The Art of Strategic ERM™

The correlation between risk and reward

Harnessing it means preparation, clear objectives, and a solid plan that fits your risk appetite. It strengthens your goals and gives you the freedom to focus on what matters most.

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The Art of Strategic Risk Management
How OnPoint’s overall Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) methodology begins with your bank's business strategy, goals and culture.
Credit Risk, Expected Loss & Freedom
Our latest video that illustrates OnPoint’s Enhanced Credit Risk philosophy and methodology, and how expected loss factors into everything. Including the upcoming CECL regulations.

    OnPoint exists because straight-forward, strategic, and disciplined Enterprise Risk Management is what’s needed for today’s needs in the financial space.

    We fully understand the challenges that today’s bankers face with managing risk and we take a straight-forward approach to each client with comprehensive application driven by their business culture and objectives. We also understand demands on time, resources, and pressures bankers face to deliver results.


    OnPoint Risk Advisors is a consulting and advisory firm that focuses on assisting financial institutions with strategic – and often neglected – optimization of their enterprise risk management practices.

    The OnPoint team includes experienced banking professionals who take disciplined ERM practices to a strategic art form. Our OnPoint advisors have strong expertise in ERM, Credit, Operations, Market, Internal Audit, Compliance, and Technology risk management.


    The OnPoint team of experts consists of banking professionals with an average of 30 years bank risk management experience, and industry advisors and trainers of over 400 state and federal bank examiners. Our leaders have implemented risk management programs in institutions with up to $50 billion in assets.

    We believe there is no one-size-fits-all template for adequate ERM. At OnPoint, we are specifically equipped and intent toward dynamically providing solutions that fit your unique needs and goals.


    OnPoint has developed proprietary enterprise risk management methodologies based on decades of hands-on financial industry experience that has been proven to accelerate results.

    OnPoint retains strategic relationships with regulators, technology providers and trade groups and has excellent client relationships and references.

    With high-performing consultant specialists positioned in the largest markets around the US, OnPoint’s Digital Enterprise allows for the kind of native delivery that ensures a high-touch collaboration effort.

"OnPoint's ERM program provided, not just a forward view... an exceptional forward view to our risk exposure."

- Chief Risk Officer, $6B regional bank

Selected Projects


Privately owned emerging regional bank with significant rural market presence as well as emerging presence in a high growth urban market


After experiencing the impacts of the 2008 Financial Crisis, the Bank, then at $2B in assets, needed a better way to assess and monitor their credit risks in this new environment of high competition and global economic stresses. The Bank is focused on maintaining their localized community focused business model which drives their highly profitable results. Thus, the Bank recognized that their growth objectives and planned market segment expansion strategies require greater visibility to their risk exposure.


OnPoint engagement began with our unique INREVAS process which provided the Bank’s leadership team with a risk adjusted assessment of their current state of risk management processes across the enterprise along with a roadmap of risk management process improvement opportunities that would increase stakeholder value. A series of projects followed, that focus on both credit risk management enhancements as well as ERM implementation:

  • Dual Credit Risk Rating
  • Allowance for Credit Losses
  • Enterprise Risk Management Program Complete (governance, process level risk & control ratings from the front line)
  • Internal Audit Program integrated to ERM
  • Compliance Program integrated to ERM


Our Client, now closing in on $7B in assets, is well poised to better anticipate changes in a fluctuating marketplace. They have already managed similar hurdles that have caused stresses under their previous risk programs. They have reported that they are now able to focus extra resources and energy toward growth and expansion.


    A publicly traded bank holding company with $8 billion in assets operating three entities: a regional bank, a national mortgage company and a local investments firm.


    The holding company’s entities all operated independently. Facing unique strategic plans and risk environments, each needed Enhanced Risk Management programs that could integrate and translate effectively to the enterprise. Each had specific growth opportunities, timelines, financial objectives, regulatory oversight needs and business cultures. In addition, because of significant regulatory constraints, they were unable to move forward with their plans for growth. There was a clear need for an enterprise-wide visibility to risk, and alignment of risk appetite.

