David O'Connell

Strategic Advisor

Areas of expertise:

Commercial Lending, Fraud in SMB Lending, Loan Servicing, Regulatory Topics in Lending, Small-Business Lending

David O’Connell is a Strategic Advisor with the Commercial Banking team at Datos Insights, where his primary coverage area is lending. A former commercial lender of 14 years, David brings to his lending coverage extensive hands-on and granular knowledge of banks’ challenges in building businesses that lend safely, cost-effectively, and at scale. Broadly scoped, David's coverage of lending encompasses the small-and-midsize-business market, commercial and industrial markets, automation’s benefits for scaling lending operations, fraud deterrence in lending, and the lending industry’s recent transformation by the COVID-19 pandemic in general and relief programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program in particular. David’s coverage of lending encompasses the entirety of the loan life cycle: from the fielding of loan opportunities through their onboarding to the credit process, underwriting, approval, and post-close servicing.  

David began his career in commercial lending with formal credit training, later holding roles in underwriting and relationship management; he first specialized in large syndicated loans and later focused on loans to technology companies. Prior to joining Datos Insights, David covered the analytics and workforce management spaces and was the author of a large body of ROI-related content. He has spoken at user events for a variety of vendors. David has written or contributed to articles published at Time Magazine, the American Bankers Association, Dow Jones Newswires, and the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

David holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Providence College and an MBA from Boston University.

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