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Settling Scores on the Frontier of the Financial Industry.

“If Paladin can leverage real market data to focus on only one core competency – we will be the best in the industry.”  – Aaron Silva

After selling IT and Core services to bankers all across the U.S. for nearly 18 years – I came to the epiphany that nobody [I mean nobody] had access to a resource of market intelligence and pricing data that could be used to level the negotiating playing field with Core IT vendors. At a major disadvantage, bankers only get to restructure a Core IT deal once every 5-7, years while vendors, like professional poker players, deal the cards thousands of times every year.

So I founded Paladin fs, LLC in 2007 to be the only company in the industry that is 100% committed to driving greater cost efficiency into the Core IT relationships enjoyed by every bank and credit union in the United States. In every deal we improve the profitability and shareholder/member benefit by negotiating, restructuring and renewing multi-year, multi-million dollar Core IT services contracts. These new contracts are much more favorable to you than the vendor.  See for yourself!

Paladin’s Hired Guns

Our team of analysts and industry experts possess deep experience as former Core and IT vendor executives – now working on behalf of bankers. Paladin’s team of Hired Guns provides your institution a unique advantage at the negotiations table with all service providers. Our results are so impressive and credible they have been independently tracked, studied and summarized in an industry study released in May 2013 by the BPI Network called Less Burn, More Return.  Our research has been covered by just about every major industry publication, including American Banker, Credit Union Times and the Wall Street Journal.

The Old Consulting Model is DEAD…

…and we helped to kill it with our “research first” approach.  You and your management get to test us out, pick our brains and experience the power of the Paladin Blue Book through our $0 Assessment process before signing any formal agreement with Paladin.  The industry is bloated with ‘me too’ consulting companies and service providers that will up-sell and cross-sell you everything from IT plans to compliance programs, checking rewards analysis and, oh yeah, a contract negotiation gig.  We put an entire team on every deal so you are not limited to the experience of just one consultant. When we’re done Paladin has nothing else to sell to you and this is the reason we working tirelessly to maximize the results for each and every client. With our LifeTime Contract Services commitment, we stick with your institution and the contact for the life of the new deal we negotiate.

Feel free to check out a few of my recent speaking topics and what Paladin has underway – Click Our Calendar (right)

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Paladin’s Calendar

This year Paladin’s President, Aaron Silva, has been invited to speak at several finance conferences across the US to address and shed light on topics such as: the increasing need for cutting NIE during mergers & acquisitions, 10 things your vendors don’t want you to know and different M&A discussions about repositioning your core & IT to benefit shareholders.

Click Here to review Aaron’s educational archived presentations. Attending a conference listed below? Watch Aaron’s video for attendees on what you will walk away with from his session.

Upcoming Events:


CBW– Community Bankers of Washington 23rd Annual Convention: September 11th-13th in Tulalip, WA.

WOLF– CEO Board University: September 19th in Trumbull, CT.

FMS– East Coast Regional: September 28th-30th in Hershey, PA.


Wolf & Company- CEO Board University: October 19th in Westborough, MA.

ABA– Annual Conference: October 19th-21st in Dallas, TX.

Mr. Silva will continually be adding conferences and new speaking topics to the Paladin Calendar. Please check back again soon!

Paladin Gives Back

Everyday at Paladin, we strive to create an even playing field for others. We believe in charitable giving and investing in people and organizations who work hard for others that have greater needs. Everyone can use a helping hand, support and guidance at one point or another. The charities that we are truly passionate about provide reliable resources as well as love, help, hope and aid to groups of courageous individuals.

If your financial institution is looking for a cause that changes someones life for the better and makes a difference everyday, please follow the links below and help support what are unmistakably GREAT causes.

Opportunity Junction

Junction.logo.hires (1)Opportunity Junction believes that everyone who works hard deserves an opportunity to succeed. They help low-income job-seekers gain the skills and confidence to get and keep jobs that support themselves and their families. Programs include job training and placement, individualized career development, and classes in computers and ESL.

Cancer Support Community

Cancer Support CommunityThe mission of this Charity is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. They assist with every aspect of support for those fighting cancer and their families. Here is just one excerpt out of the pages of help they offer. “If you have just learned about your cancer diagnosis, you may be feeling too numb to think about what you need to manage the stress and anxiety that naturally comes with diagnosis and treatment.  Dealing with the feelings and changes cancer can bring can be lonely even when you are surrounded by loving and supportive people. Talking to someone may be the first step in helping you cope with the uncertainties ahead.”

The Wounded Warrior Project

wounded-warrior-project-logoThe Mission: To honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The Vision: To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. The purpose:

  • To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
  • To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
  • To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

We owe every warrior a debt of gratitude and giving a donation only scrapes the surface.


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