Our Team

Our experienced banking consultants provide revenue and performance enhancing results for your financial institution.

Our Executive Leadership

Scott Sommer
President & CEO

Scott Sommer is a founder of Cornerstone Advisors and specializes in strategic planning, mergers, and acquisitions. Sommer’s prior experience includes

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Terence Roche
Partner

Terence Roche is a founder of Cornerstone Advisors. He specializes in strategic planning, payments, system selections, and human resources. His

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Steve Williams
Partner

Steve Williams is a founder of Cornerstone Advisors and leads the firm’s Strategic Planning practice. Steve’s prior experience includes being

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Carl Faulkner
Founding Partner Emeritus

Cornerstone Advisors has Carl Faulkner to thank for the nationally recognized reputation of its technology planning. Prior to founding Cornerstone,

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Bob Roth
Partner

Bob Roth leads Contract Negotiations and Payments for Cornerstone Advisors. Bob has negotiated hundreds of contracts with industry vendors resulting

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Eric Weikart
Partner

Eric Weikart leads Performance Solutions for Cornerstone Advisors. Eric quarterbacks a team specializing in improving performance, processes, and operating efficiency

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Brad Smith
Managing Director

Brad Smith leads Technology Solutions for Cornerstone Advisors including vendor performance management, technology assessments, systems selections, implementations and conversions. He

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Quintin Sykes
Managing Director

Quintin has nearly 30 years of technology and operations experience in financial services companies. He has served in multiple executive

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Sam Kilmer
Senior Director

Sam Kilmer specializes in strategic planning, marketing, and delivery at Cornerstone Advisors.  Sam’s prior experience includes strategy, analytics, digital delivery,

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Ron Shevlin
Director of Research

Ron Shevlin leads research at Cornerstone Advisors including the Cornerstone Performance Report and the Insight Vault. Cited often in the

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Andrea Lipo
Director of Operations

Andrea Lipo leads operations and information technology at Cornerstone Advisors. She leads process improvement, program management, strategy, and customer service

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Mary Anne Keegan
Chief Marketing Officer

Mary Anne Keegan leads Marketing at Cornerstone Advisors. Mary Anne’s prior experience includes leading marketing and corporate communications for global

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Susan Mounts
Director of Human Resources

Susan Mounts specializes in creating company cultures, recruiting exceptional talent, leading and managing people, building high performing teams, and increasing

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Directors

Linnie Burgan
Director

Linnie Burgan is a Director in the Technology Solution Area. Linnie specializes in process improvement, training, implementation strategy and project

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Jim Burson
Senior Director

Jim Burson specializes in strategic and Delivery Channel planning at Cornerstone Advisors. Jim helps clients achieve improved revenue performance and

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Steve Carroll
Director

Steve Carroll specializes in technology with a focus on risk assessments and program development at Cornerstone Advisors. He helps clients

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Joyce Clinton
Senior Director

Joyce Clinton specializes in technology and contract negotiations at Cornerstone Advisors. She brings over 30 years of experience in the

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Tim Daley
Director

Tim Daley specializes in channels, mobile, and web banking at Cornerstone Advisors. Tim helps clients navigate shifting channel preferences and

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Tony DeSanctis
Senior Director

Tony is a 20+ year seasoned senior financial services executive with a track record of managing product, operational and analytical

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Niel Devasir
Senior Director

Niel Devasir is an accomplished executive leader bringing 20 years of financial services experience to Cornerstone Advisors. Niel has a track

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Joe Ganzelli Sr.
Senior Director

Joe Ganzelli Sr. specializes in Commercial and Small Business lending and in identifying related process efficiencies, enterprise-wide revenue accretive strategies

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Brandi Gregory
Senior Director

Brandi Gregory has over 15 years of experience working in the financial services industry with an emphasis on relationship management,

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Brian Hagan ,CPA
Senior Director

Brian Hagan brings to Cornerstone Advisors more than 25 years of experience as a senior financial executive responsible for improving

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Scott Hodgins
Senior Director

Scott Hodgins specializes in system selections and contract negotiations at Cornerstone Advisors. His prior experience includes national bank examiner for

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Vincent Hui
Senior Director

Vincent Hui specializes in strategic planning and leads the Merger & Acquisition and Risk Management practices for Cornerstone Advisors. Vincent’s

