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Matt Wadley

Matt Wadley

Contributor

Throughout my 15-year career in communications, I’ve always found the most satisfaction in the creative side of writing. And in a world with so much division, I think a wonderful aspect of storytelling is helping people see themselves in the experiences of others. I’m excited to help share and bring to life the remarkable stories of my colleagues, our customers, and our communities here on Wells Fargo Stories.

Stories from this author


Small Business

For this small business owner, loyalty is best

After 30 years of running his company Best Glass, Bob Hittenberger knows that navigating the challenges of business ownership often comes down to who you can count on — and who can count on you.


Environment

Wells Fargo surpasses $10 billion in tax-equity financing of renewable energy projects

Wells Fargo’s Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance group finances utility-scale projects in the wind, solar, and fuel cell sectors.


Environment

Here comes the sun: Wells Fargo to install solar panels at nearly 100 retail and corporate locations

Through a combination of rooftop, carport, and ground-mount systems, Wells Fargo will bring clean, solar-powered energy to multiple locations in seven states.


Small Business

Extra! Extra! PPP funding helps save California’s oldest newspaper

As its advertising revenue cratered from COVID-19, the publisher of the 169-year-old Mountain Democrat turned to Wells Fargo for help securing a PPP loan.


Housing

A coalition on a mission to eliminate persistent poverty in the U.S.

Wells Fargo Foundation donates $1.8 million to support housing initiatives led by six CDFIs in the country’s poorest communities.


Small Business

With the aid of PPP funding, a STEM education camp moves its curriculum online

After schools closed and GES International Education’s marquee summer camps shuttered because of COVID-19, owner Jenny Li shifted to an online model to help students “find their genius.”


Environment

Accelerated award funding helps cleantech startups maintain momentum during COVID-19

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator is awarding $900,000 to help clean technology and sustainable agriculture startups retain staff and stay on track to bring environmental solutions to market.


Small Business

Building on a legacy of lifting up small businesses

As the world copes with the economic impact of COVID-19, Wells Fargo continues to invest in community organizations that offer U.S. small businesses access to capital and financial education.


Small Business

Adaptive payment solutions help businesses keep their doors open during COVID-19

Colleen Taylor, head of Wells Fargo Merchant Services, discusses how payment technology can meet the needs of customers in this unprecedented time — and in the future.


Small Business

A passion for fashion in the digital marketplace

Alison Grooms has turned her lifelong interest in clothing and design into a flourishing retail company using a business roadmap built on the information highway.


Inside the Stagecoach

‘Become the CEO of your career’

Lisa McGeough — the co-leader of two of Wells Fargo’s businesses — shares learnings that led her to succeed in the financial services industry.


Business to Business

In Sioux Falls, a second chance for homeless youth

For Volunteers of America, Dakotas, to accomplish its mission to uplift its community’s most vulnerable residents, the organization often relies on its 30-year relationship with Wells Fargo for guidance and support.


Housing

‘No state in the Union has enough affordable housing’

Jon Campbell, EVP of Wells Fargo Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations, and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity CEO Chris Coleman discuss America’s housing affordability crisis.


Small Business

Llegar a Estados Unidos solo con ‘la mente y una mochila llena de sueños’

A los 19 años, Gregoria Miranda dejó su hogar en Nicaragua para perseguir sus sueños de empleo y de una vida mejor en EE. UU. A los 32 años, ha alcanzado ambos y se ha convertido en propietaria de una pequeña empresa a lo largo del camino.


Small Business

Coming to America with only ‘your mind and a backpack full of dreams’

At 19 years old, Gregoria Miranda left her home in Nicaragua to chase her dreams of employment and a better life in the U.S. At 32 years old, she’s achieved both and become a small business owner along the way.


Diversity & Inclusion

‘No one gets to the top without help’

At its core, the No Barriers organization is about creating community and helping people build a rope team to support them through the highs and the lows of life.


