Key Personnel

Model Governance: How to Formalize the Program

As a small financial institution, you may not have formalized a comprehensive model risk governance program. Model governance refers to the framework and structure an institution establishes to oversee and manage its models effectively. Such a program is to be in accordance with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Reserve Bank…

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Buy-Side vs. Sell-Side Due Diligence: Benefits & Concerns

Buying or selling a business is no easy task. One of the most critical steps in that process is performing adequate due diligence, no matter what side of the transaction you are on. In this article, we’ll review buy-side vs. sell-side due diligence – how they work, benefits of each, and things to consider during…

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Surprise Audits Can Stop Fraud in its Tracks

Over the years, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) has consistently estimated that occupational fraud costs the typical organization 5% of its revenue annually. In its most recent biennial report, the ACFE found that a single case of occupational fraud costs the victim organization an average of more than a whopping $1.5 million. Clearly,…

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The Importance of Long-Term Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is an important, often overlooked facet of business growth. You see, business leaders who spend too much time working in the business forget to work on the business. The day-to-day pays the bills, after all. But if you want your business to stand the test of time, it’s important to step back and…

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5 Tips for Managing Risk at Your Organization

You have heard the phrase “risk management” over and over again, but have you taken the time recently to step back and really think about what that means to your organization?  Speaking as a board member of an organization for a moment, it’s my job to understand how my organization thinks about and manages risk. …

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Embracing Change The Right Way: Reimagining Technology Management

When your organization is looking at new technology, it’s easy to get caught in the weeds of evaluation, weighing pros and cons, testing vendors, and more. It’s an arduous process and, with the tech stack of an average business growing each quarter, one that won’t go away. The pandemic accelerated adoption of business technologies, some…

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Do You Have an Exit Plan?

Many business owners spend decades building their companies. But there will come a day for all when it is time to exit. Too many business owners allow time to lapse, losing the maximum value and benefits of their lifelong work. Do you understand all of the options before you and have you devised a sound,…

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Why You Should Consider A Fractional CFO For Your Business

In today’s hybrid environment, outsourcing is commonplace and remote work has never been more accepted.  Combining those shifts with the need for more strategic thinking and financial leadership, your business could be in a prime position to benefit from a fractional CFO.  CFOs do substantially more than just maintain books and records and pay the…

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10 Ways to Protect Your Institution During Uncertain Times

We’ve all read the shocking news of recent financial institution failures. We’re also well aware of quickly rising interest rates and volatility in the market. Regulatory scrutiny is coming, and your institution’s asset/liability and liquidity management (ALLM) processes will fall under more intense review. Are you ready for that? Let’s start by looking at how…

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The CPA’s Role in Evaluating & Quantifying Economic Damages

In today’s litigious society, disputes culminating in lawsuits are inevitable.  Economic damages are often awarded to make injured parties financially whole, and in some cases, that appears to be cut and dried.  However, supportable economic damage assessments that withstand the trier of fact’s (judge or jury) scrutiny are derived from complex calculations performed by third-party…

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