The BDO Show

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A podcast for SBA Business Development Officers seeking to hone their craft, level up their production, and have some fun along the way. read less
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Protecting Your Time | Ep. #13
15-04-2024
Protecting Your Time | Ep. #13
Welcome to The BDO Show! A podcast for passionate BDOs wanting to level up their game with advice and stories from battle-tested BDO’s. Unlock the secrets to mastering your time with insights from our BDO extraordinaires who live by the principle of "Protect Your Time." As BDOs, we're often caught in a whirlwind of demands, but this episode offers a blueprint for building an efficient pipeline and shunning those productivity pitfalls that can keep us from what we do best. Chris shares his journey and how he's applying his guiding mantra to prioritize tasks that truly make an impact, ensuring that we as professionals are performing at the peak of our abilities. Ever felt that your days are slipping through your fingers, especially when balancing client needs with your own expertise? We've got you covered. This episode is a treasure trove of strategy, from discerning which deals to prioritize to perfecting the art of client education when it comes to SBA loans. Discover the finesse required to manage both seasoned borrowers and SBA newbies, all while maintaining that golden equilibrium between accommodating and valuing your time. As we wrap up, take heart in knowing that you're not alone in the quest for a work-life symphony, especially in these tumultuous times of home offices and blurred boundaries. We share our personal tactics for setting clear lines between our professional and family commitments, giving you the tools to maintain focus and foster a supportive environment at home. Not to mention, our hosts offer a special nugget of wisdom – a reminder that unless you cherish your time, nobody else will. So, as you tune in, prepare to embark on a journey toward reclaiming your hours and transforming them into your greatest asset. Please e-mail us any questions, or suggestions for future episode topics at TheBDOShow@Gmail.com This episode is sponsored by: SBA Protection Quick Close Life Insurance – the fastest, easiest way to secure the insurance protection your borrower needs for their SBA loan. For more information, visit their website www.sbaprotection.com or email Adam Bergen at Adam@SBAProtection.com
C.R.E.A.M. - Compensation Rules Everything Around Me | Ep. #12
08-04-2024
C.R.E.A.M. - Compensation Rules Everything Around Me | Ep. #12
Welcome to The BDO Show! A podcast for passionate BDOs wanting to level up their game with advice and stories from battle-tested BDO’s. Unlock the secrets to exponentially increasing your earning potential as a Business Development Officer in the banking sector! This episode, with insights from industry experts promises to reveal the intricacies of BDO compensation that could redefine your career trajectory. Together with co-hosts Alan Peterson, Chris Hackney, Sterling Birdsong, and Emily Detor, we dissect the multitude of factors influencing your paycheck, from commission-based incentives to the nuances of loan portfolios. Whether you're just stepping into the world of banking or are a seasoned professional, this discussion is your key to understanding how financial achievements truly translate into financial rewards. As we navigate through the various compensation models in the banking landscape, the conversation gets especially intriguing when we consider how market fluctuations and clawbacks can play pivotal roles in a BDO's financial stability and loyalty to their institution. We debate the delicate balance between the enticement of a generous commission and the value of being backed by a supportive bank. If you've ever wondered how successful loan sales not only line your pockets but also propel the bank's success, our candid chat, peppered with personal stories and shrewd advice, will shed light on this symbiotic relationship. Finally, we cast our gaze towards the horizon of BDO compensation, discussing ethical considerations and the groundbreaking concept of residual income from a well-managed loan portfolio. For those BDOs looking to future-proof their careers, we share strategic tips on aligning with progressive banks and potentially collaborating with FinTechs. As we wrap up, we leave you with a hearty dose of encouragement: your hard work is more than a contribution—it's an investment in your own prosperity and the bank's growth. So tune in, take notes, and prepare to amplify your success as a BDO. Please e-mail us any questions, or suggestions for future episode topics at TheBDOShow@Gmail.com This episode is sponsored by: Rapid Business Plans Rapid Business Plans is the go-to provider of business plans and feasibility studies for government guaranteed small business lenders. For more information, or to set up a Get Acquainted call, email Bethany McClellan at Bethany@rapidbusinessplans.com or visit https://rapidbusinessplans.com/
The BDO's Survival Guide to Vendor Relationships | Ep. #11
01-04-2024
The BDO's Survival Guide to Vendor Relationships | Ep. #11
