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Are you prepared to embrace change, take risks and disrupt yourself in response to the digital disruption in banking? If not, this podcast is for you. Hosted by top 5 banking and fintech influencer, Jim Marous, Banking Transformed highlights the leadership and cultural challenges facing the banking industry. Featuring interviews with some of the top minds in business, this podcast explores how financial institutions can prepare for the future of banking.

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As competition in the credit and lending space intensifies, financial institutions are seeking ways to differentiate themselves through personalization and unique product offerings. In this special mini-series on the future of lending, sponsored by LoanPro, we are joined by Jonas Ng, Chief Operating Officer of Laurel Road and Colton Pond, Chief Marketing Officer at LoanPro. They share insights on how Laurel Road has grown serving medical professionals and other key segments and how LoanPro supports innovative lending solutions after loans are booked. They also discuss the power of personalization in driving customer acquisition, cross-sales and loyalty. Finally, Jonas and Colton share their thoughts on the three key areas for differentiation in credit and lending: interest rates and terms, product offerings, and the servicing experience. They emphasize the critical role of modernized infrastructure to enable the creation of unique and personalized products. This episode of Banking Transformed Solutions is sponsored by LoanPro LoanPro is the leading modern lending and credit platform enabling lenders to innovate quicker, driving growth while optimizing efficiency. Over 600 lenders use LoanPro to enhance their borrower, agent, and back-office experiences. LoanPro’s mission of providing the platform to innovate the future of finance is enabled through its composable architecture, allowing lenders to enhance their origination, servicing, collections, and payments, all supported by a modern lending core. https://www.loanpro.io/
In this episode of Banking Transformed, we sit down with John Hope Bryant, the visionary behind Operation HOPE, Inc. John shares his journey from founding the organization in the aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King riots to becoming a leading advocate for financial literacy and economic empowerment. We delve into his latest book, Financial Literacy for All, and explore the critical role of financial education in building a new American middle class. John discusses the challenges and successes of promoting financial dignity, his influence on federal financial policies, and the future of financial literacy in a digital age. This conversation is a deep dive into the transformative power of financial knowledge and the ongoing fight for economic equality.
Personalizing experiences across the entire customer lifecycle has emerged as a critical strategy for engaging customers and driving growth in banking. However, unlike retailers who focus on maximizing immediate transactions, financial institutions face unique challenges in leveraging personalization to build long-term, profitable relationships. We are excited to have Olly Downs, Chief Technology and AI Officer at Curinos on the Banking Transformed podcast, join us on the Banking Transformed podcast. Olly will discuss the importance of personalizing experiences and engagement in banking, and what marketing executives must do now to prepare for a future of hyper-personalization. Olly also discusses the impact of AI and machine learning on customer engagement and the challenges banks face in implementing personalization strategies at scale. This episode of Banking Transformed Solutions is sponsored by Curinos Amplero Personalization Optimizer is the only personalization solution built exclusively for Financial Institutions. It’s tuned for critical financial use cases and workflows – including onboarding, cross-selling and deposit growth. Where other personalization tools have limited testing capabilities—think A/B testing where you pit just one variable against another—Amplero dynamically and continuously fine-tunes the experience to deliver the best option among an entire universe of options, every time. Curinos recently announced expanded creative management workflow capabilities for Amplero incorporating generative AI, allowing marketers to rapidly create fresh, engaging content tailored to each client's individual needs that is relevant throughout the entire customer lifecycle.
As banks and credit unions continue to navigate the rapidly evolving landscape of digital transformation, developing a skilled and adaptable workforce has become more critical than ever. We are thrilled to have Pierre Naude, CEO of nCino, joining us on the Banking Transformed podcast to discuss the opportunities and challenges of hiring and upskilling key employees for a digital future. Pierre shares nCino's approach to talent acquisition, training, and development, highlighting the importance of continuous learning and adaptability. He also discusses the challenges banks face in attracting and retaining top talent in a competitive market and offers strategies for overcoming these obstacles. This episode of Banking Transformed Solutions is sponsored by nCino nCino is the worldwide leader in cloud banking. Through its single software-as-a-service platform, nCino helps financial institutions serving corporate and commercial, small business, consumer, and mortgage customers modernize and more effectively onboard clients, make loans, manage the loan lifecycle, and open accounts. Transforming how financial institutions operate through innovation, reputation and speed, nCino is partnered with more than 1,800 financial services providers globally. Visit https://www.ncino.com/ for more information.
