Think about this. A small, mainly rural state of North Carolina
is home of Charlotte, the second largest banking center
in the US.
Bank, the second largest bank in Denmark is headquartered
in Silkeborg in the small, mainly rural state of Jutland.
Both cities grew as banking centers through many mergers
and acquisitions because they have good, old fashioned values.
In the US, hot, shot big banks in Illinois got in trouble
some decades back. Steady North Carolina banks were there
to help and bought them a rock bottom process. Then high
rolling Texan banks overextended. The steady, solid North
Carolina banks were there and helped out by buying them
up. Next California's biggest plum Bank of America grew
and grew. After all California is where the action is.
Guess where their headquarters are situated now?
Bank of America Corporate Center
100 North Tryon St.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28255
Growth through good old time values.
steady, wait and the opportunity will come. We know this
from that legend of the hare and tortoise. Jyske Bank sports
a similar story and I was recently reminded of this when
first saw the Tollund Jar which honors the Tollond Man.
Bank's headquarters sits on a lake in Silkeborg not far
from a series of peat bogs where The Tollund Man, one of
greatest treasures was found. Tollund Man is a well-preserved
human being foundin the Silkeborg Bogs. He now rests in
the Silkeborg Museum and is a reminder from the iron age
of our past from more than 2000 years ago.
when Jyske Bank was planning its new headquarters they
decided to have Peter Brandes, a famous Danish artist,
create a huge jar
that would beplaced in a basin as part of a spring that originated
under the bank and flowed into Silkeborg's lakes.
selected the shape of a jar because jars are the vessels
of oil, water and grain - things needed to sustain life,
or the bones or ashes of the dead. The jar represents the
container of life and death honoring the basics of living
and the lessons of the past.
is the secret of North Carolina and Jyske
to the basics and remember the lessons from the past.
says he created a jar cast in bronze representing his perceptions
of the Tollund Man. "His feet pointing up and his
head pointing to the spring from which he emerged and to
which he will be born anew."
opposite side of the jar depicts a row of ox heads that
symbolize strength and vigor. The jar was cast at Europe's
finest foundry, Fonderia Mariani in Pietrasanta Italy,
is over ten feet tall and weighs over a ton.
smaller replicas were cast as well and one of these sits
at the entry of Merri's and my new house in North Carolina.
I enter the house it reminds me to progress, but accept and
embrace change. Evolve, but do so on a foundation of old
final note. A reader recently asked me if I am paid a commission
for sending clients to Jyske bank. I am not, nor is any
company or person related to me compensated in any way. I
have used Jyske bank for more than a decade and work closely
with them because my experience has shown that they can
help my readers accomplish what I write about in an easy,
efficient, low cost way.
Nor am I paid for recommending Ashe County real estate.
both cases I happily write about them because I like their
old fashion values.
Until next message may all your values be good!