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Cornerstone Advisors Acquires BankSmart

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The deal deepens the company’s footprint in the community banking arena, delivers new solutions to clients

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 12, 2023 – Cornerstone Advisors, a leading management and technology consultancy for banks, credit unions, and fintech firms, today announced the acquisition of BankSmart, a consulting firm specializing in bank operations, vendor selection, project management solutions, and payments.

“Since its inception in 2008, BankSmart has built a solid reputation in the community bank space helping financial institutions navigate critical technology vendor relationships,” said Scott Sommer, chief executive officer at Cornerstone Advisors. “The BankSmart team brings decades of hands-on operational expertise to Cornerstone and a shared commitment to helping financial institutions thrive in a challenging market. This deal enables us to deliver expanded services and new products to community-focused institutions nationwide.” 

As part of the acquisition, Cornerstone will also add BankSmart’s “SmartKits” to the company’s existing array of proprietary products. SmartKits are operational tools that provide a written framework to guide clients through complex initiatives such as bank acquisitions or data processing system conversions. “BankSmart clients that use these tools have experienced enhanced productivity and improved project, document, and data management capabilities,” Sommer said. “We look forward to incorporating SmartKits into our toolbox to increase the value of the consulting services we provide to clients.”

“We are honored to have caught the eye of a firm as esteemed as Cornerstone Advisors,” said Jim Wilkson, BankSmart president. “When it comes to our client’s success, the long game has always been our goal, so being part of a firm with Cornerstone’s reputation for delivering long-term, transformational outcomes to banks and credit unions perfectly aligns with our vision. We look forward to growing together.”

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Jim Wilkson, BankSmart president now Cornerstone Advisors principal


About Cornerstone Advisors

Cornerstone Advisors, a management and technology consulting firm, brings innovative insights and strategic execution to banks, credit unions, and fintech companies, helping them reach the next level of performance. For more information, visit https://www.crnrstone.com or on LinkedIn.