In 1995, Danielle and Bruce Gabriel acquired Big G Electric and Engineering, an electrical and contracting company on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. As secretary/Treasurer of the company, Danielle knew she needed to trust her business banking to the right bank. “I’ve been with KeyBank since 1983. One of the things that I like best about them is that when you walk in or call, they know who you are. You don’t feel like you’re just a number.”
Danielle and Bruce believe that their personal relationship with Key has provided important benefits, not just to their business, but also to their employees. According to Danielle, “My Relationship Manager goes out of her way to help me with every business banking situation. She explains new products and services, such as direct deposit, which is something my employees didn’t have. She explained how the service worked and made everything very simple. Big G Electric can now offer benefits to our employees that are critical to giving our business a competitive advantage. This has been such a positive experience for our people.”
It was also through her relationship with her branch that she discovered Key4Women®. Says Danielle, “Whether it is learning about new ways to make my business more efficient through financial tools, or explaining government legislation that may affect my business, Key4Women provides me and my business with so many opportunities to learn, network, and grow, as well as how to be a better businesswoman.” Danielle is now a member of Key4Women’s National Advisory Board, helping other women in business succeed.
Big G now has 40 employees, having grown through its work in the oil and gas industry and residential and commercial wiring. “If I need to talk about money for operating or capital expenses, I never hesitate to call KeyBank,” Bruce says. “They have always been a valued partner.”
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