November 5 – SunTrust Banks Inc., Atlanta, has named Scott Hotham to lead its Retail Investments and Premier Banking units. In this newly-created role that consolidates leadership of the two teams, Hotham will report to Brad Dinsmore, head of Consumer Banking, and oversee the bank’s financial advisors, premier bankers and sales teams delivering investments, products and services to mass affluent clients.
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Feb. 10 – The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), the global trade association of the payments technology industry, has announced the next step in its continued expansion of government relations activities with the hiring of seasoned financial industry and government affairs professional Scott Talbott as the association’s new Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. In this position, Talbott will be responsible for developing and executing ETA’s federal and state legislative and regulatory strategies on behalf of ETA’s more than 500 member companies.
April 8 – Gold Canyon Bank, Gold Canyon, Ariz., has been closed by the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions, which appointed the FDIC as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with First Scottsdale Bank, National Association, Scottsdale, Ariz., to assume all of the deposits of Gold Canyon Bank.
July 21 – Bank of Scottsdale, an independent community bank with a hometown style, is now being formed to serve local Scottsdale businesses and residents from its Hilton Village Office Park location on McDonald and Scottsdale roads. The bank’s management team of proven executives with more than 70 years combined banking knowledge will bring local focus and banking experience to a market that is receiving continually deteriorating customer service from larger, impersonal financial institutions.
February 14 – NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association has announced the election of new officers to its Board of Directors. The Board oversees the governance and administration of NACHA and addresses topics of strategic significance to the ACH Network. It consists of 19 directors representing a diverse set of depository financial institutions of all sizes and types that use and support the ACH Network.
February 8 – In the first month of 2017, more than 250 U.S. financial institutions used Sageworks’ patented electronic tax return reading technology to process borrower tax returns more easily and effectively. The number of unique tax returns imported in January 2017 increased 137 percent from January 2016, with each tax return saving an estimated average of 20 minutes of data entry/processing time per return. (more…)
January 24 – FinXTech, powered by Bank Director, has announced its 2017 Advisory Group comprised of a select number of technology startup founders, established technology providers, innovation leaders in banking, investors and government and non-government policy leaders – all of which make up the FinXTech ecosystem.
December 28 – Sageworks, a financial information company that provides lending, credit risk and portfolio risk solutions to banks and credit unions, has announced the locations for its User Groups in 2017. User Group events facilitate networking among Sageworks clients while also offering solution training and best practice sharing provided by Sageworks’ consulting team.