Removing Friction from the Lending Experience


Tim Wheeler

FEATURING: Tim Wheeler, Chief Lending Officer, Fortera Credit Union

Today, we have the privilege of interviewing Tim Wheeler, Chief Lending Officer with Tennessee-based Fortera Credit Union for the Banking Transformed podcast. Time shares how Fortera has leveraged technology, challenged traditional thinking, and eliminated unnecessary friction points to create a seamless, efficient, and member-centric lending experience.

Wheeler emphasizes the importance of a data, analytics and a digital-first mindset and the role of leadership in driving change within the organization. He also highlights how Fortera’s stable and forward-thinking management team has been instrumental in fostering a culture of innovation.

By understanding member behavior and anticipating their needs, the credit union aims to provide personalized recommendations and proactive support at key moments in their members’ financial lives.

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About the Banking Transformed Podcast

In each Banking Transformed podcast, host Jim Marous has candid conversations with the world’s foremost leaders on what it takes to transform financial institutions during an age of digital disruption. His guests discuss technology, channels, innovation, customer experience, leadership, culture and competitive forces that are changing the banking industry faster than ever before.


Jim Marous Profile PictureNamed as one of the most influential people in banking, Jim Marous is an internationally recognized financial industry strategist, co-publisher of The Financial Brand and the owner and CEO of the Digital Banking Report. The Digital Banking Report is a subscription-based publication that provides deep insights into the digitization of banking, with over 150 reports in the digital archive available to subscribers.

As a sought after keynote speaker, author and recognized authority on disruption in the financial services industry, Marous has been featured by CNBC and CNN, Cheddar, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, The American Banker and has spoken to audiences worldwide. Jim has also advised the White House on banking policy.

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