Small Business

Philadelphia’s funky, eclectic, making-old-things-cool-again shop

With five locations across Philadelphia and more than 60,000 Instagram followers, Mike Supermodel’s variety store Jinxed has cornered the nostalgia market in a modern way.


Small Business

A source for affordable capital to aid small business growth

California Capital and other Community Development Financial Institutions in low-income communities across the U.S. serve as an economic lifeline for local residents and small businesses in need of financing.


Diversity & Inclusion

$100 million in support of people with disabilities

In honor of the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Wells Fargo announced it has surpassed $100 million in donations to nonprofits serving people with disabilities since 2015.


Volunteering & Giving

Minnie’s Food Pantry: A source for food, hope, and encouragement

Wells Fargo CEO Allen Parker visits a North Texas food pantry that has served people in need for more than a decade.


Business to Business

The light at the ‘Center’ of LA’s LGBTQ community

For 50 years, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has championed and advocated for the city’s LGBTQ community by providing critical housing, health, and social services.


Volunteering & Giving

Making a greater community impact

Wells Fargo is concentrating its philanthropic power to help solve three critical issues: housing affordability, financial health, and small business growth.


Volunteering & Giving

Hacemos un mayor impacto en la comunidad

Wells Fargo concentra su poder filantrópico para ayudar a resolver tres problemas fundamentales: el acceso a la vivienda a precio asequible, el bienestar financiero y el crecimiento de pequeñas empresas.


Volunteering & Giving

Un automóvil nuevo para una receptora del Corazón Púrpura

Durante el Garden Brunch de Corresponsales de la Casa Blanca de 2019, la Sargento Maestro jubilada de la Fuerza Aérea de EE. UU., Ángela Morales-Biggs, recibió un vehículo nuevo y sin cargo, otorgado a través del programa Transportation4Heroes de la Military Warriors Support Foundation.


Environment

Revitalizing the ‘city of lakes’

Wells Fargo’s environmental stewardship extends across the globe, as India-based team members help rejuvenate the lakes of Bangalore.


Volunteering & Giving

A brand-new car for a Purple Heart recipient

At the 2019 White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch, retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Angela Morales-Biggs received a new, payment-free vehicle awarded through Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Transportation4Heroes program.


Small Business

From hair brushing to car crushing

After 30 years, Mickey Coffino made the leap from hair salon owner to recycling center CEO, but the loan that made that move possible almost became her undoing until she found Wells Fargo banker Chris Underwood.


Diversity & Inclusion

Building a ‘pathway’ for the future leaders of Minnesota

The Citizens League’s paid internship program, Capitol Pathways, aims to remove financial barriers and open access to the Minnesota State Capitol for the next generation of leaders of color.


Business to Business

Helping translate military skills to business

As a Naval helicopter pilot, Ray Hufnagel was responsible for transporting his fellow service members during military missions. Today, his company Plastic Express safely moves billions of pounds of plastic resin across the U.S. every year, with support from Wells Fargo banker and fellow veteran Jay Hong.


Business to Business

Una historia de amor escrita en glaseado

Desde que empezaron a trabajar juntos en un supermercado hasta que llegaron a ser propietarios de 10 locales de Party Cake Bakery en todo Miami, la crónica de Olga y Juan Montano siempre ha sido sobre la dedicación y la devoción. 


Business to Business

A love story written in frosting

From working together in a supermarket to owning 10 Party Cake Bakery locations throughout Miami, the chronicle of Olga and Juan Montano has always been about dedication and devotion.


Volunteering & Giving

Planting seeds of inspiration

When Marge Cabasagan is not at work supporting Wells Fargo’s global operations in the Philippines, you will likely find her growing vegetables at a home for orphans and the elderly.


Volunteering & Giving

En cartelera: Los transformers (del vecindario)

A medida que Maya Cinemas expande su esfuerzo para ayudar a revitalizar los barrios latinos, la compañía continúa aprovechando los beneficios de financiamiento de los créditos fiscales para los nuevos mercados.


