Management Advisory

Time Tried, Panic Tested. The Forgotten Story of the First National Bank of Keystone

September 1st, 1999, regulators from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, at the behest of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, descended on a small coal mining town in Keystone, West Virginia. The town, already depressed from coal’s decline, had a population of 600. Clearly, blue-suit regulators stood out. The bank, First National Bank […]


Improve Bank Boards Through a Disciplined Nomination Process

“Rigorous, peer-reviewed studies suggest that companies do not perform better when they have women on the board. Nor do they perform worse.” ~ Katherine Klein, University of Pennsylvania Do you know how difficult my life might become for the above quote? Just yesterday I received a newsletter from a highly regarded executive recruiting firm that […]


Unintended Consequences of Executive Change in Control Provisions

You’re a top performer at your bank and an executive from a competing bank wants you on their team. You recently got a new boss, and it isn’t gelling. So the offer is timely. You check out the competing bank. Do your due diligence. You respect their executives. Their numbers look good. Heck, you’ve lost […]


Employee Retention: Keep the Keepers

You have a highly valued employee, and they quit. Why? The boss? The culture? The pay? I’m sure if I searched for credible sources, I would get some version of one or a combination of the three. It is highly individualized. But what is universal is that each financial institution has employees that are highly […]


What’s On Your Mind? You Asked & We Answered!

Podcast Show Notes: Our This Month In Banking (TMIB) podcast features discussion with colleagues and other industry thought leaders on interesting banking news that happened this month. TMIB will be available on the last Wednesday of every month here, and on Apple and Droid podcast apps for your listening enjoyment. Join us on your commute, at your […]


What Makes a “Great” Community Bank Board?

Guest: David Baris, President of the American Association of Bank Directors and Partner, Kennedy Sutherland Podcast Show Notes: Our This Month In Banking (TMIB) podcast features discussion with colleagues and other industry thought leaders on interesting banking news that happened this month. TMIB will be available on the last Wednesday of every month here, and on Apple […]


IMO: How To Make Telecommuting Work in Banks

Schlepping to the office five days a week is enough to make employees, or would be employees, reconsider working for you. This is particularly true in urban areas, where 20 miles might equal an hour commute. Or in growing families, where daycare costs might eat their pay check. In comes telecommuting. And in an era […]


What Makes an Effective Community Banking Board?

How do you construct an effective bank board of directors? A question frequently asked, seldom answered. According to the FDIC, directors’ responsibilities include:   “Directors are responsible for selecting, monitoring, and evaluating competent management; establishing business strategies and policies; monitoring and assessing the progress of business operations; establishing and monitoring adherence to policies and procedures […]


TMIB Lite: Welcome to Matt Prosseda

Podcast Show Notes: Our This Month In Banking (TMIB) podcast features discussion with colleagues and other industry thought leaders on interesting banking news that happened this month. TMIB will be available on the last Wednesday of every month here, and on Apple and Droid podcast apps for your listening enjoyment. Join us on your commute […]


The Federal Home Loan Bank System: Lender of Next-to-Last Resort

“The FDIC recently has observed instances of liquidity stress at a small number of insured banks.” So opened the Summer 2017 FDIC Supervisory Insights issue. And so went your exams. At a recent banking conference an industry consultant said, matter of factly, that in times of stress your Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) borrowing capacity […]