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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.

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

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:

Chapter Newsletter

RMA - Newsletter - 3Q2015

Social Media

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

Facebook    LinkedIn 

Chapter Events

June 15, 2015
Golf Tournament
Maumelle Country Club

Four Person Scramble Event complete Fresh Grilled Lunch and plenty of Cold Drinks.  Please see our Golf Page for more details or email

RMA - Golf Tournament - Flyer 2015 


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

February 26, 2015



      Clinton Presidential Library - Little Rock

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

Next Training Class

Registration Available
Please visit our Training Page for details


Most Recent Training Class

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, Centennial Bank
Golf Committee Co-Chairs: 
David Coleman, Simmons Bank
Colbey Frisbee, Centennial Bank
Education:  Phillip Partain, Arvest Bank
Board Members:
Jackson Balentine, Regions Bank
Ryan Carrus, CAIA, CFP, Carrus Financial Management
Heather Drew, OneBanc & Trust
Robb Fiser, Central Bank
Adam Gilbert, DD&F Consulting
Social Media: Gates Neiman, Regions Bank
Ronnie Peters, DD&F Consulting
Robert Smith, Friday, Eldredge & Clark
Matthew Snyder, Regions Bank
David Straessle, Relyance Bank
Past President: Karen Davidson, Commercial National Bank
Events Coordinator: Mary Jacobsen, Arvest Bank

Chapter Secretary & Golf Committee Co-Chair Colbey Frisbee / Centennial 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