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Speakers' Biographies


Martin J. Gruenberg
Acting Chairman
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Martin J. Gruenberg became Acting Chairman of the FDIC on July 9, 2011. This is his second time serving as Acting Chairman; he previously served in that role from November of 2005 to June of 2006. Since he was sworn in as Vice Chairman in 2005, Gruenberg has been an instrumental figure in shaping and implementing policies and programs throughout the Corporation. He partnered with former Chairman Sheila C. Bair and Director Thomas J. Curry to forge the FDIC's response to the financial crisis. In November 2007, he was elected Chairman of the Executive Council and President of the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI), an international organization founded in 2002 to promote the adoption of effective deposit insurance systems internationally. In 2010, he was re-elected for an additional two-year term. He has been an active leader in promoting the development of the Core Principles for Effective Deposit Insurance Systems, which have been formally recognized by international financial organizations, including the Financial Stability Board, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank.

Mr. Gruenberg joined the FDIC Board after broad congressional experience in the financial services and regulatory areas. He served as Senior Counsel to Senator Paul S. Sarbanes (D-MD) on the staff of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs from 1993 to 2005. Mr. Gruenberg advised the Senator on issues of domestic and international financial regulation, monetary policy and trade. He also served as Staff Director of the Banking Committee's Subcommittee on International Finance and Monetary Policy from 1987 to 1992. Major legislation in which Mr. Gruenberg played an active role during his service on the Committee includes the Financial Institution Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991 (FDICIA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Mr. Gruenberg holds a J.D. from Case Western Reserve Law School and an A.B. from Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Ben S. Bernanke
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Ben S. Bernanke began a second term as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on February 1, 2010. Dr. Bernanke also serves as Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body. He originally took office as Chairman on February 1, 2006, when he also began a 14-year term as a member of the Board. His second term as Chairman ends January 31, 2014, and his term as a Board member ends January 31, 2020.

Before his appointment as Chairman, Dr. Bernanke was Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, from June 2005 to January 2006.

Dr. Bernanke has already served the Federal Reserve System in several roles. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2002 to 2005; a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia (1987-89), Boston (1989-90), and New York (1990-91, 1994-96); and a member of the Academic Advisory Panel at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1990-2002).

From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Bernanke was the Class of 1926 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He was the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and Chair of the Economics Department at the university from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Bernanke had been a Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton since 1985.

Before arriving at Princeton, Dr. Bernanke was an Associate Professor of Economics (1983-85) and an Assistant Professor of Economics (1979-83) at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His teaching career also included serving as a Visiting Professor of Economics at New York University (1993) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1989-90).

Dr. Bernanke has published many articles on a wide variety of economic issues, including monetary policy and macroeconomics, and he is the author of several scholarly books and two textbooks. He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sloan Fellowship, and he is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Bernanke served as the Director of the Monetary Economics Program of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and as a member of the NBER's Business Cycle Dating Committee. In July 2001, he was appointed Editor of the American Economic Review. Dr. Bernanke's work with civic and professional groups includes having served two terms as a member of the Montgomery Township (N.J.) Board of Education.

Dr. Bernanke was born in December 1953 in Augusta, Georgia, and grew up in Dillon, South Carolina. He received a B.A. in economics in 1975 from Harvard University (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. in economics in 1979 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Dr. Bernanke is married and has two children.

Arthur J. Murton
Division Insurance and Research Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Art Murton is the Director of the Division of Insurance and Research at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  The Division is responsible for macro risk analysis, banking statistics, deposit insurance pricing and insurance funds management, policy development and banking research, both in-house and through the FDIC’s Center for Financial Research.

Mr. Murton received a B.A. in Economics from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia. 

Richard A. Brown
Chief Economist and Associate Director for Regional Operations
Division of Insurance and Research
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Richard A. Brown concurrently serves as the FDIC’s Chief Economist and as Associate Director for Regional Operations in the FDIC’s Division of Insurance and Research. As Chief Economist, he is responsible for developing and communicating the FDIC's perspective on a wide range of economic and risk management issues. Brown speaks often on the economy before bankers, trade groups and the business media.  

Prior to coming to the FDIC in 1990, Brown held research positions at the Resolution Trust Corporation, the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation, and the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. Brown completed a Ph.D. in economics at The George Washington University in 1994 and a B.A. in economics at the University of Cincinnati in 1984.

