Location: Bethesda, MD
Practice areas: Corporate/Commercial banking and wealth
Thomas Ransom is a 17-year veteran of BB&T, and he serves as chair of the bank’s African-American business resource group. “I believe that people do business with people they like and trust,” says Ransom. “I work hard to form relationships by getting to know people. I have regular coaching sessions with my associates to see … how I can help them. With my clients, I schedule regular meetings to see how they are doing and where they plan to go. Specifically, I focus on identifying the challenges they face and I work hard to come back with a plan to help mitigate those challenges.” Ransom serves on the professional advisory council for the University of Phoenix School of Business and works with the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. on access-to-capital issues for minority-owned businesses. He is currently working with the U.S. Black Chambers to put in place a new education platform to spark business growth in areas hit hardest by the Great Recession.
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“Thomas has been invaluable with helping me expand my book of business. He gets the direct relationship between small business and access to capital. I was bidding on a huge proposal when I met Thomas. He took endless hours to help me understand the complicated business loan applications and to ensure we had exactly what we needed to succeed. Thomas’s support, patience and forward thinking has helped PROVEN Management properly plan financially, which has helped our organization grow consistently at 25 percent each year.” – Denita Conway, President, PROVEN Management