Faculty Members

Alan Abel

Alan_Abel.pngAlan Abel is Crowe Horwath’s Global Anti-Money Laundering Practice Leader and Risk FATCA Compliance Leader, and is responsible for Quality Assurance for Crowe Horwath Financial Crime engagements. Alan is formerly Managing Director and Global AML Practice Leader for a Big Four Firm where he won the annual Financial Services Award for outstanding client service.

Alan has worked with the boards and executives of more than one hundred global and regional bank and non-bank financial institutions, including six members of the Wolfsberg Group, to help them develop and strengthen their governance, business processes and controls, risk assessment and risk management connected with money laundering, fraud, corruption, related financial crime, and economic sanctions and interdiction. Alan has more than twenty years of experience managing large, complex domestic and international projects and financial management operations.

Jerry Blanchard

Blanchard-Gerald.jpgJerry Blanchard is a partner in the law firm of Bryan Cave, LLP in Atlanta where he works in the area of financial institution law, commercial lending, lender liability, bankruptcy and problem loan workouts. Prior to that he spent 24 years in the Legal Department of Bank of America and its predecessors, starting with The Citizens and Southern National Bank in 1980, where he managed a national team of lawyers providing legal support to the middle market lending, small business lending, private banking and bankruptcy groups.

He has advised clients on all aspects of bank regulation, commercial and private lending and generally managed all forms of legal risk arising out of lending operations, lender liability claims and fraud. He has worked with senior management and boards of directors on strategic planning and negotiating enforcement orders with banking regulators. A large part of his practice involves working with credit risk departments on managing legal and reputation risk and with compliance departments to insure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. He is the author of Lender Liability: Law, Practice and Prevention, a three volume treatise published by West and Problem Loan Workouts, a two volume treatise also published by West.

Mr. Blanchard obtained his B.A. from Berry College and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

Dana Bowers

Bowers.pngDana Bowers is CEO, founder and board member with Venminder. She has been an entrepreneur and leader in the financial industry for more than 30 years. Through Venminder, Ms. Bowers designed an entire new approach to vendor management by creating a state of the art software and integrated services solution that allows financial institutions to answer the ever growing challenges and regulatory demand for Vendor Management compliance.

Ms. Bowers is on the board of advisors for the University of Louisville College of Business and serves as a board member for Associates in Pediatric Therapy, a Kentucky based company. She earned her bachelors degree in Business Management from Embry Riddle University.

Michael Budinger

MichealBudinger-profile.pngMike Budinger has over 17 years of experience providing credit and risk management consulting services to the financial services industry. As Crowe Horwath LLP’s Credit Risk Consulting national practice leader, Michael leads the firm’s effort to design and deliver credit risk services across commercial, card, mortgage and retail credit programs.

In the years since the Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test (DFAST) requirement was introduced for banks between $10B and $50B, Mike, and his team at Crowe have been active players in developing and implementing solutions to help mid-sized banks cope with the increasing regulatory requirements around capital planning and stress testing. Mike has led teams involved with a broad range of engagements for over 20 large and mid-sized institutions during the last few DFAST cycles, including projects in the areas of stress testing readiness assessment, model development, model validation, stress testing implementation, and internal audit.

Jennifer Burke

Jennifer_Burke2.pngJennifer Burke Jennifer Burke is a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP. She has 25 years of experience in providing risk consulting to financial institutions, including 17 years with Crowe. As a leader in risk outsourcing delivery at Crowe, Ms. Burke led the development of risk-based internal audit outsourcing approach and tools for financial institutions and led implementation projects for Sarbanes Oxley compliance for public companies.

Serving as partner on strategic risk management engagements, Ms. Burke has managed several large engagements for public company clients, including consulting problem banks to address regulatory enforcement actions. Prior to joining Crowe, Ms. Burke was SVP and corporate auditor for a multi-billion regional financial institution, responsible for internal audit, compliance and loan review for 10 bank holding and trust companies.

Ms. Burke is an award winning national speaker on a number of topics for professional associations, including American Bankers Association, Bank Administration Institution, Financial Managers Society and Institute of Internal Auditors, and is a nationally published author on enterprise risk management and internal audit.

Raj Chaudhary

Chaudhary.pngRaj Chaudhary is a principal in Crowe Risk Consulting and leads the Cybersecurity Risk Consulting group. He also serves as senior vice president of CHAN Healthcare, a subsidiary of Crowe Horwath LLP.

Mr. Chaudhary has more than 30 years of experience specializing in enterprisewide information systems consulting for financial services, utilities, healthcare, and public sector organizations.

Katrina Gerenz

Gerenz-Katrina.pngKatrina Gerenz is a director within McLagan’s Regional & Community Bank Consulting Practice in our Minneapolis office. With over 17 years of compensation experience serving the banking and financial services industries, she has successfully advised clients in a wide range of compensation initiatives, including developing compensation philosophies, benchmarking competitive salaries and overall pay packages, creating salary grade structures, and designing annual and long-term incentive plans.

