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 18,000 risk management professionals who are chapter members in financial centers throughout North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific.

Interested in getting involved with RMA and this Chapter? Go to www.rmahq.org/membership to find out how.


April 27, 2017
Women in Banking II
Little Rock, Arkansas

Luncheon Panel Discussion featuring a lively and in-depth discussion of banking topics.  Panelists being added and currently committed include:
Karen Bjelland - United Community Bank - SBA Chief Credit Officer - Greenville, South Carolina

Lisa Ray - Arvest Bank - Regional Executive, Northwest Arkansas

Susan Blair - Bank of the Ozarks - EVP / Director of Investor Relations. Little Rock, Arkansas

Shelly Loftin - Bear State Financial - Chief Administration Officer, Little Rock, Arkansas

Martie North - Simmons Bank - Director of Community Development / CRA, Little Rock, Arkansas 

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 dmarks@arvest.com if you have questions.

Freddie Black / Simmons Bank
Lake Village

Eileen Jennings / Arvest Bank

Mark Skelton / FNBC

Itzel Meador / Regions Bank
Little Rock

Ed Owens / Arvest Bank
Little Rock

Jeff Richardson / Bank of the Ozarks

Breakfast with Congressman and Comissioner

Join us for a tasty treat on August 11, 2016 from 7:30 - 9:00am when Talk Business & Politics Roby Brock moderates an informative discussion with U.S. Congressman 2nd District French Hill and Arkansas State Banking Commissioner Candace Franks.  Hosted by BKD and catered by Panera Bread - held in the Regions Tower 26th Floor @ 400 W Capitol in Downtown Little Rock.  Headline Sponsorship is available for a modest fee - please contact David Marksdmarks@arvest.com.  Tickets are available from Nannette Daniels ndaniels@arvest.com for only $19 each or $99 for Six.  Parking in the attached deck will be validated so bring your ticket, enjoy pastry, coffee or a sandwich.  Bring your questions for the Q & A Session.

U.S. Congressman 2nd District French Hill

Banking Commissioner Candy Franks

Roby Brock / Talk Business & Politics - Moderator

Host Site Sponsor

  Breakfast Sponsor

  Moderator Sponsor

President's Award

2016 Central Arkansas RMA Chapter President's Award to be presented live on stage during Pioneers of Banking Luncheon September 22, 2016.

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, 2015 and 2016 RMA HQ Chapter Excellence Award in the Communications category. We were voted the overall Winner in 2015. Other finalists have included the Los Angeles California Chapter, the Carolinas-Virginias 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 three years in a row.

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 dmarks@arvest.com if you have any questions.

Join RMA and the Central Arkansas Chapter

Breakfast Meeting

Timothy Yeager
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
ABA Chair in Banking

June 15 @ 7:45am
Presented by BKD

Tickets $15


Luncheon Meeting

February 23, 2017
Meredith Elliott Powell
Little Rock, Arkansas


OWN IT! Sales, Leadership and Engagement.  Instilling Ownership at Every Level.  Increasing Profits at Every Turn.
Nationally recognized keynote speaker will present an exciting and informative program.  

VIDEO MESSAGE from Meridith

September 22, 2016

Pioneers of Banking
Little Rock, Arkansas

Marketing Flyer

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: dmarks@arvest.com.  Panelists scheduled to appear include:

Pete Yuan / IberiaBank - Arkansas President - Little Rock

Virgil Miller / Arvest Bank - CRA Director - Little Rock

Cathy Owen / Eagle Bank & Trust - Chairman of the Board - Little Rock

Itzel Meador / Regions Bank / Vice President SBA - Little Rock

Darrin Williams / Southern Bancorp / Chief Executive Officer - Little Rock

Headline Sponsor - Accounting

Headline Sponsor - Attorney
Headline Sponsor - Vendor

Event Program Sponsor

President's Award Sponsor

Lunch Food Sponsor

A/V Technology Sponsor
Moderator Sponsor

June 20,2016
Golf Tournament - Charity
Maumelle County Club

Golf Flyer - Click Here

Keith Jackson / P.A.R.K. and Marcus Guinn / Arvest Bank

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


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.



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:  Marcus Guinn, Arvest Bank
Vice President: Gary Edwards CPA, BKD LLP
2nd Vice President: Colbey Frisbee, First Community Bank
Treas/Events:  Kristen Brown CPA, JPMSCox
Secretary:  Robert Smith, Friday, Eldredge & Clark
Board Members:
Jackson Balentine, Regions Bank
Daniel Beck, Quattlebaum, Grooms and Tull
Erin Brogdon, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings
Aaron Brooks, Bank of the Ozarks
Kristen Brown CPA, JPMS Cox
Ryan Carrus, CAIA, CFP, Carrus Financial Management
David Coleman, Malvern National Bank
Karen Davidson, Commercial National Bank
Heather Drew, OneBanc & Trust
Adam Gilbert, DD&F Consulting
Christine Miller, US Bank
Phillip Partain, Arvest Bank
Ronnie Peters, DD&F Consulting
Robert Smith, Friday, Eldredge & Clark
Steve Sperry, Regions Bank
Past President: David Marks, Arvest Bank

Chapter 2nd Vice President & Golf Committee Co-Chair Colbey Frisbee / First Community Bank

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

Board Member Adam Gilbert / DD&F Consulting

Chapter President Marcus Guinn / Arvest Bank

Board Member David Coleman / Malvern National Bank

Kristen Brown CPA / JPMS Cox - Chapter Treasurer