From Your RMA Leadership
Continuing the Tradition
AS HUMAN BEINGS, we don’t
look forward to growing
old, but we’re proud to be
associated with long-lived
institutions. Unlike us,
they evolve over the years
and become stronger. If they
didn’t, they wouldn’t last.
So I hope you will all take
pride in your professional
association, which entered
its 100th year on June 25.
We began celebrating this
milestone at our Chapter
Leaders Conference in June,
but we will mark the anniversary in a big way at our
Annual Risk Management
Conference in Philadelphia on November 17-19. I
hope you will make plans to join us.
When Alexander Wall founded this organization in
1914, it was because he wanted those who worked in
the credit industry to recognize that they were professionals. He wanted them to be able to meet colleagues
from around the country to discuss mutual concerns.
He knew that membership in what was then called
the Robert Morris Club would enhance professionalism, improve bank performance, and engender lasting
His vision continues to this day. Although the risks
the industry faces have grown far beyond credit risk,
and the asset sizes of institutions today would have
seemed as farfetched as flying to the moon, RMA is
still an organization dedicated to professionalism. Our
courses, our Credit Risk Certified designation, our
conferences, round tables, and chapter network are
all available to banking professionals who want to
improve their skills and advance their careers.
If Alexander Wall could see us today, he would be
proud of the generations of RMA members who have
furthered his vision. The tradition continues as RMA’s
2013-14 board chair begins his one-year term this
month. Mike Loughlin, Wells Fargo senior executive
vice president and chief risk officer, is a long-time RMA
member and a big supporter of our mission. He credits
our longevity to a focus on the basics and a vibrant
chapter network. Be sure to read his interview with
Journal editor Kathie Beans on page 12.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Bob
Rose, our immediate past chair and Brookline Bank’s
chief credit officer, for his leadership during the past
year. Bob’s dedication to risk management was clearly
visible to all who met him at RMA events and to those
who read his insightful leadership letters in The RMA
Journal. Bob also wrote an article about credit culture
that appeared in the July/August issue. He will continue to share his expertise with us in his new role as
member of The RMA Journal Editorial Advisory Board.
In closing, I want to encourage you to take advantage of all that RMA offers. Professionals in our industry have found it valuable for—one more time—100
Bill Githens, CRC | RMA President and CEO
If Alexander Wall could see us today, he
would be proud of the generations of RMA
members who have furthered his vision.