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CECL Simplified - All of the Method. None of the Madness.

Posted November 14, 2017 by Jeffrey L. Morris, Vince Van Nevel.

ProBank Austin brought the expectation for full CECL compliance down to the community bank level in this complimentary one-hour webinar, CECL Simplified, presented by Managing Directors Vince Van Nevel and Jeff Morris. This webinar provided workable solutions for community banks on compliance issues that align with the complex new accounting requirements, and that fit the resources and capabilities of most any bank.

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Top Technology Concerns for Community Banks Webinar

Posted September 8, 2017 by Stephen D. Heckard.

Maintaining current technology is one of the most critical challenges that management teams must face. Technology provides the foundation for financial institutions to achieve goals and objectives. It is imperative that management teams keep abreast of current trends and industry-related concerns. ProBank Austin sponsored a complimentary webinar, Top Technology Concerns for Community Banks, on Friday, September 8. Our webinar was hosted by industry experts, Darla J. Brogan and Stephen D. Heckard, Senior Technology Consultants at ProBank Austin.

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Omni-Channels: The Effects of New Technologies on Bank and Branch Profitability

Posted November 15, 2016 by Jeffrey L. Morris, Stephen D. Heckard.

With the introduction and expansion of fintech through mobile apps, internet services, and digital banking, customers are demanding more convenient ways to accomplish their banking needs. Customers are no longer solely dependent upon the personal services provided at traditional bank branches. Jeff Morris, Managing Director and Principal of Austin’s Financial Management Division, and Steve Heckard, Managing Director of Austin’s Technology Solutions practice area, co-hosted this one-hour, complimentary webinar. These technologies are designed to meet customer demands, improve efficiencies, and expand product lines, but how do they impact a bank’s profitability? This webinar provided information on the impact of omni-channels on bank and branch profitability; the future of community bank branches; fintech applications that best serve community banks; and ways to analyze, plan for, and adapt new technologies.

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Evaluating Your Strategic Alternatives

Posted September 22, 2016 by Richard F. Maroney, Jr., Craig J. Mancinotti.

“Evaluating Your Strategic Alternatives,” was presented by Craig Mancinotti and Rick Maroney, co-managers of Austin Associates’ Strategic Consulting practice area. The factors driving community bank consolidation are forcing boards of directors to take a hard look at the decision to remain independent. Margin compression exacerbated by the low rate environment, a slow growing economy, tepid loan demand in many markets and increased regulatory compliance costs, to name a few, have resulted in below average ROE performance and lackluster shareholder returns. As banks engage in their annual strategic planning, more and more boards are asking the question, “Should we evaluate our strategic alternatives?” To fully consider your options, the planning process requires substantial information and a willingness to challenge conventional thinking. This webinar was designed to provide a framework for your community bank to objectively and efficiently consider its strategic options.

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Key Operating Efficiency Drivers for Community Banks

Posted June 28, 2016 by Jeffrey L. Morris.

Jeff Morris hosted June’s webinar on Key Efficiency Drivers for Community Banks on Tuesday, June 28 at 11 a.m. This webinar was the third in a series on community bank profitability. The first two webinars, Seven Secrets of Consistently High-Performing Community Banks and The Critical Role of Operating Efficiency in Producing High-Performance Community Banks, generated an impressive level of interest among senior management teams from around the country. To continue this important conversation on profitability, Jeff discussed efficiency drivers for community banks including: the impact of the branch network on operating efficiency; three key measures of operating efficiency; common traits of high-efficiency community banks; and the next steps for improving efficiency ratios.

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