Timothy W. Koch
Professor of Banking and Finance
University of South Carolina

Timothy W. Koch (Ph.D. Purdue University, 1976) is Professor of Banking and Finance and served as chair of the Finance Department from 2004 to 2009. He is the author of a textbook, Bank Management, published by Thomson South-Western, and a book, General Banking, used in state banking schools. In addition, he has authored articles which have appeared in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Futures Markets, National Tax Journal, Journal of Banking and Finance, Business Economics, Journal of Bank Research, Journal of Portfolio Management, Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Fixed Income, Journal of Economics and Business, Journal of Commercial Bank Lending, Municipal Finance Journal, Journal of International Money and Finance, and others. His current research interests include the pricing of fixed income securities and derivatives, bank management, and banking structure. He also served a two-year term on the FDIC’s Advisory Committee on Community Banking.

Kevin Moore
Senior Vice President
Supervision and Risk Management Division Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Kevin Moore is senior vice president of the Supervision and Risk Management Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  He is the Federal Reserve’s top banking regulator in the region, responsible for the supervision and regulation of the Tenth Federal Reserve District’s state-chartered member banks and bank holding companies, as well as the Federal Reserve’s discount window and risk management functions.  He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Management Committee, which is responsible for strategic planning and policy direction. 

Mr. Moore joined the Bank in 1982 and has held various examiner and supervisory positions. He was named assistant vice president in 2000 and was promoted to vice president in 2003.  He was promoted to his current position in 2009.  He received his B.S. degree from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Mo., and his M.B.A. from Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo.  He is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking. 

Christopher Whalen
Senior Managing Director
Tangent Capital Partners

Christopher Whalen is Senior Managing Director of Tangent Capital Partners in New York, where he works as an investment banker providing advisory services focused on companies in the financial services sector.

Christopher is co-founder and Vice Chairman of the board of Lord, Whalen LLC, parent of Institutional Risk Analytics, the Los Angeles based provider of bank ratings, risk management tools and consulting services for auditors, regulators and financial professionals.

Christopher is the author of the December 2010 book, "Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream," now in a second printing from John Wiley & Sons. Christopher currently edits The Institutional Risk Analyst, a weekly news report and commentary on significant developments in and around the global financial markets.

He also contributes articles to Zero Hedge, Housing Wire and The Big Picture. Christopher has appeared before Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on a range of financial, economic and political issues.

Christopher is a Fellow of the Networks Financial Institute at Indiana State University. He is a member of Professional Risk Managers International Association. He was regional director of PRMIA’s Washington D.C. chapter from 2006 through January 2010. He is a member of the Economic Advisory Committee of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Global Interdependence Center in Philadelphia.

Sandra L. Thompson
Director Division of Risk Management Supervision
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Sandra L. Thompson leads the FDIC’s supervision of approximately 4,700 state nonmember banks as well as its back-up examination activities for all federally insured depository institutions.  As Director of the Division of Risk Management Supervision (RMS), Ms. Thompson is responsible for all aspects of FDIC supervisory activities nationwide.  She oversees a distributed workforce of employees deployed in six regional offices and 84 field offices nationwide.

Ms. Thompson is responsible for the FDIC’s programs designed to promote financial institutions’ safety and soundness, and those institutions’ compliance with FDIC statutes and regulations.  She leads the FDIC’s domestic and international banking policy development and programs dealing with anti-terrorism and anti-money-laundering.  She also oversees the FDIC’s supervisory enforcement initiatives and manages regulatory approvals that allow banks to engage in certain activities or transactions.

As RMS Director, Ms. Thompson coordinates with her regulatory counterparts to effect vigilant supervision of the nation’s financial institutions.  She regularly testifies before the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee on issues such as risk management, consumer protection and other policy matters.  She represents the FDIC as a member of bank regulatory professional organizations, including the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council Task Force on Supervision and she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Supervisors of Banks of the Americas.

Ms. Thompson is a vigorous advocate of the FDIC’s consumer/community affairs and outreach activities and speaks frequently on such issues as affordable housing and foreclosure prevention.

Previously, Ms. Thompson served in several executive positions. She was formerly Deputy to the FDIC Vice Chairman, Deputy Director, Assistant Director for Electronic Banking, and DRR’s Assistant Director for Capital Markets.  She also served as the Director of Securitization for the Resolution Trust Corporation, where, among other things, she was responsible for issuing more than $41 billion in mortgage-backed securities.

Before joining the FDIC in 1990, Ms. Thompson served as an associate with Goldman Sachs.  She holds a degree in finance from Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Kelly King
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T)

Mr. Kelly King is chairman and chief executive officer of BB&T Corporation. Before his election to CEO on Jan. 1, 2009, he served as chief operating officer from 2004 to 2008. Mr. King joined BB&T's Management Development Program in 1972 and has served in many roles, including manager of its Central and Metropolitan regions, Raleigh city executive, Charlotte business services manager, Statesville consumer lending manager, and banking manager for BB&T's branch network.

