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, President & 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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Bill McFarland, Principal

Bill McFarland, an industry expert and Principal at CCG Catalyst, brings more than 35 years of proven leadership skills, with profound knowledge and passion for improving the scope of the financial services industry. Bill is responsible for leading CCG Catalyst tactical consultants through conversion, implementation, and process engagements.

Bill has negotiated countless contracts and directed over 150 system conversions and consolidations. His ability to prove the most suitable, next best action for a bank, is a second nature process for him. Beyond operations, contracts, and conversions, he has extensive understanding of mergers and acquisitions, information technology, process improvement, profitability enhancement, and organizational development.

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Mark La Penta, Principal

As a Principal at CCG Catalyst, Mark La Penta for over 30 years has been a trusted advisor to banks. Mark is a proven senior level executive, with demonstrated success in directing business transformation and delivering impactful results. Track record of bringing strategic business decisions to life with clarity and direction enabling immediate savings and assuring future, profitable business growth.

Mark’s experience includes operations, technology, banking business.  Adept at using sourcing to deliver value without capital expenditure. Mark has demonstrated strengths in setting strategy, creating cohesive teams, and implementing excellent leadership skills.

Mark provides advice and expertise for CCG Catalyst for Technology Solutions, Strategic Business Alignment, Enterprise Planning, Risk Management Technology Roadmaps, Capital Planning, Information Security, Regulatory Compliance Vendor Management, Sourcing and Service Models, M&A Technology Strategy & Execution.

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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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Tery Spataro, EVP, Director of Research & Insights

Tery Spataro is Executive Vice President and Director of Research & Insights. 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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Jim Casale, EVP of Business Development & Client Relations

Jim Casale, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Client Relations, brings over 25 years of banking and fintech leadership to the firm. As a seasoned executive, he has generated top-line growth through his experience in product management, delivery, and business development.

Jim focuses on challenges faced in the banking industry today, helping financial executives stay ahead and secure solutions for the future. He has served in community, mid-tier, and large banking business roles with multiple industry-leading payment processors. Jim was instrumental in supporting growth through acquisition and integration phases to optimize return on investment and prove value to shareholders.

He is devoted to connecting industry leaders and financial executives with subject matter experts who develop strategy and implement essential enhancements for banks and fintech.

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Bruce Jensen, Practice Director & Senior Consultant

As Practice Director and Senior Consultant for CCG Catalyst, Bruce brings over thirty years of executive banking and strategic advisory experience, thought leadership, and visibility in public and private companies. Bruce is an acknowledged subject matter expert in strategic planning, executive, and board leadership, with broad executive and line experience managing community banking, retail banking, commercial banking, wealth management, bank investment brokerage, and insurance.  He is a strategic thinker who can translate strategy into actions that drive shareholder value.

As a bank executive, Bruce was recognized as an ICBA Community Banker of the Year (Western Region), Western Independent Bankers Community Banker of the Year, and Utah Business magazine’s CEO of the Year.  His bank was named Utah’s “Best of State” winner for banking, overall winner for all business services, and was the semester-long case study for an MBA “High Performing Organizations” class.

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Frank H. Bria, Practice Director & Senior Consultant

As Practice Director and Senior Consultant for CCG Catalyst, Frank Bria brings over 20 years of experience in the financial services sector involving data analysis, loss forecasting, customer experience, marketing analytics, and technology process design supporting retail banking. Frank is one of the pioneers of price optimization in retail banking having conducted some of the first implementations and pilots in the industry. He also has redesigned retail banking customer experiences for several large banks including account opening, servicing, and collections processing. His specialty is using data and analytics to improve the customer experience and deliver bottom-line results.

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Steve Madura, Practice Director & Senior Consultant

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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Daria Nazarewycz, Practice Director & Senior Consultant

Daria is a Practice Director and Senior Consultant with CCG Catalyst, bringing more than twenty years of operations management, transformation consulting, design and modeling, vendor management analysis, and project management. Daria’s extensive experience adds to the unique and necessary skill-sets that cater to the needs of CCG Catalyst bank clients through her work in conversions, mergers, benchmarking engagements, technology assessments, and system selections. She has a proven record of identifying and implementing process improvements coupled with strong communication and problem resolution skills.

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Karen P. Dhillon, Practice Director & Senior Consultant

Karen Dhillon brings to her position as a Practice Director and Senior Consultant for CCG Catalyst, more than twenty years of senior banking experience focusing on strategic advisory and thought leadership. Karen is an accomplished problem solver and change agent who develops effective strategies for improving bank operations, maximizing technology solutions and managing risk processes while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirement.

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John M. Kagey, Practice Director & Senior Consultant

As a Practice Director and Senior Consultant for CCG Catalyst, John brings over 20 years of banking and consulting experience to the firm. John manages, leads, or supports many of the firm’s assessment, project management, and process engagements. John is an expert related to operational systems, digital channel operations, call center, payments, branch operations and various other areas of a bank. Knowledgeable in regulatory compliance and proven record of accomplishment implementing the necessary controls to ensure adherence to policies, procedures, and regulations.

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Cheryl Hancock, Senior Consultant

As a Senior Consultant at CCG Catalyst, Cheryl brings two decades of diverse banking experience leading efforts in retail operations, bank-wide system conversion training, consumer credit services and performance measurement. Cheryl is integral in developing bank profitability enhanced by minimizing operational losses, developing efficiencies and growing revenue through effective communication and development and reinforcement of policies and procedures. Six Sigma disciplined, Cheryl is focused on uncovering and solve banks problems and providing best practices to ensure the highest performance for CCG Catalyst bank clients.

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Margaret Glick, Senior Consultant

Margaret brings thirty years of extensive banking experience as a Senior Consultant with CCG Catalyst. A former Chief Operations Officer with Bank of Travelers Rest, Margaret’s knowledge in information security, cybersecurity, business continuity, compliance and risk management in community banking provide value to the clients of CCG Catalyst. She has deep experience with banking regulations and proven track record of implementing changes successfully and implementing best practices in Deposit and Loan Operations as well as IT management including Information Security, Business Continuity, and Vendor Management. Margaret is CISSP certified.

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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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“We have used other consultants in the past; however, the quality of work provided by CCG Catalyst Consulting Group is by far the best that we have seen. Their team consistently works to evaluate our needs and solve our unique issues, rather than using an ‘off-the-shelf’ approach as other consultants do”

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