At DNB Advisory we presently focus on three core lines of business that are perfectly aligned with our deep expertise and accomplishments as commercial banking professionals. These lines are Credit Underwriting Services, Advisory Services, and Training and Development Services.
Our Advisory engagements cover a wide range from strategic and succession planning within commercial banking groups to turning around or materially improving credit/lending teams, processes, and workflows. We are experts in creating high performance, profitable credit and lending teams. Our Credit Underwriting engagements are about doing all kinds of underwriting work for commercial banking teams when they need additional credit resources, need them cost effectively, and need them now. Lastly, our Training and Development engagements consist of highly customized solutions for our existing clients that focus on producing results, are highly practical, and address very specific and unique needs. More on what we do is below.
Credit Underwriting Services
When you are short on capacity, DNB Advisory LLC can step in quickly and effectively as a natural extension of your team. Just about every team member, except administrative support, is a highly proficient and experienced underwriter. We call this capability being an “Operator” (borrowed from the military) or a person who can perform from beginning to end at a high level of quality and consistency; from spreading any type of financial statement to financial modeling to asking relevant questions to drawing relevant conclusions and to getting a quality write-up completed quickly and effectively.
In addition to underwriting work, we can perform project based annual reviews, buy and sell side portfolio due diligence and prep, as well as other credit and underwriting project work. Please note that we DO NOT perform recurring loan or credit reviews. It is a significant conflict of interest to conduct underwriting work (including annual reviews and renewals) and recurring loan / credit reviews by the same or affiliated service providers and a company(ies) with same or similar ownership and management, even if they utilize different employees for different services. Another material conflict of interest is to conduct underwriting work and then switch to recurring loan/credit reviews with that service provider. Just ask your regulators. This is why we focus on the underwriting work, something we truly enjoy and are really good at, and let others focus on loan review engagements.
Credit Underwriting Services include:
- Short-term Underwriting Work
- Annual Reviews and Renewals
- Underwriting Team Evaluation
- Underwriting Team Benchmarking
- Buy/Sell Side Portfolio Reviews
- In-person and/or remote training sessions
At DNB Advisory LLC we are passionate about building high performance teams. We understand that process improvement goes hand-in-hand with professional development of colleagues. The human element is critical and is an inherent part of making process or technology better and more competitive. Our advisory engagements are diverse and no project is like the one before it. We commit to solving your business challenges as if they were our own.
One of our key goals is to develop practical and sustainable solutions. It is not in our DNA to generate reports and recommendations. We focus on being a part of implementation and seeing our recommendations produce results. One of our core expertise areas is building high performance credit and lending teams. We’ve been working in this area long before the industry began to pay attention to these important concepts, and our experience and accomplishments make us a thought leader in this field.
Advisory Services include:
- Team Assessment and Benchmarking
- Talent Strategy and Succession Planning
- Credit Process (Re)Design
- Profitable Operation of Credit Teams
- Specialty Lending Lines’ Development
Training & Development
We develop customized training solutions that are simple, practical, and effective. We’ve been part of nationally-recognized training programs, such as the Citizens’ Commercial Banker Development Program, of which there are half a dozen remaining in the country. We offer a full suite of credit risk training as well as soft and professional skills training.
Before venturing into training and development, we were successful credit analysts, portfolio managers, business developers, and managers of credit teams and groups, which helps us relate to and understand the needs of commercial credit and lending teams. We are industry practitioners, which is why we are so effective at what we do. Our greatest opportunity to add value to your organization is by customizing training to your team’s needs and challenges. One of the main pillars of our success is focus on practical applications of any training we deliver and maximizing ROI in training your talent. You will often hear us ask you how you intend to make this training “stick” and ensure that your team members actually take advantage of it. We keep training simple and realistic: It is there to play an important role, but it needs to work for your organization.