After Party at the Afterthought

September 11, 2014
Little Rock, Arkansas

Retired Banker and former RMA HQ Board Member Micky Ribgy appeared live on stage with a collection of solo guitarists to an engaged, packed audience. Several RMA members attended including Bill Githens, Cndee Munro and David Marks. Rigby and his fellow musicians have played across Arkansas and beyond. You can find some of Rigby's previous performances on YouTube.

Northwest Arkansas Chapter

WELCOME - Central Arkansas RMA Chapter is proud to begin serving your area and all four corners of the Natural State.  We have RMA training classes under development for the NW Arkansas Corridor.  Please visit our Training Page for classes scheduled in April 2015.  Please bookmark this site for updates and take a moment to explore our website content. Please contact Chapter President David Marks if you have any questions.

President's Award

Chapter Treasurer and Women in Banking Committee Co-Chair Christine Miller of Heartland Bank is the 1st Ever Winner of the New Annual Central Arkansas RMA Chapter President's Award.  This recognition was given at our May 20 - Women in Banking Luncheon / Panel Discussion.  In addition to public recognition and a lovely plaque, Miller was a awarded a Visa Gift Card.

Christine Miller / Heartland Bank

Chapter Excellence

Central Arkansas RMA Chapter was named as a Finalist for the 2014 RMA HQ Chapter Excellence Award for Communications.  Other finalists were the Los Angeles California Chapter and the Vermont Chapter.  The Communications category is composed of chapter efforts in our Website, Email Marketing and Quarterly Newsletter.  This is the 1st time a chapter in the Mid-South Region has been named a finalist for the Excellence Award.

Women in Banking

Luncheon Event

Women in Banking
Luncheon - Panel Discussion
May 20, 2014 - 11am to 1pm

Central Arkansas RMA Chapter
 proudly hosted our first ever Women in Banking Luncheon and Panel Discussion Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 11am - 1pm at the William J Clinton Presidential Library Grand Hall in Little Rock, Arkansas. Approx 170 Attended this event.  For complete details please click the blue Women in Banking Tab at the top of the toolbar. 

RMA - WIB - Event Program.pdf

Program Sponsored by Wright, Lindsey and Jennings LLP

Panelists included:

Barb Godin – Regions Financial Senior EVP / Chief Credit Officer – Birmingham, Alabama
Amy W. Johnson - Simmons First National Bank Senior Vice President / Marketing

Patricia Johnson – US Bank VP Senior Relationship Manager / Private Client Group – Little Rock

Debbie R. Knight – One Bank & Trust Company Senior Vice President / Retail Administration – Little Rock

Heather Landy – Editor-in-Chief American Banker Magazine – New York

Judy Lawton – Heartland Bank Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating Officer – Little Rock

Karla Payne – Arvest Bank Chief Financial Officer – Lowell, Arkansas


Special Event
Fall 2015

When you think of Risk Management what is the first thing to come to mind?  Paintball of course.  Enjoy an afternoon of Team Building, Strategy, Triumph, Struggle, Fun, Food and Fellowship as you fight to survive against your fellow financial services peers.  Is there a banker who you just love to hate?  Somebody who always beats your deal or gets your goat?  Well, now is the time to get 'em back.  Just Paint, Baby!

Contact Ryan Carrus / Chapter Vice President for more information:

Largest Paintball Range in Arkansas!

About RMA

Founded in 1914, The Risk Management Association (RMA) is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association, whose sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk principles in the financial services industry. RMA promotes an enterprise approach to risk management that focuses on credit risk, market risk, and operational risk.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, RMA has approximately 2,500 institutional members that include banks of all sizes as well as nonbank 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/Pacific.

          RMA - Info.pdf

2014-2015 Annual Statement Studies Submissions
Deadline:  Friday, July 11, 2014
Send submissions to
Click here for more information.

About the Chapter

The Central Arkansas Chapter, like all RMA chapters, is organized and run by volunteer members. We strongly encourage current or prospective members to become involved in shaping the future direction of the chapter by contacting any of the current officers or committee chairs. We would also be happy to discuss the many benefits that can be derived from membership in RMA.

