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Commercial Lending Officers: A New Endangered Species?

Posted by Susan Griffin

Mar 28, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

The ProfitStars’ Lending Solutions group released an excellent white paper in 2017, written by Patrick True, titled Searching for the Magnificent Seven: Critical Personality Traits for Commercial Lending Officers. As with many of Pat’s writings, he reflects upon his experience as a loan officer serving commercial customers in his past banking career. Covered in his paper are vital personal behaviors outlining honesty, drive, and ethical standards.

In addition to finding the right personality, trends happening in the industry are starting to demonstrate a shortage of candidates in the recruiting market. Many bank officers and staff are retiring or approaching retirement and financial institutions are finding it challenging to fill these positions. And millennials aren’t as interested in working for a bank or credit union, finding it either too traditional or offering little opportunity for advancement.

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Topics: Commercial Lending, talent acquisition

The Final Four – Developing Your Winning Strategy for New Technology

Posted by Matt Meehan

Mar 23, 2018 10:12:12 AM

 

Reaching the Final Four requires both teamwork and effort. As John Wooden famously stated, “It’s not how big you are, it’s how big you play.” Community-based financial institutions can certainly relate to that sentiment. The fact is, playing big often translates into leveraging the technology of third-party vendors to help ensure your success and to bring the latest technology to your game without having to develop it internally.

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Topics: Relationship Management, Commercial Lending, Processes & Procedures, Data, fintech, basketball, Final Four, basketball tournament, third-party vendors

Closing the Loop as Our Commercial Lending Suite Evolves

Posted by Patrick True

Mar 9, 2018 1:40:00 PM

Throughout 2017, the ProfitStars Lending Solutions team used the "S-curve graphic" to demonstrate the function of each system component. The S-curve followed the borrower’s journey through the lending process. While our competitors were building end-to-end functionality, our systems were designed to cover the full scope of small business lending, which went beyond end-to-end to include post-funding collateral management, portfolio management, renewals, and more.

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Topics: Relationship Management, Commercial Lending, Lending, fintech, loan origination, software, small business

The Timely Death of End-to-End

Posted by Gary Lewis

Feb 23, 2018 1:30:00 PM

 

The term end-to-end has been used by software vendors and bankers in recent years to describe loan origination systems. I heard this term no less than 30 times during a recent banking conference. I hereby announce today that the term is dead, or at least should be.

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Topics: Relationship Management, Commercial Lending, Risk Management, loan origination, predictive analytics, software

Taming the Monster on Your Desk

Posted by Patrick True

Feb 9, 2018 1:30:00 PM

According to a recent study by the RadiCadi Group, the average person receives 121 emails a day while sending 40 emails in the same time span. There is no doubt that more people are competing for our time each year. This can often lead to a sense of overwhelming stress in our workplace when we cannot seem to keep pace with the glut of information we face every day. 

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Topics: Information Technology, Commercial Lending, Small Business Market, Lending, Data, fintech

Pay No Attention to That Credit Officer Behind the Curtain

Posted by Patrick True

Jan 26, 2018 1:40:00 PM

As a risk manager for a company that licenses financial technology, you might assume that I would be a huge advocate for the latest and greatest algorithmic tools to automate small business lending decisions. Without a doubt, technology exists today to access enough information to make an informed decision regarding almost any form of commercial credit. That said, I am extremely cautious about such thinking. I believe strongly in the use of technology to enhance the credit decision process and create efficiencies. But I also believe there is a marked difference between automated credit decisions and credit decision automation. The first produces a credit decision based solely on data. The second uses data and enhanced workflows to facilitate credit decisions in an efficient manner, thus saving cost and increasing profitability. You must ask yourself a simple question. What is the smart credit decision? Simply put, it is the decision that is right for your institution.

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Topics: Commercial Lending, Small Business Market, Lending

The Future of Commercial Loan Underwriting Has Arrived!

Posted by Debbie Gross

Jan 12, 2018 2:00:00 PM

 

Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The underwriting process for commercial loans has been evolving slowly for more than 30 years. Yet, for most community-based institutions, the basic components have remained constant – until now. Study after study over the past five years has indicated that borrowers want the friendly, local decisions and customer service that community-based institutions are known for. At the same time, they are demanding faster decisions and more efficient credit application methods.

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Topics: Relationship Management, Commercial Lending

Top 5 Commercial Lending Posts of 2017 – Part 2

Posted by Strategically Speaking

Dec 29, 2017 11:00:00 AM

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s a good time to look back, take stock of our progress … and perhaps catch up on a few things missed along the way. If, by chance, insightful commercial lending blog posts were among your missed opportunities, we submit this list of Strategically Speaking gems from the second half of the year for your consumption. Happy reading!

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Topics: Commercial Lending

The Four Pillars of Relationship Management

Posted by Patrick True

Dec 15, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Studies show it costs between five and ten times as much money to win a new customer as it does to retain an existing customer, leaving no doubt that client retention has significant benefits. At the center of any client retention effort is your relationship management strategy, which brings us to the "Four Pillars of Relationship Management." These pillars represent organizational processes you can focus on to enhance your client retention efforts, regardless of which loan product or service you are delivering.

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Topics: Commercial Lending

The Six Ps for Success in Selling

Posted by Patrick True

Dec 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM

There are six universal truths in selling, regardless of whether you are dealing with a loan product or a business service. These truths can be particularly beneficial to young lenders learning to sell financial services. Amazingly, all six of these truths begin with the letter “P.” Who knew? So, whether you are a new sales professional or a seasoned veteran responsible for hiring and mentoring new associates, I offer these thoughts to ponder as you prepare your team and prime your sales process for the new year.

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Topics: Commercial Lending

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