Housing

Nearly 20,000 homeowners created through LIFT programs since 2012

Wells Fargo has invested more than $442 million in 67 NeighborhoodLIFT® program launches in support of sustainable housing, making it the single largest corporate philanthropic effort of its kind in the company’s history.


Volunteering & Giving

Now showing: The (neighborhood) transformers

As Maya Cinemas expands its effort to help revitalize Latino neighborhoods, the company continues to leverage the financing benefits of new markets tax credits.


Business to Business

For the love of wine and family

Over the course of 100 years and four generations, the family behind San Antonio Winery has built a legacy of overcoming obstacles and embracing innovation to become one of the wine industry’s most awarded brands.


Financial Health

Questions loom for an aging economic cycle

As the current economic expansion approaches the longest on record, Wells Fargo economists provide their domestic and global outlooks for 2019.


Volunteering & Giving

It’s a boat! It’s a plane! It’s a Wells Fargo banker!

Wells Fargo's Nili Sundown travels thousands of miles each year — via plane, boat, and even snowmobile — to ensure her customers have the financial resources they need to survive the wilderness of rural Alaska.


Inside the Stagecoach

Deployed team member: ‘I knew my career was here when I got back’

Wells Fargo supports military team members who are still currently serving, like Lynette Hoke, and builds relationships with groups like Zac Brown Band to help ease the transition for military members and veterans when they return from service.


Diversity & Inclusion

An advocate for accessibility

For more than a decade, Jeremiah Rogers has helped Wells Fargo improve the accessibility of its online and mobile banking services — enabling people with visual impairments, like himself, to lead a more independent life.


Small Business

Coser asientos con amor

José Jovet ha perfeccionado su oficio de tapicero durante las últimas cuatro décadas, pero necesitó una visita a su sucursal local de Wells Fargo para ayudar a convertir su pasión en una empresa.


Small Business

Sewing the seats with love

Jose Jovet has mastered the craft of upholstery over the past four decades, but it took a visit to his local Wells Fargo branch to help turn his passion into a business.


Inside the Stagecoach

Allen Parker awarded Constitutional Medallion from iCivics and The Constitutional Sources Project

Wells Fargo’s general counsel and Operating Committee member was recognized for his leadership in supporting the Constitution and promoting civic engagement.


Business to Business

Making the machines that glue the world together

Tony Hynes started the international company Precision Valve and Automation in his basement in 1992 because he recognized a gap in the durability and design of how products were assembled.


Business to Business

Josie Natori knows what women want

After chasing her career dreams halfway around the world, Josie Natori traded in her job on Wall Street to launch her own clothing company. Now, 40 years later, she’s built a fashion empire.


Volunteering & Giving

Empowering Washington, D.C., residents through academic scholarships

The District of Columbia Housing Authority goes beyond its mission of ensuring affordable housing by providing its residents with opportunities to build self-sufficiency through tools like its Commitment to Excellence Scholarship Program.


Inside the Stagecoach

Court approves $142 million class-action settlement for retail sales practices

Final court approval represents another step forward in Wells Fargo’s efforts to make things right for customers.


Small Business

An appetite for business

When Sadaf Salout isn’t busy running her Persian restaurant or buying a franchise, you’ll likely find her in the classroom, where she most recently earned her doctorate degree.


Business to Business

Tackling football helmet safety head-on

When a father’s proficiency in science and a mother’s passion for safety intersected with their son’s love of the game, a “Guardian” was born.


Business to Business

For UK dairy farmers, ‘cooperation’ is a key ingredient

With four creameries and more than 1,000 dairy farms, First Milk — the U.K.’s only 100 percent farmer-owned co-op — is proving there’s strength in numbers.


Small Business

At Odyssey Preschool, ‘It’s all about the journey’

With the help of Wells Fargo, Prabha Sanjay has taken Odyssey Preschool from a small, in-home day care facility to an inclusive preschool with 130 students, and she continues to grow to meet the needs of her community.