Ms. Gerenz has expertise in director compensation, executive compensation proxy disclosure, regulatory compliance, and employment and change-in-control agreements. She manages the Regional & Community Bank Compensation Survey, which provides total compensation data for over 600 bank positions.

Ms. Gerenz earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s degree in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. She is also a Certified Compensation Professional.

Scott Hiemstra

Hiemstra-Scott.pngScott Hiemstra is responsible for leading the financial services team for CDW, a leading provider of technology solutions to business, government, education and healthcare.

Mr. Hiemstra has twelve years of experience in small business, medium/large business and public sector technology sales. He joined CDW as an account manager in 2000. In 2005 he was promoted to sales manager. As a sales manager, Hiemstra led the development of the industry-focused financial services team, which is a growth leader for the organization.

Mr. Hiemstra holds a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

Sai Huda

Huda-Sai.pngSai Huda is senior vice president and general manger of Enterprise Governance, Risk and Compliance (EGRC) solutions at Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (NYSE:FIS).  FIS is the world’s largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies and serves over 14,000 financial institutions globally.

Mr. Huda is one of the nation’s leading risk management and regulatory compliance experts in the financial services industry.  He is a frequent keynote speaker at major industry events, and is consulted regularly by the media and the industry.  He has served as a featured speaker at various industry and trade association conferences such as ACAMS Annual Conference, Bank Director’s Annual Bank Audit Committee Conference, ABA’s Regulatory Compliance Conference, BAI’s Audit & Compliance Conference, along with various state banking association conferences.  Mr. Huda also serves as the chairman of the annual Enterprise Governance, Risk and Compliance (EGRC) Summit.

Salvatore Inserra

Inserra_Sal.pngSal Inserra is a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP. He has nearly 25 years’ experience in accounting consultations and auditing.  His experience is derived from his roles in both public accounting as well as industry.  Mr. Inserra specializes in working with SEC registered companies and has significant experience in issues related to financial institutions.  He has assisted his clients with strategic planning initiatives and stock offerings including registration statements and audit committee education programs.

Mr. Inserra has been an instructor for a number of national and local training seminars on accounting and managerial issues, including the AICPA National Banks and Savings Institutions Conference, regional CFO/Controller Peer Group meetings for financial institutions, as well as conferences for technology companies regarding revenue recognition.  He is a member of the AICPA and serves on the association’s Financial Institutions Conference planning committee.  Mr. Inserra is the lead financial institution audit partner in Georgia.

Mr. Inserra received his BS degree in business administration and accounting from City University of New York.

Chad Kellar

Keller-Chad-faculty.pngChad Kellar is a Partner in Advisory Services with Crowe Horwath LLP. His primary focus at Crowe is advising financial institutions and investor groups regarding whole bank and financial service firm acquisitions, and select asset acquisitions including distressed loan portfolio sales and assisted transactions.

Mr. Kellar serves as one of the firm’s subject matter experts on the valuation and accounting of loans, debt instruments, and other financial instruments as well as the valuation of intangibles acquired through financial services business combinations. Additionally, Mr. Kellar is leading Crowe’s implementation services for the new Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL) accounting standard for financial institutions.

Steven Kent

Kent-Steve.pngSteve Kent is a managing director and vice chairman of Piper Jaffray & Co.’s financial institutions investment banking group. Mr. Kent joined Piper Jaffray in October 2015 from River Branch Holdings LLC, where he served as president of River Branch Capital LLC. He oversaw client relationships and the execution of multiple private capital financing and merger and acquisition advisory engagements. He was also a member of RBH’s board of directors and investment committee. Mr. Kent joined River Branch in May 2011 from Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., where he served as a managing director and Chicago office head for 13 years. At KBW, Mr. Kent led the Chicago office in merger and acquisition transactions and capital markets activities for banks, thrifts and insurance, mortgage banking and finance companies, achieving a number one market share for Midwest regional bank transactions.

Mr. Kent received a BA in economics with honors from Ripon College and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Liz Kiley

Kiley-Liz.pngLiz Kiley is an associate partner with McLagan, an Aon Hewitt Company. She is part of McLagan's Community and Regional Banking consulting team within the Corporate and Consumer Banking Consulting practice. Her efforts center on client relationship and compensation consulting activities. She focuses on advising senior management and boards of directors on compensation, and provides advice and support on broad-based compensation issues, including the design and implementation of total rewards programs.

Ms. Kiley has more than 20 years of experience driving business development, strategic initiatives, and change management.

Ms. Kiley holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree with an emphasis in Journalism and Marketing from Miami University, Oxford Ohio. She also has spent time as a director on not-for-profit boards and is a City Leader with Room to Read in Seattle.

