Welcome to the
New Orleans Chapter

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 1,600 institutional members that include banks of all sizes as well as nonbank financial institutions. They are represented in the Association by 31,000 individuals located throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia/Pacific.

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

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

Join us for the RMA’s Governance, Compliance, and Operational Resiliency (GCOR) XVIII Virtual Conference

Join us virtually on June 18-21, 2024

In today’s rapidly changing world, managing operational risk is a necessity not an option. As your professional association, RMA takes great pride in developing practical, thoughtful, and timely programs designed to enhance your skills and increase your value to your institution. GCOR is the only governance, compliance, and operational resiliency conference developed by the industry, for the industry.

For inquiries into our all-access institutional pricing, contact your Relationship Manager 


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The New Orleans Chapter Officers/Board Members for the 2023-2024 fiscal year:

President - Chris Miller, Hancock Whitney
Vice President - Sam Giesler, Advantage Capital
Secretary – Eric Gauthier, Hancock Whitney
Treasurer – Chris Saybe, Capital One

Education Chair – Christa White, Hancock Whitney
Communications Chair – Brent Cheramie, Capital One
Programming Chair – Chris Miller, Hancock Whitney
Young Professionals Chair – Eric Gauthier, Hancock Whitney
Audit Chair – Tom Archer, Hancock Whitney
Academic Chair – David Burrell, Hancock Whitney
Membership Chair – Julie Nosser, Hancock Whitney
Director- Brigitte Rener, Fidelity Bank
Director – Shelley Frey, Fidelity Bank
Director – Jori Hawkins, Fidelity Bank
Director – Don Hensel, University of New Orleans

Photos from the RMA/TMA Holiday Happy Hour which took place on November 30, 2023

Revitalizing the RMA New Orleans Chapter

The RMA New Orleans Chapter Update
I am pleased to announce the addition of Brigitte Rener, Shelley Frey and Jori Hawkins of Fidelity Bank as
new Board members for the New Orleans Chapter. They are great additions to our Board and the New
Orleans Chapter has already seen the impact of their being on the Board through their suggestions and
participation in Board meetings.

Thus far in the 2023 – 2024 fiscal year, the New Orleans Chapter has provided the following for our

CAMELS Ratings in Commercial Banking – Thanks to the Dustin Martin of the Gulf Coast
Chapter in Houston, TX for allowing the New Orleans Chapter to attend this event.

Property Insurance Challenges – Thanks to Dave Reasons of Marsh McLennan for his great
insights into the property insurance market.

RMA/TMA Holiday Happy Hour – Thanks to Joseph Briggett and Olivia Greenberg from the
Turnaround Management Association as well as Sam Gieseler from RMA’s New Orleans Chapter for
planning this event that was held at the Virgin Hotel on November 30 th . Special thanks to Jones Walker
for being the sponsor of this event. Approximately 40 people attended this wonderful event that
celebrated the holidays.

I would like to note that, in order to grow the overall membership of RMA and to make students aware
of RMA and RMA Scholarship opportunities, David Burrell and I visited Southern University in Baton
Rouge. Our hope is to visit other universities including those that are in New Orleans. Thanks to David
Burrell, the New Orleans Chapter Academic chair for his efforts.

Upcoming scheduled events include the following educational offerings:

Analyzing Business Tax Returns on March 11, 2024
Analyzing Personal Financial Statements and Tax Returns on March 12, 2024.

Potential programs for Spring/Summer 2024 include an economic presentation by the New Orleans
Federal Reserve and possibly RMA’s Asset Based Lending for Non-Asset Based Lenders class.

Thanks so much to all of the New Orleans Chapter Board members for the success that we’ve had thus
far in the 2023-2024 fiscal year.

Chris Miller
President, RMA New Orleans Chapter