Affiliations: Current: chairman, Piedmont Triad Leadership Group; board member, The Clearing House; board member, Winston-Salem Alliance; member, Triangle Community Foundation Leadership Council; member, ECU National Leadership Advisory Council.

Former Affiliations: former board of directors, N.C. Chamber of Commerce; former vice chairman, American Bankers Council; former board of directors, American Bankers Association; former director, Capital City Club; former director and Advisory Council, East Carolina University, School of Business; former chairman, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; former board of directors, Mission Emanuel; former director, N.C. Association of Financial Institutions; former chairman of board, N.C. Bankers Association; former board of directors, N.C. Center for Non-Profits; former board of directors, N.C. Child Advocacy Institute; former board of directors, NC Community College Foundation; former board of directors, N.C. Economic Development Commission; former director, N.C. Enterprise Corporation; former board member, N.C. Partnership for Children; former chairman, N.C. Rural Economic Development Center; former chairman, Battleship NC; former president, Raleigh Little Theatre; former board of trustees, St. Augustine's College; former director, UNC-Charlotte Education Foundation; former chair, United Way Tocqueville Leadership Society; former campaign chair; Wake County United Way; former president, Wake County Education Foundation; former board of directors, Winston-Salem Downtown Church Center; former chair of deacons, First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem.

Dorothy A. Savarese
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank

Dorothy A. Savarese is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, an independent Massachusetts state-chartered mutual savings bank founded in 1855. The Cape Cod Five has grown to $2.1 billion in assets with a leadership position in both deposits and loans on Cape Cod. Currently, the Bank employs over 375 people in its 16 branches and 2 loan production offices throughout Cape Cod, Nantucket, and in the Bank’s Operations Center and Trust and Asset Management buildings.

Dorothy joined Cape Cod Five in 1993 as a commercial lending officer. She then became Senior Vice President, Director of Product Planning, and introduced many new services, including the establishment of the Bank’s Trust and Asset Management in 2004, a department that operates from its own facility and now manages over $760 million in assets. In 2004, she was named Chief Operating Officer and served in that capacity until becoming President and Chief Executive Officer in 2005.

Before coming to Cape Cod and joining the Cape Cod Five, Dorothy served as an officer for a regional Midwestern bank. Prior to that, she worked for a national economic development consulting organization, which counted the federal government and a number of cities, states and non-profits as clients. This followed stints with the cities of Covington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio in neighborhood revitalization and economic development. Dorothy received an MBA from Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.

Dorothy is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cape Cod Five. She is also Chairman of The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust, with $11 million in assets. Dorothy serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Bankers Association. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bankers Mutual Insurance Ltd. and is a member of the American Bankers Association’s Community Bankers Council. She is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of Trustees of Cape Cod Community College.

William A ("Bill") Loving, Jr.
President and CEO
Pendleton Community Bank and Allegheny Bancshares, Inc.

Loving is president and CEO of Pendleton Community Bank and Allegheny Bancshares, Inc., the bank’s Holding Company.  A career community banker he has served the industry for many years.

Loving currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA); member of the Executive, Policy Development, and Lending Committees; and Chairman of the Marketing /Membership Committee.  A past state director, he has also served on the Education Committee and past Chairman of the Regulation Review Committee.  At the state level, his service includes past President of the Community Bankers of West Virginia, where he currently serves as board member, Legislative Committee member, and PAC chairman. 

On banking issues, he has testified before Congress and the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies and has represented ICBA at the Federal Reserves’ public meeting on HMDA, FDIC’s roundtable on deposit insurance, and other venues on regulatory priorities and issues. 

Active in many professional and civic organizations, Loving serves on the Board of Trustees and instructor at the West Virginia School of Banking, member of the Executive Committee-West Virginia Bankers Title, the Pendleton County Economic and Community Development Authority and past Trustee of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.  A charter board member of the Pendleton County Chamber of Commerce and Pendleton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, he serves as Chairman of both organizations and was awarded the Chamber’s inaugural Business Person of the Year award in 2010. 

Loving studied at Concord College and Beckley College and holds ICB’s Certified Lender Business Banker designation.  He is a graduate of The Graduate School of Banking at LSU, The Stonier Graduate School of Banking, and The Executive Banking Institute’s Professional Master of Banking through The Graduate School of Banking at LSU.

