Posts by Mike Horrocks

Mike Horrocks is a senior manager responsible for identifying and creating strategies that synergize capabilities to address specific demands of the market, and lenders, in all areas of credit and risk management, analytics, fraud, and software solutions.  Through these offerings, clients from the top banks in the U.S. to community banks and credit unions have seen significant gains in key performance indicators.  Mike graduated from Brigham Young University in International Finance and earned a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University.

Mike is a former commercial banker with 15 years of experience on the information management, and management consulting side of the business.   He is also actively involved in several under-banked and microfinance initiatives in emerging markets.   

Three opportunities for the energy utility market of the future

Written by Mike Horrocks and Rod Everson The summer is a great time of the year - it kicks off summer and the time to enjoy the sunshine and explore! It is also for me the recognition that days now are only getting shorter and makes me think about my year goals and am I going to hit them. In more

Commercial Lending and Risk Management lessons from British Punk Bands

The other day in the American Banker, there was an article titled “Is Loan Growth a Bad Idea Right Now?”, which brings up some great questions on how banks should be looking at their C&I portfolios (or frankly any section of the overall portfolio).  I have to admit I was a little down on more

Experian and Finagraph collaborate to deliver faster lending insights

Experian has announced a new agreement with Finagraph, a best-in-class automated financial intelligence tool provider, to provide the banking industry with software to evaluate small business financials faster. Loan automation is key in pulling together data in a meaningful manner and this more

Life as an underbanked kid - and what banks can learn from it

I was raised in an underbanked home! I have known this for a long time, but it feels great to say it and be proud of it.  I was raised in Neola, Utah, a small cattle ranching community of at the time 500 or so people.  I don’t recall as a kid ever feeling poor or on the edge financially, in fact more

The 5 most common mistakes in loan portfolio management to avoid

Managing your portfolio can be a long and arduous process that ties up your internal resources but without it, there’s an increase of additional risk and potential losses. The key is to use loan automation to pull together data in a meaningful manner and go from a reactive to proactive process more

Is your Risk Ratings making the grade?

I am at the Risk Management Association’s annual conference in DC and I feel like I am back to where my banking career began.  One of the key topics here is how important the Risk Rating Grade is and what impact that right or wrong Risk Rating Grade can have on the bank. It is amazing to me how more

What your lenders want in a lending process – but may not say to you.

A recent industry survey was published that called out the number one reason that lenders were dissatisfied or willing to go to another financial institution (and take their book of business with them) was not compensation.  While, compensation is often thought of as the number one driver for more

The couch and the fitness device – your next branch

Note: As we wrap our 3-part blog coverage of the American Banker webinar, “What’s next for mobile banking?”, we focus on the comments from  Cherian Abraham and a great question on wearable devices.   Experian - What's Next for Mobile Banking from Experian Decision Analytics It is amazing to me more

Be a mobile banking superhero.

Last week I had a friend of mine (who would be a self-declared geek) go to GenCon in Indianapolis.  For those that don’t know anything about GenCon, it is one of the largest gaming conventions in the world and it is the only time that you can expect to see everyday folks dressed up as superheroes more

Mobile cooperation as a competitive advantage

Last week, I spoke to you about an American Banker webinar that Experian hosted on  “What is next for mobile banking”.  Hopefully you were able to attend, but for those that could not, I promised we would cover a few of the key points.  So here we go. I just sent my youngest off to Kindergarten more