Name: Nicholas Suggs
Where do you live now?
Client Services Director
Who are your immediate family members?
Wife, Lauren; two pups, a Yorkie named Chloe and a very loving English Lab named Boone. We are expecting our first child, a baby boy, in December.
Appalachian State University – business management, American University – Masters of Business Administration and Harvard Business School – negotiation mastery
What community and professional groups are you affiliated with?
I am a member of the Historic Wilmington Foundation, American Marketing Association, and the Marketing Research Association.
What are your guiding principles?
Keep God at the center of everything I do. Work harder than everyone else in the room. Help others every opportunity I get.
How do you volunteer your time in the community?
I volunteer with The Good Shepherd Center as part of the “Second Helpings” program. We provide food to needy families and support them transitioning into housing. Fighting homelessness and hunger is something that is dear to me and I enjoy spending Saturday mornings delivering food to families in need.
Who has helped you achieve success in your life and career?
My parents have taught me so much and have been my biggest cheerleaders. My late father taught me the importance of being honest and doing right by people, even when it isn’t easy. My mother has taught me many things as well, but most importantly, to love unconditionally and to forgive easily.
What goal would you like to accomplish before turning 40?
Start a financial coaching business. I love helping people with their financial challenges and would like to start doing this in a more formal capacity.
What’s your favorite book?
“You Can Negotiate Anything” by Herb Cohen. The concepts in this book have helped me time and time again in my career.
What are your hobbies?
I played a lot of squash when I lived in DC and Charleston. I miss the sport and would love to see it catch on here in Wilmington. For now, though, spending time with family on or near the water is a great day in my book.
What’s your most prized possession?
My health. In 2016, I suffered a brain aneurysm rupture. The recovery has been long and difficult and I am lucky to be alive. I had to learn how to walk and do basic tasks again. It’s a really strange feeling to know how to do something in your mind, but your body won’t actually do what you tell it to do. That was (and sometimes still is) my reality. I am so thankful that I am living and able to lead a meaningful life now.
If you had a theme song for your life, what would it be?
“Rockit” by Herbie Hancock, or “Easy” by The Commodores, or “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers… I could never choose just one.