    It became imperative that risk vocabulary, rating and risk-adjusted decision-making was also needed. Changing this risk culture would be the only way forward to enable their growth strategy and expand opportunities.


    OnPoint developed a program enhancement plan providing a road map and guide for the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management across all entities aligned to the three lines of defense framework. The engagement included the following:

    • Review and implementation of the eGRC System
    • Focused delivery of integrated Technology Governance and Risk Management
    • A comprehensive Credit Risk Management program with a Dual Credit Risk Rating program and a Credit Stress-testing program
    • Integration of Enterprise Compliance Risk Management including eGRC integration
    • Comprehensive internal audit program including eGRC integration


    As a result of these Risk Management enhancements, the organization had received the necessary go-ahead from the regulators to grow – both organically, and through acquisition – to $13 billion in assets while enhancing risk-adjusted returns within each entity. They are now able to see, review and discuss risk profiles and return tradeoffs between business activities, entities and strategies.


      Privately owned 40-year-old regional community bank with $2 billion in assets. This Bank has dominated its local market presence, providing local banking to their communities.


      After facing a significant amount of credit losses and impacts to capital, the Bank shifted senior management leadership and successfully focused on cleaning up its significant credit problem assets. Wanting to chart a new culture to grow through acquisitions and organic growth, the Bank was seeking assistance on how to improve their Credit Risk Management while maintaining their local community banking culture and avoid repeating the errors that caused the losses.

      As their market growth was expanding into the more competitive urban areas, the Bank’s leadership team needed better risk information intelligence to select business opportunities that provide the best fit for mutual success.


      OnPoint initially focused on Credit Risk Management, delivering a Dual Credit Risk Rating program, Enhanced Allowance of Credit Losses, and Credit Risk Stress-testing. OnPoint then provided enhancement of Risk Management overall, which included:

      • Development and implementation of comprehensive ERM
      • Internal Audit program
      • Compliance program
      • Operational Risk Management Framework
      • Mortgage Banking Risk Management program


      With the implementation of OnPoint’s 3 lines of Defense, the Bank now has a framework that allows front-line Process Owners, Independent Risk Management and Independent Risk Assessment to provide visibility on all necessary financial risk categories. The insight and control provided by these programs has transformed their risk culture and now provides risk insight on a continuous basis, empowering risk-adjusted targeted growth and profitability.


        A publicly traded regional super-community bank with $12 billion in assets has experienced significant growth through acquisition and expansion into the Southeast U.S.


        Having focused on the production side for growth, the bank faced regulatory pressure to enhance their risk management strategy, governance and visibility to their expanded environments. The bank’s existing risk structure and reporting confirmed that risk measurements were area-specific, and aggregated risk decisions were fragmented, complex and inconsistent. The risk management group was not including the first line of defense process owners to provide their risk environment view. The bank needed an enterprise risk management program to ensure that all risks are included, and that the assessment process was executed reliably and continuously. The Bank had previously invested in risk technology but was unable to leverage it to provide a clear view of their risk environment no matter where the activities occurred.


        OnPoint conducted an initial assessment of the environment and then developed an Enterprise Risk Management Program Strategic Plan, and the resulting delivery included:

        • A focused Enterprise Risk Management Program aligned to the 3 Lines of Defense
        • A comprehensive enterprise-wide first line of defense risk and control self-assessment which produced the organization’s first ever enterprise view risk reporting.
        • A review and integration to the eGRC system to include all 3 Lines of Defense
        • Support for regulatory orientation of the risk program implementation


        With the implementation of OnPoint’s Enterprise Risk Management Program, the Bank-wide view of the risk environment enabled the bank to satisfy the regulatory concerns necessary to enable the bank to continue its expansion strategies. The ERM governance and reporting framework ensured that front-line Process Owners’ assessment (1st line of defense) was established and that the Risk group could provide the executive and board with true risk visibility across their expanding markets.


          A privately held community bank, $2.5 billion had recently converted from a credit union to a national bank charter. Their strategic plan included key initiatives for advanced commercial lending and serving rapidly growing metropolitan area with strong community ties.


