About Piedmont Business Leaders
Piedmont Business Leaders is a Greensboro Networking Group of 40+ highly motivated professionals. We help bring referrals to dedicated leaders who want to expand their business and network among other local professionals.
PBL was established in 2011 and has now grown to more than 40 members strong. We meet every Wednesday morning at the Weir-Jordan House at 223 North Edgeworth Street, Greensboro NC.
Not your ordinary leads group…
PBL is a REFERRAL network with creativity. Play video to learn more:
This is Pat’s first term as President.
This is Elliot’s first term as Vice President.
I began working in the financial services industry in 2004, when I started my career as a producer for a life insurance company. In 2011, after many years of being an Edward Jones client, I joined the firm as a financial advisor. It was an easy fit for me, as I was familiar with the philosophy and culture of the firm, the valued personal relationships with their clients and the independence that Edward Jones offers.
Born in New Jersey, I grew up in Northridge, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles. I am a graduate of the University of Southern California and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. I also lived in Long Island, NY; New Orleans, LA; Maui, HI; and Bangkok, Thailand.
In 2004, I moved to Greensboro after spending 15 years surfing on Maui, where my family owned a high-end retail furniture showroom. My Maui Tropix 9’6 longboard stands majestically in my office, yearning for just one more wave.
I am happily married to my German wife, Sylvia, who also works for Edward Jones. We have a son, Ethan, who is 14, and three rescue dogs: Wrigley, Makena and Kalani. In my spare time, I play golf (badly) and enjoy traveling, gardening and cooking. I also am an avid photographer and cheer for my University of Southern California (USC) Trojans.
I am involved with animal welfare. On the weekends, Sylvia and I run our own 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity called “Break the Chain Kennel Kru.” We help unchain dogs in Guilford County by providing no-cost kennels with a tarp covering to families in underserved parts of our community. I also belong to the Triad Trojan Club, a group of alumni from USC.
When I help serious, long-term investors, I begin by learning what’s important to them. I then use an established process to create personalized financial strategies to help them achieve their goals. I strive to partner with them and their families throughout their lives, revisiting their goals and risk tolerance to help keep them on track.
This is Andrew’s first term serving as Secretary.
I began working in banking in 2007 after graduating from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro with a degree in Spanish and a minor in business. Helping clients navigate one of the most important aspects of their lives is my passion.
Born in North Carolina, I grew up in the foothills of the mountains in the small town of Elkin. My passion for finances started at a very young age growing up with my mother, whom I saw grow her accounting firm over the years. And I remember her calling me to balance my check book when the paper statement would come in the mail prior to online banking.
I moved to Greensboro, NC, in 1998 to attend the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. I am happily married to my husband, PJ, of 15 years, who also works in financial services. We have a son, Hayes, who is 8, and one rescue dog, Sophie. When I am not crunching numbers and finding ways to help my clients, I love horseback riding, entertaining family and friends, fishing, and riding our 4 wheelers. We are very involved in our son’s extra-curricular actives, which include piano, Cub Scouts, and Tae Kwon Do.
I am the branch manager of First Citizens’ West Market Branch here in Greensboro. I comprehensively work with our personal and business clients. What that means is… we will look at your short- and long-term goals to lay a path to move forward. We’ve learned that there are four journeys that will impact our client at some point in time: Everyday Banking, Fund Current Lifestyle and Business Operations, Fund Future Lifestyle and Operations, and Leaving a Legacy. We will make sure that all of the pieces of your puzzle align with one another–and that YOU have an individualized tailored plan.
My clients appreciate the level of responsiveness they get from me and appreciate my creative and professional approach. I truly believe in First Citizens’ Statement of Purpose, “Better banking. Better tomorrows.” The three pillars of our Statement of Purpose, “Long-Term Thinking,” “Service Excellence,” and “Powerful Results” express the ways we deliver better banking–and better tomorrows.
Ashley Foster has served two terms as Secretary. This is Ashley’s first term as Treasurer.