Testimonials

Libertyville Savings Bank – Fairfield, IA

“Libertyville Savings Bank worked with Blanchard Consulting Group and Matt Brei to set up a formal salary structure.  Matt and his team lead us through the process, which was clear and concise.  The greatest part is that our salary process is now strategic and not emotional.”

– Jill Burnett, CEO

Prime Banc Corp – Dieterich, IL

“Matt at Blanchard Consulting Group was great to work with for our Executive and Director compensation study.    The fact that their main focus was community banks gave us great comfort in our results.   Matt and his team were easy to work with and did an excellent job presenting and explaining the details to our board.”

– Chuck Deters, CEO

HMN Financial – Rochester, Minnesota

“We have worked with Matt for a number of years on our executive and board compensation.  He helped us before, during, and after the economic crisis in banking.  His knowledge and insight surrounding all areas of compensation in community banks is extremely valuable for both our board of directors and management.  He has helped us stay current in the ever changing landscape of compensation best practices.”

– Karen Himle, Compensation Committee Chair

Landmark Bank - Columbia, MO

"Mike has been a knowledgeable and reliable source of information  when working with Board Compensation Committee and working with management to produce best practice processes and practical solutions.  He is one of the first people I call when I have questions or need assistance." 

– Linda G. Arnold, SVP Human Resources.

Home State Bank - Crystal Lake, IL

"I know that I can count on getting the salary data I need to properly place a new position or review a current position for our salary ranges when I contact Mike.  He takes the time to make sure all questions are answered and reviewed prior to submitting us the data.  I appreciate the fact that I can count on current data from banking survey’s to properly place our positions."
    
– DaNeal Keane, Vice President - Human Resources

Bank of Tennessee - Johnson City, TN

"Blanchard Consulting has been a tremendous help to our Bank as we have grown from a back of the envelope sized community bank to a grown up $900 million organization.  He has helped us with compensation studies, short and long term incentive programs.  Compensation management requires a lot of work and it carries a lot of emotions along with it.  Having independent data and thought helps to move the process along in an organized manner and makes the Board Compensation committee meetings a lot more meaningful and productive."

– Roy L. Harmon, Jr. - Chairman and CEO

Ohio Valley Bank – Gallipolis, OH

"We have worked with Mike since 2010 on a number of projects, which has included benchmarking of positions, job grading, compensation structure, incentive plans, and performance assessments.  We continue to seek guidance from Mike and Laura Roth as new compensation issues arise and we have always received a timely response. They both have extensive knowledge of compensation practices and the ability to share the information in a manner that is easily understood."

– Marilyn Kearns, VP- Director of Human Resources   

Jefferson Bank - San Antonio, TX

"Mike has presented a number of recommendations for which we have implemented in the areas of executive compensation, officer bonuses and incentive compensation programs.  His depth of knowledge, peer comparisons studies, and  guidance is refreshing.  We continue to utilize his firm’s expertise in these and board related matters."

– William J. Goetz, Executive Vice President & CFO

Vinton County National Bank - Lancaster, OH

"Mike demonstrated such professionalism in his advice to us, but also with the sincerity and genuine concern that his recommendations and design of a new incentive compensation program would not only benefit our employees, but the bank as well.  We were extremely pleased with the program that he brought forth to our organization and its results thus far."

– Annamarie Qualls, Executive Vice President/Human Resources

Magna Bank – Memphis, TN

"Michael assisted our organization at a critical time. We needed his expertise to design a comprehensive and competitive executive pay and benefit plan to insure we had proper incentives for our key folks as we challenged them to compete in a difficult operating environment. He delivered with professionalism what we needed."

– Kirk Bailey, CEO

Southwest Bancorp – Oklahoma

“While things are crazy in the banking world, Matt Brei has been a tremendous asset helping me navigate through all the new banking guidelines and restrictions for compensation.  Over the years I learned I can always rely on Matt to provide me with accurate peer information and guidance.  No matter the challenge my committee or I give Matt, he is consistently reliable and provides spot on information.”

– John Cohlmia, Compensation Committee Chair

Capital City Bank - Tallahassee, Florida

"Michael demonstrated deep knowledge in all areas related to executive compensation. We were impressed that we worked directly with the partner who 'sold us the goods'."

- Beth Corum, Chief People Officer

West Shore Bank - Ludington, Michigan

"Working with Matt and his group has been and continues to be a great experience for our West Shore team. His market expertise and independence has really helped educate and align our Management team and our Board on compensation related issues. Utilizing Matt has allowed us to focus on what's right for our organization and individual agendas have been removed. He has really taken the time to get to know our unique needs and work with us to try and find solutions that fit our community bank."

- Raymond A. Biggs, President & CEO

Bank of Kentucky – Crestview Hills, Kentucky

“Blanchard Consulting Group exceeded our expectations for development and implementation of our salary administration plan.  Here are some of the ways that we experienced Blanchard during this process:

  • Customer satisfaction focused
  • Banking industry knowledge combined with compensation planning expertise is extremely beneficial
  • Excellent communication
  • Dependable and reliable – they stayed on track and helped keep us on track
  • Delivered complex information in clear and easy to use format
  • Competitively priced” 

- Diane Czerwonka, SVP Human Resources

Quantum National Bank - Suwanee, Georgia 

"Mike took the time to not only assess our needs but to understand them. We now have a competitive compensation package that is specifically tailored to our needs at Quantum."

- Dr. N. Neelagaru, Chairman

FNB Elk River – Elk River, Minnesota

“Blanchard Consulting Group was instrumental in helping us to meet the challenge of ensuring our incentive plans met the regulatory requirements while balancing the need to provide plans that are meaningful and rewarding to staff.  We appreciated their ability to meet the needs of our short time frame and their entire staff is very personable and easy to work with.”

- Christy Langer, SVP Human Resources Director

Slocomb National Bank "Friend Bank" - Slocomb, Alabama

"Although we are a small client, Michael gave us the same attention as he would much larger accounts. Michael has access to information and has experience that is particularly useful to organizations just starting a formal incentive compensation program."

- Judson Brooks, COO