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Tony DeSanctis

Senior Director

Tony DeSanctis brings more than 20 years of financial services experience to Cornerstone Advisors. As co-lead of the firm’s Payments practice, Tony helps financial institutions optimize their payments businesses. He created and facilitates Cornerstone’s Payments School and works directly with clients to develop custom payments plans and strategies.

Before joining Cornerstone, Tony was senior vice president at Bank of Hawaii, where he managed the relaunch of the bank’s credit card program. During his time at Bank of Hawaii, Tony managed numerous areas, including credit and debit card, dealer indirect lending and mobile banking. Prior to Bank of Hawaii Tony served in management roles at Bank of America and MBNA overseeing operations, technology, marketing, vendor management, call center and finance.

Tony is a contributing writer for GonzoBanker, Cornerstone’s blog; and CU Management, a publication of the Credit Union Executives Society; and he is frequently quoted in industry periodicals, including ABA Banking Journal and Credit Union Times.

Tony has a bachelor’s degree in business finance from the University of Maine and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.

Kim Swenson

Senior Director

Kim Swenson brings more than two decades of financial services management consulting, retail banking and payments experience to her role as a senior director in Cornerstone Advisors’ Payments and Contract Negotiations solutions areas.

Kim has worked with issuers, merchant acquirers, processors and trade associations. She has expertise building growth strategies, implementing new systems, managing merger integrations and leading benchmarking studies.

Before joining Cornerstone, Kim led retail banking and payments initiatives for Visa, Bank of America, Scotiabank and others. She was a bank consultant at Accenture and Hitachi Consulting. She has held management level positions across strategy, card and consumer loan divisions at American Savings Bank and Wells Fargo.

Kim has a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University in Durham, N.C.

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