I am a banking attorney at a Mid-Atlantic law firm. After several years of service to the Virginia Bar Association, including a turn on its Board of Governors, I searched for a group that promoted the same type of civility, collegiality, education, best practices, and industry-wide collaboration within the banking profession. I learned from my banker friends and clients that many of them found this in the Risk Management Association. Soon enough, I was asked to join the Richmond Chapter Board and, after a trip to the Chapter Leaders Conference, I am hooked on RMA!
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.
I regularly attend open enrollment sessions to enhance my industry-specific knowledge. I always feel I can be a better legal practitioner when I have an authoritative, practical basis on which to provide advice and counsel – and RMA provides that in spades. I often teach some of those same open enrollment sessions, which is an outstanding learning experience in itself.
I find particular value in our annual Carolinas-Virginias Regional Conference which offers the same type of sound industry viewpoint as our local open enrollment sessions, but does so on a much broader geographic scale. There’s nothing more useful than knowing whether a specific challenge is (or for that matter, isn’t) shared across multiple states in our region.
Being involved with RMA allows me to make significant contributions to the financial services community in which I serve, and helps me to shape the culture and strength of the industry.