Bankers. I have been one since 1986 and it’s not all pretty. I believe in telling the truth and getting real so here we go. I have worked in most positions in a bank except for President. Hell, I even owned a portion of a bank on two different occasions. Although I didn’t have the title, I ran three banks for a period of two years. I managed two banks for a period of four years and experienced things no one should experience in a bank. I had to take lending authority from family members, fire board of directors, lose friendships, and everything in between. My expertise is instilling a disciplined credit culture that is efficient, very profitable and excruciatingly effective. Only if you have the discipline to follow.
Here’s the thing: bankers are notorious for taking the most inexperienced person and shoving them into a position. This person unfairly gets the opportunity to check off a box from a strategic plan or from being written up from an examiner. Bankers, really! It’s a traditional practice from teller all the way to the top management. We then think we have accomplished something because it didn’t materially affect the bottom line.
If you haven’t done it, you probably know someone who has because it runs rampant. It’s a mirror mentality.
Every time a new best practice comes out or a new regulation comes out, we hire Janie or Johnnie and put them in a position or we move Johnnie or Janie into a position they have never heard of much less have a clue of what the hell they are doing. And neither do you! But it makes us feel good! We beat the system. Nope.
That’s why I’m here. I hold up the mirror. We take a look at what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and how to do it better. The truth hurts sometimes, but it leads us where we need to go.
Question: How many of your credit analyst or loan review specialist can see a loan going bad two years out? Answer: Very few: They don’t have the experience. More precisely, they haven’t enough bad experiences to see it coming! That’s why community banks hire McSwain Consulting. You don’t pay us benefits, sick leave, vacation days, 401k. We save you the x factor and generationally, our work ethic is beyond belief.
We have seen, done and walked in your shoes. We have dealt with regulators in extreme situations, loan review companies and auditors.
Our mission: We strive to develop the culture of discipline in loan risk management that is proven time and time again. It is profitable, efficient and creates opportunity beyond belief.
Give us the opportunity to prove to you, but you have to follow our direction. We will make your bank effective, efficient and more profitable.
If you are interested in taking your bank into the next generation, I’d love to get your call.
David McSwain is an Oklahoma bank consultant and president of McSwain Consulting providing loan risk management solutions, bank loan review services, and bank consulting services to community banks in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas.