BREAKFAST NETWORKING W. FOUNDER OF METROBANK

This breakfast networking event is organized by Business Scene. Breakfast is included in the ticket... Please note that spaces are very limited. 

09:00 Arrival 

9:05 Open Networking & Breakfast Served.
09.30 Introduction from Business Scene & Guest Speaker
10.00 Open Networking
11.00 Close

GUEST SPEAKER: FOUNDER OF METRO BANK, VERNON HILL

Vernon W. Hill II is Chairman and founder of Metro Bank. He is often credited with reinventing American banking. He is the founder and former Chairman and president of Commerce Bk which he founded in 1973 as a one-branch bank in metro Philadelphia with nine staff and $1.5 million.

Vernon believes that the value of a bank is in its deposits. He believes that Customers will be willing to give more of their deposits in exchange for a better banking experience, and that great companies are built by creating Fans not Customers. By applying this philosophy, Vernon built Commerce bank into one of the largest banks in America with 15,000 team members, 500 branches and $50 billion of assets. It was purchased in July 2007 by TD Financial for $8.5 billion. Commerce was voted the best bank in America in 2006, 2007 and 2008 by JD Power and Associates for its absolute commitment to Customers. It also produced exceptional shareholder returns.

Vernon is Chairman of Pet Plan North America and co-chairman of Bankstocks.com. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Drew

    Very good opportunity this morning

    September 25, 2013

  • Craig D.

    It was a great event and refreshing to hear such positive remarks about banking which is nearly all negative at the moment, well apart from #Metro-bank of course

    September 25, 2013

  • Marc W.

    Great event, really enjoyable and Vernon's speech was interesting and refreshingly candid. Ludwig says hi to all.

    September 25, 2013

  • Janne O.

    Thanks for the good event.

    September 25, 2013

  • Marian

    Interesting event, short but highly valuable speech by Vernon and a very good quality of attendees. Thanks for putting this together, Patrick! As a startup mentor and digital marketing advisor, I can't stress the importance of turning your customers into fans (and eventually into revenue - acquisition through retention). Btw, we do free events for startups, next one is about how to find investors. Feel free to join: http://www.meetup.com/Startups-Networking/

    September 25, 2013

  • Joshua J.

    Had a great time and met loads of interesting people. Vernon and the Metro staff were impressive. Very excited about what they are doing and am also looking forward to the next meet up.

    September 25, 2013

  • Janne O.

    Good morning, everyone. It will be great to meet you soon. I can't wait to hear Vernon Hill, and about Metro bank, because like it says above "absolute commitment to Customers" is the key to "exceptional shareholder returns". Based on Forrester's 14 years of research it has been proven that revenues follow customer experience with a time lag. Some companies even see a small dip when the change is done, but after that the revenues skyrocket and the best thing is that in sustainable way. Banks are not competing anymore about who gives the best interest rates (those are pretty similar to all banks), but they are competing on who gives the best customer experience and is able to sustain it.

    September 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute diary change. Apologies.

    September 24, 2013

  • Boris

    Please let me know if you have a spare ticket, I'd like to attend. Thanks.

    September 24, 2013

  • Anthony

    Let me know if there is a spare ticket going as I would like to attend. Cheers

    September 23, 2013

    • Anthony

      Rob, that is great news. See you at the front at 9am sharp. My no is[masked] (should you need to get in contact).

      September 24, 2013

    • rob

      Nice one. See you at 9 Annthony.

      September 24, 2013

  • rob

    I have a spare ticket - does anyone want it?

    September 24, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Is it an question the banks are not lending or is it a question that businesses are not asking in the right way?

    September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot make the breakfast on Wednesday. Does anyone want to take my place ?

    September 23, 2013

    • Craig D.

      I have said that I will take the place, sent you a mail

      September 23, 2013

  • Janne O.

    Simply, banks do not care for their customers. They care for profits. But they forget, the customers they should care about are the ones who create the profit. It does not take complex methods, politics, etc. to understand that. But it takes a huge cultural shift to make the leaders in banks to understand that.

    September 20, 2013

  • Marc W.

    I'd be very interested to hear Vernon's take on accepting higher risk businesses under Metrobank. I run a business that other banks aren't interested in providing an account for so gave Metrobank a go. Unfortunately even they weren't willing to consider this. I understand their reasoning, but I do wonder where the line is drawn - banks are nowadays very risk averse and I was hoping Metrobank were a little more flexible, even if were just them learning more about the business model instead of an outright "no".

    September 20, 2013

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