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Patrick True

Patrick True is Risk Manager, Lending Solutions Division. Patrick is a 25 year veteran of the financial industry. He started his career with Commerce Union Bank in 1986 as a commercial lending officer. As Commerce Union eventually became Bank of America, Pat managed portfolios up to $100 million dollars as well as central underwriting functions for the bank’s Tennessee small business and SBA lending units. He is a graduate of Belmont University with a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Pat began his current position in 1995 and now serves as a Risk Manager for ProfitStars’ commercial lending solutions. He is the author of numerous banking journal articles as well as a motivational book recalling eight years he worked as a riverboat pilot on the Cumberland River prior to his banking career.

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Tools of the Trade Series, Part Six - Automating Loan Renewals for Future Growth

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Apr 05, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

We have reached the last segment in our Tools of the Trade series, but in many ways, it is the most important. The act of renewing a loan or line of credit represents the continuation of an existing relationship. While it may not generate as much income as a new loan request, it supports an existing revenue stream and opens the door to future growth.

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Topics: Commercial Lending, financial services, loans, portfolio management, loan renewal, investment strategy

Tools of the Trade Series, Part Five - Financing Accounts Receivable

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Mar 22, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Non-employer businesses, 24 million strong here in the United States, are critically important to the nation’s economy, comprising 81% of all small businesses, employing 17% of the American workforce, and generating $1.2 trillion in annual sales.* But how are these businesses doing, really? The Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS), a national collaboration of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks, revealed last year that non-employer firms are performing positively overall… despite “notable financial challenges.”

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Topics: Commercial Lending, small business, financial services, Small Business Market, A/R finance, working capital finance, accounts receivable

Tools of the Trade Series, Part Four - Creating Efficiencies Throughout the Life of the Lending Relationship

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Mar 08, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

In part three, we discussed how technological innovations have changed the landscape of loan origination in recent years. That, in fact, has been where most tech investment in commercial lending seems to have been directed. But loan origination is just the beginning. So much more can be done to create efficiencies throughout the life of each lending relationship. As in the case of loan origination, these efficiencies will streamline the efforts of both borrowers and lenders and create a richer experience.

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Topics: Commercial Lending, financial services, fintech, digital banking, predictive analytics, portfolio management, operations, digital experience

Tools of the Trade Series, Part Three: Using Loan Origination Strategies to Create Efficiency

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Feb 22, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

In recent years, financial institutions have been evaluating their commercial and small business loan originating processes. This has included a close look at the experience currently offered to loan applicants, credit officers, and credit administration staff. Recent trends in technology have created a renaissance in commercial lending.

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Topics: Commercial Lending, financial services, fintech, digital banking, loan origination, digital experience

Tools of the Trade Series, Part Two: Omnichannel Delivery Creates the Ultimate Customer Experience

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Feb 08, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

 One of the most important topics of conversation among financial institutions in recent years has been the issue of delivery channels. This has taken two forms. Some articles have focused on demographic shifts, including the growing number of millennial clients and the beginning of baby boomer retirement trends.

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Topics: Commercial Lending, financial services, fintech, digital banking, omnichannel

Tools of the Trade Series, Part One: Enhanced Digital Banking Experiences

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Jan 25, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

 

What can we do to enhance customer experiences, grow revenue, and increase efficiency? The senior management teams at every financial institution should be asking this question each morning when they arrive at work.

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Topics: Commercial Lending, financial services, fintech, digital banking, loan origination, loans

It's Smooth Sailing in Commercial Lending Today (But Plan Ahead for Tomorrow)

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Jan 11, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

A four-point plan for ensuring that commercial loan portfolios will withstand the winds of change

The U.S. recently celebrated the ninth birthday of the current economic expansion, now the second longest in our nation’s history. While both growth and confidence remain steady, we realize that at some point the cycle will turn.

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Topics: Relationship Management, Commercial Lending, C&I, portfolio management, economic recession, economic expansion

Six Steps for Loan Officer Success in 2019

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Dec 14, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

 

In late 2015, I published a blog that explored six steps financial institutions could take to ensure loan officer success in business development. While demand has shifted since that time, the six steps are as critical today as they were four years ago. When that original blog was written, the primary lending industry driver was commercial real estate (CRE).

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Topics: Commercial Lending, small business, consumer lending, C&I, sales, sales strategies

Sales Strategies: Learning to Thrive on the 5 Ms

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Nov 02, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

 

The way we treat our clients and prospects determines how successful we are in exercising any long-term sales strategy within our organizations. As our mothers told us, “minding our Ps and Qs” goes a long way toward creating strong relationships. That’s just the beginning, though.

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Topics: Customer Experience, Relationship Management, Commercial Lending, customer satisfaction, sales, business management

Take the 2018 "Retention Visit Challenge" to Boost Your 2019 Results

Posted by Patrick True

Fri, Oct 19, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

 

There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.– Roger Staubach 

Those of us who have spent most of our careers in commercial lending realize that there are typically two peak seasons during the typical calendar year. These are April – June and September to mid-November. By mid-November, many lenders are following the lead of their business clients and starting the holiday slide into to year end.

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Topics: Customer Experience, Relationship Management, Commercial Lending, banking, customer satisfaction, fintech

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