Volunteering & Giving

Building a better tomorrow through community service and corporate giving

Wells Fargo contributed $286.5 million to more than 14,500 nonprofits across the U.S. in 2017, and was named United Way Worldwide’s top workplace giving campaign for the ninth year in a row.


Business to Business

The clothing boutique that took on the fashion world

Over the past 30 years, Matchesfashion.com has transformed from a small, London-based brick-and-mortar clothing shop to one of the world’s premier online merchandisers of luxury fashion.


Business to Business

From Pulitzer to packaging

Although today’s Atlantic Packaging Corp. stands as a national leader in shipping and packaging solutions, it remains, at its core, a family-owned company that traces its roots back to the 1940s, when its strong-willed founder stood up against the tyranny of hatred and fear.


Inside the Stagecoach

Wells Fargo creates Commitment to Customer team to lead consumer issues, remediation efforts

As part of its ongoing focus on customers, Wells Fargo’s new organizational structure will centralize the teams that manage customer issues and remediation.


Environment

The Makah Tribe: ‘people generous with food’

The Makah Tribe's new state-of-the-art fishing dock is helping establish economic stability for generations to come.


Small Business

Without a rope: How an Idaho small business is climbing to new heights

With its two businesses growing, the owners of Idaho-based Asana Climbing financed a custom build-out to accommodate their gym and production facility.


Inside the Stagecoach

Remediating auto loan customers impacted by insurance coverage charges

After self-identifying an issue related to Collateral Protection Insurance policies, Wells Fargo is working to make things right for auto loan customers who may have been financially harmed.


Business to Business

Aspiring to be ‘Made in America’

When Kent International opened a production facility in South Carolina in 2014, it not only brought bicycle manufacturing back to the U.S., it also helped revitalize a community.


Small Business

For growing small businesses, hiring remains a top challenge

Small business owners remain optimistic about the future, according to a recent Small Business Index survey, but they continue to face challenges when it comes to hiring and retaining qualified employees.


Inside the Stagecoach

Wells Fargo’s progress on making things right and rebuilding trust

In recent months, Wells Fargo has taken a series of steps to address improper sales practices — making critical changes to rebuild the trust of customers, team members, community partners, and shareholders.


Small Business

A prescription for caring

A pediatrician in Central Florida has made children’s health her life’s work since immigrating to the U.S. 20 years ago. But if you ask her, she’s just getting started.


Housing

Leading the effort to invest in affordable housing

In the past five years, Wells Fargo has invested more than $9 billion and created 180,000 affordable housing units — making it the No. 1 investor in affordable, multifamily housing in the U.S.


Volunteering & Giving

Kismet on the slopes

Forty-seven years ago, Hal O’Leary volunteered to teach children at a local hospital how to ski, giving a serendipitous start to a career as a pioneer for athletes with disabilities.


Financial Health

2017 economic outlook: Risk and reward in an aging business cycle

Wells Fargo economists share their thoughts on the 2017 U.S. and global economies.


Small Business

Inspiration brews — at the Equator

The way the owners of Equator Coffees & Teas choose to conduct their business is as important to them as how many pounds of coffee they sell.


Volunteering & Giving

Wells Fargo ‘making a real difference,’ says United Way CEO

Wells Fargo and its thousands of team members are longtime supporters of the United Way, which is dedicated to improving lives by building stronger communities.


Small Business

Millennial small business owners: Using credit to grow

For this event planner (and millennial), business debt is not a weight to be avoided but “an investment in the future.”


Diversity & Inclusion

Communication key to embracing diverse workforce

Danny Peltz of Wells Fargo’s Wholesale Bank shares his perspective on the importance of creating a diverse workforce.


Small Business

Online loan tool: ‘Tailor made’ for small businesses

Wells Fargo’s new FastFlex Small Business Loan provides a quick approval process and rapid funding — aimed at speeding needed cash into the hands of small business owners.


Inside the Stagecoach

Starting a new job? Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Secil Watson, head of Wholesale Internet Solutions at Wells Fargo, shares her thoughts on how to make the most of your first months at a new job.