5 Questions with … Financial institution of America SVP Jorge Camargo


Financial institution of America Senior Vice President Jorge Camargo is concentrated on delivering a high-tech, high-touch technique to enhance buyer experiences. 

The $3.1 trillion financial institution continues to put money into each tech expertise and within the financial institution’s digital assistant, Erica — an effort that Camargo has led. 

Financial institution Automation Information not too long ago caught up with Camargo to debate Erica and the financial institution’s digital technique heading into 2023. What follows is an edited model of that dialog. 

Financial institution Automation Information: What’s Financial institution of America’s innovation technique for 2023?

Jorge Camargo, SVP at Financial institution of America

Jorge Camargo: Understanding that the 2023 financial outlook is unsure, it’s essential that monetary establishments provide purchasers individualized banking options that evolve with their wants and way of life. These options ought to be customized to every consumer and proceed to vary and evolve as their priorities do. We’ll proceed funding in AI and automation in 2023. As adoption and engagement with Erica and different digital capabilities grows, we are going to proceed to take a look at purchasers’ interactions and general monetary wants based mostly on their present use to assist inform our investments in new digital choices. 

BAN: How did AI enhancements enhance Erica in 2022?

JC: Financial institution of America continues to broaden and refine Erica’s capabilities to supply purchasers additional insights and steerage on optimizing money movement, managing debt, monitoring transactions, capitalizing on financial savings alternatives and balancing competing priorities to achieve important monetary objectives. In September 2022, we applied Cell Servicing Chat by Erica to attach purchasers with representatives to reply extra advanced servicing questions stay, with greater than 170,000 chats having already taken place.

We additionally built-in Erica’s capabilities additional throughout all areas of our enterprise, together with the launch of Erica for Advantages on-line and the growth of Erica’s experience to incorporate retirement-planning recommendation. We’re constantly enhancing Erica’s talents; the newest instance consists of recognitions of most of the widespread searches we see on our on-line banking web site. 

BAN: Are automation enhancements on the horizon for Erica?

JC: Our continued funding in Erica’s AI-powered capabilities allows us to rapidly reply to voice, textual content chat, or on-screen interactions from purchasers who want help with monetary transactions, whereas proactively delivering customized insights and recommendation at key moments. Erica affords distinctive interactive insights on how to save cash by paying down bank cards or notifying purchasers when recurring expenses resembling mobile phone payments or subscriptions improve unexpectedly.  

We proceed to refine and automate our tuning course of to make sure Erica continues to grow to be smarter and the solutions offered stay well timed and related to our purchasers. Tuning is a steady monitoring and retraining course of that our staff conducts within the background to ensure Erica stays a state-of-the-art monetary assistant. 

BAN: How does the financial institution select which upgrades to make for Erica?

JC: We’ve been on a journey of accelerating Erica’s capabilities to achieve all sectors of a consumer’s banking expertise. Our staff constantly opinions Erica consumer interactions and labels them to know consumer wants and requests. Labeling is the method of mapping a consumer’s query or request to the ensuing motion Erica will carry out. If any points or alternatives for enchancment are recognized throughout the labeling course of, our staff makes use of these learnings to re-train the Erica AI mannequin. This course of is repeated hundreds of occasions per 12 months to make sure Erica continues to grow to be smarter.  

BAN: What new tech is in your radar for 2023?

JC: Financial institution of America invests over $3 billion on new expertise initiatives annually. We’re centered on being open, versatile and quick as we put money into state-of-the-art digital banking expertise to assist our purchasers simply and securely handle their funds. We’re at all times taking a look at improvements in expertise and AI particularly that assist to drive additional automation at scale and ship a protected and seamless consumer expertise whereas holding them accountable for their data.  

Making use of knowledge, AI and enterprise intelligence to create tailor-made experiences with main capabilities and related and well timed data that empower our purchasers is on the heart of every part we do. At Financial institution of America, we’re devoted to constantly bettering our digital choices, in addition to listening to consumer suggestions and knowledge analytics to information what’s working and the way we are able to higher our providers. 

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