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Scott Sommer

Chief Executive Officer and Partner

One of the founding partners of Cornerstone Advisors, Scott Sommer brings leadership and distinctiveness to Cornerstone’s consulting practice. He has View profile

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Steve Williams

President and Partner

As a co-founder of Cornerstone Advisors, Steve Williams heads up the firm’s Strategy and Execution Solutions practice and is actively View profile

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Terence Roche

Partner

A co-founder of Cornerstone Advisors, Terence Roche brings 40 years of experience in bank operations and consulting. He has directly managedView profile

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Bob Roth

Partner

Bob Roth brings to Cornerstone Advisors more than 30 years of experience managing and directing all aspects of information technology View profile

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Ryan Rackley

Partner

Ryan Rackley leads a team of highly specialized technology contract negotiation consultants in the firm’s Contract Negotiation, M&A, and View profile

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Brad Smith

Partner

Brad Smith has spent nearly three decades helping community and regional financial institutions achieve their business goals by integrating strategy View profile

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Quintin Sykes

Partner

Quintin Sykes leads Cornerstone’s Technology Solutions group and has over 30 years of technology and operations experience in financial services View profile

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Eric Weikart

Partner

As co-leader of Cornerstone Advisors’ Strategy and Execution Practice, Eric Weikart shows banks and credit unions how to use peer View profile

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Kevin Eskew

Chief Transformation Officer

Kevin Eskew brings to Cornerstone Advisors a long history of success in financial leadership, business improvement, and corporate integration at View profile

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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, View profile

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Andrea Lipo

Vice President of Information Technology and Operations

Andrea Lipo leads operations and information technology at Cornerstone Advisors and directs the firm’s internal process improvement, program management, strategyView profile

 

Managing Directors

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Jim Burson

Managing Director

Jim Burson brings to his role as managing director in Cornerstone Advisors’ Channels practice a deep knowledge of the financialView profile

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Niel Devasir

Managing Director

Niel Devasir brings more than 20 years of financial services executive leadership experience to his role as managing director in Cornerstone Advisors’ View profile

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Brandi Gregory

Managing Director

Brandi Gregory has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with an emphasis on relationship management, payments, and contract negotiations.View profile

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Vincent Hui

Managing Director

Vincent Hui brings to Cornerstone Advisors nearly 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, where he has servedView profile

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John Venzon

Managing Director

John Venzon brings 25 years of banking, vendor and consulting experience to Cornerstone Advisors. As managing director of the TechnologyView profile

 

Senior Directors

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Onker Basu

Senior Director

Onker Basu is a senior leader with over 25 years of banking and consulting experience. He has been consistently recognizedView profile

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Ryan Brogan

Senior Director

Ryan Brogan specializes in performance improvement and benchmarking at Cornerstone Advisors with a key focus in contact centers and lending. View profile

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Tony DeSanctis

Senior Director

Tony DeSanctis brings more than 20 years of financial services experience to Cornerstone Advisors. As co-lead of the firm’s PaymentsView profile

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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 improvingView profile

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Scott Hodgins

Senior Director

As senior director for Cornerstone Advisors, Scott Hodgins is actively involved with the firm’s benchmarking, strategic planning, technology and system View profile

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Daryl Jones

Senior Director

Daryl Jones puts his strong performance and process improvement background to work at Cornerstone, where he manages the Mortgage Lending View profile

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Sam Kilmer

Senior Director

Sam Kilmer leads Cornerstone Advisors’ fintech advisory practice working with industry providers, fintechs and investors. He also leads selective strategyView profile

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Nick Lane

Senior Director

Nick Lane is a senior director in Cornerstone Advisors’ Contract Negotiations practice, where his primary focus is helping financial institutionsView profile

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John Meyer

Senior Director

As a senior director with Cornerstone Advisors, John Meyer leads the firm’s Business Intelligence and Data Analytics practice. In thisView profile

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Ryan Myers

Senior Director

Ryan Myers has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with an emphasis on strategic planning andView profile

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Joel Pruis

Senior Director

In the commercial and small business segments, Joel Pruis brings more than 25 years of experience delivering fundamental change inView profile

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Ron Shevlin

Director of Research

Ron Shevlin has been a management consultant for more than 25 years, working with leading financial services, consumer products, retailView profile

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Clio Silman

Senior Director

Clio Silman puts her expertise in M&A and systems and process integration to work in her role as an ImplementationView profile

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Steven Simpson

Senior Director

Steven Simpson is an expert in helping banks and credit unions use advanced analytics to mitigate risk, manage profit, and drive loan growthView profile

Kim Swenson

Kim Swenson

Senior Director

Kim Swenson brings more than two decades of financial services management consulting, retail banking and payments experience to her roleView profile

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Steve Wildman

Senior Director

As senior director in Cornerstone Advisors’ Technology Solutions practice, Steve Wildman is actively involved with the firm’s system selection engagements.View profile

 

Directors

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James Davis

Director

James Davis is a director in the Payments and Contract Negotiations solutions areas at Cornerstone Advisors. He is a results-focusedView profile

