On this edition of DeKalb Business Today, host Matt Holmes looks at the path to home ownership. Lou Brown joins the show to talk about how Trust Properties is helping folks regardless of past credit issues to find a home in DeKalb County. On the mortgage side, Yulanda Munford details her work with Citizens Trust Bank. And Ryan Wilson will dish on the plans for Atlanta’s newest private club geared toward business professionals.
Lou Brown/Trustee of Trust Properties
Lou Brown is the Trustee of a local company that buys, sells, manages houses, apartments and land and finances properties for their clients. They are Certified Affordable Housing Providers® who help people, regardless of past credit issues, to get into a home. They offer a program called the ‘Path To Home Ownership®’. He has been in real estate since 1976 and has their local headquarters in Tucker, GA.
Lou has served the local community as Vice President, President and now Past President of the Georgia Real Estate Investors Association, and as the Chairman of the Small Owners Council of the Atlanta Apartment Association, and was the Founding President of the National Real Estate Investors Association. He in on the Main Street Tucker Alliance and was on the formation committee, steering committee and just completed a two year term on the Board of Directors of the Tucker-Northlake Community Improvement District.
Yulanda Munford/Mortgage Operations Manager for Citizens Trust Bank
Citizens Trust Bank is a leader in the financial services industry and one of the largest minority-owned financial institutions in the nation, offering a full range of quality business and consumer products and services including Small Business Association (SBA) financed loans, residential mortgage lending, and consumer and business online banking products with eleven financial centers in Metro Atlanta, Columbus, Georgia and in Birmingham and Eutaw, Alabama.
Celebrating over 90 years of success – Citizens Trust Bank continues to champion their commitment to offer customers viable banking solutions with first-class customer service to meet their growing business needs. Commitment transcends to the new generation of banking. Delivering on that promise, they continue to build on the legacy that has been established and position Citizens Trust Bank to become a household brand for an entire community.
Ryan Wilson/CEO & Co-Founder of The Gathering Spot
Ryan Wilson is CEO and Co-founder of The Gathering Spot. In this role he is responsible for the club’s overall management and strategic vision. A lawyer by training, Wilson founded the company with his co-founder, TK Petersen, after identifying the need for a space for professionals of all backgrounds to have a private membership experience that spoke to their business and social interests. Wilson is the son of two successful Atlanta entrepreneurs and credits them for his own passion for entrepreneurship. He holds an undergraduate and a law degree from Georgetown University. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending his time with family and friends. He is excited to be back in his hometown and is looking forward to The Gathering Spot’s grand opening.