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Banking Transformation Week | Day 3 Recap

March 26, 2020|0 min read
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Day 3 of Banking Transformation Week was short and simple. In an introductory video, Shane Evans, Chief Revenue Officer talks about the most pressing needs in business during the COVID-19 crisis. He says, “People are scared, and businesses have started preparing for many downside scenarios. As we look at downside scenarios, might I suggest that we focus on our most valuable asset: Our people.” He adds, “I would encourage everyone to practice a high degree of empathy. Try and understand the emotions that your team members will experience as the situation unfolds.” It’s a message that’s more important than ever.

Day 3 also included a panel discussion from a variety of experts titled “How to Best Help Your Small Business Customers Right Now,” which is a critical topic given that 60 million people are employed by small businesses, and all of them are worried about what this crisis means for them.

Curt Queyouze, President at Tab Bank, talks about his personal experience in Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina and how that experience is influencing his decision during today’s crisis. “It’s a time for banks to be heroes,” he says. And he adds that it’s important for businesses to “assume positive intent” rather than distrust their customers right now. Steve Robert, Co-Founder & CEO at Autobooks, echoes this idea saying, “Now’s the time to be collaborative” and “it’s an opportunity to demonstrate that we are listening to customer needs.”

Sam Taussig, Head of Global Policy at Kabbage, adds that people should err on the side of overcommuniation. “I encourage overcommunication,” he says. ”Communicate with your regulators, your partners, your clients, your vendors.” He also points people to, which gives people the opportunity to give money directly to businesses that might be hurting right now.

Adam Miller, Director of Branch Small Business Strategy at Regions Bank, takes a similar approach, saying, “Our first priority is compassion.” He recommends that people in financial services “serve with sincerity and humility” and “remember that we’re serving for customers’ problems.”

The entire conversation is full of essential tips for banks and fintechs to follow right now to best serve small businesses.

Looking for more?

See the Day 1 highlights and the Day 2 highlights. 

Finally, check out the hashtag #btw2020 on Twitter to see the conversation there.


Until next time!

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