CCG Catalyst Experiences Major Growth in 2015

Increases staff to accommodate business development within banking industry; serves as resource for industry

PHOENIX, May 13, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — CCG Catalyst, a bank consulting firm providing strategic direction for banks, announced significant firm growth today, led by the addition of industry veterans to its staff to accommodate the influx of new client engagements and to augment the company’s responsibilities to continuously deliver strategic thought leadership to the banking industry.

Practice Director Jake Aleman brings to CCG Catalyst more than 30 years of bank senior executive and consultant experience. Aleman was part of Abound Resources’ executive team and decided to join CCG Catalyst when the Abound Resources was joined with Cornerstone Advisors. Aleman will be leading the technology practice for CCG Catalyst.

Practice Manager Ryan Kuklinski has more than 10 years of bank examination and consulting experience within the financial services sector. Prior to joining CCG Catalyst, he served as Examiner in Charge (EIC) of numerous examinations where he was responsible for managing the examination team and ensuring the completion of examinations involving Information Technology, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Trust.

Maryanne Shew joins as the director of marketing and brings to CCG Catalyst more than a decade of marketing, brand strategy and communications planning experience. In her previous positions, Maryanne successfully steered the marketing direction for domestic and international companies by taking an integrated approach with traditional and digital media. Maryanne is responsible for CCG Catalyst’s brand and client experience, corporate communications and public relations.

The top talent that CCG Catalyst has recruited has enabled the company to frequently serve the industry as thought leaders and participate in or moderate several speaking engagements in 2015 at some of the most influential banking conferences. The company also continues to author numerous columns for publication focused on the future of banking and innovation.

“The success of our strategic growth plan is a direct result of the talented and innovative expert consultants that make up our firm,” said Paul Schaus, president of CCG Catalyst. “It is our goal to continuously bring fresh ways of thinking to the banking industry and to better serve our clients by offering creative approaches to the ordinary way they do business.”

About CCG Catalyst

Founded in 1998, Phoenix-based CCG Catalyst provides strategic direction and focused guidance for banks in the United States and North America. The company has assembled a team of industry and banking specialists to assist clients as a trusted advisory in strategic services related to all areas of banking – lending, finance, retail, operations, mergers & acquisition, technology, enterprise risk management, compliance, marketing and business development. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at

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