Mike is a financial analyst who supports Porter White’s Community Banking practice. He has spent forty years in the southeastern US banking industry in various capacities related to commercial lending, including relationship management, underwriting, credit, and portfolio management. Mike’s background includes working with companies of all sizes, from small business to large corporate clients.
Mike learned to admire the entrepreneurial spirit in the first eighteen years of his career where he served as a Relationship Manager with First Union Bank in the Atlanta and North Georgia market. In this role, Mike was heavily involved in financing the consolidation of one of that region’s major industries, carpet and rugs. Following First Union, Mike spent thirteen years at SunTrust in a multitude of underwriting and credit adjudication roles with a focus on middle market commercial and leveraged finance transactions. Most recently, Mike spent nine years at Regions Bank in Credit Portfolio Management applying data analytics to the bank’s overall commercial portfolio to support the bank’s strategic objectives. This background informs Mike’s belief that data analytics provides an objective roadmap to achieve a goal, but it takes the entrepreneurial spirit to make it happen.