Matt Peters, Hancock Whitney Bank

Matt Peters joined Access as a way to connect with his community and to be a better resource for his clients at Hancock Whitney Bank. As a Tallahassee native, Matt quickly realized that there was so much more to the program and the Access network. Read more about Matt and how he’s building his career here in Tallahassee, one Business & Brews at a time.

Where do you work and what is your role? 

I work for Hancock Whitney Bank as a Client Solutions Specialist  

Tell us about your background.  

I work with consumers and small businesses to ensure that they make the most informed decisions about their finances. Everything from ensuring the safety and security of their day-to-day transactions, all the way up to long term strategic plans to grow a business. To put it simply, I help to ensure that a client’s hard earned money is not being wasted with things like account fees, interest or unnecessary spending.

Where are you from? 

I was born and raised in Tallahassee.

Why did you choose to stay in Tallahassee? 

Tallahassee has a small town feel with big town benefits. I don’t think there is anywhere else that I could have set up having a Hall of Fame College Football coach lip-sync a song for a charity fundraiser. Last year I rewrote the lyrics of “Folsom Prison Blues” into a spoof called “COVID Prison Football Blues” and Coach Bobby Bowden lip synced the song which helped raise a record amount of money for the Young Leaders Society of the United Way of the Big Bend. Watch the video here.

What do you like about Tallahassee? 

I love the closeness of the community. I know that if I have a client or friend with a need that I can usually connect them with someone who is an expert and will happily take the time to help them out, no questions asked.

What’s on the top of your Tallahassee bucket list?  

Going to the TMH Golden Gala.

What’s the best part about Access? Why/how did you get involved? 

Access Tallahassee really embraces the idea that they are here to help its members and the city grow.

I originally got involved with Access Tallahassee to check a box for work. However, quickly realized that it had a tremendous amount to offer to help me grow professionally. Along with being a wonderful way to meet, some amazing people that I now can call close friends.

What is your favorite Access event and why? 

Business and Brews – It is great to be able to unwind with other young professionals. I love to learn about different industries and professions, as well as keeping a pulse on what is going on around town. That knowledge allows me to be a better resource for my clients and to my professional network.

What other organizations are you involved in?

Access Tallahassee, Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Leads Group 2 Chair, Young Leaders Society of the United Way – Former Fundraising Chair, Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals – Member – Past Golden Ace Nominee, TCC’s SPARK! Program – Small Business/Entrepreneurship Mentor, BNI Capital Exchange – Member, Leon County Sheriff’s Department Citizens Academy Alumni Association – Class 39, Tallahassee Fire Department Citizens Fire Academy, Tallahassee Police Department Citizens Academy Alumni Association – Class 73

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