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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.

Commercial Banker of the Year Award

Nomination Form - Click Here

2nd Annual CBOTY Award sponsored by Gill Ragon Owen will be announced live on stage at the Sept 22 Pioneers of Banking Luncheon.  Central Arkansas RMA Chapter is seeking applications and nominations for the best Commercial Banker in Arkansas.  Bank CEO's are not eligible this year.  All others involved in the commercial loan process are eligible including, but not limited to commercial loan officers, loan assistants, department leaders, lending support, SBA lenders, and more.  Our Selection Committee will evaluate all submissions, choosing at least five finalists to attend the Pioneers Luncheon where the ultimate winner will be announced.  Please contact David Marks, Selection Committee Co-Chair, at if you have questions.

Breakfast - CBRE

Stephen Cosby
Real Estate Market Review

August 14, 2015
7:30 - 8:45am

Presentation completely updated. Photos below of 3Q2014 Breakfast.

Breakfast catered by Panera Bread.  Hosted by Friday, Eldredge & Clark.  Parking validation if you use the attached deck.  Bring your ticket.

Regions Tower
3rd Floor - Dogwood Conference Room
400 W Capital Ave
Little Rock, AR

$20 per ticket includes breakfast, parking validation
(as applicable), speaker program and presentation materials handout.

CEO Summit

May 14, 2015

11:00am - 1:00pm
Clinton Presidential Center
Little Rock, Arkansas

$40 Single Registration - SOLD OUT
$400 Table of 10 Registration - SOLD OUT

First Class Luncheon and Professionally Moderated Panel Discussion combining a mix of Arkansas Bank CEO's and Regional Bank CEO's.  210 attended the 'Sold Out' Clinton Presidential Center Grand Hall.

CEO Summit - Event Program

Jill Castilla
Citizens Bank of Edmond - CEO

George A. Makris, Jr.
Simmons First National Corporation - CEO

Kevin Sabin
Arvest Bank - President and CEO

C. Randall Sims
Home Bancshares, Inc. - President and CEO

Larry T. Wilson
First Arkansas Bank & Trust - Chairman, President and CEO

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.

President's Award

The 2015 Central Arkansas RMA Chapter President's Award, Sponsored by Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, was earned by CEO Summit Committee Co-Chair Gary Edwards / BKD LLP.  Edwards consistently put 'service above self' enabling the chapter to reach and achieve greater success in the past year.  He was awarded a striking plaque and a Visa Gift Card.

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.

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. 

Central Arkansas RMA Chapter is proud to begin serving your area and all four corners of the Natural State.  Our Central Arkansas based class schedule through August 2015 is now available. We now have RMA training classes for the NW Arkansas Corridor.  Please visit our Training Page for classes scheduled April 28 and 29, 2015 in Springdale, Arkansas.  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.

Join RMA and the Central Arkansas Chapter

Luncheon Meeting

September 22, 2016
Pioneers of Banking
Little Rock, Arkansas

Save the date for this Annual Signature Event to be held in the Grad Hall of the William J Clinton Presidential Library.  Celebrate diversity in banking via this Luncheon and Professionally Moderated Panel Discussion.  Details coming soon.  For sponsorship opportunities please contact:  Panelists scheduled to appear include:

Barbara Rehm / Promontory - Washington, DC

Pete Yuan / IberiaBank - Arkansas President - Little Rock

Virgil Miller / Arvest Bank - CRA Director - Little Rock

***Additional Panels to be Announced Soon***

June 20,2016
Golf Tournament - Charity
Maumelle County Club

Golf Flyer - Click Here

Tournament Headline Sponsor

Luncheon Sponsor

May 12, 2016 
Cyber Threat / Data Security Luncheon & Panel Discussion

CLICK HERE - Event Flyer  

Chapter Newsletter 
CLICK HERE - View Newsletter

Frank Keating
American Bankers Association
President & CEO

                       Presented By

September 17, 2015
Clinton Center - Little Rock

Bio - Frank Keating

Tickets $35 each
Table of 10 $325

Invoice or Credit Cards:

Board Activity

Chapter Leaders Conference
Scottsdale, AZ  June 18 - 19, 2015
Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa

Central Arkansas Chapter
had three board members attend this year's conference. Board Members attended a number of RMA sessions designed to enhance the chapter experience both for board members and the area we serve.  The networking opportunities, receptions and even casino night led to over 200 chapter board members coming together from three countries.

Mid-South Regional Chapter, RMA HQ Regional Mgrs and Central Arkansas Chapter
gather for dinner and fellowship at Little Rock's oldest operating Italian restaurant Bruno's Little Italy on the evening of May 14, 2015

L to R: Tom Holbik / RMA - Boston & Cindee Munro / RMA - Scottsdale, Brandon Bryant & Wife / Past President Mid-South - Memphis

L to R: Don Hensel / New Orleans, Julie Nosser / New Orleans, Rick Pierce / Simmons Bank Pine Bluff, David Coleman / Simmons Bank Little Rock and David Straessle  Relyance Bank Little Rock

Annual Board Appreciation Dinner @ Cantina Laredo in Little Rock - January 2015

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 in 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


Most Recent Training Class

Business Writing for Bankers

December 7, 2015
Hosted by BKD LLP - Little Rock

Small classes allow great student to teacher ratios providing al attendees with complete learning and mentoring, not to mention excellent networking!

Analyzing Business Tax Returns
& Analyzing Personal Financial
Statements and Tax Returns

December 3 & 4, 2015
Hosted by BKD LLP - Little Rock

These popular classes drew registrations from Arkansas. Kansas and Missouri.  Held in the 25 Floor Board Room of BKD, our attendees enjoyed their courses and local hospitality.


Lending to Wealthy Borrower's 

April 23, 2015

Hosted by Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP - Little Rock

The L2W training class was recently completely rewritten and re-launched by RMA HQ. This particular training class sold out and marked the first time the class was offered by the Central Arkansas Chapter.  A number of Wealth Client Managers and Private Banking professionals attended.

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: Marcus Guinn, Arvest Bank
2nd Vice President: Gary Edwards CPA, BKD LLP
Treas/Events:  Christine Miller, Heartland Bank
Secretary:  Colbey Frisbee, First Community Bank
Golf Committee Co-Chairs: 
Aaron Brooks, Bank of the Ozarks
Colbey Frisbee, First Community Bank
Education:  Phillip Partain, Arvest Bank
Board Members:
Jackson Balentine, Regions Bank
Daniel Beck, Quattlebaum, Grooms and Tull
Desi Berry, BOSC Inc - Bank of Oklahoma
Kristen Brown CPA, JPMS Cox
Ryan Carrus, CAIA, CFP, Carrus Financial Management
Heather Drew, OneBanc & Trust
Robb Fiser, ProfitStars
Adam Gilbert, DD&F Consulting
Ronnie Peters, DD&F Consulting
Robert Smith, Friday, Eldredge & Clark
David Straessle, Relyance Bank
Past President: Karen Davidson, Commercial National Bank
Events Coordinator: position open

Chapter Secretary & Golf Committee Co-Chair Colbey Frisbee / First Community Bank

Past President Karen Davidson / Commercial National Bank is Mid-South Regional Chapter Secretary and serves on the RMA HQ CLC Committee

Board Member Adam Gilbert / DD&F Consulting

Vice President Marcus Guinn / Arvest Bank

David Coleman / Simmons Bank