Customized Strategic Advisory Services for Future-Ready, Growth-Minded, Success-Driven Financial Institutions.




Every financial institution is unique, with its own set of distinctive goals, challenges, and opportunities driving its path forward. Successful strategic planning requires a well-informed approach and actionable initiatives to support your strategic vision. Our comprehensive strategic advisory services are designed to pave the way toward long-term growth with confidence.  

From strategic planning to navigating mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and conducting performance benchmarking, we offer the expertise and guidance necessary to excel in today's competitive environment. 

Informed decision-making

When it comes to developing a strategic plan that aligns with organizational goals, data must be the driver. We analyze your information and leverage our deep industry expertise to uncover insights that serve as the foundation for future decision-making. 

Proven Strategic Planning Framework

Achieving your most ambitious goals requires a well-thought-out plan. Together, we look at the data, industry trends, and your unique environment to determine both where and how to grow. This analysis serves as the blueprint for tactical initiatives required to support the strategic vision. 

Gain a Fresh Perspective

We approach strategic advisory differently. We bring our expertise and industry knowledge to elevate your perspective. Our process enables you to look at the big picture to navigate change, remain ahead of the competition, and thrive in the ever-evolving financial landscape. 

We Understand You....

Financial institutions know they must ‘think big to continue their success. Many struggle with where to focus, how to incorporate their goals into the day-to-day operations, and how to manage the latest emerging technologies. We grasp these concerns:

Stagnant Growth

As consumers’ needs change, the traditional sources of income and growth that financial institutions once benefitted from are no longer a certainty. With fluctuating interest rates, increased competition from alternative providers and evolving consumer expectations, navigating this environment requires a delicate balance and proactive measures to ensure sustainable growth. 

Technology Adoption Challenges

While technology presents new opportunities, it can be challenging for organizations who struggle to keep pace. Without a comprehensive strategy guiding the adoption process, organizations risk being overwhelmed by the complexity of prioritization. This can lead to inefficiencies, missed opportunities, and ultimately, lack of technological advancement.

Strategic Misalignment

One of the greatest impediments to organizational progress is the lack of alignment among key stakeholders. When visions diverge and priorities clash, the result is often wasted resources and fragmented efforts. A well-crafted strategic plan requires fostering a culture of collaboration both internally and externally, to ensure that everyone is on the same page and the organization continues moving forward with purpose. 


How We Help

The financial services industry is in a constant state of flux. Technological advancements, shifting consumer preferences, and regulatory changes impact the way banks and credit unions scale, plan, and execute their strategic initiatives. Our services are designed to guide forward-thinking decisions that drive growth, innovation, and long-term success.  

Customized Strategies

Through a comprehensive interview process, we take the time to understand your financial institution's unique position, challenges, and goals. We collaborate closely with your board and leadership team to develop a plan that aligns with your vision and long-term objectives. 

Data-Driven Approach

Making informed decisions is vital to your success. We leverage a comprehensive array of data sources, including yours, ours, and industry insights, to make strategic recommendations tailored to your organization's needs. 

Industry Expertise

Our people make us different. Each member of the Engage fi team has been hand selected for their profound domain expertise and extensive industry experience. Drawing from backgrounds in both vendor operations and financial institutions, they possess a deep understanding of negotiation strategies, system functionalities, and internal processes. Having walked in your shoes within credit unions and banks, our team members intimately grasp your needs, ensuring tailored services to solve your challenges.

Our Process

Our strategic advisory solutions assist our clients with achieving their goals through a multi-phased approach. We focus on various areas crucial for strategic and tactical excellence, including sales and marketing effectiveness, lending and deposit management, operational efficiency, digital and in-branch experiences, and balancing rewards and risks. As your trusted partner, we collaborate closely with you to ensure your continued success.  

Strategy Planning Process

Through a facilitated interview process with key stakeholders and board members at your financial institution, we gain insights into your current position and future aspirations. We analyze the environmental forces at play, identifying tensions and seeking your input on navigating them within your existing framework. 

Business Planning Process

In this phase, we gather all stakeholders to discuss internal findings, examine data, discuss industry best practices, and formulate a roadmap for your financial institution’s strategic vision. Insights collected during the strategy planning process are translated into actionable strategy statements, serving as guiding principles ('North Stars') for our collaborative efforts. 

Tactical Transformation

Building upon the strategic blueprint, we collaborate to translate tactical initiatives into actionable steps within your business planning framework. This approach facilitates the implementation of strategic goals while maintaining business continuity.

Quarterly Roundtable

In our post-planning follow-up meetings, we assist you in addressing any strategic challenges, realigning efforts if necessary, and examining the overarching strategic landscape. These sessions ensure ongoing support and maintain focus on the broader strategic objectives. 

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Explore Additional Resources Below


Planning Ahead: The Critical Role of Strategic Planning


Effective Strategic Planning: The Blueprint for Success


Achieving your most ambitious goals requires a well-developed plan. Inside, access the four phases banks and credit unions should be mindful of when beginning their strategic planning process.