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ABA Banking Journal Podcast
28 minutes | 4 days ago
Two Vibrant Traditions in U.S. Bank Architecture
On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by Risk Proof, a PwC product — architecture critics Catesby Leigh and Anthony Paletta debate and illuminate two great traditions in U.S. bank design: classicism and modernism. Based on their recent essays for the ABA Banking Journal, Leigh and Paletta explore how U.S. bank architecture developed over the past two centuries, why classical motifs became so dominant (to the extent that the portico of a Greco-Roman temple is the visual shorthand for banking) and how banks made the transition from classicism to modernism in the 20th century. Leigh and Paletta also evaluate the future of bank branch architecture in an era when an image search for “bank” results in a sea of smartphone pictures. Meanwhile, in a bonus clip, they discuss the role of bankers as architectural patrons. This episode is sponsored by Risk Proof, a PwC product.
19 minutes | 11 days ago
Here Comes the Post-COVID Business Recovery
“The recovery’s coming faster than we thought it was going to” is Don McCree’s positive assessment of the post-COVID economic recovery. On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, sponsored by Infinidat, the head of commercial banking at regional bank Citizens discusses how the support provided to businesses combined with pent-up consumer demand has business poised to roar back. “We’re seeing our pioelines grow, we’re seeing high levels of liquidity in our clients, we’re seeing demand come back in terms of services, we’re seeing a surge in M&A,” says McCree. “It’s quite encouraging from where we sit today.” McCree discusses two key challenges businesses are facing amid the recovery, including hiring when workers are awash with stimulus money and ongoing pandemic-related supply chain disruptions. He also talks about how Citizens worked with businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, including through the Paycheck Protection Program; M&A trends among businesses; how Citizens is managing credit risk in the recovery phase; and how the bank is adapting its own commercial banking practice in the wake of the pandemic.
16 minutes | 18 days ago
The Latest on COVID Vaccinations and Variants
In a podcast crossover event sponsored by Infinidat, we present the latest episode of the ABA Pandemic Update. ABA’s Paul Benda provides the latest on COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates, noting that the vaccination of older Americans has reduced COVID deaths even as cases have risen in certain parts of the country. He also discusses a new coronavirus variant, the likelihood of resuming doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine soon and how to minimize risk of infection during air travel.
23 minutes | 25 days ago
Empowering Bank Employees to Build Culture from the Ground Up
Culture is important for every bank, but never more so than when employees are remote amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by Infinidat — Norway Savings Bank Chairwoman and CEO Pat Weigel discusses how the bank’s employees build its “high-achievement, high-support” culture through “culture crews” that focus on leadership development, efficiency, DEI, remote work and other issues. “The employees in the bank are really the ones who are building the culture,” says Weigel, who will retire at the end of 2021 as CEO of the Maine-based mutual bank. It doesn’t live with me.” Weigel also talks about how Norway Savings Bank focuses on DEI in its local context (including engaging the immigrants arriving in Maine), has pursued gender balance in its management team and how its mutual form of ownership contributes to its culture.
24 minutes | a month ago
A Sharper Focus on Bank Employees’ Well-Being
The trials of the past year, from COVID-19 to the racial justice protests, required herculean efforts on the part of bank employees to meet their clients’ needs — and they have taken a toll on many bankers. On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by Infinidat — Jennifer Young, head of human resources for TD Bank and TD Securities, discusses her bank’s “full well-being approach” to supporting employees. Young discusses how TD focused on health and wellness beyond face coverings and hand sanitizer: Providing the right tech to employees working from home and navigating caregiving requirements. Protecting shifts and pay in “stores” (as TD calls its branches). Training people managers to address employees’ needs and display greater empathy. Deploying “wellness coaches” to ease people managers’ burdens. Focusing on mental health and providing additional resources for employees who needed them.
23 minutes | a month ago
Crafting a New Bank Amid COVID-19
When the coronavirus pandemic began, Craft Bank was just about to begin its capital raise as a de novo community bank in Atlanta. With its roadshow about to begin, CEO Ross Mynatt and his small team threw out the playbook and began pivoting. On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by Infinidat — Mynatt talks about how Craft Bank handled the early months of COVID-19 and opened its doors later in 2020. Mynatt also discusses the bank’s vision for personalized commercial banking services, the ongoing relevance and market strength of community banks in urban areas and building corporate culture at a de novo in a remote work environment.
19 minutes | a month ago
How the OCC’s Premises Proposal Could Hamstring Bank Operations
On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, ABA Senior Counsel Shaun Kern discusses the OCC’s recent proposal to revise its rules on permissible bank premises for national banks and federal thrifts, as well as ABA’s call for the agency to withdraw the proposal. During the conversation, Kern discusses: How the proposed approach might arbitrarily limit banks’ ability to plan for their present and future space needs. How the proposal could make it harder for banks to reorganize their spaces to accommodate employees and customers safely to address concerns over COVID-19 amid a rapidly changing commercial real estate landscape. The proposal’s lack of provision for bank customers in its calculation of space use. Why the proposal’s grandfathering provision would likely not provide the desired relief. Additional resources: ABA comment letter on bank premises. ABA/BPI/ICBA comment letter on bank premises.
