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Founder & Managing Partner

Paul Schaus is the Managing Partner and Founder of CCG Catalyst. CCG Catalyst is a leading Bank, Credit Union and Fintech management consulting firm. Paul is also the Founder and Managing Partner of the Bankers Fintech Council in conjunction with Arizona Bankers Association.

CCG Catalyst

Paul Schaus has extensive experience in the banking world. This includes being a banker, management consultant and strategist for over 30 years.  With 15 years focused on consulting, and more than 20 years serving in executive management positions, Paul is renowned for his bank consulting expertise.

With Paul Schaus leading CCG Catalyst, the firm has advised hundreds of clients and led major engagements globally including strategy –business planning, core modernization, payments, digital experience, de novo banking, merger / acquisition, bank products & services, board and management development, tactical performance, business process and profitability improvement and technology utilization.

Banking Technology

Paul Schaus is a known expert on BankTech, Fintech, core and digital banking technology strategies in banking. Paul has advised hundreds of banks on this changing environment and helped them integrate new tools into their core. This has helped keep CCG Catalyst at the forefront in their industry. As a testament to this, CCG Catalyst has been awarded “Innovation Award” for the firm’s Catalyst 4D™ methodology, and Consulting Magazine Fastest Growing Firms.

Bankers Fintech Council

Paul Schaus has taken his interest and knowledge of Fintech a step further, by creating the Bankers Fintech Council, a partnership with CCG Catalyst and Arizona Bankers Association. This innovative council provides unique opportunity for FinTech, BankTech and Banks to work together under one umbrella. The Council generates new opportunities technology companies to connect with Banks. Participants include diverse institutions with community, regional, super-regional and money center banks. Other Bankers Fintech Council stakeholders come from the US Department of Commerce, International Trade Delegations, various State Governments, and academia arenas such as Arizona State University.

The Future of Banking

Paul Schaus is frequently requested to be a speaker at industry events, addressing emerging topics in bank transformation, fintech, digital technologies, artificial intelligence, revolutionary technologies, systems modernization, merger & acquisition, channel development and bank growth strategies.  He has also written numerous columns for well-known publications such as American Bankers, The Banker Magazine, International Banker Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and many ithers. Paul’s constant focus is on banking, new bank strategies, innovation, and the future of banking. With Paul’s experience and knowledge, he is the trusted source to help guide financial instructions through this disruptive stage.

Specific Expertise Includes

  • Strategic Advisory – banking, fintech, board management, de novo banking, product development, market, technology, digital, contract negotiations, retail development, finance, operations, lending, credit risk management, strategic planning, business line strategy, M&A

Representative Work Includes

  • Developed successful M&A strategies for various banks and fintechs across the US and global marketplace
  • Facilitated various board strategy session and industry updates for all size banks from community, mid-tier, national to global banks
  • Led a bank in adopting a “Best Run Bank” strategy with a clear vision of the future state and assisted in the execution of the multi-year year roadmap
  • Created a virtual bank (digital channel) strategy in a profitable manner and in a way that supported the bank’s strategic objectives and leveraged the Bank’s brand in a domestic market
  • Led an extensive process evaluation and re-engineering effort focused on Loan and Deposit Operations that resulted in a best practice-based approach which resulted in significant savings
  • Managed the strategic initiative for a global bank to implement a high-performance culture to match its objective to be a high-performance bank
  • Started and managed multiple de novo banks and successfully built them to a level where they were acquired by a multi-state regional bank. Both transactions brough value to existing shareholders.
  • Directed and facilitated various corporate strategic planning and analytical sessions
  • Developed financial models for product and customer profitability, pricing, and M&A analysis
  • Managed the development of technology strategy, solution definition, vendor evaluations and selections, implementation planning and Program Management for a large national bank
  • Established the strategy and implementation of an ECM system for a global bank
  • Developed strategic framework, models, and analytical tools to optimize performance of retail delivery network
  • Evaluated hundreds of technology solutions for the banking industry
  • Negotiated hundreds of contracts that have saved clients millions of dollars in pricing, terms, and service levels


  • BA Business Administration, Management and Operations, University of Maryland
  • PCBS Graduate School of Banking, specializing in Corporate Banking

Professional Affiliations

  • Past Chairman of the Southwest Business Financing Corporation