Some resolutions have a more obvious solution than others. If you want to eat better, buy healthier food. If you’d like to sleep more, go to bed early. And if you want to improve your financial situation in 2014, try the advice of these financial experts.
You’ve been working hard to achieve your financial goals, dreaming of the days when you will be able to enjoy retirement. But are you doing enough now to ensure you can maintain your accustomed lifestyle into the future? Here, local financial advisers share the most important factors when it comes to setting aside money today for a brighter tomorrow.
Front row (from left): Event honorary committee chair Frank Jacobs, Peter Martin, Arianna, honorary committe chair Randy Costas and Tom Eschen. Back row: Brian Owens, Erin Bode, Sterling Bank's Ken Poteet, Maryville president Mark Lombardi and honorary committee chair Marylen Mann.
Ken and Mclane Poteet
From every specially selected brick, cupola and stone fountain to each knowledgeable employee, Sterling Bank is “built to last,” says chairman and CEO Ken Poteet. And the company is building onto that rich culture with a new Chesterfield location, set to be open by the end of April and run by Poteet's son, Mclane Poteet.
Sponsors: Buck Clemant, McLane Poteet, Andrea Lindsey, Christine Brame, Craig McBride, Kendra Reed, Ken Poteet, Dan Campbell, Jim Duncan
Susan Uchitelle, Ken Poteet, Cindy Lerick
Marian Nunn, Ken Poteet
Sterling Bank chairman and CEO Ken Poteet realized one of his dreams the day his bank was chartered in Poplar Bluff, Mo. It was Oct. 19, 2004. “We had the opportunity of using our own model and culture,” Poteet says. “We had the ability to create something that very few people have been able to successfully do, and we were inspired to do it with our own footprint.”
Ken Poteet sits on a sofa, an art piece titled All the King's Men, which was unveiled last month at Sterling's Clayton location. Constructed of 3,687 silver half dollars by artist Johnny Swing, it's one of only four made in the world.
On March 1, Sterling Bank will celebrate the grand opening of its Clayton branch and its third location overall. It’s an exciting time for the bank, according to CEO and chairman Ken Poteet. “We’re not a virtual bank,” Poteet says. “I like to say we’re a real one. I do believe in the structural impact of having a bricks-and-mortar commitment.” During the grand opening, an art piece from Sotheby’s auction house will be unveiled, he says. “A little hint: There’s only four in the world, and Warren Buffett owns the first one. I couldn’t believe that I ran across it, and it fits perfectly with the Sterling name and culture.” Poteet also notes that, as a part of their Sofa Series Soiree, Erin Bode and Brian Owens will give an intimate performance at the event.
Ken Poteet, CEO and chairman of Sterling Bank