Strategists

Tap into the expertise of your experienced bank advisor.

A subscription to the BankAnalyst® online advisory tools includes a Senior Bank Strategist who personally collaborates with your management team. On an as-needed basis, he will assist you with the BankAnalyst online tools and help determine definitive actions for achieving and sustaining high performance.

Unbiased Direction, Knowledgeable Guidance

Your Strategist interacts with your executives as an objective, highly qualified resource who maintains an intimate knowledge of your institution's particular operations and market. All our Strategists bring a banking background to the table, and work with hundreds of banks each year in the same capacity. This enables you to benefit from their unique and timely perspective on what's happening in the industry.

Ready Assistance is Always Available

Your Strategist will personally conduct and facilitate online planning sessions, assisting your team with:

  • Strategic planning
  • Financial planning
  • Marketing plans
  • Market or branch expansion
  • Product development
  • Merger & acquisition evaluations
  • Board meeting preparation

At no additional charge, all online sessions can be recorded via video/audio stream to enable your team to review at a later time – so you can spend the sessions brainstorming instead of documenting.

Meet our Strategists

The valuable insights and perspectives offered by these Strategists can provide your organization with a significant competitive advantage.

 



Andy Grinstead

Andy Grinstead
VP, Strategic Insights

Andy Grinstead applies his notable marketing expertise to his dual roles at Bank Intelligence: that of SVP of Sales & Marketing for our company and expert advisor to our clients. Andy's 20+ years of experience include bank consulting services in the areas of strategic bank marketing, new market entrance, strategic planning, and market planning, among others. He has developed programs for market and revenue enhancement; product development and go-to-market planning; and retail, small business, and commercial customer strategy. Prior to joining Bank Intelligence, Andy served as Executive, Financial Institutions Consulting with Crowe Chizek & Co.


Terry Johnson
Senior Strategist

Terry Johnson has over 25 years of executive management and entrepreneurial experience in the financial institution industry. His experiences include founding and running a start-up company designed to provide thought leadership to industry executives, serving as the partner in charge of Crowe Horwath LLP’s national financial institution consulting practice as well as the partner who oversaw new product and service innovation for the firm’s financial institution practices. Prior to joining Crowe, Terry served in senior management and executives positions at Fifth Third Bancorp and Michigan Financial Corporation.


Grey Winstead

Grey Winstead
Senior Strategist

Grey brings over 30 years of experience in the executive management of six successful community banks in the metro Atlanta and north Georgia markets.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.  His experience includes organizing de novo banks, converting charters and going public and going private capital transactions.  His merger and acquisition experience includes both the sale and purchase of community banks, including due diligence, valuations, negotiations, closing and merger integration.  He has been responsible for strategic planning and execution management, incentive alignment, financial, operations and IT management, investor relations and regulatory relations.  His perspective brings balance to the competing needs of shareholder returns, customer value propositions and regulatory safety and soundness.


Dawna Gunter
Senior Strategist

Dawna Gunter has over 30 years of financial institution experience in banking leadership and consultant roles.  During her tenure in banking, Dawna was a leader in Retail Banking, Marketing, Business Intelligence, Analytics and Strategic planning. Dawna also played a key role in asset-liability management, steering pricing policy decisions and product development.  As a Senior Managing Consultant in the Revenue Enhancement division at Fiserv, Dawna partnered with Community and Regional Banks, employing consulting and technology to drive sales and business methodology.  Dawna’s current role as Senior Bank Strategist will leverage these skills and perspectives, and inform her interactions with bank clients.

 



Anne High
Senior Strategist

Anne brings more than twenty years of Financial Services experience to her role as a Senior Strategist. She has held leadership roles in both Finance and Marketing along with serving in Retail and Operational areas of banks and a captive finance company. In Finance, Anne participated in the implementation of a profitability measurement initiative and held positions in ALCO, financial planning and accounting. In Marketing, she developed a Market Optimization strategy for an $18B+ Regional Bank, led marketing research analytics teams and managed the sales performance measurement initiatives. As a former BankAnalyst user in the bank environment, Anne brings expertise in the practical application of the tools for strategic planning, peer analysis and market planning.

 



Tom Abelmann
Senior Strategist

Tom brings well over 40 years of diverse experience in the management of banks and thrifts, both public and private, ranging in size from $25 million to $11 billion and in financial institution data processing and consulting to the banking industry. He has experience in all facets of banking, having started as a teller and moving up through the ranks as a lender, CFO and Chief Operating Officer, eventually serving as a bank director and as a holding company President. His experience includes merger and acquisition experience including both the sale and purchase of community banks, including negotiations, due diligence, regulatory approvals, and post-merger operational and data processing integration. He has been responsible for strategic planning and financial, operations, compliance risk and IT management. He has a solid track record of improving the financial and operational excellence of the banks he worked for, and brings that experience to bear in his responsibilities as a Senior Strategist.

 



Alan Smith
Senior Strategist

Alan Smith has more than 25 years of banking experience, including eight years as Director, President and Chief Operating Officer of a $500 million bank and Director, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of its holding company. As a Senior Strategist for Bank Intelligence Solutions at Fiserv, Alan works in an advisory role to BankAnalyst® client banks helping them make the best use of the online advisory tools for strategic and tactical planning to drive bank performance and maximize franchise value. Prior to joining Fiserv, Alan was the President and Chief Operating officer at The Bank/First Citizens Bank where he was responsible for identifying and executing business priorities which maximized the bank’s value. Alan also held the positions of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of First Citizens Bancorp, Senior Vice President and Corporate Banker of Wachovia Corporation, and Director positions at The Home Bank of Tennessee and Infinity Mortgage Company. Alan currently sits on the board of two community banks, one in North Carolina and the other in Tennessee. 

   

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