Steve Bartlett is joining Treliant Risk Advisors early next month. It'll be a part-time gig, but the former Financial Services Roundtable CEO plans to make Treliant his home base for the range of consulting work he's picked up since leaving the Roundtable late last year.

Treliant CEO Andy Sandler said he expects Bartlett will "really help us with our public policy practice."

"He's just so well known to everybody and he has so much perspective on all of the important issues…that we just think he brings great value to our clients."

Before representing the largest financial services companies here, Bartlett represented Texas' 3rd congressional district and served on the House Banking Committee. Throw in his experience as the Mayor of Dallas and Bartlett has seen things from the local, federal and industry perspective.

Last week, Bartlett's successor, Tim Pawlenty, elevated his long-time colleague Eric Holpin to the association's #2 spot. Holpin will take over from Rich Whiting, who plans to retire in February after 30 years with the Roundtable.

Whiting was among the first people I met when I began working at American Banker in 1987. He patiently explained complicated regulations — work on Basel I was just beginning then — and introduced me to people who remain key sources today.

Whiting has few equals in Washington; he's well-liked, well-connected, well-respected.

I know I am one of many who will miss him.