Community Banker Forums Hosted in West Virginia and Maryland

By Steve Malerba

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond recently hosted two Community Banker Forums — one on March 22 in Charleston, W.Va., and one on April 12 in Baltimore, Md. Representatives of state member banks, bank holding companies, and savings and loan holding companies took part in the forums.

Community Banker Forums allow us to disseminate relevant and timely information regarding regulatory and emerging issues. They also help us learn from — and deepen our relationships with — our Fifth District bankers, partner regulators and other industry organizations outside of the examination process. “Forums provide me with a unique opportunity to connect with bankers in our District by fielding their questions and hearing about what’s going on in their regions,” said Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker.

The Charleston forum featured a lunch program, with President Lacker delivering remarks on the economic outlook, Chief Operating Officer Sally Green discussing payments, and Supervision, Regulation and Credit (SRC) Senior Vice President Jennifer Burns speaking about stress testing. At the Baltimore forum, Lacker, Green and Burns addressed these topics as part of a dinner program. 

Each forum offered a program hosted by SRC. "We always value the opportunity to share information with the bank leaders in our District and to learn about what is on their minds," said Burns. In Charleston, the SRC agenda included a presentation on credit risk management, a Dodd-Frank Act update and a panel discussion moderated by Burns. Joining her on the panel was SRC Assistant Vice President Lauren Ware; Tom Heywood, managing partner of Bowles, Rice, McDavid, Graff and Love LLP; Sally Cline, commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Financial Institutions; Donna Tanner, executive director of the Community Bankers of West Virginia; and Joe Ellison, chief executive officer of the West Virginia Bankers Association.

The Baltimore forum offered a similar agenda, with presentations on credit risk management and Dodd-Frank. The panel discussion in Baltimore featured SRC Assistant Vice President Steve Bareford; Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation Mark Kaufman; and the president and CEO of the Maryland Bankers Association, Kathleen Murphy.

To view the complete agendas and presentations for the Charleston and Baltimore forums, and for more information on upcoming events, please visit our public website. The next Community Banker Forum is scheduled for September 20 in Richmond, Va. 

Steve Malerba is the outreach program consultant for the Supervision, Regulation and Credit department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He can be reached at

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