The professionals at Bank Strategies LLC possess a combination of community bank experience, regulatory experience and years of community bank consulting.
James A. Swanson, President & CEO
Jim joined Bank Strategies LLC in 2009. He is a 25 year banking industry professional with broad based experience as a consultant, bank chief credit officer, and regulator with the Federal Reserve System. During his career, he has worked with hundreds of financial institutions and gained broad exposure to best (and worst) industry risk management practices, with particular emphasis in the lending and credit risk management functions. During the last economic recession, Jim worked extensively with troubled financial institutions and an FDIC-approved vendor in assessing risk and managing multi-billion dollar commercial real estate loan portfolios retained by the FDIC in receivership following bank closure. He also has considerable experience assisting financial institutions with strategic planning and management/staffing study needs. Jim holds an MBA from the University of Denver and an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Nebraska.
Contact: Phone (303) 903-9369 Email Jim@BankStrategiesllc.com
Debbie L. Meyers, Senior Consultant
Debbie joined Bank Strategies in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Debbie was with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City for nearly 35 years where she headed the bank supervision function for the western zone of the Tenth District. In this capacity, she supervised a staff of 45 examiners and provided oversight for roughly 50 state member banks and 100 bank holding companies in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Kansas. Her tenure covered two significant industry downturns, and during the most recent, Debbie actively participated in resolving several significant problem bank situations. Further, she conducted various banker and branch board outreach and training on selected supervisory concerns including risk management techniques in lending, funding, and other issues of recent industry concerns. Debbie holds a Bachelorís degree in Economics from Iowa State University and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in Boulder.
Dave Nowling, Senior Consultant
Dave joined Bank Strategies LLC in early 2014. Dave joined Bank Strategies following a 30 year career with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City where he was one of three managers with responsibility for the Tenth Districtís Examination and Inspection Department with tenure spanning two economic recessions. He also served as manager of the Consumer Affairs department for six years, including through the Dodd/Frank Act transition as well as the establishment of the Districtís Consumer Regional Banking Team. Dave is an accomplished speaker and has served on the faculty of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in Boulder (GSBC) since 2001 where he provides leadership training and best practices for leading organizational change, and has been instrumental in assisting in the development of the Executive Development Institute which GSBC launched in 2014. Dave graduated from the University of Colorado with a major in Finance and Accounting and obtained his Masters in Business Administration at the University of Denver. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in Boulder.
Pamela Jenkins, Senior Consultant
Pamela joined Bank Strategies in 2014. Pamela (Pam) is a financial and operations management executive with a proven track record of success in the use of sound operating strategies to improve organizational performance. With community banking experience that includes conceptualization and implementation of transformational regulatory compliance and operational efficiency programs, Pam emphasizes effective collaboration and team building to optimize relationships with constituents at all levels. During her career in banking, she has been accountable for management, leadership, and oversight in the areas of contracts, operations, planning, budgeting, financial reporting and analysis, regulatory compliance, examination preparation, information technology, and human resources. Pam earned a Bachelorís degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in Boulder.
Andrew Thompson, Senior Consultant
Andrew joined Bank Strategies in late 2014, following a 36-year career in bank supervision and regulation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He held a number of positions in management until 2003, when he became the Tenth District's first BSA/AML subject matter expert devoted solely to developments and emerging issues in this area. In this capacity, Andrew handled questions from state member banks throughout the District as well as from examiners in the Kansas City, Denver, Omaha, and Oklahoma City offices, in addition to serving as the designated contact in this area for the Board of Governors. He conducted numerous BSA/AML examinations of state member banks, primarily in Colorado and Wyoming, and also spoke to state banking associations and other banker groups on this topic. Andrew is a graduate of Texas Christian University with a major in finance and also holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in Boulder and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
Larry W. Martin, Chairman
Larry founded Bank Strategies in 1982 and has significant experience in providing consulting services designed to assist and enhance the performance of mid- and lower-tier size community banks. During his career, he has also served as a retail banking officer with financial institutions in Michigan, Texas and Colorado and supervised staffs of up to 200 FTEs. He is a frequent industry speaker to a variety of community banking groups, and sought out by local and national media outlets for his expertise on banking matters. Larry has also served on the board of directors of several financial institutions.
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