Brian Lane

Lane-Brian-OTS.pngBrian Lane is a partner in the Financial Services practice at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP. He has over 30 years of experience assisting financial service organizations with internal control, governance, and regulatory compliance issues. Prior to joining the firm, he was with a Big Four Firm for over 20 years. Mr. Lane has lead teams that have worked with a number of organizations on large regulatory consent orders. He focuses on assisting clients with regulatory matters, including settlements, and implementation of new regulations.

Mr. Lane has a BS from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Rutgers University.

Ben Lewis

Lewis-Ben-faculty.pngBen Lewis works in Chatham’s Hedge Advisory group advising financial institutions in the western United States. He manages relationships with community and regional financial institutions to help hedge their balance sheet interest rate risk through the use of derivatives as well as enable them to offer derivative products to their qualified commercial borrowers. Previous to serving financial institutions, Mr. Lewis worked with private equity funds in hedging leveraged buy outs, commercial real estate investors hedging their debt, and general corporate clients to identify and manage foreign currency, commodity, and interest rate risk through the use of derivatives.

Prior to joining Chatham, Mr. Lewis served eight years in the U.S. Navy as a P-3C Orion Naval Flight Officer having served in Iceland, Puerto Rico, and Sicily. He graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Economics and is a CFA Charterholder.

Robert MacMahon

Macmahon-Robert.pngRob MacMahon is Executive Vice President of Business Development and Channel Management at CheckAlt, one of the nation’s fastest growing FinTech solution providers. He has over 25 years’ experience in business development, software development and formulating business strategy in the financial technology sector. Mr. MacMahon plays an instrumental role in directing the development of the next generation of financial technology solutions for banks, credit unions and merchants. In addition, he oversees direct sales, client management and strategic partnerships.

Mr. MacMahon holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and a Master’s degree from the George Washington University. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, home for many of the leading financial technology companies in the U.S.

James McAlpin

McAlpin-Jim.pngJim McAlpin is a partner in Bryan Cave LLP’s Financial Institutions Practice Group.  The Financial Institutions Group represents hundreds of community banks throughout the United States.  It is annually a national leader in mergers and acquisitions transactions, de novo bank formations, going private transactions and public and private capital issuance for community banks.

Mr. McAlpin has broad experience in the areas of corporate and business law, including representation of both private and public companies in connection with capital and acquisition strategies, board disputes and dissident shareholders.  Mr. McAlpin regularly counsels clients on corporate governance matters, operational and regulatory issues faced by financial institutions and strategies for dealing with regulatory issues.  Mr. McAlpin also frequently represents boards of directors and special committees, and he has an expertise in the area of the duties, responsibilities and fiduciary obligations of corporate directors.

Mr. McAlpin served as chairman of Powell Goldstein LLP from March 2004 until its combination with Bryan Cave LLP, January 1, 2009.  He is currently serving on the executive committee of Bryan Cave.

Jack Milligan

Milligan-Jack.pngJack Milligan is the editor-in-chief of Bank Director magazine, a position to which he brings over 30 years of experience in financial journalism organizations.  Mr. Milligan's professional background includes stints as editor in chief of U.S. Banker, a leading magazine covering the banking industry; editor in chief at SNL Financial, a research and publishing company specializing in financial services; and general editor at Institutional Investor, a prominent financial magazine.

He has written for a number of other publications including Bank Director, ABA Banking Journal, American Banker, Time Digital (later renamed On magazine) and Newsweek International.  He has also written extensively about corporate governance and is the author of "The Guidebook to Effective Bank Board Committees," published by America's Community Bankers, wrote several units in ACB's "Community Bank Directors Workshop" educational series and oversaw the development of the curriculum for Bank Director's Online Training Program for directors.

Mr. Milligan has a master's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University.

Paul Osborne

Osborne-Paul.pngPaul Osborne is a Partner in the Regulatory Compliance Risk group and has over 30 years’ experience in the banking industry, mostly with large multi-state bank holding companies. Mr. Osborne is responsible for directing the development and support of regulatory advisory services, including consumer compliance and BSA/AML, and terrorist financing risk assessments.

Mr. Osborne’s experience focuses primarily on the banking sector, including compliance risk assessment projects, transaction lookback investigations, fair lending assessments, compliance management program assessments and BSA audits. He and his colleagues have also provided consulting services outside the banking sector in industries that have been impacted by regulatory enforcement introduced by Dodd-Frank.

Michael Percy

Percy-Mike.pngMike Percy is the managing partner in charge of Crowe Horwath’s Financial Institution Group.  In this role, he oversees the more than 400 professionals who provide services to more than 1,000 financial institutions throughout the United States.  Crowe’s Financial Institutions Group serves a wide range of clients from de novo banks to some of the top 20 financial institutions in the United States.

Mr. Percy has over 23 years of experience serving a variety of financial institution clients, and throughout his career he has focused his efforts exclusively on the financial institution industry.

Mr. Percy received his BA in accounting from Hope College and is a CPA in Florida, Puerto Rico and Ohio.