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2017 Events

February 23, 2017
Meridith Elliott Powell
Clinton Presidential Library
Little Rock, Arkansas

April 27, 2017
Women in Banking II
Luncheon and Panel Discussion
Clinton Presidential Library
Little Rock, Arkansas

Karen Bjelland / TD Bank
Commercial Lending / South Carolina

Lisa Ray / Arvest Bank
Regional Executive / Springdale, Arkansas

Additional Panelists to be Announced

2016 Events

October 27, 2016
Breakfast - Commercial and Residential Real Estate Market Review
CBRE - Stephen Cosby
Hosted by BKD

September 22, 2016
Pioneers of Banking Luncheon and Panel Discussion

August 11, 2016
Breakfast with the Congressman and Commissioner
Hosted by BKD and Sponsored by DD&F Consulting

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



2015 Events

Luncheon Event
Clinton Presidential Center
September 17, 2015

Frank Keating, President and CEO, American Bankers Association


16th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Maumelle Country Club
June 2015

Sunny skies, warm breeze, tasty food, cold drinks and a golfing good time and four-person teams scamble to raise funds for our annual charity benefactor.




Past Events

Please place your mouse on the EVENTS Tab on the above toolbar.  Click on Chapter Events to review our array of previous Luncheons, Breakfast, Panel Discussions and various functions.

CBRE / Stephen Cosby
Breakfast / Commercial and Residential Real Estate
August 4, 2015

Signature Event
Luncheon / Panel Discussion
May 14, 2015

Arkansas and Regional Based Bank CEO's in a professionally moderated panel discussion.  What this space for more details including panelist announcements and sponsorship opportunities.

 Luncheon Event
Jan Hargrave
'The Body Language Expert'
Jan Hargrave & Associates

February 26, 2014

As a professional speaker, distinguished lecturer, author of Let Me See Your Body Talk, Freeway of Love, Judge the Jury and Strictly Business Body Language, Jan applies her amazing skills to show you how to take advantage of the vast world of nonverbal communication. She’s been a popular guest of the Montel Williams Show, Fox News, Great Day Houston, The Learning Channel, and E-Entertainment Television. Jan is also a contributing author to: The New York Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, In Touch Weekly, Us Weekly, Golf Magazine and The Forensic Examiner. Nearly 70 attended and program feedback was fantastic. Door Prizes included 10 Books by Jan Hargrave.

Breakfast Event
Rick Buczynki
IBISWorld - Chief Economist and Senior Vice President
February 11, 2015
Little Rock - Cost $20

Program: Identifying Solid Lending Opportunities

Luncheon Event
Dev Strischek 
SunTrust Bank
Corporate Risk Managment

November 6, 2014

(left to right) - Micky Rigby, Dev Strischek, Bill Scholl
and David Straessle @ Clinton Presidential Library

Evening Event
After Party at the Afterthought
Little Rock, Arkansas
September 11, 2014

Luncheon Event
William 'Bill' Githens
President and CEO
Risk Management Assocation
September 11, 2014

Central Arkansas RMA host approx 50 attendees for this informative Luncheon Event at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. RMA HQ President & CEO William 'Bill' Githens from Philadelphia, PA visited Little Rock, beginning with him an informative program focusing on the current state of risk management in our industry. He focused a large portion of the program on RMA History, Purpose, Mission and Future. Cindee Munron, RMA Regional Manager, from Scottsdale, AZ attended the luncheon as well.

Breakfast Event

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


2014 Golf Tournament

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.

Maumelle Country Club
June 16, 2014
The 15th Annual Central Arkansas RMA Annual Golf Tournament was held at the beautiful Maumelle Country Club in Maumelle, Arkansas. Please Click on the GOLF Tab on the above toolbar to learn more about this exciting, affordable tournament.