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Mike Langenkamp
Senior Director

Mike Langenkamp specializes in technology and system selections at Cornerstone Advisors. He helps clients complete unemotional, informed decisions. His prior

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Michelle Lederer
Director

Michelle brings over 20 years of bank leadership experience specializing in project management, process improvement, budgetary controls, change management, delivery,

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Butch Leonardson
Director, IT Leadership & CIO Coaching

Butch Leonardson leads IT Leadership and CIO Coaching at Cornerstone Advisors. Butch has helped numerous organizations improve leadership effectiveness. His

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Daryl Jones
Director

Daryl Jones specializes in consumer lending, mortgage lending, performance and process improvement at Cornerstone Advisors. Daryl helps clients by leading

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Ryan Myers
Director

Ryan Myers specializes in process improvement, strategy, and customer relationship management systems at Cornerstone Advisors. He helps clients achieve better

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Joel Pruis
Senior Director

Joel Pruis specializes in commercial lending, small business lending, and performance improvement at Cornerstone Advisors. He has helped numerous financial

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Ryan Rackley
Senior Director

Ryan Rackley specializes in contract negotiations, payments, mergers, branches, and technology at Cornerstone Advisors. He helps clients reduce vendor costs

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Melissa Rogers
Director

Melissa Rogers specializes in performance and process improvement at Cornerstone Advisors. Melissa helps clients facilitate the discovery, evaluation and planning

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Ted Thames
Senior Director

Ted Thames specializes in strategic planning at Cornerstone Advisors with a focus on field of membership expansion, charter changes, mergers,

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Jim Trautwein
Senior Director

Jim Trautwein specializes in information technology at Cornerstone Advisors. He has helped several financial institutions gain value and performance from

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Alison Van Pelt, PMP
Senior Director

Alison Van Pelt specializes in implementations, conversions, and project change management at Cornerstone Advisors. She helps clients transform their current

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Our Consultants

Ryan Brogan
Senior Consultant

Ryan Brogan specializes in contact center and lending performance improvement and benchmarking for Cornerstone Advisors. He helps financial institutions outperform

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Steve Koenemann
Senior Consultant

Steve Koenemann specializes in technology, implementations/project management and system selection at Cornerstone Advisors. Steve’s prior experience includes chief technology officer

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Nick Lane
Consultant

Nick Lane specializes in contract negotiations, payments, wealth management, and human resources at Cornerstone Advisors. Nick leverages strong interpersonal skills,

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Mike Armbruster
Associate Consultant

Mike Armbruster specializes in contract negotiations, technology, implementations and conversions at Cornerstone Advisors. Mike helps clients execute successful conversions and

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Mark Carron
Associate Consultant

Mark Carron specializes in conversions and information technology at Cornerstone Advisors. Mark has helped a number of financial institutions assess

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Bill McFarland
Associate Consultant

Bill McFarland specializes in conversions, mergers, operations, and processing performance at Cornerstone Advisors. Bill has helped several financial institutions achieve

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Glenda Reed
Associate Consultant

Glenda Reed specializes in branch, deposit, and loan operations and related process improvement for Cornerstone Advisors. Glenda’s prior experience includes

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Michael Watkins
Senior Consultant

Michael specializes in Telecom/ATM contract negotiations by helping clients realize Telecom savings potential through consolidation and/or merging of new technology

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Our Analysts

Kristen Bailey
Analyst

Kristen Bailey specializes in technology risk assessments at Cornerstone Advisors. She helps clients understand vendor documents and identifies risk for

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Matt Boyd
Analyst

As an Analyst at Cornerstone Advisors, Matt works on a variety of client engagements as a member of the Technology

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Maria Dimas-Garcia
Analyst

Maria Dimas-Garcia specializes in technology and system selections at Cornerstone Advisors. Maria is a liaison between clients, consultants and vendors.