Our Chapter Board continues to recruit and welcome new members. Contact us today to learn more.

Join RMA and the Central Arkansas Chapter
To find out more information about this chapter please contact:
Karen Davidson
Summit Bank
Benton, AR

Also visit the Mid-South Regional Chapter website.

Breaking News

RMA - Newsletter - 4Q2014

Social Media

Join Central Arkansas RMA Chapter on our recently created Facebook and LinkedIn pages.  Please visit and 'Like Us' today!

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Chapter Events

Luncheon Event
Jan Hargrave 
Hargrave & Associates
The Body Language & Non-Verbal Communication Expert

February 26, 2015

Jan Hargrave - Bio & Program

Jan Hargrave teaches you the ways in which your body communicates to the world around you. Her information could help you to “read” your customers, your family, your students, your associates, in fact, everyone around you.  Ms. Hargrave continues to inspire many of today’s leading corporations, such as Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, Starbucks, Rockwell, ESPN, Sun Life Financial Distributors, Exxon, Chase Manhattan Bank, NASA, El Paso Energy, Bank of America, and at the USA MWR Training and Development Center in Heidelberg, Germany.

Jan Hargrave teaches you the ways in which your body communicates to the world around you. Her information could help you to “read” your customers, your family, your students, your associates, in fact, everyone around you.  Ms. Hargrave continues to inspire many of today’s leading corporations, such as Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, Starbucks, Rockwell, ESPN, Sun Life Financial Distributors, Exxon, Chase Manhattan Bank, NASA, El Paso Energy, Bank of America, and at the USA MWR Training and Development Center in Heidelberg, Germany.

      Clinton Presidential Library - Little Rock

Past Events

Luncheon Event

William 'Bill' Githens 
RMA HQ President & CEO
Philadelphia, PA

September 11, 2014

Nearly 50 attended this luncheon event to listen to Mr. Githens talk about the history, purpose and benefits of the Risk Management Association.  He shared many Centennial Celebration facts with the audience and touched on regulatory current events.  RMA HQ Regional Manager Cindee Munro also attended.

Breakfast Meeting
Stephen Cosby, MAI, MRICS
Executive Vice President | Managing Director
CBRE | Valuation & Advisory Services
July 31st, 2014

Comprensive overview of the Central Arkansas Commercial and Residential Real Estate Markets. Mr. Cosby presented Capitalization Rate and Value Trends and Determiners. Northwest Arkansas was also included with spotlights on Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Jonesboro and Pine Bluff. Approx 50 attended our 2nd Annual Breakfast Meeting.

Stephen Cosby, MAI, MRICS, is an Executive Vice President and Managing Director overseeing the North-west Arkansas and Little Rock offices of the South Central Region of CBRE. He has over 30 years of profes-sional experience in real estate appraisal and consulting. He has completed real estate appraisals, feasibility studies, rent analyses, litigation and market studies of commercial and residential properties in over a dozen states. Mr. Cosby holds the MAI designation and was one of the first appraisers in Arkansas to be certified as a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.

Sponsored by CBRE
Hosted by BKD LLP


The Risk Management Association celebrates 100 Years of Service in 2014.




Next Training Class

Lending to Wealthy Borrower's 

March 3, 2015

Little Rock, Arkansas
Host Site BKD LLP

Course Overview
Financial institutions that identify and meet the needs of wealthy individuals, and that can analyze the risks involved, have the opportunity to build profitable long-term relationships with these clients and their referrals.

Lending to the wealthy is somewhere in the middle of the commercial side and the retail side of banking. Wealthy clients aren't looking for the restrictions of consumer lending or for commercial lending based on corporate loan policy; they often look for a banker who can provide sizable, flexible credit facilities on a timely basis and who can understand and execute their requests for credit and noncredit services.

However, bankers servicing these individuals must be alert to the potential pitfalls. It is rare to have access to audited financial statements, so the banker must become more astute about obtaining, verifying, and analyzing financial information when making a credit decision.

