Sean Mabey is a senior vice president and the director of small business strategy for Wells Fargo in the southeast. A leader with the company for 16 years, he has held senior positions in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and spent the last seven years in Atlanta. Mabey develops and drives the small-business strategy for Wells Fargo through more than 400 branches in the southeast.
Outside of the office, Mabey is active in the community, frequently volunteering for organizations such as Susan G Komen, Habitat for Humanity, Upward Youth Sports and Georgia Homeless Pets. He’s served on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and currently is serving on the board of directors for Zoo Atlanta.
Rolling out recently sat down with Mabey at “Blogalicious 5,” which was held in Atlanta and here’s what he had to say.
What is your day-to-day like at Wells Fargo?
I spend my day, about 50 percent of it, with small-business owners and all of those that touch the small-business ecosystem, learning what they need what they want and what they desire. The other 50 percent of my time I spend with the wonderful team members here at Wells Fargo trying to connect with two of those so we can take great care of our small-business customers.
What products benefit small businesses?
The product piece of it is such an important part of the small business scenario, but it’s not the only part. So we offer a comprehensive grouping of products from depository products, lending products, online products, you name it. But really it’s more than just products that we offer. We offer advice, we offer connections, our small-business customers right now need more than just advice, they need confidence, and they need to be connected to those that can help them run their businesses better. And that is why we train our small-business bankers to make sure that it’s more than products, it’s matching what the small-business owners really need and desire and matching that up with the products that we have but also with the advice and the education we provide them as well.
How does Wells Fargo stay connected to the community?
Being involved in the community is such an important part of our strategy, we know that the small businesses in our community are the backbones of the community, and so for us to help them it will help the communities where we live and that we work in. We try to reach out and talk to the folks and talk to our community, we are involved in chambers, we are involved in lots of organizations that go out and touch our community and small business owners and that is part of the advice that we try to give people. It is not just about checking and savings accounts, it is really about the holistic small-business ecosystem and connecting all of those people together. So we spend a great deal of time doing just that. – necorey johnson