Contributor : Jack Milligan

Article | October 19th, 2021

The Slant Podcast

Five months ago, we started The Slant Podcast — so named to align it with our monthly Slant e-newsletter — because it was another way to connect our readers with some of the interesting people we ordinarily only write about

By: Jack Milligan, editor-at-large for Bank Director
Bank Services
Podcast | October 19th, 2021

Deep in the Heart of Texas

First Financial Bankshares Chairman and CEO F. Scott Dueser talks about some of the factors behind the institution’s long-term success, his views on Covid-19 vaccine mandates — and an ill-fated cover shoot for Bank Director magazine in 2014.

By: Jack Milligan, editor-at-large for Bank Director
Article | September 21st, 2021

M&A is Back on the Menu

The Covid-19 pandemic put bank mergers and acquisitions on the back burner in 2020, but the market is starting to heat up again.

By: Jack Milligan, editor-at-large for Bank Director
Bank Services
Podcast | September 21st, 2021

A Bridge Between East and West

East West Bancorp has grown from a single branch in Los Angeles' Chinatown to the 40th largest U.S. bank, and one of the country's most profitable. Chairman and CEO Dominic Ng talks about the bank's mission as a bridge between east and west, and his strong public stance against Asian-American prejudice and violence.

By: Jack Milligan, editor-at-large for Bank Director
Bank Services
Article | September 16th, 2021

How Will the Branch’s Post-Pandemic Role Change?

The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated a trend toward digital distribution and fewer branches. Here’s how one bank is navigating that transition.

By: Jack Milligan, editor-at-large for Bank Director
Bank Services
Article | September 1st, 2021

An Onboarding Blueprint for New Directors

For many bank boards, onboarding is something they do sporadically, and yet the orientation of a new director is too important to be handled casually.

By: Jack Milligan, editor-at-large for Bank Director
Article | August 17th, 2021

Is Your Bank Ready for Climate Change?

For the last year and a half, it has felt like we've been trapped in a Hollywood horror flick.

By: Jack Milligan, editor-at-large for Bank Director
Bank Services
Article | August 17th, 2021

An Assessment of Bank Board Governance

Is your board performing to its full potential? This video explores four critical issues hindering boards’ ability to function successfully, based on Bank Director’s annual Governance Best Practices Survey: effective board oversight, board member performance, diversity and director independence.

By: Jack Milligan, editor-at-large for Bank Director
Bank Services
Article | August 12th, 2021

CRA Modernization Goes Back to the Drawing Board

The OCC’s controversial decision to issue its own CRA revision last year, applicable to only national banks — and then abruptly rescind it — has caused confusion for an industry that dislikes uncertainty.

By: Jack Milligan, editor-at-large for Bank Director
Bank Services
Podcast | August 11th, 2021

A Bigger Purpose

Tradition Capital Bank, a $1.5 billion institution in Edina, Minnesota, donates up to 10% of its profits every year if it achieves certain financial goals. CEO Dan Fagan says the privately-held bank serves a "bigger purpose" than just making loans and collecting deposits.

By: Jack Milligan, editor-at-large for Bank Director