Morgan Butler Q&A with O.Henry Magazine
Triad Business Bank Director of Private Banking & High Point Market President Morgan Butler was recently featured in the O’Henry Magazine’s PROfiles, where he discusses his upbringing, lessons he’s learned personally & professionally, and his future goals for the Bank. View the profile in the O’Henry here, and read his full Q&A below.
Q: Where did you grow up?
Morgan: I was born in Macon, Georgia, but consider myself from Nashville, TN, as I lived there for quite some time following college.
Q: What’s your educational background?
Morgan: I graduated from Sewanee: The Univerity of the South in Sewanee, TN, and I attended the Southeastern School of Banking.
Q: What led you to a career in banking?
Morgan: I love connecting with people, businesses, and the community where I work and live. I was fortunate to start my career with a community bank in Nashville, TN shortly after college. I am a people person and value relationships. I also enjoy solving problems and connecting people. Community banks allow me to have deep connections with my clients while being active in my community.
Q: What are some interesting facts about you?
Morgan: I was a collegiate and semipro rugby player for almost a decade. I played football in college and boxed after college. I also served as a reserve police officer in Tennessee.
Q: What differentiates TBB from your competitors?
Morgan: I believe our people and culture make the greatest difference. We truly have an impressive group of leaders on our board and executive team. Our entire team was carefully selected to assure our clients are served by the most experienced and talented professionals in banking, and we all believe in our mission. The size of TBB allows for accessibility of all of our bankers, which yields faster decisions and deeper relationships with the client. TBB is not just a bank, it is part of the community.
Q: Tell us about your areas of expertise.
Morgan: Since most of my career has been with community banks, I have experience in various areas of banking. I am most versed and passionate about business development, community relations, and private banking. I love developing relationships with clients. This allows me to understand their needs and their business’s needs. It goes far beyond transactional business; instead, I create opportunities to build partnerships. I may not be an expert in all areas of needs, but I enjoy connecting the client with those who can solve their problems. Community involvement is where my passion truly lies. A bank or any business needs to be active and invested in the community. This builds more authentic and long-lasting relationships.
Q: What are your goals for the future of TBB?
Morgan: I want to help Triad Business Bank continue to grow and fill the gap created by nine bank mergers since 2014. The Triad needs a bank headquartered here with local decision making and stable client relationships. As an investor myself and an employee, I am passionate about contributing to the bank’s success.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
Morgan: My family and I are huge baseball fans, so we are at the park or watching games as much as possible. We attend college and Grasshopper games often.
Q: Would you like to tell us about your family?
Morgan: I am blessed with a wonderful wife who is a small business owner in the Triad. She is an estates and elder law attorney. We currently have no children but we have 2 great dogs, a 13-year-old Springer Spaniel named Rosie and a rambunctious rescue and French bulldog mix puppy named LuLu.
Q: What are you passionate about?
Morgan: I am passionate about nonprofit work. I have worked with the YWCA in High Point on their finance committee since 2017. I still serve on the board of the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association in Nashville, and continue to work with other sports-related nonprofits. I worked with the Special Olympics for almost 10 years as well.
Q: What are you currently reading?
Morgan: I am currently rereading “The Teammates” by David Halberstam. I will read baseball books from time to time to relax. This book is one of the best and tells the story of true friendship.
Q: If you could visit anywhere in the world that you haven’t traveled to yet, where would it be and why?
Morgan: I would love to visit South Africa. I had many teammates and opponents in rugby from South Africa, and have always wanted to spend time with them at home. It has a great culture around the sport, and I would like to experience it there.
Q: What is it about Greensboro that makes it feel like home to you?
Morgan: Greensboro is such a warm and friendly community. It stands out with its strong leaders and passionate members of the community. It has so much to offer in entertainment, sports, science, and culture. It is a city that offers so much to its citizens. I love being a part of a community that supports one another.
Q: What is your greatest accomplishment in life?
Morgan: My greatest accomplishment is marrying my wife, Angela. She has helped me create a wonderful life. I am blessed with a family I could not have imagined as a younger man.