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Robin Del Vecchio

Director

A subject matter expert in all aspects of banking operations, Robin Del Vecchio employs her business optimization skills in Cornerstone View profile

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Gary Glenn

Director

Gary brings 30 years’ experience with core banking systems and complementary solutions to his role as director in Cornerstone's Technology Solutions groupView profile

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Margaret Glick

Director

Margaret Glick is a director in Cornerstone Advisors’ Technology Solutions group, where she applies her 30-plus years of banking experienceView profile

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Tristan Green

Director

Tristan Green brings many years of business development, strategy and data analytics to Cornerstone Advisors. As a director for Cornerstone’sView profile

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Tom Hill

Director

An experienced operations leader, Tom Hill is dedicated to applying continuous improvement principles in banking. As a director in CornerstoneView profile

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Alex Johnson

Director, Research/Fintech

Alex Johnson puts more than 15 years of industry experience in market research, product strategy and credit analytics to workView profile

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Bill McCorey

Director

Bill McCorey brings a wealth of contract negotiation and vendor management expertise to Cornerstone's Contract Negotiation practice View profile

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Chris Miller

Director

Chris Miller is a digital innovation executive skilled in the art of translating data-driven insights into actionable strategies that driveView profile

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Kourtney Piepenburg

Director

Kourtney Piepenburg is a director in Cornerstone Advisors' Contract Negotiations practice. Her primary focus and passion are to help financial institutions figure out the View profile

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Jessica Pinkston

Director

Jessica Pinkston is a director in the Delivery Channels practice at Cornerstone Advisors, where the firm’s clients benefit from her View profile

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Mike Rempel

Director

As a director in Cornerstone Advisors’ Strategy and Execution practice, Mike Rempel specializes in lending solutions and works on aView profile

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Amanda Swanson

Director

As a director in the Delivery Channels practice at Cornerstone Advisors, Amanda Swanson is focused on delivery channel strategy andView profile

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Michael Watkins

Director

As a director, Mike brings deep information technology expertise and shows bank and credit union executives how to realize savings by consolidating and/or merging new technology. View profile

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Betsy Whisler

Director

Betsy Whisler brings to Cornerstone Advisors a rich background in digital strategy, product development and strategic planning at financial institutions.View profile

 

Consultants

 
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Adam Boyle

Consultant

Adam Boyle brings 15 years of bank management experience to Cornerstone Advisors. As a consultant in the firm’s Technology SolutionsView profile

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Justin Colella

Consultant

After successfully completing Cornerstone Advisors’ internship program, Justin Colella was invited to put his proven aptitude for efficiency, process improvement,View profile

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Galen Everett

Consultant

As a consultant in Cornerstone Advisors’ Strategy and Execution practice group, Galen Everett specializes in performance analytics and benchmarking. He helpsView profile

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Joseph Figueroa

Consultant

Joseph is an economics expert who brings years of experience working with datasets and analytics to the Delivery Channels practice at Cornerstone Advisors. View profile

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Elizabeth Gujral

Consultant

As a consultant at Cornerstone Advisors, Elizabeth Gujral focuses on the development of quantitative and qualitative analyses that ultimately helpView profile

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Sierra Heil

Consultant

Sierra Heil brings significant expertise in boutique financial consulting to the Strategy team at Cornerstone Advisors. Her acumenView profile

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Lindsay Hooks

Consultant

Lindsay Hooks brings to Cornerstone Advisors’ Technology Solutions and Implementations practice areas wide-ranging experience in EMV issuance, both contact andView profile

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Kevin Knighton

Consultant

Kevin Knighton brings to Cornerstone Advisors a strong track record of improving business processes through automation and redesign. As aView profile

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Oliver Syme

Consultant

Following his successful completion of Cornerstone Advisors’ internship program, Oliver Syme was invited to join the company as a consultantView profile

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Kevin Von Holten

Consultant

With nearly a decade of experience spanning multiple industries, Kevin Von Holten is a strategic, analytical professionalView profile

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Cheryl Wetters

Consultant

Cheryl Wetters brings a rich history in banking to her role as a consultant in Cornerstone Advisors’ Technology Solutions practice area. Cheryl has expertly managed numerousView profile

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Corey Ziring

Consultant

Corey Ziring is a consultant in Cornerstone Advisors’ Technology Services group. In this role, he works closely with clients to helpView profile

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Mike Armbruster

Associate Consultant

Mike Armbruster specializes in contract negotiations, technology, implementations and conversions at Cornerstone Advisors. View profile

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Howard Mooney

Associate Consultant

Howard Mooney brings more than 20 years of banking industry leadership to his role in Cornerstone Advisors’View profile

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Jim Trautwein

Associate Consultant

As an associate consultant in Cornerstone Advisors’ Technology Services practice, Jim Trautwein helps financial institutions gain value and performance fromView profile

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Laurie Venzon

Associate Consultant

Working in Cornerstone Advisors’ Contract Negotiations group, Laurie Venzon brings 20 years of diverse banking experience to help clients improve theView profile

