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Thriving through COVID-19

Mike Messinger had a vision, and he wanted to achieve it during the COVID-19 crisis. As the principal at real estate development firm Meacham/Oppenheimer, he wanted to restore a 150-year-old classic Spanish building in downtown San Jose’s San Pedro Square and transform it into a 12,000-square-foot blank canvas ideal for weddings and events.

An ambitious project? Absolutely. But getting it done during COVID-19 took it to a new level.

With many businesses closing and many more in jeopardy, Mike knew he would need a banking partner that would support the concept and enable him to execute through the devastation of the pandemic. Fortunately, he has a long-term relationship with Ron La Russa, a senior Commercial Relationship Manager at Fremont Bank, who did exactly that.

Listen to Fremont Bank’s Ron La Russa and Meachum/Oppenheimer’s Mike Messinger discuss this latest project in their 20-year partnership:

This unique facility, Blanco Urban Venue, stands strong in San Pedro Square. Mike has always valued his relationship with Fremont Bank but now sees its significance in a new way. No matter what problems cropped up, Mike knew he could rely on Fremont Bank to work through them with his best interests at heart.

“Having a relationship with a bank makes life and development and investments a lot easier. And the proof is in the pudding…[Fremont Bank has] always worked out a way to make it work,” Mike said. What could you achieve with a true banking partnership? Get to know us and let’s find out!