Navigate the intricate dance of selecting the best third-party vendors for SBA lending in our latest BDO Show episode. We've brought together the power players to walk us through the minefield of collaborating with attorneys, appraisers, environmental specialists, and life insurance providers. They share insights on how these key partnerships can be the difference between a deal soaring or sinking, and why it's often the local familiarity that wins over broad national strokes, especially when it comes to understanding the subtleties of regional markets. This episode isn't just about whom you choose, but how you work with them. The team also pulls back the curtain on the environmental due diligence scene in Michigan, underscoring the immense value of local firms well-versed in state regulations. It's a masterclass in why direct vendor communication and industry-specific savvy are essential for timely and accurate appraisals and assessments. But what about the relationships behind these transactions? We recount personal tales of lightning-fast responses from vendors whose hustle has cemented their place in our trusted network. From securing last-minute life insurance policies to salvaging deals on the brink, it's clear that the human element can't be ignored. We chat about the art of crafting these vital connections, the kind that not only get you through one deal but pave the way for countless more. If you're looking to sharpen your vendor selection skills and build a portfolio of go-to professionals, this episode is your toolkit. Please e-mail us any questions, or suggestions for future episode topics at TheBDOShow@Gmail.com This episode is sponsored by: SBA Protection Quick Close Life Insurance – the fastest, easiest way to secure the insurance protection your borrower needs for their SBA loan. For more information, visit their website www.sbaprotection.com or email Adam Bergen at Adam@SBAProtection.com
Clubs, Cocktails & SBA Loans | Ep. #10
25-03-2024
Clubs, Cocktails & SBA Loans | Ep. #10
Picture this: you're at a friend's farewell bash and, amidst the bittersweet goodbyes, you stumble into a conversation that spirals into a promising business partnership. That's the unpredictable thrill of deal sourcing in the SBA lending world, and it's just a taste of what we cover in our latest episode. Join us for a rollercoaster ride through the high-stakes and serendipity of business development, where personal connections aren't just a strategy—they're the central narrative. We reminisce about the good, the bad, and the downright weird stories from our journey, including our take on the increased visibility of the SBA post-PPP loans and the curious case of being mistaken for scammers on social media. Ever won a catering raffle only to land a hefty deal for food trucks? Our candid conversations reveal the art of prospecting in places you'd least expect, and the power of an 'attitude of abundance.' We share our best networking sagas, illustrating the importance of articulating your role and value to those you meet. As we recount instances of both serendipitous wins and deals snatched away, you'll gain insights into the competitive yet personal nature of our industry and why sometimes, the most memorable deals come from the most casual of chats. Rounding out our chat, we delve into the delicate dance of maintaining professionalism in a field where your reputation can be your greatest asset. We share cautionary tales and victories alike, discussing the intricate balance of managing relationships with friends and family in the finance world. For those eyeing the Business Development Officer role, we offer sage advice and underscore the importance of continuous learning and training. So, whether you're a seasoned lender or just curious about the behind-the-scenes of SBA deal-making, this episode is packed with laughter, lessons, and maybe even a little inspiration to network at your next social gathering.  Please e-mail us any questions, or suggestions for future episode topics at TheBDOShow@Gmail.com This episode is sponsored by: SBA Protection Quick Close Life Insurance – the fastest, easiest way to secure the insurance protection your borrower needs for their SBA loan. For more information, visit their website www.sbaprotection.com or email Adam Bergen at Adam@SBAProtection.com
Uncovering a Scam During a Site Visit | Ep. #9
18-03-2024
Uncovering a Scam During a Site Visit | Ep. #9
Welcome to The BDO Show! A podcast for passionate BDOs wanting to level up their game with advice and stories from battle-tested BDO’s. Step into the dynamic world of Business Development Officers with us, as Emily, Alan, and Ryan pull back the curtain on what it's like to intimately understand America's small businesses during site visits. Our stories showcase the spectrum of entrepreneurial spirits and underline the art of creating bespoke financial solutions. In the lively exchange of tales, we uncover the true essence of personal connections within the industry and how they shape the way BDOs engage with each unique borrower. This episode takes you on a mentorship journey, where one of our personal encounters with a senior bank leader during a site visit reverberates with lessons on assessing borrower character and the risks involved in financial dealings. The anecdotes from our field audits bring home the vital nature of due diligence; from discovering fishy practices at a boat dealership to a bar with a burlesque license, these stories emphasize why no deal should ever risk your career. We navigate through these experiences, demonstrating the commitment required to safeguard against fraud and the unexpected.  As we wrap up, we share a thrilling case study of financing a private security firm, where creativity met compliance to overcome licensing hurdles and clinch a successful deal. I highlight the importance of proactive deal-closing strategies and the value of checklists to streamline the transaction process. Engage with us, as your questions and topics fuel our future episodes, ensuring a shared journey through the multifaceted terrain of BDO engagements. Please e-mail us any questions, or suggestions for future episode topics at TheBDOShow@Gmail.com This episode is sponsored by: SBA Protection Quick Close Life Insurance – the fastest, easiest way to secure the insurance protection your borrower needs for their SBA loan. For more information, visit their website www.sbaprotection.com or email Adam Bergen at Adam@SBAProtection.com
