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.


The New Orleans Chapter of RMA elected its 2019-2020 Board of Directors at their April 11th board meeting. 

Officers and Directors are:

President - Chris Miller, Hancock Whitney
Vice President - Anthony DiBenedetto, Wells Fargo
Secretary - Alana Guilbeau, Hancock Whitney
Treasurer - Zamir Luna, Capital One

Education Chair - Ryan Ortiz, Capital One
Communications Chair - Julie Nosser, Hancock Whitney
Programming Co-Chairs: Kelsey Box, Chase & Caroline Eagan, Chase
Membership Chair - Kelly McKinney, Hancock Whitney
Young Professionals Chair - Brent Cheramie, Capital One
Audit Co-Chairs: Tom Archer, Hancock Whitney & Laura Frischhertz, Ernst & Young
Academic Co-Chairs: Zach Sokolski, Hancock Whitney & Don Hensel, Hancock Whitney


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About the Chapter

The New Orleans 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 Mid-South Regional Chapter website.

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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Revitalizing the RMA New Orleans Chapter

The New Orleans Chapter’s reconstituted board was charged with revitalizing the chapter for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.   Since the year began in September 2019, the board’s enthusiasm has spurred an exciting year!  We have staged the following activities through March 2020:

         Economic Update from GNO, Inc. President & CEO Michael Hecht

         Young Professionals Social Event

         Women’s ABC Golf Clinic held at English Turn

         Three RMA webinars

              The CRE Scene

              Strategies for a Downturn

              OCC’s Fall 2019 Semiannual Risk Perspective

         Three RMA Classes:

              Analyzing Business Tax Returns

              Analyzing Personal Financial Statements and Tax Returns

              Structuring Commercial Loans I

         RMA Night Out with the New Orleans Pelicans

         University Outreach
- Presentations and student events at the Univ. of New Orleans and Tulane

         Annual Conference Support - RMA’s Annual Risk Management Conference – October 2019

         Upcoming Events…

         Please take advantage of these upcoming activities before this fiscal year ends in August 2020:

           Leveraged Lending Update: A Risk Readiness Webinar – April 21, 2020

           Detecting Problems Loans/Problem Loan Workouts classes - April 22-23, 2020

           Economic Update for these Uncertain Times (in planning stages potentially May 2020)

         Thanks so much to our board members for their efforts and energy in revitalizing the N.O. Chapter.


         Chris Miller

         President, RMA New Orleans Chapter