RMA - Golf Tournament - 2014 Flyer.pdf

Women in Banking

SIgnature Event:  Luncheon & Panel Discussion

Clinton Presidential Center Grand Hall

May 20, 2014


Luncheon: Women in Banking - Panel Discussion @ the Clinton Center Grand Hall drew approx. 170 attendees making this the largest chapter meeting in our history.  This was an extra special chapter event where the Ladies of Banking took center stage during a moderated, lively discussion. We learned what special challenges, triumphs, pitfalls and successes await experienced and novice women in banking. We presented a mix of national and local panelists in order to give a board view from Central Arkansas and on larger, more wide spread level.


Professionally moderated by television's Talk Business & Politics Host Roby Brock.

Panelist Karla Payne / Arvest and Associates

Top: WIB Panel                Bottom: Guests Arriving

Click on our Women in Banking Tab on the above Toolbar for complete event details.

Thomas Savage

Luncheon Event

Wells Fargo Corporation
Whole Loan Services & Collateral Monitoring Manager
February 26, 2014

Thomas Savage - Wells Fargo Bank

Jacksonville, Florida Banker Thomas Savage, in additional his duties with Wells Fargo, is a Professional Development & Accountability Sales Specialist. Mr. Savage is an RMA HQ Recommended Speaker who has made informative and enlightening presentations across the country. Savage maintains corporate offices in Denver as well as Florida. He and his local RMA Chapter facilitate a successful Banking School accredited by the University of Central Florida. He remains very involved with the Risk Management Association. He highly recommends that bankers get and stay involved with RMA.

Savage took time from his busy schedule to visit Little Rock, bringing a powerful sales and service message to the chapter. Look in the 2Q2014 newsletter, when published, for some of his 'best practices' for success.


Richard J. Parsons

Luncheon Event
Broke: America's Banking System

November 14, 2013
Central Arkansas RMA Chapter proudly hosted noted author / banker Richard J Parsons direct from Charolett, North Carolina at the prestigous Clinton School for Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas to speak at a recent luncheon event.

Event Price $35
Nov. Luncheon - Parsons.pdf

Richard J Parsons – has authored or co-authored several articles about bank risk management in The RMA Journal. He has also authored three articles for the American Banker, including "Stinging Frogs and Other Unintended Consequences", which the American Banker recognized as one of its top 10 BankThink articles for 2012.



Richard Fisher Breakfast

October 4, 2013

The chapter proudly welcomed Mr. Richard Fisher, Federal Reserve Dallas President and CEO, for an extra Special Breakfast Meeting on Friday, October 4 @ the Clinton Library Grand Hall beginning at 7am. This was an unprecedented opportunity to see Mr. Fisher live and in person in Little Rock. Known for his maverick, outspoken style, which is sometimes in opposition to the standard operating procedure, Mr. Fisher has appeared on many television programs including the popular CNBC ‘Squawk Box’ show and Bloomberg Television. This guest has been over two years in the making. 65 attended and enjoyed the opportunity to see an amazing guest speaker and eat a full gourmet breakfast buffet with something for everybody. Three media outlets covered the event including reporters for Reuters, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.

Event tickets were $75 each with 3/4 table arrangements
VIP tables of 10 for $550.with standard seating

Breakfast Registration-Fisher.pdf

Past Events

Author / Banker - Courtney Dufries
Luncheon Meeting - September 24, 2013

Mr. Courtney Dufries is a lifelong banker, experienced regulator, successful consultant and trained sconomist. His presentation touched on the social, political and financial events that created, and still influence, our banking industry.  Mr. Dufries presented signed copies of his book for a 50% discount to attendees and even donated a portion of the proceeds to the chapter.  Approx 62 attended this event and gave positive feedback regarding the speaker, facility and lunch buffet. 

Charity Donation

The Central Arkansas RMA Chapter would like to announce that because of the success of our recent Charity Golf Tournament on June 3, 2013, we were able to donate $2,500 to Junior Achievement of Arkansas.  Thank you to everyone who came out and participated and supported us in this endeavor.  We would like to also thank everyone who worked so hard leading up to the event, and on the day of, to make this a great success.

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