the evolving nature of higher education and the institution’s role… Read more

Pittsburgh  Quintin Bullock, President, Community College of Allegheny County

2 min read November 2021 — Every year, more than 25,000 students enroll at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). In an interview with Invest:, CCAC President Quintin Bullock discussed the significance of CCAC to the region as well as the impact the pandemic has had on both students and the college itself. Read more

Destination Medical Center Patrick Seeb

Minneapolis   Patrick Seeb, Executive Director, Destination Medical Center

2 min read November 2021 — Rochester is rediscovering a sense of confidence as it moves toward recovery from the pandemic. In an interview with Invest:, Patrick Seeb, executive director of economic development initiative Destination Medical Center (DMC), discussed the area’s characteristics that make it the place to be for healthcare and tech. Read more

Jeffrey Engle Conquest Cyber

Miami  Jeffrey Engle, Chair & President, Conquest Cyber

2 min read November 2021 — Conquest Cyber builds adaptive cybersecurity risk management programs to enable digital transformation and cyber resilience in highly regulated industries. In an interview with Invest: Chair and President Jeffrey Engle discussed the shifts in cybersecurity, shifts in demand, attack sources, cybersecurity culture, the role of legislation and education, cybersecurity in the Nashville and Miami markets and the outlook for the industry. Read more

City of San Antonio Mayor

San Antonio  Ron Nirenberg, Mayor, City of San Antonio

2 min read November 2021 — San Antonio is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. In an interview with Invest:, Ron Nirenberg discussed the region’s strong talent pipeline, attractive quality of life and his outlook for the city. Read more

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance President

Fort Lauderdale  Bob Swindell, President & CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

2 min read November 2021 — In an interview with Invest:, President and CEO of Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Bob Swindell talked about the migration of businesses and individuals to Florida. He discussed his plans for responsible growth, the evolution of Greater Fort Lauderdale, what industries will be coming to the state and his outlook for 2022. Read more

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Jacksonville  Henry Brown, CEO, Miller Electric Company

2 min read November 2021 — The biggest challenge most companies have today is the labor shortage, which is a demand issue, said Henry Brown, CEO of Miller Electric Company, in an interview with Invest:. Brown added that one solution is just to have the best company to work for. “The biggest factor for us is focusing on being an employer of choice, providing a great environment for our employees and making sure that they have everything they need to be successful, providing the development opportunities and future growth opportunities,” he said. Read more

Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast Lynda Weatherman

Orlando  Lynda Weatherman, President & CEO, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast 

2 min read November 2021 — In a conversation with Invest:, President and CEO Lynda Weatherman of the Economic Development Commission (EDC) of Florida’s Space Coast discussed the range of opportunities that are present on the Space Coast. She shared the growth potential that the space industry is fostering within the area, the strategies used to manage labor shortages and how corporate relocations have impacted the region. Read more

LaBella Associates

Charlotte   Timothy O’Brien, Studio Manager, LaBella Associates

2 min read November 2021 — Timothy O’Brien sees the influx of new residents and businesses into Charlotte as an opportunity to continue growing LaBella Associates in terms of platforms, development, and innovation. “The resources and will are here. There’s a kinetic development community and a very engaged city,” O’Brien told Invest:. Read more

Fragasso Financial Advisors, Inc., Robert Fragasso

Pittsburgh  Robert Fragasso, Chairman & CEO, Fragasso Financial Advisors, Inc.

2 min read November 2021 — Fragasso Financial Advisors is an investment management and financial planning firm headquartered in Pittsburgh. In an interview with Invest:, Chairman and CEO Robert Fragasso discussed what makes the Pittsburgh market so special and areas the region needs to address moving forward, as well as providing insight into the investment markets. Read more

St. John's University James Mullen

Minneapolis  James Mullen, Transitional President, St. John’s University

2 min read November 2021 — In an interview with Invest:, Interim President James Mullen of Saint John’s University shared the different ways in which the university has grown. He highlighted the innovative co-administrative structure between Saint John’s and the College of Saint Benedict, how they are managing the changing dynamics in enrollment and the ways in which Saint John’s is making higher education more accessible to various communities. Read more