In an era where digital agility is the name of the game, many legacy banks struggle to keep pace with nimble fintech competitors. However, some traditional institutions are rising to the challenge, and BMO, a 200-year-old bank with $1 trillion in assets, is a prime example. Brianna Elsass, Head of US Digital Servicing and Technology at BMO Financial Group has been a driving force behind BMO's digital transformation, leading the charge to build a digital-first mindset across the organization. On this episode of Banking Transformed, recorded live at the Financial Brand Forum, we dive into BMO's journey, exploring how Brianna and her team broke down silos, empowered agile teams, and digitized processes from end-to-end. We also discuss the key lessons learned along the way, and what it takes to foster a truly customer-centric, digital-first culture in banking. Finally, we discuss the impact communication has to build both positive customer and employee experiences. This episode of Banking Transformed is sponsored by Microsoft: Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. More at Microsoft.com/financialservices
In this special episode of Banking Transformed, recorded at MeridianLink LIVE, we sat down with Lynn Yznaga, SVP from Broadway Bank in San Antonio, Texas. The conversation covers the importance of digital growth and meeting customers where they are, to the delicate balance of risk sensitivity and streamlined processes. She also discusses the challenges and successes of implementing a new loan operating system and the potential impact of AI on the future of mortgage lending. Finally, she offers listeners valuable insights into how community banks can navigate the complexities of digital transformation in the lending space in the future. This episode of Banking Transformed Solutions is sponsored by MeridianLink MeridianLink® (NYSE: MLNK) powers digital lending and account opening for financial institutions and provides data verification solutions for consumer reporting agencies. MeridianLink’s scalable, cloud-based platforms help customers build deeper relationships with consumers through data-driven, personalized experiences across the entire lending life cycle. MeridianLink enables customers to accelerate revenue growth, reduce risk, and exceed consumer expectations through seamless digital experiences. Its partner marketplace supports hundreds of integrations for tailored innovation. For more than 20 years, MeridianLink has prioritized the democratization of lending for consumers, businesses, and communities. Learn more at meridianlink.com.
In this episode of the Banking Transformed podcast, recorded live at the Financial Brand Forum, we're thrilled to have Dennis Devine, the CEO and President of Alliant Credit Union. On this show, we discuss how a digital-only financial institution, with a purpose-driven approach, can revolutionize the banking industry and generate unprecedented growth and revenues. Dennis discusses the strategies behind Alliant's purpose-driven approach, from fostering a culture of innovation to delivering superior rates and service through operational efficiency. He also shares his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing credit unions in the digital age, and offers advice for all financial institutions looking to adopt a more purpose-driven approach. This episode of Banking Transformed is sponsored by Microsoft: Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. More at Microsoft.com/financialservices
By enabling secure data sharing between financial institutions, fintechs, and third-party providers, open banking can foster innovation, enhance competition, and ultimately deliver better financial products and services to customers. With open banking, consumers will be able to access personalized services, compare offerings from different providers, and make more informed financial decisions. In this episode of Banking Transformed, Deep Varma, CTO at Alkami, explores the technological challenges, regulatory developments, and strategies for success in this new era of financial services. Deep also discusses how organizations of all sizes should be positioned to embrace the open banking revolution, leading to a more customer-centric, efficient, and embedded financial services landscape. This Episode of Banking Transformed is Sponsored by Alkami Alkami’s Digital Sales & Service Maturity Model Assessment was developed to help banks and credit unions self-assess their digital maturity - and then take action on the results. Take this 5 question assessment and compare your responses to benchmark data collected from hundreds of U.S. based regional and community institutions and determine just how digitally mature your FI is. Get your results now, and with it details to support you on your path forward. Link to assessment tool: Sales and Service Digital Maturity Model Assessment
In an era where mobile and online banking are ubiquitous, it may surprise you to learn that physical bank branches are not only surviving but remain essential for many consumers. TD Bank's 2023 Consumer Distribution Survey reveals that 72% rank having nearby branches as a top factor in choosing their bank. A striking 84% visited a branch in the past year, with branches being people's first point of contact for banking questions. So, what role will branches play as consumer expectations evolve in an increasingly digital world? How are branches adapting and integrating technology? We explore these questions and more with Steve Turley, SVP, Head of Retail Growth and Transformation at TD Bank on the Banking Transformed podcast, recorded live at the Financial Brand Forum. We also discuss TD Bank's retail delivery strategy and why that human touch remains critical. This episode of Banking Transformed is sponsored by Microsoft: Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. More at Microsoft.com/financialservices
We're excited to welcome April Clobes, CEO and President of MSU Federal Credit Union back to the Banking Transformed podcast, recorded live at the Financial Brand Forum, to discuss the power of innovation through dynamic co-creation. As credit unions face increasing competition from nimble fintechs and larger traditional players, finding new ways to innovate and stay ahead of the curve is more important than ever. April and her team at MSUFCU have developed a unique approach to this challenge, leveraging in-house tech talent and a Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO) to create "composable solutions" that drive member value and growth. We explore the strategies behind this approach and learn how other financial institutions can foster grassroots innovation and accelerate the creation of new solutions, even with limited resources. This episode of Banking Transformed is sponsored by Microsoft: Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. More at Microsoft.com/financialservices
Today, we are joined on the Banking Transformed podcast by Abbas Merchant, ex- CMO and EVP at Regions Bank. It's clear that the role of the marketer is evolving, and those who can effectively harness the power of Gen AI while maintaining a focus on creativity, strategy, and consumer trust will be well-positioned for success. As a senior financial services leader with extensive experience in blending the art and science of marketing, Abbas brings a unique perspective on how Generative AI is poised to revolutionize the marketing landscape. In this episode, we explore the potential of Gen AI, its implications for marketers, and how it's set to transform the way we approach marketing strategies and operations.