          With the transition from a credit union to a commercial bank, there was a compelling need for the organization to change their focus from controls-based risk management processes to strategic risk management program to support the plans for growth. The bank’s strategic plan included significant expansion in products as well as growing their commercial lending into new high-growth industries. The bank needed a comprehensive risk management program that could bring the three lines of defense together under an scalable enterprise framework which would enable the organization to grow with clear visibility to the risks involved.


          OnPoint engagement began with our proprietary risk management program maturity assessment (INREVAS) process which provided the Bank’s leadership team with an objective view of the maturity and current state of risk management processes across the enterprise. This assessment allowed for the development of a comprehensive roadmap of risk management process improvement opportunities that would increase stakeholder value.

          OnPoint then focused on an enhanced Enterprise Risk Management program implementation which included:

          • Development and implementation of comprehensive 3 Lines of Defense ERM program
          • Selection and Implementation of an eGRC system to support the ERM program
          • Internal Audit & Compliance integration within ERM program


          The Bank has since gone public and through strategic acquisition of other banks, is now at the $7 billion mark with one of the best efficiency and returns ratios within their peer group.

          With the implementation of OnPoint’s ERM program, the Bank has a framework that provides visibility and consistent risk ratings across all risk categories. The eGRC system provides the comprehensive reporting of risk enabling the Bank to align their risk appetite with their unique growth opportunities and strategic objectives.


            Publicly traded regional bank serving rapidly growing metropolitan area in the south and southwest regions of the U.S. The bank’s expansion strategy included the integration of previously failed community banks.


            Having been formed through the acquisition of previously failed banks that had multiple credit strategies and cultures, there was a need for a holistic comprehensive credit risk management program which would enable the expected growth strategies while continuous providing full visibility to the entire credit portfolio. Management wanted to ensure consistency and accuracy of credit ratings while implementing aggressive regionally specific credit growth strategies. Visibility was crucial to make adjustments to these growth strategies based on potential environmental economic fluctuations. The bank’s strategy was to grow to $10 billion in 5 years.


            OnPoint focused on an enhanced Credit Risk Management program implementation which included:

            • Development and implementation of comprehensive Dual Credit Risk Rating program based in Expected Loss measurement
            • Implementation of an enhanced Allowance for Credit Losses methodology based in Expected Loss
            • Credit Risk Stress Testing program based in Expected Lossm


            With the implementation of OnPoint’s three legs of its comprehensive Enhanced Credit Risk Management (ECRM) program, the Bank has successfully reached their goal of over $10B, with a framework that provides visibility and consistent ratings across the entire credit portfolio. A stabilized credit portfolio enabled acquisition of other banks in growth regions even under high scrutiny and approval from the regulators due to their aggressive growth.


            JOHN DREW,

            President & CEO

            John, a 37 year veteran in the financial services/banking industry is President & CEO of OnPoint Risk Advisors, a Risk Management consulting firm that provides strategically aligned ERM and Credit Risk Consulting Services ranging from initial assessments to full implementations. Formally, EVP/Chief Credit & Risk Officer of Amegy Bank, John was responsible for Enterprise Wide Risk Management including governance, credit, operations and market risks and served as the liaison to the Board of Directors and the OCC for the risk management and regulatory oversight of the bank. Other risk management related accomplishments include roles with the Risk Management Association, the nation’s leading risk management association for financial institutions, as National and State Director, Enterprise Risk Council and numerous speaking engagements at local, state and national risk management events. John has provided risk management training and thought leadership in the area of risk management to over 400 bank regulators across the nation. John holds a BBA in Finance degree from Texas Tech University in 1980.

            The OnPoint team of experts consists of banking professionals with an average of 30 years bank risk management experience, and industry advisors and trainers of over 400 state and federal bank examiners. Our leaders have implemented risk management programs in institutions with up to $50 billion in assets.

            We believe there is no one-size-fits-all template for adequate ERM. At OnPoint, we are specifically equipped and intent toward dynamically providing solutions that fit your unique needs and goals.


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