“Our clients tell us that we are “different”… and that being different makes all the difference.”

“Our clients tell us that we are “different”… and that being different makes all the difference.”

- Matt Pieniazek

Matt Pieniazek is the President & CEO of Darling Consulting Group. He oversees all aspects of the firm’s strategy and directs the DCG team in working with over 600 banks and credit unions nationwide, ranging from de novo to $100B.


As one of the firm’s founders, Matt has led DCG for over 40 years in its mission to help clients transform the asset/liability process into a sustainable profit center. He specializes in partnering with institutions to enhance earnings and mitigate risk through comprehensive, tailored strategies for the entire balance sheet. He is a big believer in the value of data-driven insight and is convinced that simplifying the complex and changing the conversation matters most.

About Matt

Media and Speaking

Matt is a frequent speaker and author on balance sheet and risk management topics and overall bank strategy.


Prior to DCG's inception, Matt was an audit manager and consultant at KPMG Peat Marwick. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame.


Matt is Vice Chair of the City of Newburyport Waterfront Trust and a member of the Board of Trustees of Beth Israel Lahey Health Anna Jacques Hospital. He and his wife Shauna live in Newburyport, MA, and are active in giving back to their community. They enjoy traveling, golfing, a broad range of other sports,  gardening, and sharing time with their family and friends.

Media: American Banker, November 13, 2022

Media: Bank Director, October 17, 2022

Podcast: IntraFi Network: Brave New World: How Banks Are Facing the Challenge of Rising Rates, October 11, 2022

Speaking: October 2022

Media: American Banker, August 19, 2022

Speaking: Jefferies Equity Research, June 23, 2022

DCG Webinar: June 1, 2022

Speaking: Oregon Bankers Association, May 26, 2022

Podcast: Street Talk: S&G Global Market Intelligence, April 28, 2022

Speaking: March 1, 2022

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