May 13, 2015

Strategy Unlocks the Window of Opportunity

Jim Mabry, the Managing Director of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, recently shared with a HORNE audience his view of the current window of opportunity that exists for banks looking to go public. He highlighted that there is broad interest within the investment community for high growth community banks.

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Topics: Community Banking, Bank Growth

March 25, 2015

Survival of the Fittest - Key Considerations for Successful M&A

For about nine years, analysts have predicted two game changers for the banking industry – an M&A boom and an interest rate hike. The M&A prophecy came true in 2014, with the highest transaction volume since 2006. Based on year-to-date transaction activity, this trend will continue through 2015.

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Topics: M&A, Bank Growth

March 12, 2015

Accelerating Growth Through the Art of Storytelling

Think for a moment about the stories that have left an impact on you. Someone whose experience and example helped to shape your decisions, or a company that you’re compelled to support. Since the dawn of time, stories have generated an almost unmatched power to motivate. For banks competing in the changing economy, it has become vital to connect your story with that of your customers.

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Topics: Culture, Bank Growth

December 23, 2014

Banking on the Future – Key Considerations for Bank Growth in 2015

2014 saw more than a few big developments in banking, from the launch of Basel III regulations to issues with cyber security and increasing use of big data as a strategic planning tool. Along with new regulations, capital requirements and technology advancements, 2014 saw a proliferation of growth efforts start to reshape the banking landscape.

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Topics: M&A, Bank Growth

October 30, 2014

Why Big Data is a Big Deal for Banks (And How to Use It)

Recently, I had the privilege of discussing The Big Deal About Big Data at the 2014 Louisiana Bankers Association Technology Conference. While the topic of Big Data historically has been discussed primarily in the halls of the marketing department, more and more, it is becoming a strategic focus across the organization. The reasons for that are many, but as always, the numbers tell the most convincing story.

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Topics: Bank Growth, Fintech

October 16, 2014

How to Upgrade Your Community Bank's Toolbox with Wealth Management

Once considered a service exclusive to large banks, wealth management has become a growing source of non-interest income for community banks.

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Topics: Community Banking, Bank Growth

October 02, 2014

Seize the Chance to Make a Difference

Last weekend, my wife, teenage daughters, and I took part in Toyota TeenDrive 365. Toyota offers this interactive defensive driving education program with a stated goal of creating the next generation of safe drivers. 

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Topics: Community Banking, Bank Growth

September 11, 2014

Key Takeaways from AICPA Banks and Savings Conference

Hundreds of members of the banking industry descended upon our nation’s capital this week for the AICPA National Conference on Banks & Savings Institutions.

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Topics: Bank Trends, Bank Growth

July 16, 2014

Positive Outlook is a Choice

Psychologists estimate that roughly 80% of your day is filled with negative thoughts. In the current economic and regulatory environment, it might seem like 100% for bank executives!

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Topics: Culture, Bank Growth

June 25, 2014

Considerations for Board Membership Tenure

Do you want to have one of those awkward board room discussions? If so, bring up the topic of board member term limits. As I type this I can hear my two girls in their high pitch voices saying…awkward!

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Topics: Bank Trends, Bank Growth

June 05, 2014

The Evolution of the Branch Experience

We live in an information-driven economy. This presents both a challenge and opportunity as banks position themselves as a go to source for financial knowledge and products. In fact, banks that are mastering their multichannel presence have put information at the forefront of their digital and branch experiences.

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Topics: Bank Growth

May 28, 2014

Is There a Correlation Between Board Engagement and High Performance?

As a Board member, am I highly engaged in my bank’s activities or am I focused on the basic requirements? As the overall banking environment continues to evolve and as regulations remain high, board members can offer insight that is very impactful.

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Topics: Bank Growth, Leadership

May 15, 2014

Steer for the Curve Ahead

“Steer for the curve ahead.” Governor Mike Huckabee offered these great words of wisdom during today's general session of the Mississippi Bankers Association Annual Convention. He spoke passionately about shifting the vision of our country from a focus on the past, to a focus on the opportunities ahead. His message was one of preserving the American Dream and reestablishing a sense of hope and opportunity for everyone. 

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Topics: Community Banking, Bank Growth

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