John Coffin: From Institutional Executive to “Growth” Entrepreneur

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Please join Michael Flock of FLOCK Specialty Finance as he interviews “growth” entrepreneur, John Coffin. John is the Co-Founder of Practical Growth Advisors (PGA) which is a consulting and advisory firm focused on serving privately held companies and helping them grow faster with confidence. John discusses his transformation from successful institutional executive to small business advisor and creative entrepreneur. He shares his great range of valuable experiences, both personal and professional, and how he’s leveraging these to help guide middle market companies towards achieving their growth goals today.

Prior to founding PGA, John was the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Atlantic Capital Bank.  He oversaw the Bank’s Regional Corporate Banking, Financial Institutions and Capital Markets divisions. Atlantic Capital is the largest startup bank in US history with an initial capital raise of $125MM. After opening in May of 2007, Atlantic Capital quickly grew to become a $2.9 billion bank, primarily by executing the core strategy of serving the finance and banking needs of growing, privately-held companies. John earned a BA degree in English from Dartmouth College and received a MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. John was an Eagle Scout and is currently a Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts of America. He is active in various civic activities and resides with his wife and three children in Atlanta, GA.

Here is a glimpse of what John shared in the interview:

“I actually got into banking totally by mistake or kismet…through that process, that six month training class, decided I loved business and I loved banking.”

“… learned a lot about life in the Boy Scouts. About challenges and overcoming obstacles and pushing yourself further than maybe you’d think you were capable of.”

“… that’s something that our generation can learn from the millennials, their willingness to try different things and not be so locked into one career.”

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