I met Anne Drake of Doyle Wealth Management at a new member orientation for the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce a few weeks back. She told me of her company's relocation and ribbon cutting event so I attended it in an unofficial capacity, i.e. just a networking opportunity for me, but of course I brought my camera. Got to see Gary (photo left) again of WUSF, an interesting fellow. I see him at most of the networking events I go to.
If I had had a chance to talk to Mayor Bill Foster I would have asked him to fix up the North Shore Dog Park as the cold winter has really destroyed most of the grass in the park. Alas, I had no such audience with him. Last year I did have a chance to directly ask a question to former Mayor Rick Baker.
The most interesting person I spoke with at the event was Sylvia Doyle, who I did not realize right away was the mother of the president of the company! She said she had been living in St. Petersburg since 1957, when it was of course a far different place. She thanked me for keeping her company, as no one was talking to her before, but I said on the contrary I like listening to your stories and there is very unlikely anyone else there that I would have anything in common with.
I heard that to be a client of this wealth management group you need to have a minimum of $500 million in assets. It blows my mind that there are enough of these people living in the area to keep a business like this in business.
UPDATE: according to their website it's a minimum of $500,000 I knew the other number was way too high, there are only so many people in the whole world with that much money, never mind in St. Pete