18 minutes | 2 months ago
New Podcast Preview: ABA Pandemic Update
In a new weekly podcast series, ABA SVP Paul Benda will provide a 10-minute situation briefing for bankers on COVID-19. Benda will cover coronavirus case rates, emerging strains, vaccination levels, issues related to banks’ return to normal operations, OSHA requirements and other considerations for banking industry professionals. Bankers can find Benda’s briefings each week in ABA Daily Newsbytes, as well as at aba.com/podcast. Listeners can also subscribe using major podcast apps and platforms by searching for ABA Pandemic Update. Enjoy a sneak preview of the first episode of ABA Pandemic Update here.
22 minutes | 2 months ago
Highlights from the 2021 ABA Washington Summit
In this episode, podcast co-hosts Evan Sparks and Monica C. Meinert review highlights from the ABA’s just-concluded virtual Washington Summit, including: Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on a level regulatory playing field for banks and nonbanks Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) on the concept of postal banking Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) on her approach to overseeing diversity and inclusion in the financial system Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on the importance of bipartisanship and minority rights in the Senate White House Director of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond on the role of banks in helping process economic impact payments and other direct payments in the American Rescue Plan FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams on the agency’s approach to winding down coronavirus-related regulatory accommodations If you missed the Summit, tune in for insight and analysis on the past few days, and if you watched the virtual event, revisit all the highlights with the ABA Banking Journal Podcast in just 20 minutes. Additional resources: Watch full videos of ABA Summit sessions.
27 minutes | 2 months ago
The Community Bank Cycle of Opportunity
When Gilda Nogueira’s family immigrated to the United States, East Cambridge Savings Bank in Cambridge, Massachusetts, helped them land on their feet and begin their new life in America. Today, Nogueira pays this opportunity forward through community banking as president and CEO of ECSB. “It took a community to help us out,” she says. “That’s what community banking is all about!” On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, Nogueira discusses the bank’s career development and financial education efforts, including through its branch co-located in Cambridge’s public high school, as well as support for families at risk, seniors and youth. She also discusses ECSB’s history and organic growth as a mutual savings bank. “Mutuality allows us to put so much money and energy into the community,” she says.
23 minutes | 2 months ago
How COVID-19 Has Shifted the U.S. Demographic Outlook
Nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic, demographer Lyman Stone returns to the ABA Banking Journal Podcast to discuss how COVID-19 has reshaped the demographic outlook he provided to Banking Journal readers in early 2020. Stone, who was one of the earliest U.S. analysts to warn about the novel coronavirus starting in late 2019, examines the rise in mortality, the accelerated decline in childbirth and early 2020’s pause on marriages and divorces — and what they might imply for the broader economy.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
The Changing Faces of Wealth Management
From the ongoing generational wealth transfer to new “wealthtech” solutions and investor demands for sustainability and diversity, big changes are happening in the wealth management sector. To help bankers understand these changes, the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed — features three rising leaders in wealth management that represent the full spectrum of the industry, from independent practices to community banks to large private banking institutions. These three leaders — each of which is being recognized at ABA’s Wealth Management and Trust Conference this week as one of the inaugural class of ABA’s 40 Under 40 in Wealth Management — discuss: What millennial small business owners are looking for as they experience liquidity events. How they’ve pivoted their practices and adopted new technology to accommodate both COVID-19 and changing client desires. Opportunities to educate younger clients and overcome the racial wealth gap. Growing investor demand nationwide for ESG investments in both wealth management and trust banking. Their own career journeys and leadership tips for those entering the wealth management sector. This episode is sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Maggie L. Walker's Historic Mission of Financial Empowerment
In 1903, Maggie Lena Walker became the first Black woman to charter a U.S. bank when she opened the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, Virginia, as the bank’s first president. On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed — historian Shennette Garrett-Scott tells the story of Walker and her mission to help Black women find financial empowerment and professional career opportunities. Garrett-Scott, the author of Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal, discusses: How Walker countered impressions that Black women were uniquely risky bank clients. The broader context of African-American banks and what set Walker’s St. Luke Bank apart. The relationships between Black banks and mutual aid societies and fraternal organizations like the Independent Order of St. Luke. How newly professionalized Progressive Era financial regulators threw up hurdles to Black-owned banks and insurers. The St. Luke Bank’s relationships with white-owned banks in Richmond and elsewhere. This episode is sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed. Additional resources: Read a past Banking Journal feature on Walker as one of nine young bankers who changed America. Read a Wall Street Journal article on Walker’s legacy. View a virtual tour of Walker’s home in Richmond.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
Calvin Coolidge’s Circle of Bankers
A century ago, Calvin Coolidge took office as vice president. When he succeeded to the presidency, he became a rare president with banking industry experience, serving as a lawyer, corporator, trustee and eventually president of a mutual savings bank in Northampton, Massachusetts, for many years. Then, in office, many of his key officials and advisers were also bankers, including Andrew Mellon, Charles Dawes and Dwight Morrow. On this Presidents Day bonus episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed — Coolidge biographer and bestselling historian Amity Shlaes discusses Coolidge’s personal and professional background, relationships with banks and bankers and how these shaped his economic policy in the 1920s. Read a past Banking Journal excerpt on Coolidge’s banking career. This episode is sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed.