Who will benefit?
If you are a lender, private banker, credit officer, credit analyst, or loan review officer with little or no experience lending to wealthy individuals, this introductory course will give you the basic information you need to make an informed loan decision when considering an application from a wealthy individual.

You will:

  • Determine the credit needs of wealthy individuals and how their borrowing needs change in response to their life stages.
  • Use techniques that help assess a wealthy individual's potential repayment sources.
  • Determine the risks involved in lending to wealthy individuals, related to the sources of the borrower's income and to financial and business investments.
  • Learn the specialized strategies for meeting the unique needs of wealthy borrowers through customized loan structures.

Continuing Education Credits:
NASBA CPE Hours: 8.0

Event#: 305504-15

Lending to Medicial and Dental Practices
April 9, 2015
Little Rock, Arkansas

Hosted by Heartland Bank - Corporate HQ

Course Overview
Many opportunities exist today for banks to provide services to medical and dental practices. To understand where the opportunities are, you must first understand the trends in this rapidly evolving industry. This course provides that insight.

Who will benefit?
If you are a lender, credit officer, credit analyst, or loan review officer with little or no experience in lending to medical or dental practices, this course will give you the information you need and the confidence you want when considering a credit for these groups.

You will: 

  • Understand how the legal and organizational structures of medical and dental practices and related organizations affect the ability to extend credit.
  • Understand how a practice's primary revenue sources set their rates, and how those rates can be affected in the future.
  • Learn about regulations-and their inherent risks-that affect medical practices.
  • Assess the management and business characteristics of practices.
  • Learn about the importance of accounts receivable in the success of a medical or dental practice.
  • Understand why medical and dental practices borrow.
  • Learn to structure credits for these groups to mitigate risk.
  • Be able to make a loan decision for a medical or dental practice.

Continuing Education Credits
NASBA CPE Hours: 8.0

Event#: 302022-15

Special Discount
Utilize online registration for a $25 discount

Registration Available
Please visit our Training Page for details


Most Recent Training Class

October 6 & 7, 2014
Hosted by Simmons First National Bank - Little Rock

Analyzing Personal Financial Statements & Tax Returns and Analyzing Business Tax Returns were held back-to-back,

RMA Lending Academy II

July 15 - 17, 2014
Hosted by Regions Bank - Little Rock

This was the first time this Three Day Class has been held in Arkansas.

The Chapter welcomed attendees from Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Board Members

Your Central Arkansas Board Members:

President:  David Marks, Arvest Bank
Vice President: Ryan Carrus, CAIA, Carrus Financial Mgmt
Treas/Events:  Christine Miller, Heartland Bank
Secretary:  Colbey Frisbee, Centennial Bank
Golf Committee Co-Chairs: 
David Coleman, Simmons First National
Colbey Frisbee, Centennial Bank
Education:  Phillip Partain, Simmons First National
Board Members:
Jackson Balentine, Regions Bank
Gary Edwards CPA, BKD LLP
Robb Fiser, Arvest Bank
Marcus Guinn, Arvest Bank
Gates Neiman, Regions Bank
Amy Pierce, DD&F Consulting
Robert Smith, Friday, Eldridge & Clark
Matthew Snyder, Regions Bank
David Straessle, Relyance Bank
Neal Wimberly, Rabo AgriFinance
Past President: Karen Davidson, Commercial National Bank

Board Activity

September 11, 2014 - After Party at the Afterthought

3Q2014 Board Meeting
hosted by BKD LLP from the 25th Floor of the Regions Bank Tower.

Several members of the Chapter Board enjoyed dinner with author / banker Richard J Parsons at Bosco's in Little Rock River Market District.  Parson's book 'Broke: America's Banking System' is published by the Risk Management Association.  Parson's was a Luncheon speaker on November 2013 at the Clinton School of Public Service.

Chapter Board presents donation check to Chad Kaufman, President, Junior Achievement of Arkansas.  Together we hope to increase Financial Literacy and Work Force Readiness in K - 12 students across Arknasas.

Panel Discussion - Lending Horror Stories
& Pitfalls @ Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock