Innovation Beyond Geographic Borders


FEATURING: John Blizzard, Seattle Bank

When consumers are looking to find the best rates offered on savings accounts, they usually are pointed to NerdWallet or by Google. The problem is that the search results are often biased … influenced by advertising or affiliate dollars.

To respond to the need for a more extensive and unbiased source of the best savings rates nationwide, Seattle Bank created CD Valet. This unique site allows consumers to search for the best rates, set maturity and target rate alerts, track investments, and even receive financial education.

My guest on the FIsionaries podcast is John Blizzard, President and CEO of $800 million Seattle Bank. We discuss how a community bank can support an innovative culture across an organization, making an impact beyond geographic boundaries.

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About the FIsionaries Podcast

The FIsionaries Podcast, sponsored by Alkami Technology Inc., shines a light on financial institutions (FIs) at the bleeding edge of digital transformation. The podcast, hosted by Jim Marous, features banks and credit unions sharing lessons learned from their digital transformation journeys as well as insights from fintech partners and other industry thought leaders. Each episode will provide regional and community banks and credit unions with insights, tips and tricks to elevate their digital banking game.

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.