Today we’re talking to Brett Cooksey, the CIO at Sunrise Banks. And we discuss how Sunrise puts social responsibility at the forefront of their business practices. How Sunrise has aggressively applied technology to meet the challenges of the past year, and how we can be more intentional in our communications at work.

All of this, right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast!

To learn more about Sunrise Banks, check them out at

About Brett Cooksey:

Brett Cooksey is Sunrise Banks’ Chief Information Officer and has more than two decades of experience in the information technology industry. Brett joined Sunrise after eight years at C.H. Robinson serving several IT leadership roles, most recently as senior director of technology, eCommerce and technical strategy. Before this he was a tenured SVP technology manager at Wells Fargo bank, followed by two years as director of administration at Love Mercy in Kenya.

About Sunrise Banks:

The Most Innovative Bank Empowering Financial Wellness.

Sunrise Banks seeks to radically change the way urban communities and underserved people thrive by empowering them to achieve their aspirations. Simply stated: compassion is the bank’s motivation, its mission is to empower, its spirit is to achieve.

Sunrise Banks has a dynamic social entrepreneur at its helm, leading a team that innovates in the financial services industry and strives for financial inclusion for all. Sunrise is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota and has a long history of serving inner city communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The bank’s 8 branches are primarily located in the urban core of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Sunrise’s innovative spirit also launches the bank nationally through various initiatives in its primary business lines:

1. Commercial Lending & Leasing

2. Relationship Banking

3. National Products including a growing Prepaid Card division

4. Government Lending focused on New Markets Tax Credits & Small Business Administration lending

All of the business lines are not only held to financial sustainability goals, but also demonstrate progress in achieving positive social impact. For more, visit

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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