Marlon was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is the fourth of nine siblings. Growing up in the inner city of Miami (Liberty City) was not always easy, but with his parent’s guidance, he managed to navigate those challenges and graduate from Miami Central High School in 1972. In high school he discovered he had an ability to run and was an outstanding ½ mile runner and mile relay team member. After some encouragement from his mother Marlon opted to attend Miami Dade Community College verses entering the U.S. Air Force and in 1974 graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. In 1976, Marlon graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration. He is also a 1980 graduate of the University of South Alabama School of Banking (Top 5% of Class).
Upon graduation he accepted a position with the First National Bank of Mobile Alabama as a Management Associate. Within 18 months he was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager and wrapped up his career with the First National Bank of Mobile as its Senior Loan Analyst responsible for reviewing all bank credits of $250M to $15MM.
In 1984, he and his family moved to Florida (West Palm Beach) so that he could accept a position as a branch manager with SunTrust Bank (F/K/A Sun Bank). In 1992 he was promoted to Regional Manager/Senior Vice President of the West Palm Beach Market which consisted of 12 branches and 6 commercial lending officers.
In 2006, he accepted a position with Grand Bank and Trust as Senior Vice President of Branch Banking and Business Development for Palm Beach County and was quickly promoted to Executive Vice President.
In 2009, Marlon accepted a Business Banking position with PNC Bank with a book of business consisting of 125 clients with revenues of $1MM to $10MM. In 2018, after some 41 plus years in the banking industry Marlon retired.
Still having a desire to assist others Marlon accepted the position of President of the Palm Beach County Black Business Investment Corporation(PBCBBIC) after serving on its Board of Directors for 31 years. The PBCBBIC is a Not for Profit corporation that works with member banks in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties to provide loan guarantees (10%-90%) to new and existing Black owned businesses.
Our goal is to extend this distinctive business opportunity beyond our respective geographic and organizational borders to benefit small, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises (SBEs, M/WBEs, or DBEs) throughout the entire South Florida region.
Please join us in making the 2017 Palm Beach Partners Business MatchMaker Conference & Expo an unrivaled, collaborative success.