Strategic Management

The Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program: Manna From Heaven for Community Banks?

“How much more abuse can small businesses take from big banks?” ~ Community Bank CEO PPP is winding down. Community banks not only took care of their small to medium sized businesses (SMEs), but also helped big bank customers when their calls went unanswered. Why? Because the big banks prioritized. It was a first come, […]


Covid-19 and Bank Liquidity

Guest: Brian Velligan, Managing Partner, Velligan-Blaxall Consultants, LLC 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 […]


Paycheck Protection Program

Thursday evening (April 2, 2020) the Small Business Administration issued 13 CFR 120, its Interim Final Rule (“IFR”) regarding the PayCheck Protection Program (“PPP”). The 31-page document comes just hours before the new loan program was set to open on April 3. Bankers have been scrambling to get ready to implement this $349 billion program, […]


What’s the Next Crisis?

I remember a speech given by Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase, at the New York Bankers Association Convention back in the fall of 2009. It was approximately a year after the real estate debacle which culminated in September 2008 and caused what we now know as the great recession. Mr. Dimon […]


Millennials – What Do They Want from Their Bank?

Guest: Craig Rodenberger, Vice President and Marketing Director, Ephrata National Bank 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 […]


PNC Cares Far More About the Penguins Than the Flyers

Reporters occasionally call for my opinion. And I have them. Oh I have them. Last week an American Banker reporter called for my opinion on WSFS Bank’s strategy to deploy much of the cost savings from its recent Beneficial Bank merger into technology. Read the resulting article here.  The reporter e-mailed his questions. And I […]


Conference Watch: How To Be Successful In a Changing Industry

How many consultants go to banking conferences and attend the sessions? At least one! I may have been accused of being arrogant once or twice, which inspires me to continuously elevate my abilities so the perception of arrogance is seen for what it is; confidence. And the only ones accusing me of arrogance are those […]


Not a Session at Acquire or Be Acquired: Culture

I attended Bank Director’s Acquire or Be Acquired conference two weeks ago. The buzzword of the show: Culture. When Raphael Reznek, CIO of Mascoma Bank, spoke about the biggest challenge to launch online account opening: “our internal culture”. When Mike Butler, CEO of Radius Bank, spoke of technology experimentation and implementation: “you have to change […]


Banking New Year’s Resolutions – We Have Opinions / Negotiating Merger Transactions

 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 […]


Banking for Good

It happened. A client, a bank I owned shares in, and one that I admired announced they were selling to a nearby financial institution. In June, Stewardship Financial Corporation, and their banking subsidiary, Atlantic Stewardship Bank (ASB) announced their sale to Columbia Financial Inc. (MHC) and their banking subsidiary, Columbia Bank.   It’s not that […]