The following feature ran in Georgia Trend Magazine May 2018 issue.
Four years ago, Rick Stallings needed a sensible financial solution to keep his business afloat. Even though the Columbus native and resident had relied on both a major local and a regional bank for nearly two decades, both banks turned a deaf ear. That’s when he turned to Kinetic Credit Union.
A personal banker at Kinetic mapped out a plan to help Stallings restructure the business. The plan not only made sense on paper, it was also created to improve cash flow. Today, Safeguard, a custom printing and promotional apparel franchise operation, has 28 employees and is bigger, better and stronger than it ever was.
“Ironically,” says Stallings, “we are probably a decent candidate for one of these big banks now, but I’m not interested. If someone can’t be with you when times are tough, why give them the gravy?”
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