About Us

Our team of consultants are experienced bankers and former regulators who have served in executive management roles in financial institutions and/or as commissioned examiners with the OCC, FDIC, and Federal Reserve.

AMY PIERCE

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

Amy Pierce is a banking industry expert who brings over 25 years of knowledge and a passion for improving the success of financial institutions. In 2015, she founded Bank Strategic Solutions, an organization dedicated to providing superior risk assurance services. Amy is a Certified Enterprise Risk Manager (CERP) and specializes in Strategic Risk Management at all levels of commercial banking. She also holds a commercial real estate designation as a Certified Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM).

She has served in all levels of banking from foundational to Executive. Amy’s experience includes roles as Chief Lending Officer and Managing Director of Risk Services. She gained hands-on M&A experience in leadership roles actively identifying acquisition targets and managing due diligence efforts. Her experience also includes post-acquisition conversions, leading implementation, and assimilation post-closing. Amy is dedicated to working with Management and Board members proactively to improve efficiencies, develop synergies and increase revenue while addressing company culture, risk, and regulatory compliance.

In addition to career accomplishments, Amy serves as advisor for a number of bank-related fintech solution companies and volunteers as a mentor for fintech start-up companies through the Little Rock FIS Venture Center.


JO ANNA RUEDA

SENIOR COMPLIANCE MANAGER

Jo Anna Rueda serves as a Senior Compliance Manager with Bank Strategic Solutions. She is responsible for performing a variety of reviews associated with consumer compliance and fair lending. She possesses over 20 years of regulatory, audit and consumer loan and deposit compliance experience. 

Prior to joining Bank Strategic Solutions, Jo Anna performed consumer compliance services for clients ranging from small banks to large banks as well as serving as a federal bank examiner and 13 years at a regional bank with assets in excess of $10 billion. Jo Anna also holds the designation of a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) from the American Bankers Association.


ELIZABETH HENDRIX

Risk Management Consultant

Elizabeth Hendrix serves as Risk Management Consultant with Bank Strategic Solutions. Prior to joining Bank Strategic Solutions, Hendrix served as Internal Audit Director for an FDIC regulated community bank. The role included oversight and assessment of the bank’s internal controls and effectiveness of risk management to the Board of Directors and Senior Management.

Hendrix holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Economics from Harding University. She has achieved the designation of a Certified Public Accountant. Hendrix has more than 15 years of work experience in banking, accounting, tax, and audit.  She is also the daughter of a well-respected banking family and has early memories of serving in various roles from deposit account opening through the operations department of the bank.