Long-term client relationships with a range of financial institutions.

In our nearly 40 years of service to financial institutions throughout the country, DCG has built strong relationships with our clients based upon mutual respect, strong advice and our ability to think ahead of the curve. Over the years, we have been able to help our clients in all aspects of the ALM process.

Comprehensive Modeling

“We demand a lot from ourselves and our consultants. DCG is always ready to run a variety of scenarios that help us gain confidence in our risk assessment and strategy.”

Chris Nelson, Senior Vice President, Finance & Treasury and Chief Investment Officer
Bangor Savings Bank
Bangor, ME

“The depth of the DCG staff is striking. They have analysts who accept responsibilities that are left for actual consultants at other A/L firms.”

Tim Ryan, Chief Financial Officer
Monona State Bank
Monona, WI

Rigorous Assumptions

“The breadth and depth of the assumptions process is unlike any other I have experienced and sets the stage for the ALCO model to be a meaningful strategic tool.”

James Brannen, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Federal Savings Bank
Dover, NH

Risk Assessment

“I have engaged DCG on multiple occasions, with multiple institutions of various asset sizes, and through periods of time that included very different challenges and risks for bankers to wrestle with.  Through the years, DCG’s tools for assessing balance sheet risk have evolved with technology advances and are always best in class and favorably received by our regulators.

While tools and business issues change with the times, there have been several consistent factors that have set DCG apart year after year.  The knowledge and guidance provided by the DCG team of consultants and analysts is always “spot on.” As a result, our ALCO meetings are strategy focused, and when we execute, we do so knowing the action is based on advice coming from a business partner that is independent of all trading activities.  Our best interest is always DCG’s best interest. ”

Jerry Gassen , President and Chief Executive Officer
First Merchants Bank, N.A.
Muncie, IN

Strategy Development

“Summit Financial Group is pleased to continue our long and profitable relationship with George Darling.

George, you have been a good friend to me and to Summit. I have learned a lot from working with you and Summit has certainly been better off with you and your team being part of our team. As you know, the business is more complex and brutal than I ever thought it would be. Really good ideas are hard to come by. Some of the best ones we have implemented have come from Darling Consulting Group. I just want you to know that I appreciate everything you have done for us over our long relationship.”

Charlie Maddy, President & Chief Executive Officer
Summit Financial Group, Inc.
Moorefield, WV

“Our recent engagement with Darling Consulting Group has enhanced our Asset Liability Management process. We have a better understanding of our overall risk position, and DCG’s strategy development process allows us to optimize earnings while balancing risk.”

Bob Hoke, Vice President of Finance
Belco Community Credit Union
Harrisburg, PA

“Most consultants tell you what to do without much input from the client. DCG helps facilitate and support our decision-making process. They promote dialogue that leads to effective strategies that we all buy into.”

Jim Conlon, President & Chief Executive Officer
Bruce Nickerson, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Bangor Savings Bank
Bangor, ME

ALCO Action

“The new normal in asset liability management? DCG’s value proposition centers on comprehensive analysis aimed at developing strategies to improve performance. The principles outlined in the new regulatory guidance of 2010 are not new to DCG or their clients.”

Steve Crouse, Chief Financial Officer
Paragon Commercial Bank
Raleigh, NC

“Sometimes it’s difficult to step out of our comfort zone and do what we know is best for our institution. DCG not only helps educate management and the board to develop confidence in our strategies, but will also take an active role in helping with execution when warranted.”

Jerry Gebert, Chairman of the Board
River Cities Bank
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Contingency Planning

“A robust contingency liquidity management tool has become a must-have in the credit union sector. Liquidity360°’s Contingency Funding Plan, along with the Risk Monitor scorecard and stress testing capabilities, has put us at the forefront of managing liquidity and adhering to the Interagency Guidance on Liquidity Management. Beyond regulatory appeasement, we utilize the cash flow forecasting tool to plan for future liquidity needs.”

Eric Renaud, Chief Financial Officer
Pima Federal Credit Union
Tucson, AZ

“L360 and the accompanying Liquidity and Contingency Funding Plan have been instrumental in meeting the requirements established by the Interagency Guidance on Funding and Liquidity Risk Management. It is a flexible system that captures the variables that impact liquidity, stresses the liquidity sources and frames the results in a concise report. The risk monitor and stress testing allow the bank to measure pertinent events that impact liquidity, provides trend analysis and gives a realistic assessment of the strengths and weaknesses in the bank’s contingency plan.”

Frank Kenney, Chief Financial Officer
Northern Bank & Trust Company
Woburn, MA

“We started using Liquidity360° (L360) last fall in response to the increasing demands of the regulators! The L360 package is all-inclusive and easily adaptable to any institution. Since that time, we began using L360 to aid in planning for all future funding needs, not just to meet regulatory demands. It is easy to use and has been a real time saver for us.”

Barbara Broczkowski, Chief Financial Officer
Regal Bank & Trust
Owings Mills, MD

Board Involvement

“Our Board has made great strides in their ALM knowledge and involvement. We’re a better bank as a result. DCG has played a significant role in making that happen.”

Tim Kronenwetter, President & Chief Executive Officer
Indiana First Bank
Indiana, PA

“DCG has a great relationship with the regulators. Field examiners have been invited to attend ALCO meetings during our past two safety and soundness exams, which has undoubtedly given them a better understanding of the Bank’s position and led to fewer questions of management. Annual training sessions provided by DCG to the Board have also been invaluable in helping our Directors understand key ALM concepts, as well as their roles and responsibilities with regard to asset/liability management.”

Carri Brown, Chief Financial Officer
Biddeford Savings Bank
Biddeford, ME


“DCG’s independence is invaluable. I always know there’s no hidden agenda, only a commitment to help us maximize the performance of the bank.”

Scott Cattanach, Chief Financial Officer
Peoples State Bank
Wausau, WI

Regulatory Compliance

“The regulators are seldom happy. When necessary, I always know DCG will offer support and assistance in our defense.”

Steve Crouse, Chief Financial Officer
Paragon Commercial Bank
Raleigh, NC

“Our examiner requested we place additional strain on our liquidity stress test assumptions. I ran to my office, made a few quick changes in our Liquidity360° model, and returned a few moments later with an updated forecast. The examiner was both impressed with the turn around and pleased with our analysis.”

Laura Gorman, Treasury Manager
Bridgehampton National Bank
Bridgehampton, NY

“The regulators made a 180° change in their assessment of our liquidity management practice after we engaged DCG to work with us. We couldn’t have been more pleased.”

Kim Saunders, President & Chief Executive Officer
Mechanics and Farmers Bank
Durham, NC

Model Validation

“The examiners, during the bank’s annual safety and soundness exam, were complimentary of both the bank’s liquidity contingency policy and the liquidity stress testing. The board ALCO, board of directors, and senior management of Mechanics and Farmers Bank were pleased with these services performed by DCG in 2010 and the in-person review you gave the board ALCO. As a direct result of those services, we have retained DCG to perform liquidity stress testing for the 6/30/11 balance sheet.”

Randall C. Hall, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Mechanics and Farmers Bank
Durham, NC