What To Look For in an SBA Shop? | Ep. #8
11-03-2024
What To Look For in an SBA Shop? | Ep. #8
Welcome to The BDO Show! A podcast for passionate BDOs wanting to level up their game with advice and stories from battle-tested BDO’s. On this week's episode we're discussing what to look for in an SBA shop? We kick things off by discussing why selecting the right boss can be a career game-changer and the nuances of choosing an SBA shop that complements your unique deal-making skills. Understanding leadership dynamics and how they shape the work environment is crucial, and we provide insights into how these factors determine job satisfaction and personal growth within the industry. Transitioning from underwriting to sales is no small feat, and it's a journey Sterling has intensely traversed. Sharing his story, we explore how self-awareness can point you towards the right career choices, with a special nod to the value of mentorship in specialized fields. For anyone on the cusp of such a move, or those plotting a course towards leadership, we discuss how sales can expand your experience and pave the way to the top. Plus, we don't shy away from the gritty details of performance management and the tough decisions that come with knowing when to let an employee go. Our conversation takes a deep dive into the ramp-up phases for new Business Development Officers, from setting realistic sales targets to understanding the minimum accepted performance standards. We stress the importance of self-evaluation and recognizing when it's time to pivot if you're not thriving in your current role. For those eyeing their next big move, we offer expert advice on how to best present your loan portfolio during interviews, helping you secure a spot where your talents will shine. This episode is an essential listen for anyone eager to excel in the competitive landscape of banking and sales.  This episode is sponsored by: SBA Protection Quick Close Life Insurance – the fastest, easiest way to secure the insurance protection your borrower needs for their SBA loan. For more information, visit their website www.sbaprotection.com or email Adam Bergen at Adam@SBAProtection.com
Striking Work/Life Harmony: Family Time and the Balance Beyond Careers | Ep. #7
04-03-2024
Striking Work/Life Harmony: Family Time and the Balance Beyond Careers | Ep. #7
Welcome to The BDO Show! A podcast for passionate BDOs wanting to level up their game with advice and stories from battle-tested BDO’s. Juggling a thriving career with a bustling family life is more acrobatics than most of us signed up for, but somehow, we make it work. In our heartfelt conversation, we peel back the layers on how we manage the daily tango of meeting professional demands while keeping personal time sacred. Sterling shares the profound satisfaction of enabling his wife's choice to stay at home and how this supports his son's future, while Alan toasts to a 'monster March' after clinching a crucial deal that eases our team's sales pressure. We get real about the pandemic reshaping our boundaries, with Ryan spotlighting the need to safeguard family moments and Sterling giving us a peek into his new reality as a dad and a professional. When it's time to talk strategy, Chris shares how his life is rich with community work and nonprofit efforts. This sparks an honest discussion about the nuances of work-life balance for those without children and how one measures success beyond the financial scoreboard. As we near the end, the focus shifts to the art of selecting just the right business conferences to enrich both our careers and our family lives. We're sharing laughs and learning the ropes of incorporating our loved ones into work travel, embracing the evolving inclusive atmosphere at professional events, and the excitement of reconnecting with colleagues face-to-face post-pandemic. Tune in and take a journey with us through the ups, downs, and rewarding moments of striking that elusive work-life harmony. Please e-mail us any questions, or suggestions for future episode topics at TheBDOShow@Gmail.com This episode is sponsored by: SBA Protection Quick Close Life Insurance – the fastest, easiest way to secure the insurance protection your borrower needs for their SBA loan. For more information, visit their website www.sbaprotection.com or email Adam Bergen at Adam@SBAProtection.com
Managing Your Pipeline | Ep. #6
26-02-2024
Managing Your Pipeline | Ep. #6
