Ron Mercer and The Corporate Soul
Ron’s career in business spans more than thirty years encompassing four major economic cycles. During this time, he logged the key traits and characteristics of successful organizations that thrived through difficulties and with prosperity. He discovered these organizations had something special that set them apart. These organizations had an intangible that helped them transcend peaks and valleys. They all had a healthy corporate soul.
In the commercial banking industry, Ron worked for and competed against community banks, large regional, super regional banks and “Trillion Dollar Titans”. During this time, he enjoyed the opportunity to work with businesses of every size. He made loans to and advised entrepreneurs who literally had little more than an idea and a great deal of grit and determination to Fortune 500 companies with many different divisions, products and thousands of employees.
Ron also managed two different formal bank-training programs for new commercial lenders. Utilizing his practical experiences, his curriculum focused on not just how to analyze financial statements but how to spot winning leadership traits of businesses before extending credit to these organizations. His training classes also focused on early warning signs of businesses that are drifting into a state of decline or failure.
Ron also served as a senior vice president of a trillion dollar organization within its correspondent banking group. He was able to observe and work with management and ownership teams of more than four hundred and fifty banks throughout the United States. Some of these banks failed, some continue to muddle through each month hoping for the best, and some flourished during the banking crisis of 2008 and the years that have followed.
While Ron served in various leadership roles, he distinguished himself within the organizations he served and within the communities he lived as one who could develop, motivate, train and inspire high performing teams and individual team members. Because of this, he has been asked to speak before various organizations and management teams regarding successful traits of high performing teams and pitfalls to avoid when developing and growing organizations. He is also known as a visionary and positive thinker who is action oriented.