JOHNSON CITY — Dr. Larry White of East Tennessee University was the moderator recently at the inaugural special event of the East Tennessee Chapter of The Risk Management Association (RMA).
White, who holds the John H. Poteat Chair of Banking at ETSU, also serves as director of the Center for Banking and as a professor of finance in the ETSU College of Business and Technology.
The program, held in Knoxville, included a “Fireside Chat” with Greg Gonzales, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions, and Wendell Walker, assistant deputy comptroller in the Nashville office of the Office of the Comptroller of Currency, part of the United States Department of the Treasury.
Some 60 bankers and interested professionals attended the discussion of topics including the health of banks in Tennessee, managing risks and the future of the banking industry.
RMA welcomes new members to join the organization. Michael G. Comer, president of the group’s East Tennessee chapter, says, “Bankers are keenly aware of the challenges banks have faced. We always seek ways to improve performance and provide excellent service to our communities. After all, everyone acknowledges the vital link between healthy banks and economic prosperity.”
More events are in the planning stages. Al Foster of Keltic Financial Services notes, “We were extremely pleased at the attendance at the inaugural RMA event. We exist to serve banking and related professionals through improvement of skills and with timely information.
The national RMA was founded in 1914 as a not-for-profit, member-driven professional organization with the sole purpose of advancing the use of sound risk principles in the financial services industry. The association promotes an enterprise-wide approach to risk management that focuses on credit risk, market risk and operational risk.
The Philadelphia-based organization has approximately 2,500 institutional members, including banks of all sizes, as well as non-bank financial institutions. They are represented in the association by 16,000 risk management professionals who are chapter members in financial centers throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
For further information about RMA, contact Comer at (865) 429-7513.