Focus on RMA: Larry Snyder, Relationship Manager

Each week, “Focus on RMA” highlights a piece of RMA that makes it valuable to members and the industry. This week, we’re sharing a Q&A with one of RMA’s relationship managers.

Larry Snyder serves banks from $1B to $60B in assets and 23 RMA chapters in our western region from Idaho to New Mexico (ID, OR, WA, NV, UT, CA, AZ, NM) and Hawaii and Alaska.


What is the most unique experience you’ve had working with members?

I started my banking career when RMA was called Robert Morris & Associates and the Chief Credit Officer at the time handed me the printed version of our Annual Statement Studies. He said, “This is our key to analyzing and understanding our customers’ financials; learn it and use it.” With that knowledge, I have found that the most rewarding aspect of my job is helping members develop a successful training curriculum by providing them with solutions that meet their needs. I’ve also had the unique experience of helping start a chapter in Central Oregon, which has worked with numerous financial institutions in the region and is still running well today with strong support.

What advice would you give to banks who are considering membership?

RMA provides banks with extensive training opportunities including round tables, conferences, benchmarking studies, webinars, RMA Xchange, The RMA Journal, and regulatory updates.  With the many changes in the financial world, banks need to look beyond credit risk to enterprise, market, operational, and IT risks to name a few. RMA provides best practices in these risk management disciplines to benefit its member institutions.

What program or event do you wish people knew more about?

RMA’s round tables cover a wide variety of risk disciplines. These events enable individuals to meet, work with their peers, discuss current trends, and share valuable ideas to better themselves and their institutions. Also, I would recommend RMA’s initiative at colleges and universities to supplement their business or banking curriculum and offer the option to access RMA course materials on specific subjects or access RMA's complete commercial credit risk analysis course. Additionally, the RMA Scholarship program is available to qualified college juniors and seniors, awarding $2,000 to $8,000 annually, with the overall goal to help train and develop the next generation of banking professionals.

Where did you work before RMA? What is your background?

I started my career in Anchorage, Alaska before moving to Bend, Oregon when I was recruited by Wells Fargo. I worked primarily at mid-size and community banks on the credit side. During my career, I have served on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs in three different cities and a regional hospital foundation Board of Directors raising funds for a new cancer center. I have also served on the Board of Directors and loan committee for the Oregon Business Development Corporation. I graduated from a small regional college (now a university), Western State Colorado University, receiving a B.A. in Business and Mathematics and an M.A. in Mathematics.

What do you like most about your job?

Working with and helping our members, I pride myself with excellent customer service and maintaining the professional image of RMA.

What are your interests outside of work?

Family is very important to me, so I look forward to time with family members and friends. I enjoy staying active by golfing, hiking, scuba diving, alpine skiing, fly fishing, and bike riding for exercise and fresh air. I’m also a sports junkie, following the Oregon Ducks football program, the NFL Denver Broncos, MLS Portland Timbers soccer, and the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. I enjoy traveling when I can with South America next on my bucket list.

For more information about how Larry can help your financial institution in western U.S., please contact him at 541-280-0000 or

Visit our website to view all of RMA’s relationship managers and the regions they serve.

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