Welcome to The BDO Show! A podcast for passionate BDOs wanting to level up their game with advice and stories from battle-tested BDO’s. Unlock the secrets to managing a bustling deal pipeline with precision and flair! On this episode, our all-star lineup of co-hosts distill their wisdom on maneuvering through the complex world of deal-making. From my 'right to left' strategy that prioritizes wrapping up those near-complete deals, to Ryan's legendary Excel tracker that's a treasure trove of negotiation history, we're pulling back the curtain on tactics that guarantee a smoother path to the finish line. Revolutionize your workflow with our deep dive into CRM systems like HubSpot, which are game-changers for the savvy Business Development Officer. Picture this: automated reminders, follow-ups that never miss a beat, and a goldmine of client information at your fingertips. We discuss how these powerful tools can transform the way you track term sheets and navigate underwriting stages, ensuring that you're always a step ahead. Plus, we share insider tips on assessing client interest and knowing when to gracefully bow out from a deal that's hit a dead end. Finally, prepare to get the lowdown on leading a deal from a handshake to a successful close. We spotlight the critical moments in the loan pipeline, emphasizing the urgency of securing signed term sheets and the proactive strategies for sailing through underwriting queries. It's about more than just dotting I's and crossing T's; it's about continuous communication and the finesse of a pre-closing checklist that elevates the customer experience. Join us as we divulge the essentials for ensuring a seamless and efficient journey to the closing table, peppered with real-world advice from our panel of experts.  Please e-mail us any questions, or suggestions for future episode topics at TheBDOShow@Gmail.com This episode is sponsored by: SBA Protection Quick Close Life Insurance – the fastest, easiest way to secure the insurance protection your borrower needs for their SBA loan. For more information, visit their website www.sbaprotection.com or email Adam Bergen at Adam@SBAProtection.com
Who Drives the Deal? | Ep. #5
19-02-2024
Who Drives the Deal? | Ep. #5
Welcome to The BDO Show! A podcast for passionate BDOs wanting to level up their game with advice and stories from battle-tested BDO’s. Ever wonder who the maestro of a deal really is? Strap in as we unravel the web of SBA loan negotiations and the indispensable role of a BDO. Our lively exchange reveals the delicate balance of leadership and collaboration necessary to shepherd deals to their fruitful end. Alan lets us in on his strategy of setting the pace early on, then deftly passing the baton to the bank's machinery, showcasing that success hinges on a well-oiled team and process. Dive headfirst into the trenches of loan closing with us as we dissect the symbiotic dance between BDOs and business brokers. With tales from the front line, we illuminate the art of keeping a deal's pulse racing and the inestimable value of local brokers in sealing acquisition deals. We confront the often-murky waters of maintaining engagement from all parties, avoiding the quicksand of seller hesitations, and sparking the fire under brokers to carry the torch over the months-long finish line. This episode is a masterclass in distinguishing the virtuosos from the 'Gmail brokers' in the orchestra of deal-making, and much more into the team of players who ultimately drive the deal together.  Please e-mail us any questions, or suggestions for future episode topics at TheBDOShow@Gmail.com This episode is sponsored by: SBA Protection Quick Close Life Insurance – the fastest, easiest way to secure the insurance protection your borrower needs for their SBA loan. For more information, visit their website www.sbaprotection.com or email Adam Bergen at Adam@SBAProtection.com
The Tribe Behind the Deal | Ep. 4
12-02-2024
The Tribe Behind the Deal | Ep. 4
Welcome to The BDO Show! A podcast for passionate BDOs wanting to level up their game with advice and stories from battle-tested BDO’s. Strap in for a wild ride through the inner workings of SBA lending, because today, we're talking about the power of a well-oiled deal-closing machine. With the sage wisdom of our entertaining and experienced co-hosts, we're uncovering the secrets behind assembling a top-notch 'tribe'—the packagers, underwriters, approvers, closers, and attorneys who are the unsung heroes ensuring your deal doesn't just limbo under the bar but leaps over it with room to spare. We're peeling back the curtain on these vital relationships and how understanding the dynamics within your backroom team can transform a transaction from a nail-biter to a no-brainer. Today's discussion isn't just about the importance of various members of your tribe; it’s a masterclass in the art of partnership that examines every angle of communications and connections that can make or break your deals. We're sharing the strategies that turn even the most challenging underwriters into your greatest allies, fostering buy-in and trust that streamline the loan approval process. And if you've ever felt like a borrower lost in translation, our insights into optimizing borrower communication will ensure clarity reigns supreme in your business acquisitions. It's an episode brimming with personal anecdotes, hard-earned expertise, and the kind of inside knowledge that can only come from years of experience. Whether you're a seasoned BDO or just gearing up for your first big deal, these are the insights that will have you negotiating like a pro and closing deals like a legend. Please e-mail us any questions, or suggestions for future episode topics at TheBDOShow@Gmail.com This episode is sponsored by: SBA Protection Quick Close Life Insurance – the fastest, easiest way to secure the insurance protection your borrower needs for their SBA loan. For more information, visit their website www.sbaprotection.com or email Adam Bergen at Adam@SBAProtection.com