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Tristan Green
Strategic Planning Analyst

Tristan Green specializes in strategic planning at Cornerstone Advisors. Tristan’s prior experience includes retail sales management and business development. Tristan

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Linette Harris
Analyst

Linette Harris specializes in analysis for the Cornerstone Performance Report studies and related research at Cornerstone Advisors. She helps financial

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Thomas Milillo
Analyst

Thomas Milillo specializes in performance, process improvement, and lending at Cornerstone Advisors. Thomas helps clients achieve greater efficiency and profitability

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Aaron Moran
Analyst

Aaron Moran specializes in technology and financial analysis. Aaron creates financial models, interprets data, and identifies creative ways to support

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Miles Pinter
Analyst

As an Analyst at Cornerstone Advisors, Miles works on a variety of client engagements as a member of the Performance

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Michael Rempel
Analyst

As an Analyst at Cornerstone Advisors, Inc., Michael Rempel works on a variety of client engagements as a member of

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Kaleb Seymour
Financial Analyst

Kaleb Seymour specializes in strategic planning, channels, mergers, and wealth management at Cornerstone Advisors. He helps solve complex problems and

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Bernita Stephans
Analyst

Bernita Stephans specializes in data analysis and project coordination with a focus on contract negotiations at Cornerstone Advisors. She is

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Solutions Operations Team

Ben Cofer
Solutions Operations Manager

As a Solution Operations Manager at Cornerstone Advisors, Ben relies on his strong analytical, communication and organizational skills to support

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Beth Dalton
Solutions Operations Manager

Beth Dalton specializes in technology at Cornerstone Advisors. Her operational role for the team is managing internal commitments including marketing,

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Jackie Lee
Solutions Operations Manager

Jackie Lee specializes in performance solutions management coordination at Cornerstone Advisors. Her operational role for the team is managing internal

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Marie Mack
Solutions Operations Manager

Marie Mack specializes in proposal development and needs assessment for Cornerstone Advisors, especially in complex approaches to mergers, risk, and

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Jennifer Wagner
Solutions Operations Manager

Jen Wagner specializes in contract negotiations with an emphasis on payments, marketing and training at Cornerstone Advisors. Jen focuses on

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Kim Frances
Solutions Coordinator

Kim Frances specializes in administration and project coordination with a focus on schedule management at Cornerstone Advisors. She is responsible

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Amanda Garrett
Solutions Coordinator

Amanda Garrett specializes in administration and project coordination with a focus on technology at Cornerstone Advisors. She is responsible for

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Chantell Williams
Solutions Coordinator

Chantell Williams specializes in project management and client communications at Cornerstone. Chantell has strong organizational and problem-solving skills, and has

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Our Marketing Team

Ryan Foster
Marketing Coordinator

Ryan Foster specializes in marketing at Cornerstone Advisors. He helps the team lead, juggle, and report on multiple marketing and

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Jennifer Hernandez
Director of Marketing and Sales Enablement

Jennifer Hernandez specializes in planning and implementation of marketing campaigns, tools and programs as well as supporting the development of

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Cate Pitts
Design & Editorial Director

As Design and Editorial Director, Cate Pitts ensures that Cornerstone’s publishing and promotional activities consistently reflect the company’s brand and

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Emily Waite
Client Relations and Education Director

Emily Waite connects communities and leads Gonzobanker Roundtables at Cornerstone Advisors. The small, private roundtables of bank and credit union

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Our Operations Team

Thomas Borjon
Database Analyst

Thomas Borjon specializes in database management, operations, and technology at Cornerstone Advisors. His clients are his co-workers and he helps

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Joshua Angell
Desktop Management & Network Specialist

Josh is a seasoned systems administrator familiar with MS Exchange, MS Windows Server 2003‐2012, and MS Windows OS NT/2000/XP/vista/7/8. He

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Melanie Garcia
Administration Specialist

Melanie Garcia specializes in greeting clients at Cornerstone Advisors. She focuses on reception and administrative support and upkeep of the

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Tatiana Koelmeyer
Executive Assistant

Tatiana has spent the last 11 years at the international law firm, Denton US LLP, as an Executive Assistant /

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Robin Putnam
Operations Specialist

Robin Putnam specializes in operations, reporting, events, and special projects at Cornerstone Advisors. She coordinates several efforts across the firm

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Why Analytics Initiatives Fail and What to Do About It

We have reached the tipping point for adoption of the term big data, but unfortunately the same cannot be said about arriving at a tipping point for the success rate of analytics initiatives.

2017 Cornerstone Performance Report: Pre-Order

The 2017 Cornerstone Performance Report for Banks analyzes the latest trends and developments in banking gathered from working directly with banks nationwide.

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