In an era of unprecedented change and disruption, innovation has become a critical driver of success for banks and financial institutions. But how can a large, established bank with thousands of branches and employees foster a culture of innovation and stay ahead of the curve? On the Banking Transformed podcast, recorded live at the Financial Brand Forum, I’m with Don Relyea, Chief Innovation Officer at U.S. Bank, where he explores the strategies and approaches that are reshaping one of America's largest and most respected financial institutions. From the cutting-edge technologies being explored in U.S. Bank's innovation lab to the challenges of shifting a legacy culture towards agile innovation, we take a deep dive into the art and science of driving change in a complex and rapidly evolving industry. This episode of Banking Transformed is sponsored by Microsoft: Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. More at Microsoft.com/financialservices
In today's rapidly evolving financial landscape, marketing has become a crucial driver of success for banks and credit unions. As consumer expectations shift and digital disruption accelerates, the role of the Chief Marketing Officer has never been more critical – or more complex. Recorded live at the Financial Brand Forum, I am joined on the Banking Transformed podcast by Melissa Stevens, CMO of Fifth Third Bank. We explore the art and science of modern marketing in the banking industry. Melissa also shares her insights on how Fifth Third is reimagining customer engagement, leveraging data analytics to drive personalization, and aligning marketing strategies with broader organizational objectives. Finally, she discusses the challenges of stemming 'silent attrition' in the face of increasing competition from fintechs and digital neobanks.
As digital technologies rapidly transform the financial services landscape, banks and credit unions face the challenge of adapting to evolving consumer behaviors and expectations. In this episode of the Banking Transformed podcast, recorded at the Financial Brand Forum, we're thrilled to welcome back Derek White, CEO of Galileo and a true pioneer in digital banking and financial technologies. With his extensive experience at the forefront of innovation, including launching the world's first online bank and driving customer experience at leading institutions like U.S. Bank, BBVA, Barclays, and Google Cloud, Derek brings a unique perspective on the future of banking in the digital age. In our discussion, we explore emerging trends, the principles of human-centered design, and strategies for building trust and loyalty in an increasingly digital world. This episode of Banking Transformed is sponsored by Microsoft: Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. More at Microsoft.com/financialservices
Delivering a seamless digital lending experience in banking requires a delicate balance between streamlining processes, leveraging data for personalization, and maintaining robust fraud prevention measures. In this episode of the Banking Transformed podcast, I sit down with Amber Isaku, VP of Lending at A+ Federal Credit Union, at the MeridianLink LIVE event in Nashville, Tennessee. The conversation delves into the credit union's journey to digitize and personalize the lending experience for its members while maintaining a human touch in an increasingly digital landscape. Amber also highlights the credit union's efforts to democratize data access across various departments enabling employees across the organization to make data-driven decisions and deliver tailored experiences. This episode of Banking Transformed Solutions is sponsored by MeridianLink MeridianLink® (NYSE: MLNK) powers digital lending and account opening for financial institutions and provides data verification solutions for consumer reporting agencies. MeridianLink’s scalable, cloud-based platforms help customers build deeper relationships with consumers through data-driven, personalized experiences across the entire lending life cycle. MeridianLink enables customers to accelerate revenue growth, reduce risk, and exceed consumer expectations through seamless digital experiences. Its partner marketplace supports hundreds of integrations for tailored innovation. For more than 20 years, MeridianLink has prioritized the democratization of lending for consumers, businesses, and communities. Learn more at meridianlink.com.
