Jim Marous

Top 5 Retail Banking Influencer | Global Speaker | Podcast Host | Co-Publisher at The Financial Brand

Named One of the Most Influential People in Banking

As an industry veteran, Jim Marous has been a retail banker, financial services marketing agency executive and one of the most recognized publishers on banking trends. He is consistently rated a top 5 financial industry influencer with close to a half million social media followers.

Jim’s presentations are based on in-depth research and insights from across the industry. Delivered with passion and enthusiasm, Jim leverages his role as the co-publisher of The Financial Brand, owner of the Digital Banking Report and his vast industry relationships to provide a unique perspective that nobody else can deliver.

Jim entertains as he educates, providing practical and actionable insights, inspiring attendees to utilize and share the strategies after the presentations. Each presentation is custom for the client and the audience, never doing the same presentation twice. Jim works diligently with sponsors to ensure that every engagement is unique and impactful. The result? An energized, high-energy and targeted keynote or workshop for groups of 100 or 10,000.

More than just showing up at your event, Marous promotes engagements to his vast social media audience. He also can provide free Digital Banking Reports to attendees to reinforce his message. This increasing attendance at events and provides industry buzz months in advance, during and after your event.

When you book Jim Marous, his team will work with you to know your organization, the audience, your event goals and even the other people speaking during the day. He will then build a customized keynote that meets your unique needs. You’ll never get a canned presentation.

Some of the more popular themes that can be customized to your needs include:

  • The Future of Banking in a Post COVID-19 World
  • Embrace Change, Take Risks and Disrupt Yourself™
  • Trends and Predictions for the Future of Banking
  • Who Is the New Digital Consumer
  • What Banking Can Learn From Top Innovators
  • Banking, Fintech and Open Banking
  • The Power of Personalization

“Jim is a phenomenal curator of all things banking. He’s got his finger on emerging constructs and trends from an informational perspective, and he knows everyone that matters!‬”
Brett King

“Jim Marous has the definitive view on how financial institutions and the startups that challenge them need to engage and win with their customers.”

“Jim can pull in the right stories, examples, strategies and facts you need to get your business changing fast to meet the coming digital disruption that we all face. He will move your audience forward with a global view and an engaging style.”
Rob Findlay, Founder of NextMoney Conferences

“Jim is a knowledgeable and experienced financial services executive. He is bright and articulate and has strong presentation skills. Jim has presented information in our meetings on a number of occasions and is consistently very well-received. He knows the business and is very capable in clearly communicating a variety of information.‬”
Debbie Bianucci, President & CEO at BAI‬

“Jim’s presentation was one of our highest rated for content and style. An outstanding performance that our attendees loved. We will definitely invite him back.”
Matej Matecek, Director, Retail Banking Forum

“Jim took time to understand our customer segment needs and to tailor his message for our audience and provide fantastic insights to our attending customer. Our audience found Jim’s session extremely valuable. Jim did all the homework to tie in the context and our need to deliver a compelling message. Jim is a great visionary and speaker who can help imagine the new digital world, i would definitely recommend Jim for any executive digital or Fintech event!”
Sanjay Mathew, Snr Director – Head Oracle Financial Services

Jim has been featured on CNBC, CNN, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, The American Banker, Fintech Finance and Accenture and has spoken to audiences worldwide.

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Partner with an energetic and compelling presenter who earns the highest ratings at industry events. Reward your audiences with one of the world’s most recognized financial services experts.

Jim Marous is consistently rated as one of the top 5 most influential people in banking and one of the most sought after keynote speakers for industry and corporate events. Known for his understanding of the disruption in the banking industry, Marous is the co-publisher of The Financial Brand, and owner and publisher of the Digital Banking Report. Jim speaks on innovation, digital transformation, customer experience, marketing strategies, channel distribution, payments and change management.

Jim has been featured on CNBC, CNN, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, The American Banker, Fintech Finance and Accenture and has spoken to audiences worldwide.

Marous has also advised the White House on banking policy and is a contributor for Forbes and the Breaking Banks radio show.

Co-Publisher Financial Brand

The Financial Brand is an online publication focused on marketing and strategy issues affecting retail banks and credit unions. With over 1.6 millions readers in 200 countries around the world, it is the singular resource for C-level banking executives looking for that latest ideas, insights and information about how financial institutions build and grow their brands. Jeffrey Pilcher is the CEO and founder of The Financial Brand.

Owner and Host Banking Transformed Podcast

Are you prepared to embrace change, take risks and disrupt yourself in response to the digital disruption in banking? Hosted by top 5 banking and fintech influencer, Jim Marous, the Banking Transformed podcast highlights the major leadership and cultural challenges facing the banking industry today. Featuring interviews with some of the best minds in business worldwide, this Top 10 Podcast in Banking explores the impact of digital disruption on the industry’s future.

Owner and Publisher Digital Banking Report

Digital Banking Report is published 9 times a year, delivering in-depth and unbiased guidance for bank and credit union product managers, marketers, and C-level executives hoping to improve their digital, online and mobile offerings. Subscribers get current insights and have access to more than 150 previously published reports available in the online library.


Nothing in our past has impacted all elements of global business more than the coronavirus pandemic. In the banking industry, not only was the pace of digital transformation accelerated to meet the immediate needs of consumers, but the entire future of work was disrupted as organizations were forced into a ‘work from home’ environment. This presentation discusses how financial institutions must ‘become digital’ from the inside out, the opportunities and risks presented by remote working, and why supporting the financial health of customers is no longer optional.

The foundation of each of Jim’s keynote addresses, Jim believes the most critical component of transformation in banking is changing the current culture. This keynote challenges the audience to change their personal, professional and corporate perspective to be better positioned for the future. This presentation leverages business and personal examples to emphasize that the status quo is no longer acceptable.

A review of the top 10 trends that have been crowdsourced internationally to create the key areas of emphasis for the upcoming year. A research supported presentation of what is hot, what is not, and the challenges to meeting the expectations of the consumer and the threat of new competition.

Leveraging proprietary research from the Digital Banking Report, this presentation discusses what the digital consumer looks like. With case studies from within and outside the banking industry, this keynote challenges audiences to reframe who the digital consumer is and what needs to be done – today – to remain relevant to people who shop with Amazon, hail rides from Uber and take vacations at properties from Airbnb.

The banking industry can no longer build products and deliver services as they have done in the past. Innovation is a major differentiator. What can companies like Amazon, Uber, Google, Apple, Tesla, Airbnb and other digital innovators teach banking about innovation, customer experience and product design?

Once considered competition, fintech firms are now a source of innovation in product development and innovation. With open banking becoming an industry norm, what will the future of the banking ecosystem look like? This presentation will show how the future of banking will extend far beyond financial services.

Drawing from proprietary research, this keynote will provide a dynamic perspective on the “personalization gap” between consumer and industry expectations and how the banking industry can close this gap. Illustrating how new technologies, data, advanced analytics and digital distribution can change how we serve and satisfy the consumer, this theme is at the foundation of what banking must become.

Areas of expertise

  • Banking
  • Fintech
  • Digital banking
  • Banking Transformation
  • Digital Transformation

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