Ken Driskell launched a bank in 1983 and hasn’t stopped helping to build businesses since then. He has served as a mentor to his son Kirk as Kirk has grown his highly successful real estate business, Power Realty Partners.
There have been many lessons learned and much wisdom passed along over these years, and Ken and Kirk will share all of that and more with us on our broadcast. As you will see, the Driskell clan are born entrepreneurs.
Kirk is a Georgia native and remains a Milton, Georgia resident with his wife Deena of 8 years and their three children. Being raised in a home that promoted faith, relationships and encouraged the entrepreneurial spirit, it was inevitable that a once door to door rock salesman as a child would continue into his adult life as a salesman. After graduating high school in 1993 then attending Reinhardt College, Kirk obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business. Shortly thereafter he received his real estate license and then went on to obtain his real estate broker’s license in 2002. That same year he founded Power Realty Partners as a full-service real estate brokerage company serving its clients’ real estate needs in the areas of residential, commercial, investment, resort and property management.
With a strong personal commitment to community service, he serves on the Board of Directors for Three Dimensional Life, a non-profit organization based in Gainesville, Georgia whose primary purpose is to make a positive impact in the lives of troubled teens, the Alpharetta Rotary, and Life Impact Ministry that partners with strategic churches and leaders of men that share a strong desire to reach next generation leaders.
Ken spent 30 years in banking and served as Chairman and CEO of First Colony Bank from 1983 to 2003 when he sold the bank and retired from traditional banking. The ESOP plan that he set up for his bank ensured that his employees shared in the wealth created by the successful sale of the bank.
Ken has been a real estate investor all of his life, but he had another interest that serves anyone well who chooses real estate as a career—he took stand up comedy classes and performed at Punchline to improve his public speaking skills. And it worked as he went on to be a key note speaker at banking conventions all over the United States. His ultimate goal for all of this was simply to enhance shareholder value thus ensuring that the bank was sold at a premium price.
He is the author of “How to Make Your Banker Say Yes” and has spent his lifetime mentoring his son Kirk. Today, he and his wife and daughter own and operate a highly successful youth gymnastics center in Alpharetta, GA where he continues to exude the entrepreneurial spirit that has always marked his career.