25 minutes | 3 months ago
How One Community Bank Opens Opportunities for Career Growth
As an early-career CPA, Carissa Rodeheaver began her community banking career as a trust administrator nearly three decades ago. Now, she’s at the same bank, as chairman, president and CEO of Oakland, Maryland-based First United Bank and Trust. On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed — Rodeheaver discusses her path to the C-suite and the strategies she employs at First United to provide leadership opportunities to rising generations of community bankers. Rodeheaver also discusses her efforts to bring gender balance to the board at First United and set the right tone from the top. This episode is sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed.
25 minutes | 3 months ago
Empowering Bank Employees to Drive Innovation
From offering bitcoin rewards checking to meeting the unique credit needs of gig workers and sole practitioners, Quontic Bank depends on innovative ideas and execution. On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast, sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed, Casey Christopher talks about how Quontic Bank’s employees deliver that innovation. As possibly the only “chief empowerment officer” in the banking industry, Christopher explains how she helps Quontic’s employees have the resources they need to thrive and deliver results for the bank. This episode is sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed.
21 minutes | 3 months ago
A Banker, Turned Software Entrepreneur, Turned Banker
Before returning to banking in 2016 as CEO of Passumpsic Bank, Jim Kisch spent a decade and a half as founder or co-founder of software firms that served the financial industry. On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed — Kisch talks about lessons he brought from his tech entrepreneurship career, including lean startup techniques such as Toyota’s “five whys” and focusing on the bank’s “inner space” technology systems to improve efficiency and risk-based pricing. But when Kisch returned to banking, he found that core technology had not evolved much since he’d been a bank CIO earlier in his career. “We had a data center running an identical core platform” to what he was running before,” he says. “There weren’t really many changes to that core platform.” Kisch talks about his work on core evolution at Passumpsic Bank and through his membership on ABA’s Core Platforms Committee. Access resources from ABA’s Core Platforms Committee. This episode is sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed.
24 minutes | 4 months ago
Predicting Bank Risk in an Unpredictable Year
What’s top of mind for community bank risk managers in 2021? On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal — sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed — Kristina Schaefer provides an overview of what’s on her radar screen as chief risk officer and general counsel at First Bank and Trust, based in Brookings, South Dakota. Schaefer talks cybersecurity (including the growing risk of social engineering schemes amid banks’ work-from-home environments), credit risk, interest rate risk, fraud and more. A member of ABA’s Emerging Leaders Advisory Board, Schaefer also highlights talent risk as one to watch in 2021 — with more bank employees able to work anywhere, community banks may find out-of-market banks, as well as other companies, competing for their top professionals. Read insights from Schaefer and other bank risk professionals in Top Bank Risks for 2021. Analyze the current state of the industry to keep your bank strong and secure at this critical time of heightened risk at ABA Risk 2021, a virtual event combining ABA’s Risk Management Conference, Insurance Risk Management Forum and Risk Quantification Forum. This episode is sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
The Year Ahead in Banker Advocacy
On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed — ABA Government Relations Council Chair Jim Rieniets outlines policy areas where ABA will focus in 2021. Responding to consumer and business needs through the pandemic remains the top priority, but Rieniets also discusses the outlook for cannabis banking policy, ESG issues and brokered deposits. As president and CEO of Nashville-based InsBank, Rieniets also discusses how InsBank’s technology posture has helped the bank prepare for the COVID crisis, tips for getting involved in bank advocacy and the future of his bank-related filmmaking hobby.
18 minutes | 4 months ago
COVID Vaccines and Viral Variants
On the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast — sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed — ABA SVP Paul Benda provides a COVID-19 situation update. Between spiking case and hospitalization rates, new mutations of the coronavirus and COVID-19 fatigue, “we’re in a very dark period of time,” he says. In this episode, Benda covers: Capacity challenges in many U.S. health-care facilities affecting COVID-19 treatment. The slow pace of U.S. vaccinations and when frontline bank employees might expect to receive one. The growing risk of the so-called United Kingdom and South African SARS-CoV-2 variants, the latter of which may not be prevented by the coronavirus vaccines. Practices banks continue using to protect employees and clients, including face coverings and HVAC filtration. This episode is sponsored by NICE Actimize Xceed.
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