In today's fast-paced digital world, customers expect their banks to provide personalized, seamless experiences that cater to their unique needs and preferences. To meet these expectations, banks must embrace innovative technologies that enable real-time, event-driven engagement. In this episode of Banking Transformed, we're excited to welcome Maria Echeverria, VP of Business Development at Latinia, a leading provider of real-time engagement solutions for the banking industry. We explore the challenges and opportunities banks face in delivering hyper-personalized experiences, the role of event-driven architectures in enabling this transformation, and the future of customer engagement in banking. We also discuss where organizations must start in this personalization journey. This episode of Banking Transformed Solutions is sponsored by Latinia Latinia stands out as a trailblazer in software solutions for the banking sector, emphasizing its expertise with core technologies such as “Critical Gateway” and “Next Best Action (NBA)” systems. These products empower financial institutions to convert every event into meaningful communication, enhancing customer experiences through real-time personalization and efficiency. With over two decades of experience, Latinia excels in providing real-time transaction analysis, ensuring contextual, personalized, timely, and relevant communication. This supports banks in customer experience and retention, while expanding new business opportunities. For more information: https://latinia.com/en/
In this episode of the Banking Transformed podcast, we're thrilled to have Matt Harris, a leading investor and thought leader in the fintech space, and a partner at Bain Capital Ventures. As traditional banks, neobanks, and fintechs continue to navigate an increasingly complex and competitive landscape, Matt's unique perspective and deep industry knowledge offer invaluable insights into the future of the financial ecosystem. With his finger on the pulse of the most disruptive technologies and innovative business models, Matt is the perfect guest to help us understand the current state of fintech and what lies ahead for the industry. Matt also shows that success in this space requires a combination of innovation, adaptability, and a deep understanding of customer needs.
In this episode of Banking Transformed, we're excited to dive into the revolutionary world of generative AI and its potential to transform the banking industry. Our guest is Chris Gufford, Executive Director of Commercial Lending at nCino, who discusses an innovative solution that harnesses the power of generative AI to augment the banker experience, streamline processes, and deliver intelligence at the moments of the customer journey. Chris shares the challenges, surprises and the future of generative AI solutions for the banking industry and the importance of integrating generative AI solutions within banking now as opposed to assuming the role of a 'fast follower'. This episode of Banking Transformed Solutions is sponsored by nCino nCino is the worldwide leader in cloud banking. Through its single software-as-a-service platform, nCino helps financial institutions serving corporate and commercial, small business, consumer, and mortgage customers modernize and more effectively onboard clients, make loans, manage the loan lifecycle, and open accounts. Transforming how financial institutions operate through innovation, reputation and speed, nCino is partnered with more than 1,800 financial services providers globally. Visit www.ncino.com for more information.
In this episode of the Banking Transformed podcast, I’m thrilled to welcome Matt Covi, the CEO and Co-founder of Chimney, a fintech that's revolutionizing the way banks and credit unions engage with their customers with highly personalized product recommendations. Chimney's embedded financial tools, engage more customers digitally, generate core deposits, and fund more loans with intelligent recommendations. This has resulted in significant attention, winning Best of Show awards at both FinovateSpring 2021 and FinovateFall 2023. Join us as we explore how Chimney is helping financial institutions compete for wallet share, using its award-winning financial calculators to capture valuable customer data, and move leads to product sales faster in the digital age.
Today, we have the privilege of interviewing Tim Wheeler, Chief Lending Officer with Tennessee-based Fortera Credit Union for the Banking Transformed podcast. Time shares how Fortera has leveraged technology, challenged traditional thinking, and eliminated unnecessary friction points to create a seamless, efficient, and member-centric lending experience. Wheeler emphasizes the importance of a data, analytics and a digital-first mindset and the role of leadership in driving change within the organization. He also highlights how Fortera's stable and forward-thinking management team has been instrumental in fostering a culture of innovation. By understanding member behavior and anticipating their needs, the credit union aims to provide personalized recommendations and proactive support at key moments in their members' financial lives. This episode of Banking Transformed Solutions is sponsored by MeridianLink MeridianLink® (NYSE: MLNK) powers digital lending and account opening for financial institutions and provides data verification solutions for consumer reporting agencies. MeridianLink’s scalable, cloud-based platforms help customers build deeper relationships with consumers through data-driven, personalized experiences across the entire lending life cycle. MeridianLink enables customers to accelerate revenue growth, reduce risk, and exceed consumer expectations through seamless digital experiences. Its partner marketplace supports hundreds of integrations for tailored innovation. For more than 20 years, MeridianLink has prioritized the democratization of lending for consumers, businesses, and communities. Learn more at meridianlink.com.
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Abed Aftabi

He is a visioner! great discussion

Feb 17th
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