Graham Brink, Business Columnist

Graham Brink

Business Columnist

My truck lacked AC when I first landed with the Times. Still, I loved pursuing stories along the backroads of Hernando County. It’s where I first began to appreciate the Times’ commitment to the Tampa Bay community. I’ve covered shady companies and way too many hurricanes. I’ve reported about Morocco after 9/11 and had a blast writing about racing a mountain bike 800 miles from the Okefenokee to the Everglades. I crossed over to editing for a dozen years and recently crossed back to become business columnist. My wife makes me laugh. My son makes me want to change the world, at least our little part of it. The truck now has AC, but a good story still fires me up.

What Tampa Bay area customers can expect as SunTrust and BB&T merge

BB&T and SunTrust said earlier this month that they planned to merge, which would create the sixth-largest U.S. bank based on assets and deposits. (Chris Urso | Times)
The merger between the two large banks will likely take months and come with some challenges.

Tampa Bay’s architects remain bullish on local economy

Chairs and umbrellas can be seen at the new Sparkman Wharf, formerly Channelside Bay Plaza, in Tampa. BDG Architects designed the complex.
Most of the architects said demand for their services would grow this year.

Florida taxpayers could be in for smaller tax refunds. Here’s why.

President Donald Trump speaks about tax cuts in December 2017. (Times files)
The recent overhaul of the tax code upended a lot of long-established rules, including how much to withhold from workers’ paychecks.

If you knew exactly when to buy stock, how far ahead would you get?

Timing the stock market is difficult even for the pros.
God vs. dollar cost averaging. Meet the winner of this investing showdown.

SunTrust and BB&T have substantial footprints in Florida and Tampa Bay

The BB&T and SunTrust buildings are seen Thursday in St. Petersburg. Southern regional banks BB&T and SunTrust are combining in an all-stock deal to create a new bank valued at about $66 billion. The banks said Thursday that the combined company will be the sixth-largest U.S. bank based on assets and deposits. (CHRIS URSO   |   Times)
The merger will make the combined bank the state’s third largest, behind Bank of America and WellsFargo.