Startup Grind London Hosts Vernon Hill II. (Metrobank)
Thursday 25 September, 6:00 PM 2014 to 9:00 PM 2014
106 Bunhill Row, London, , EC1Y 8TZ (View Map)
Vernon Hill II., Metrobank

Founder and Chairman of Metro Bank, he is often credited with reinventing American banking. He is the founder, former Chairman and president of Commerce Bank which was acquired for $8.5 billion. In July 2010 he started Metrobank, the first high street bank to open in the UK in more than 100 years.

Vernon started his first bank by the age of 26. He applied retail principles from car dealerships and also used his insights from developing sites for McDonald's. Here he learned the importance of standardised presentation and scale economies in retailing.

Vernon believes that the value of a bank is in its deposits. He says that Customers will be willing to give more of their deposits in exchange for a better banking experience, and that great companies are built by creating Fans not Customers. By applying this philosophy, Vernon built Commerce bank into one of the largest banks in America with 15,000 team members, 500 branches and $50 billion of assets. It was purchased in July 2007 by TD Financial for $8.5 billion. Commerce was voted the best bank in America in 2006, 2007 and 2008 by JD Power and Associates for its absolute commitment to Customers. It also produced exceptional shareholder returns.

Vernon is Chairman of Pet Plan North America, Hill -Townsend, co-chairman of and principal of Saladworks. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Agenda   6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking
Hosted By Marian Gazdik, London Chapter Director

Digital entrepreneur, startup mentor and author. Marian helps companies with product and marketing (acquisition, growth and conversion). Founder and CEO of Tiger Studios, an app publishing house. Mentor at Virgin Startup, lecturer at General Assembly, he has an MBA from ESCP (oldest business school in the world) and is a passionate adventure traveller.

Email: | Twitter: @@mgazdik

Hosted By Sophie Hughes, London Event Manager

Founder of Sophie Alexander Events. Passionate about planning and delivering beyond expectations. Strong desire for the startup community and entrepreneurship. Usually found running or eating chocolate.

Email: | Twitter: @SophieAEvents

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Cass Business School

An integral part of City University London, Sir John Cass Business School is among the global elite of business schools that hold the gold standard of 'triple-crown' accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Consistently ranked amongst the best business schools and programmes in the world it has an established 40-year reputation for excellence in research and business education.

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