Saturday, February 08, 2014

Bankers: Here's What I Do

Content marketing gurus tell us not to put sales pitches in your content. But I would like readers to know what I do in case they want greater context to blog posts, or are generally curious people, as I am. So here goes... 

What The Kafafian Group does, by Jeff Marsico

We help financial institutions perform better. How?

We manage and moderate the strategic planning process. From strategy team retreat, to the operating plan, to financial projections. We build strategy components, such as capital plans and strategic alternatives analysis. Yes, financial institutions should regularly perform a strategic alternatives analysis so the Board and Senior Management know who can be bought and at what price, what others can pay for you, and the present value of your strategy. A focused strategy and a disciplined strategic planning process is critical in our changing industry.

We perform profit improvement projects that help financial institutions increase revenue, decrease costs, and allocate organizational resources consistent with your FI's strategy. Today, more than ever, we must focus our resources on the most profitable endeavors in order to build an enduring future. Sometimes senior management deems it preferable to have an outside firm perform this project because of our perspectives from multiple FIs and business models, and our ability to cut through organizational barriers.

We do general advisory work to FI senior management and Boards of Directors. This has included management studies, retainer advisory so senior managers have a go to resource outside of the FI to evaluate significant decisions, assisting the Board perform day-to-day management duties while the FI searches for a new CEO, valuations for private FIs, etc. 

We measure the financial performance of business units, branches, products, officers, and feed customer profitability systems. We do this on an outsourced basis so those FIs that don't have the resources to do it themselves can build an accountability culture at the business unit level. We review results and areas for improvement regularly with senior management. This service includes funds transfer pricing, cost allocations, equity allocations, and most of the other tasks associated with getting an FIs profitability reporting up and running. You might be surprised to read that credit unions also avail themselves of this service. They care about profits because it is their sole source of capital.

We do merger advisory. We are a niche player in whole bank, branch, fee-based business merger and acquisition work. Niche because we don't typically go from FI to FI, pitching deal ideas. We react to client senior management request for assistance, and work hard to achieve client objectives, and get deals done so long as they are additive to the client's long-term performance, as deals should be, right?

So there it is. Contact me if you would like our help. Thank you for reading.

~ Jeff

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