Ally Bank has recently made headlines announcing that it would no longer charge its customers overdraft fees. Ally is a popular online bank that offers one type of checking account and overdraft fees only accounted for less than .07% of Ally’s revenue in 2020. Ally Bank typically excludes consumers that use overdraft protection to begin […]
About Joel Lawrence
Joel Lawrence has more than 15 years of financial industry experience, where he has gained invaluable knowledge of managing projects, resources and staff in an effective and efficient manner. Through his years of experience he as worked in lending, asset management, sourcing and compliance. Joel is highly focused with a comprehensive understanding of service level agreements, vendor management and regulatory risk. He has a consistent and proven track record of successfully employing best business practices that improve efficiency, reduce operating cost while increasing performance.
Joel is a graduate of Cumberland University where he played basketball and The University of Alabama where he received his M.S. (Global Business Management).
Joel and his wife, Beth, have two kids, a son Sean and daughter Sophie.
Entries by Joel Lawrence
Not completing a risk assessment on all vendors. Some companies may decide not to do a risk assessment on a vendor because of the contract value or the type of work that the vendor is performing for the business. Each vendor that provides a product or service for your business should have a risk assessment […]
As more and more states are reducing their Covid-19 restrictions, we are seeing an increase in employees from financial institutions going back to face-to-face work environments. As workers start returning to their workspace in a safe fashion, this is a great time to have some additional training with your employees regarding your Overdraft Privilege program. […]
Having a well maintained vendor management program will allow you to build relationships with your vendors, while also strengthening your business. Understanding your vendors’ residual risk is a key piece of your vendor management program and it will let you know the amount of risk or danger associated with a vendor’s action after controls are […]
Over the years Strunk has been asked a number of times, “do business accounts that have overdraft privilege have to opt into Reg. E to have their debit card point of sale and ATM transactions covered in the program?” To understand this you must first understand that most consumer protection rules do not apply to […]
Understanding vendor risk is an extremely important part of your vendor management program. Each vendor that provides a product or service to you may have some inherit risk that your organization may take on. Knowing the inherit risk for each of your vendors before you go into contract with them will provide insight into whether […]
Managing your vendor manager program can be troubling and time consuming. With the increase numbers of vendors that companies are depending on each year, companies need to make sure they are monitoring vendors and contracts more efficiency to help prevent problems before they start. 1. Identify your vendors and understand what services that they are […]
Vendor Manager automates vendor due diligence, provides a practical framework for deciding which vendors to assess in depth, assesses the risks they present, and monitors their performance. Defining and managing Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with your vendors is a very important aspect of your Vendor Manger program. An SLA defines the level of service expected […]
In today’s environment it is crucial to understand how you are managing your vendor documents. It is important to know when a vendor needs to send you data or if you are missing documents and also where the documents are located. Having a centralized repository for your vendor documents will help you become more efficient, […]
In 2010 there were changes to the laws and regulations for financial institutions regarding overdraft privilege programs. Certain Regulation E rules took effect July 1, 2010. Under these rules, financial institutions must provide notice and reasonable opportunity for customers to opt-in to the payment of automated teller machine (ATM) and one-time point-of-sale (POS) overdrafts provided […]