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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 annually.

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 and industry studies released in 2013 by the BPI Network called Less Burn, More Return and then again updated in 2014 Core Way Forward Report and 2015 Grow Smart from the Start. 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 before consulting” 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 of 3-4 experts on every deal so you are not limited to the experience of just one consultant.  With our LifeTime Contract Protection 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 2016 Speaking Calendar

Watch Aaron’s video for attendees on what you will walk away with from his session.

Upcoming Events:

January 31 – Feb 2: Bank Director Acquire or Be Acquired.  Phoenix, AZ.

The New M&A Mandate – How Stronger Core IT Agreements Benefit Shareholders in Any Deal

With Marty Caywood, VP Info Technology HomeTrust Bank, Asheville, NC

February 15-17: ABA National Conference Community Bankers, Palm Desert, CA

Winning Against the Oligopoly

With Jim Baxley, CIO (f), Square 1 Bank, Charlotte, NC

February 25th: Oklahoma Banker Assoc. CFO Conference, OKC

Why Core IT Providers Have a Big Advantage in Negotiations – And What to Do About It

May 4-6: Indiana Bankers Association Mega Conference, Indianapolis, IN

Why Core IT Providers Have a Big Advantage in Negotiations – And What to Do About It

May 12-13: New Hampshire / Vermont Bankers CEO & CFO Annual Conference, Woodstock, VT

Why Core IT Providers Have a Big Advantage in Negotiations – And What to Do About It

May 17-18: Virginia Bankers Operations & IT Convention, Charlottesville, VA.

The New M&A Mandate – How Stronger Core IT Agreements Benefit Shareholders in Any Deal

June 5-8: Maryland Bankers Association Annual Convention, Amelia Island, FL

How Severn Bank Negotiated with The Core IT Oligopoly – And Save Millions.

Topic: TBA

With special guest TBA

September 18-20: FMS East Coast Regional Conference, Boston, MA

Topic: TBA

With special guest TBA

September 21st: South Dakota CFO Forum, Siox Falls, SD

Topic: TBA

October 13 & October 14: Florida Bankers Conference, Miami + Orlando, FL

The New M&A Mandate – How Stronger Core IT Agreements Benefit Shareholders in Any Deal

November 7-8: Texas Bankers Association – Way Forward Conference, New Orleans, LA

Winning Against the Oligopoly








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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