Earlier this month, the Chargers Business Alliance presented by Pacific Premier Bank hosted a special holiday celebration to remember through their "Business After Football" event at OUE Skyspace in downtown Los Angeles.
Those in attendance enjoyed networking opportunities and a panel discussion moderated by ABC7's Ashley Brewer and featured Chargers legends turned entrepreneurs, Marcellus Wiley and Larry English as panel guests.
"They are really good events because it allows us to network with our clients and bring new clients and prospects to events that are meaningful and important," mentioned Germaine Jordan, SVP, Sr. Relationship Manager, Pacific Premier Bank. "It allows us to grow our business with existing clients and bring in new relationships. These are great events, very informative and give you insight into the Chargers."
"The Chargers, this organization, is such a large part of my life," added English. "I'm happy to be here (locally) with them and supporting this organization and team from both a business standpoint and professional standpoint and beyond."
Both Wiley and English know how imperative it is to relate their experiences to entrepreneurs in the community, as the main takeaway for business owners is to never settle and always look for your next opportunity. As Wiley attested, it's something so key having made that transition from playing to working, but one that's also relatable even for people who never suited up.
"It's very important to network with the local business community; that bridge is a two-way street," Wiley said. "You have respect those who support you, and we go out there as an entertainment product sacrificing our bodies for a greater goal than ourselves for the team. That support comes in many ways and many facets from the community. The business community, their support financially and really supporting the franchise really puts this all together for the players to go out there and live out their life-long dream."
"It was really nice to see how Larry and Marcellus started their careers in football and took their careers to another level," Jordan reflected. "Marcellus, he was talking about how he had his vision board, and he was able to attain everything he had on his vision board. With Larry, he started a business. Business is important to Pacific Premier Bank, so when I hear of other people starting businesses it sparks something in me."
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The Chargers Business Alliance presented by Pacific Premier Bank hosted an event to celebrate the upcoming Holidays at OUE Skyspace in Downtown LA. The local business community came together for an evening of networking and education with a panel discussion featuring Chargers Legends Marcellus Wiley and Larry English moderated by ABC7's Ashley Brewer.