Risk Management Association Announces New Board Leaders

Helga Houston of Huntington Bancshares Elected Chair; Robert R. Messer of American National Bank of Texas Elected Vice Chair

Philadelphia, Pa (September 6, 2016) —

Helga Houston, senior executive vice president and chief risk officer, Huntington Bancshares, Columbus, Ohio, was elected chair of The Risk Management Association (RMA). Robert R. Messer, executive vice president and chief financial officer, American National Bank of Texas, Terrell, Texas, was elected vice chair. Their one-year terms began September 1, 2016. 

Helga Houston is past vice chair of RMA’s Board of Directors. 

Houston has over 30 years of diversified banking experience in risk management, business development, and client relationships. Prior to joining Huntington, she held positions with Bank of America, Crocker National Bank, and Home Federal Savings and Loan.

Houston earned her bachelor’s degree from Westmont College and her MBA from the University of Southern California.

Robert Messer is a graduate of Texas A&M University and earned his MBA from East Texas State University.

Messer is chair of RMA’s Community Bank Council.

As chief financial officer at American National Bank of Texas, he oversees the management of the balance sheet and income statement, and is responsible for many corporate activities including strategic planning, mergers, and acquisitions.

Newly elected to the RMA Board of Directors for three-year terms are:

  • Michael C. Ankrom, Jr., head of enterprise credit risk, Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Sarah A.P. Cowan, senior vice president, National Bank of Middlebury, Middlebury, Vt.
  • Dan Eilert, chief credit officer and division director, risk management, INTRUST Bank, Wichita, Kan.
  • Raj Gopal, executive vice president and head of enterprise risk management, Bank of the West, San Francisco, Calif.

In addition, Matt Bryant, executive vice president, credit administration, Frost Bank, San Antonio, Texas, was appointed chair of RMA’s Chapters and Membership Council, and Glenn Horner, managing director and chief regulatory officer, securities finance, State Street, Boston, Mass., was appointed chair of RMA’s Securities Lending Committee.

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About RMA
Founded in 1914, The Risk Management Association is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association whose sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk management 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 2,500 institutional members that include banks of all sizes as well as nonbank financial institutions. They are represented in the Association by 18,000 individuals located throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia/Pacific.

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