Our team comes from a wide variety of exceptional backgrounds in the financial services industry. As a group, majority hold advance degrees in all disciplines, from corporate banking to business administration, marketing, finance, english, engineering and law. We value and utilize the unique talents that each individual offers.

A collaborative perspective guides CCG Catalyst relationships both internally and with clients. We take a long-term view in our relationships. We strive to build bonds founded on respect, caring, honesty, mutual support, and investment. We work together in a manner that is team-oriented, constructive, and challenging.

Consultants

Paul Schaus, CEO and President, CCG CatalystPaul Schaus, President and CEO

Paul Schaus is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of CCG Catalyst a highly respected financial services industry management consulting firm. He leads a team of banking subject matter experts spread across North America. Paul has been a banker, management consultant and strategist for over 35 years, which includes over 10 years in consulting, and more than 25 years of executive management experience in the banking industry. He has advised clients and led major engagements globally including: strategy and business planning; tactical performance and profitability improvement; and governance and management development.  He has advised hundreds of banks and vendors on business and technology strategies.

Paul is frequently featured as a speaker at industry events, addressing diverse topics such as systems modernization, merger & acquisition, channel development and bank strategies. He has written numerous columns for publication and maintains an active agenda focused on bank strategies, innovation and the future of banking.

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tery_spataro---corporate-headshotTery Spataro, EVP and Director of Innovation

Tery Spataro is Executive Vice President and Director of Innovation for Project Catalyst. Project Catalyst is the innovation and design thinking lab for CCG Catalyst that provides the means for groundbreaking ideas for banks. Tery brings leadership to Project Catalyst to help transform, evolve and innovate mid-tier financial institutions. Tery oversees and shapes the research studies, lab curriculum, the design thinking process and experience that will help financial institutions seeking new ideas and innovation to keep ahead of technological distributions and changes in consumer attitudes towards banking.

Tery is widely known for helping businesses understand the role innovation plays in their brand and with their customers or consumers. Tery is no stranger to technological change; she was part of the first generation digital and technology industry founders who took cold war tools and transformed them into inspiring uses. Throughout her career, Tery helped many well-known brands change from traditional static and standard forms of communication to brands that are engaging and make a connection with their customers and consumers by embracing technology.

Tery held executive positions managing global and national divisions for top advertising agencies, co-founded STIR, one of New York’s first digital marketing and technology firms, and founded 7 businesses.

Over the past several years she lectured at universities and international conferences providing valuable thought leadership and is quoted in books and articles about innovation, business, and marketing.

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Alan Riegler, Principal

Alan Riegler is an acknowledged authority in financial services technology, operations and products. He has guided clients in banking, insurance, credit, as well as, both established and start-up vendors in creating, building, deploying and excelling at technology based “disruption” of the established financial services industry.

Throughout his thirty plus year career, Alan has steadfastly focused on the introduction of new technology and services with a positive payback. He has lead initiatives to introduce and expand ATMs from a local to national networks, to create and deploy the first smart card product in the US, and the ( r ) evolution of the online banking world from telephone to PC to internet to any device banking.

 

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Steve Madura, Practice DirectorSteve Madura, Practice Director

As a Practice Director and Senior Consultant at CCG Catalyst Consulting Group, Steve Madura brings his extensive twenty-five plus years of experience in executive management, including a proven track record of acquisitions & integration consolidations, cost reduction strategies, bank operations, program management, facilities planning, data imaging, and technological integration.

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Jake_AlemanJake Aleman , Practice Director

Practice Director Jake Aleman brings to CCG Catalyst more than 30 years of bank senior executive and consultant experience. Jake leads the technology practice and advises financial institution clients on developing effective strategies for improving technology performance. Jake’s clients rely on his experience to make sound technology decisions. Our team identifies what the real needs of the financial institution are, as well as discovers technology gaps, based on experience, analytics and data while leveraging the firm’s experience in the financial services industry.

As a thought leader and expert, Jake instructs his clients on various bank technology solutions and industry trends. Jake’s clients range from community and mid-tier banks to market leaders.

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Jim Godish, Senior Consultant

Jim brings to his position as Senior Consultant for CCG Catalyst Consulting Group, more than thirty years of experience working with financial institutions as a technology vendor as well as a consultant.

Jim has constructed hundreds of financial models comparing the cost of various technology solutions. These engagements encompassed different solutions for core processing, payment processing, transaction image archives, remote image capture, Teller & Branch capture, ATM deposit balancing, e-commerce, wire transfer, image based report and statement storage, statement formatting, and image based document management and workflow.

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Bennett QuillenBennett Quillen, Associate

Bennett Quillen is an Associate at CCG Catalyst Consulting Group. Bennett brings over 30 years of leadership in the bank technology industry both domestic and internationally. Bennet’s broad expertise extends to enterprise-wide operations, infrastructure and applications. Bennett’s experience and skills will enhance CCG Catalyst’s offerings.

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John RamseyJohn Ramsey, Associate

John Ramsey is an Associate at CCG Catalyst Consulting Group, bringing to CCG Catalyst over 30 years of experience in the bank technology industry. The insights John conveys to CCG Catalyst clients are thought-provoking, informative and a basis for setting a solid direction. John is an expert and thought leader on trends in banking and the technology required to take advantage of them.

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Michael_ScheuermanMike Scheuerman, MCP, Associate

Michael (Mike) Scheuerman is an Associate who brings to CCG Catalyst Consulting Group an extensive, over 30-year background as an Information Technology Executive Management professional with widely diversified experience from the computer room to the boardroom. Mr. Scheuerman brings systems development and administration, as well as a hands-on, leading edge understanding of technology and e-Business / e-Commerce trends within the financial sector. His broad range of experience spans strategic business and technology planning, with a focus upon multi-channel integration that leverages the customer relationship.

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Paul_DanolaPaul Danola, Associate

Paul Danola is an Associate at CCG Catalyst Consulting Group. With his 30-plus years of experience with the banking industry, Paul brings CCG Catalyst expertise in the enterprise banking solutions business segment that is focused on mid- and large-tier financial institutions in wealth management, core banking, business analytics, delivery channel, risk and compliance, as well as consulting solutions to the financial services industry.

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Gregory_FeldmannGregory Feldmann, Associate

As an Associate for CCG Catalyst Consulting Group, Greg Feldmann brings over 25 years of executive banking and strategic advisory experience, thought leadership and experience in both public and private companies. Greg is an acknowledged subject matter expert in strategic planning, executive and board leadership, and line of business management. He is a strategic thinker with ability to translate plans into action.

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