Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and President Trump signed it into law with an effective date of April 2, 2020 with most provisions expiring on December 31, 2020. The Act contains several provisions that will significantly impact employers with fewer than 500 employees. Use the following link to view our summary of the provisions of the Act.


Coronavirus Alarms Are Escalating Review of Pandemic Preparedness Strategies

Coronavirus in the news media is overwhelmingly taking the center stage with fears concerning public safety, medical community readiness and government response.  Another reminder for businesses, specifically financial institutions, that time is of the essence to review disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness.  Updating call / email trees and reviewing policy and reporting requirements with employees should be prioritized immediately.  Pandemic planning is unique since that the issue of technology infrastructure failures is not present, but rather the level of staffing shortages that will likely result from a pandemic outbreak.  No individual or organization is immune from the adverse impact of a pandemic event.  Pandemic event readiness should be reviewed, monitored, tested, and reported with the financial institution’s disaster recovery plan initiatives.  Further, business impact and risk assessment should be evaluated and reported to senior levels of management and the board of directors on a frequent basis.  Regulatory agencies already have a focus on business continuity and disaster recovery, pandemic events will take a more prevailing position due to Coronavirus in the future. The Business Continuity team at Everett Advisory Partners has the experience and competencies to help guide clients through the process of pandemic event planning and preparation of communications to regulators and clients. Everett’s consultants can help you assess, document and communicate these important messages as part of your business continuity plan.

Peter D. Brown, Managing Director

 (504) 915-4447 – pbrown@everettadvisory.com

Lisa Narrell-Mead, Esq., Chief Executive Officer

(205) 617-8392 – lisa.mead@everettadvisory.com

Former Wells CEO banned from banking

A bitter example where compensation based on performance and sales plans are not aligned with the bottom line, shareholder value, and customer satisfaction.  Performance metrics and goals should be frequently validated to ensure that they are designed to achieve the intended objectives of the enterprise.  Ask us how Everett Advisory can assist you with review of your compensation strategies.


Birmingham financial advisory firm expands with acquisition of Dallas-based firm

A Birmingham-based financial advisory firm is growing through the acquisition of a Texas-based firm.

Lisa Narrell-Mead, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Dallas-based Everett Advisory Partners LLC through Workplace Advisors LLC, the firm she founded in 2013.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Narrell-Mead will serve as CEO of the combined company, which will continue under the Everett Advisory Partners’ name once the acquisition is complete. Stephen Curry, who founded Everett in 2009, is now serving as CEO of Gateway Mortgage Group.

The focus of the company, which will have more than 20 strategic advisers following the acquisition, will continue to be helping financial institutions overcome challenges they face in an ever-changing corporate landscape, the firm said in a press release.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue the strong legacy that Stephen has built at Everett over the last decade,” Narrell-Mead said. “The combined experience of professional advisers at both Everett and Workplace will offer substantial value to our banking clients. We all share a commitment to the financial services sector and with the fluid climate of the banking industry, these services are more important now than ever.”

Workplace serves financial service institutions, community and regional banks and other businesses with offices in Birmingham and Louisiana, according to its website. Everett, which provides strategic advice and execution resources for regional and community banks and investors, has offices in Chicago and Tulsa, Oklahoma in addition to Dallas, according to its website.

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Everett Advisory Partners – Workplace Advisors Merger

I am excited to announce the next step in our growth at Everett Advisory Partners as we expand on our merger with Workplace Advisors.    

Beginning May 1, we have expanded Everett to provide Human Capital Solutions, to include Talent Acquisition and Human Resource Consulting.   Managing Directors in this expertise are Corie Robinson, Caleigh Parsons and Angela Henderson. Our contingency search specialization will continue and expand through Parsons Henderson Contingency Solutions.   We are adding additional resources, people and technology. It is an exciting time as we expand our offerings as a full service team of financial service professionals that provide top quality STRATEGY, EXECUTION and RESULTS.

Fed Mulls Lifetime Ban for Two Bankers

The Federal Reserve is considering liftetime bans for two bankers — Frank Smith and Mark Kiolbasa

While it’s unclear whether the Fed is paying closer attention to bankers who are moving to competitors, its actions should encourage bankers and employers to make sure they are behaving legally and ethically during recruitment, legal experts said.

The potential ban “will heighten sensitivity when an individual” leaves a bank, though it shouldn’t stop bankers from exploring job opportunities, said Lisa Narrell-Mead, CEO of Everett Advisory Partners. For now, bankers should simply be extra careful when changing jobs, she said.