 

Analysts

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Bernita Stephans, PMP

Program Manager

Bernita Stephans brings a rich history of data analysis and project coordination to Cornerstone Advisors’ Contract Negotiation practice, where sheView profile

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Roya Faraji

Project Administrator

Roya Faraji brings to Cornerstone Advisors a proven track record of quality service in all facets of project management andView profile

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Kim Frances

Project Administrator

As a project administrator in the Strategy and Execution group at Cornerstone Advisors, Kim Frances specializes in administration and projectView profile

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Jason Guanso

Project Administrator

Jason Guanso is a data- and analysis-driven project administrator in the Technology Solutions practice at Cornerstone View profile

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Jacqueline Jones

Project Administrator

Jacqueline Jones puts nearly a decade of professional experience into her role as project administrator supporting View profile

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Mike Abboud

Project Coordinator

As a project coordinator at Cornerstone Advisors, Mike Abboud collaborates with the Technology Solutions and Implementations teams to develop standardizedView profile

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Christy Callebaut

Project Coordinator

As project coordinator for Cornerstone Advisors’ Strategy and Execution group, Christy Callebaut supports a wide array of client engagements, with a primaryView profile

 

Solutions Operations

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Beth Dalton

Solutions Operations Director

As the leader of Cornerstone Advisors’ consultant support activities, Beth Dalton calls upon her exceptional skills in project management, dataView profile

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Grietel Cazares

Solutions Operations Manager

Grietel “Gigi” Cazares brings more than a decade of operations and administrative support and management experience to the Technology Solutions View profile

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Lesley Deason

Solutions Operations Manager

Lesley Deason brings over a decade of operations and business management experience to her role as solutions operations manager forView profile

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Edwin Mesones

Solutions Operations Manager

Edwin Mesones brings a wealth of financial services, performance, and process improvement expertise to Cornerstone Advisors, View profile

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Chantell Williams

Solutions Operations Lead

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

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Amanda Garrett, CAP

Solutions Operations Coordinator

Amanda Garrett calls on her administrative and project coordination expertise to ensure consistently productive relationships between Cornerstone Advisors clients andView profile

 

Marketing & Client Development

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Brianne Bailey

Lifecycle and Content Marketing Director

An accomplished senior marketing professional, Brianne Bailey leads Cornerstone Advisors’ customer engagement/retention, marketing automation and content planning initiatives. Brianne bringsView profile

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Shannon Crandall, PMP

Service Line Marketing Director

A results-driven marketing professional with a proven track record for designing and executing versatile lead-gen and customer retention marketing strategies. View profile

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Cate Pitts

Design & Editorial Director

Cate Pitts ensures Cornerstone Advisors’ publications and client-facing initiatives consistently reflect the company’s brand. She edits the firm’s marketing collateral,View profile

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Jennifer Wagner

Client Relationship Director

As client relationship director, Jennifer Wagner consistently strives to provide Cornerstone Advisors clients with top-notch customer service and satisfaction. SheView profile

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Emily Waite

Director of Client Development

Emily Waite connects communities and leads Cornerstone Advisors’ private bank and credit union executive roundtables. Prior to Cornerstone, Emily was aeView profile

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Andrew (Andy) Walberg

Senior Account Manager

Andy Walberg brings to Cornerstone Advisors a diverse background in direct and channel sales, strategy and idea generation, analytics andView profile

 

Operations

 
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Chris Barmore

Security & Desktop Management/Network Administrator

Chris Barmore is a Security & Desktop Management/Network Administrator in Operations/IT. Chris has over 19 years’ experience in desktop managementView profile

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Thomas Borjon

Information Systems and Database Specialist

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

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Lisa Carrington

Executive Assistant

A top-notch communicator, organizer, and problem-solver, Lisa Carrington delivers exceptional secretarial and administrative skills to her role supporting/View profile

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Anna Dodds

Director of Talent Development

An experienced learning and development professional, skilled at collaboration across all organizational levels, Anna Dodds designs professional development and educationtView profile

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Judd Heckman

Senior Data Scientist

As a senior data scientist, Judd Heckman plays an integral role on the IT/Operations team at Cornerstone Advisors. More thanView profile

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Tatiana Koelmeyer

Executive Assistant

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

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Stephanie Olsen

Administrative Assistant

Stephanie Olsen is an Administrative Assistant at Cornerstone Advisors. Her responsibilities include freeing up time for colleagues to complete their View profile

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Joe Pemberton

Solutions Engineer

A highly skilled information technology professional, Joe Pemberton assists in the design and implementation of Cornerstone Advisors’ various I.T. systems.View profile

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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 firmView profile

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Jennifer Thomas

Senior Business Intelligence Architect

As senior business intelligence architect in Cornerstone’s IT/Operations group, Jennifer Thomas leads the adoption of internal BI competencies and translatesView profile

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Michelle Wong

HR Recruiter/Operations Coordinator

Michelle Wong brings to Cornerstone Advisors years of experience supporting human resources hiring and recruiting initiatives. She is a skilledView profile


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