Member Profiles

Read testimonials from real RMA members who have found membership to be an essential resource in their career. You’ll learn how they got involved with RMA, which products and services they use, and how their membership has benefited them through each stage of their career.

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Michael Pearson

Michael Pearson

Senior Vice President, Amegy Bank of Texas

I have been in the financial services industry for 37 years; the majority of which has been spent in commercial banking. I was first introduced to RMA through my initial bank training which included a training series from RMA.

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Meg Mueller

Meg Mueller

Chief Credit Officer, Fulton Financial Corporation

During my nearly 30-year career in financial services, RMA has always been an excellent source of learning and information for me. As a credit analyst in 1986, I spent a great deal of time working through the courses Understanding Business Cash Flow and Commercial Loans to Businesses, and I still have the original workbooks. These courses resonate with me almost 30 years later. As a lender, I prepared for customer and prospect calls by reading industry research and using RMA’s Annual Statement Studies.

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Terrie McQuillen

Terrie McQuillen

SVP, Chief Credit Officer, Community National Bank

RMA credit classes have provided a solid foundation for my credit experience, as well as relevant information and knowledge that could be applied as a credit analyst or manger. With limited time and staff on hand to train new analysts and lenders, my department has relied on RMA as the backbone of our analyst training program, giving my team consistent, quality training.

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Steven Pipes

Steven Pipes

Senior Vice President, Senior Credit Risk Officer, First United Bank & Trust

RMA has helped my career by providing educational, as well as networking, opportunities. Over the years, I have attended many educational classes, luncheons, forums, and conferences. These events have helped me to stay current on constantly changing banking regulations and also have helped to nurture my credit skills. After many years in lending, I decided to change to the credit side of the business. The knowledge I gained from RMA over the years helped with my transition to a Chief Credit Officer position with a local Dallas bank and to my current position as Senior Credit Officer with First United Bank.

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Lissette Rivera-Pauley, CRC

Lissette Rivera-Pauley, CRC

SVP/Regional Portfolio Mgr., KeyBank NA

As a relationship manager balancing the dual roles of managing risk as the first line of defense, while growing revenue for my institution, RMA has helped provide me with an incredible foundation in credit risk principles. Today, most credit training programs are no longer in-house; RMA serves the purpose of helping build a risk foundation for its members, by continuously engaging discussion on topics that are relevant within our industry.

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Matthew Cheek

Matthew Cheek

Banking Attorney, Williams Mullen

When I tell bankers and banks about my RMA involvement, they automatically know a few things about me. They know I’m truly committed to the craft of banking and not merely to the provision of legal services. They know I care enough about the daily lives of bankers to dive into the trenches with them and not merely spout legal advice from some sterile perch. They know I’m dedicated to making our banking community a better place. As a banking lawyer, RMA has become a very authentic and legitimate calling card.

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Helga Houston

Helga Houston

Chief Risk Officer, Huntington Bancshares Incorporated and RMA Past Chair

Without a doubt, RMA has been instrumental in my career development. Through the round table discussions, I have gained valuable insights from industry peers, which has helped me bring best practices to my company and team. In addition, RMA welcomes and encourages participation, and, as a result, I have been able to serve in leadership roles as well as join committees where expertise and ideas are exchanged. The RMA board meetings and council meetings have been important resources for staying connected with peers on industry issues while also moving forward the agenda for RMA.

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