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 1,900 institutional members that include banks of all sizes as well as nonbank financial institutions. They are represented in the association by 18,500 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.

Gulf Coast Chapter Receives Platinum Level Award Again

The Gulf Coast Chapter has been in existence since July 17, 1984. We’ve come a long way with the help of many dedicated leaders. We’re so proud to announce that this is the 9th year the Chapter has received the Platinum Award, which is the highest award a chapter can receive for its efforts in providing meaningful programming events for the local chapter. Programming events include educational events, general membership events, round tables, women in finance, and young professional events. Here is a list of past presidents who have helped to make this happen: Annette Nguyen (2010-2011); Daryl Bohls (2011-2012); Lisa Wood (2012-2013); Debbie McSpadden (2013-2014); Jaclyn Kaiser (2014-2015); Trey Rice (2015-2016) & (2016-2017); Gene Hayes (2017-2018); Cynthia Olsen (2018-2019); James Gaskins (2019-2020). Programming events are made possible with the support of the chapter board, our membership and sponsors. We’re proud to bring home the Platinum Award for the Gulf Coast!

About the Chapter

The Gulf Coast 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.

Also visit the Texas Regional Chapter website!



RMA Gulf Coast Presents:
Chief Risk Officer Panel
  • Angela Harper: Sr. EVP & CRO | Veritex Community Bank
  • Okan Akin: President & CRO | Allegiance Bank
  • Travis Dreibelbis: EVP & CRO | Woodforest National Bank
Moderated by Joanie McFarland SVP: Credit Administrator | Woodforest National Bank


October 20, 2021


11:30 am - 1:00 pm 


This will be a Zoom call.  

Login details will be sent out the day before the event


Free for RMA Associate/Texas Members

$15 for Non-Members

Click here to learn about becoming a member! 

Angela Harper: Sr. EVP & CRO | Veritex Community Bank

Angela Harper has served at Veritex Community Bank’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer since 2009. Ms. Harper oversees enterprise risk, operational risk, Bank Secrecy Act, and the regulatory compliance departments of the bank. From 2002 to 2009, Ms. Harper served in various capacities at Colonial Bank, including Senior Vice President, Credit Administration Officer and Risk Management Officer for the Texas region. Ms. Harper has been in banking for over 30 years and began her career in banking as a Bank Examiner at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University. Ms. Harper is a Certified Enterprise Risk Professional and a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager through the American Bankers’ Association. She is a member of Texas Tech’s Rawls College of Business Advisory Council, serves on the Board of the Excellence in Banking Program at Texas Tech and the newly established Williams Institute of Community Banking at Texas Tech.

Okan Akin: President & CO | Allegiance Bank

Okan Akin serves as President and Chief Risk Officer of Allegiance Bank and Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. He has over 20 years’ experience in the banking industry in Houston. Mr. Akin joined Independence Bank as Senior Credit Officer in August 2002. He was promoted to Chief Credit Officer in 2004 and later promoted to President in August 2009. He served as CEO of Independence Bank from July 2010 to November 15, 2013. Independence Bank merged with and into Allegiance Bank, the wholly owned subsidiary of Allegiance Bancshares, Inc., effective November 15, 2013. Since joining Allegiance Bank in 2013, he has held the position of Regional President, Deputy Chief Credit Officer and Chief Administration Officer. Okan holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Houston.


Travis Dreibelbis: EVP & CRO | Woodforest National Bank

Travis Dreibelbis serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer at Woodforest National Bank, a $9.5B Bank with more than 760 branch locations across 17 states, headquartered in the Woodlands, TX. Travis started his banking career as an Internal Investigator with Woodforest National Bank, before later moving into the BSA arena in 2012 as the Bank’s Suspicious Activity Reporting Manager. Soon after, he transitioned into the role of BSA Manager before being appointed as the BSA/OFAC Officer and led a successful BSA compliance program for Woodforest for several years.


Travis took over as EVP and Chief Risk Officer in May 2021, and currently oversees the BSA/OFAC and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) departments at Woodforest, while also acting as the bank’s primary regulatory liaison. Additionally, as chair of Woodforest’s Executive Risk Committee and Executive BSA/OFAC Committee, Travis frequently reports on the risk status of the organization and makes recommendations regarding risk strategies to Executive management and the Board of Directors.


Travis holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), serves as a committee member on the Gulf Coast AML Forum, is a board member of the Houston ACAMS Chapter, and is a member of the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) Risk Committee. An avid outdoorsman, Travis resides in Spring, Texas with his wife Lindsay and sons Owen and Myles.

Joanie McFarland SVP: Credit Administrator | Woodforest National Bank


More Great Events Coming Soon! 

RMA Announcements

RMA Community Bank Survey 2021

The unique events of the past year presented community banks with unprecedented challenges, yet many lenders demonstrated significant resilience and nimbleness for their borrowers amid the public health crisis.

From new industry standards to technological advancement, this velocity of change has served as a wake-up call for many community bank leaders looking to the future. The 2021 RMA Community Bank Survey offers a glimpse into what community banking leaders have on their minds and their sincere answers to what is next for community banks.

Our findings show that senior executives are focused on accelerated digital transformation across the industry, with cybersecurity and IT risks top risk management issues this year.

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Our New Virtual Courses Have Arrived 

View the courses here: https://bit.ly/35RjO2n 

We are happy to share that many of the RMA courses we have offered in-person in the past are now  available as live virtual courses! 

Our virtual courses will not only make professional development safe and easy for everyone, but also  provide a more flexible, accessible learning environment for members far and wide. 

Most courses are made up of three two-hour sessions and seats are filling up fast, so be sure to sign  up today! 

Register now: https://bit.ly/35RjO2n 

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