Drive around North Florida and you will see communities being built with concrete, hammers, nails, other materials, and a lot of hard work. Another way to build a community is through the people who live there.
Chris Morrison, a financial planner and devoted family man, spent considerable time and effort to form the group called Durbin Community Connections.
After moving to Durbin Crossing, a residential area filled with a few parks and two recreation centers, Morrison saw an opportunity to bring business owners and managers together for networking, professional development, community celebrations, and last, but not least, service. He essentially "seized the day" by making calls, sending e-mails, and setting up meetings with business owners who resided directly in Durbin Crossing.
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By utilizing resources like Facebook, NextDoor, and just plain old fashioned word of mouth, Morrison brought together a core group of business owners and began meeting at the Durbin Crossing South Recreation Center. Soon thereafter, Morrison and other local business leaders formed Durbin Community Connections.
One of the intial members of the group was Angie King, an Allstate Insurance agency owner. As noted by King, "From our first call to now, I have seen Chris Morrison take his vision and make it a reality that has benefitted local business owners and the community."
One unique feature of Durbin Community Connections, as compared to similar groups, is that all members reside within just a few miles of each other. As noted by Morrison, "we have grown as a group to become colleagues, friends, and truly valuable resources for each other and the community."
Durbin Communty Connections limits its membership to one member per business type and/or speciality. The group currently has the following representatives: attorney, insurance agent, business consultant, realtor, entertainment (DJ), cleaning service, restaurant / caterer, photographer, handy man, marketing publication, and others.
In March 2014, Durbin Community Connections participated in the Durbin Crossing Vendor Fair. A gift basket valued at over $350 was raffled off and won by a well deserving family in Durbin Crossing. Regions Bank, represented by Stephanie Thomas, raffled off a bicycle. As noted by Morrison, "DCC had a great turn out and it was really nice to spend time with the DCC members and their families, and also meet prospective members of DCC."
Through the relationships built by Morrison and Durbin Community Connections, referrals to and from members are commonplace and natural by- products of the closely knit group. As noted by Sam Griswold, a member of DCC and owner of First Coast Coffee News, "It is really a joy to help and serve neighbors and their respective businesses by providing referrals and recommendations."
Chris Morrison serves as the President of Durbin Community Connections and heads up the Executive Board. Morrison is a Financial Planner with Investment Management Group, one of the largest family owned investment groups based in Jacksonville, Florida.
Currently, Durbin Community Connections meets every Thursday at 9:00 a.m. in Durbin Crossing. Guests are welcome to attend. Generally, membership and attendance by guests are limited to residents of Durbin Crossing. For more information about Durbin Community Connections or Investment Management Group, contact Chris Morrison at:
Chris Morrison, Financial Advisor Mobile: 904-472-5967
Along with his wife, Reanna, Chris Morrison is proud to call Durbin Crossing his home. While he greatly enjoys his work as a financial planner and a community volunteer, Morrison prioritizes and cherishes his family time with his wife and two children. Whether it is an afternoon at a Creeks Baseball little league game or at Fruit Cove Baptist Church, Morrison knows and lives by the motto that "time spent with family is time well spent".
The Good Deed Brigade salutes Chris Morrison for his dedication to his family and his community. Follow the example set by the actions of Chris Morrison and go out in your community to do your share of good deeds. Remember, wherever you see the Good Deed Brigade, it's all good.