With over 29 years experience, Stuart Brister is a certified veteran within the realm of finance and banking. Brister has held a variety of senior management positions in the commercial finance, capital markets, and specialty banking sectors. Brister joined Wells Fargo in 2005 and was named division president in 2007. Stuart Brister leads the Commercial Services division of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, a division of Wells Fargo & Company. In this role he oversees Wells Fargo domestic and international factoring business, which is a form of accounts receivable financing that specializes in areas such as retail, government, transportation and staffing services. The Georgia native identifies with our mission at K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers to help individuals that have been impacted by poverty and tragedy. Outside of the office Brister is a member of the Commercial Finance Association, Turnaround Management Association and Association for Corporate Growth. Throughout his career, he has served on multiple advisory and corporate boards and works with local charities, Atlanta Union Mission and Phoenix Boys Club.
1. What is your job title and office location? President, Commercial Services Group of Wells Fargo Capital Finance
2. What is your hometown? Atlanta, GA
3. What is your Alma mater? University of Georgia
4. What is the thing you love most about your job? The people you get to meet and interact with.
5. We’d like to hear an example of a “Human Investment” in your life. Have you provided support to someone or invested in a person? Was there a time when someone invested in or supported you! Tell us about a relationship that has paid big dividends. My first boss has been a Mentor to me throughout my career even after he retired. He believed in me from an early age, and continued to put me in challenging situations to see me grow and succeed. I still go to him today with questions and thoughts that I have.
6. What is one key lesson you have learned in your career that you would share with a young man or woman? Learn as much as you can from everyone. Everyone has different backgrounds and differences that vary from your own. Everyone’s role is vital for the organization to succeed.
7. In your opinion, what is the most important thing about the work that K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers does? Love how tangible it is. Real people with real needs being met.
8. What is your favorite cause and why? Atlanta Mission. Love that they help people who have arrived at a bad situation and they give them hope, guidance, love and that they stay with you.
9. What has been your most memorable experience related to charity? Love the people you meet and realizing how blessed we are, and that just a little giving goes so far and means so much.
10. Why do you think it is important for brands or individuals to give back to society? We all have something that we can give – some have been blessed with more, and, therefore, have an even greater responsibility to do more. We all get caught up in our worlds, and we need to walk in the shoes of our “brothers”, to really balance out our own lives and leave a legacy that can carry on.