He lives in Franklin, WV, with his wife, Cindy. They have two adult daughters, Jennifer Johnson and Melisa Pyka.

Ron Hansen
President and CEO
Liberty Trust & Savings Bank

Ron Hansen, president and CEO of Liberty Trust & Savings Bank in Durant, was elected chairman of the Iowa Bankers Association (IBA) for 2011-2012. Hansen began his term as chairman during the IBA’s 125th Annual Convention, Sept. 18-20, in Des Moines. 

Hansen began his banking career after high school with summer employment at Liberty Trust & Savings Bank in 1969. In 1973, he joined a bank in California and returned to Iowa to work for Liberty Trust & Savings Bank in 1975.  He was named president and CEO of the bank in 1995.

Throughout his career, Hansen has served in numerous leadership roles within the banking industry.  In addition to serving on various IBA committees, Hansen has been a member of the board of directors for both the IBA and its insurance affiliate, Iowa Bankers Insurance and Services, Inc.  At the national level, he has served on the American Bankers Association (ABA) Federal Home Loan Bank Administrative Committee, ABA Community Bankers Council and ABA Agricultural Bankers Conference Planning Committee.

Hansen also has been an active leader in the community, participating in the Durant Chamber of Commerce, Durant Development Corporation, Durant Ambulance Service and Durant Jaycees. He has also served on various committees within the Durant Community School District.

Becoming IBA chairman carries a special significance for Hansen, whose father held the position from 1967-1968. Although Ollie Hansen, who also served as president and CEO of Liberty Trust & Savings Bank, passed away in 2010, he knew prior to his death that his son would be taking office first as IBA chair-elect and then as chairman.

Mark Pearce
Director Division
Depositor and Consumer Protection Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

As Director of the FDIC’s Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection, Pearce leads a nationwide staff of over 800 FDIC professionals dedicated to protecting depositors and consumers through supervision of over 4,700 state non-member financial institutions for compliance with federal consumer protection and community investment laws, research on financial products and services affecting consumers, financial education, and community partnerships. 

Prior to joining the FDIC, Pearce was the Chief Deputy Commissioner of Banks for the State of North Carolina.  He has served as President of the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators and Chairman of the State Financial Regulators Roundtable.  Pearce was a leader in the State Foreclosure Prevention Working Group.

Previously, Pearce was president of the Center for Responsible Lending, a national non-profit policy and research center dedicated to protecting homeownership and family wealth from abusive practices.  He also worked for Self-Help, the largest community development financial institution (CDFI) in the nation, on affordable housing and commercial real estate finance and development.  Pearce graduated with honors from Harvard Law School (1996) and has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Travis B. Plunkett
Legislative Director
Consumer Federation of America

Travis B. Plunkett directs Federal legislative and regulatory efforts for the Consumer Federation of America.  CFA is a non-profit association of 280 organizations that advances the consumer interest through research, advocacy and education.  It has a combined membership of 50 million Americans.

Plunkett focuses primarily on financial services issues for CFA, including financial regulatory reform, credit reporting, bankruptcy, credit counseling, consumer privacy and insurance.  His advocacy of improved credit card protections over a number of years contributed significantly to the enactment in 2009 of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act.

Plunkett’s responsibilities include testifying before Congressional committees, analyzing the impact of pending legislation on consumers and drafting legislative proposals. Plunkett is frequently quoted by the news media throughout the country and has written a number of consumer reports and guides. The Hill newspaper ranked Plunkett as one of Washington’s “top lobbyists” in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Plunkett previously served as the New York State Legislative Representative for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Associate Legislative Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Denver and served in the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.

Thomas Marr
Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

Thomas Marr is the chef/owner of Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza. Tom started Pete’s in April 2008 with his partner Joel Mehr in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington DC. Pete’s received accolades from the Washingtonian magazine by being included in their annual top 100 restaurants and the cheap eats issues in 2009. Pete’s opened their second location in June of 2010 after receiving their second award of top 100 restaurants and cheap eats again in 2010. Finally we Pete’s opened their 3rd location in March 2011 in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, VA.

Pete’s is focused on using as many local ingredients as possible with a focus on all natural, hormone-free and antibiotic-free products. Pete’s has also worked to reduce their carbon footprint by participating in Clean Currents, which uses credits towards purchasing wind power. Pete’s also uses biodegradable to-go products as well as china, glassware and silverware for dine in customers to reduce landfill waste.
Pete’s philosophy is to embrace the Italian culture of food by using seasonal ingredients and therefore changes their menu four times a year to use those ingredients. New Haven Apizza is what Pete’s has centered it’s concept on but they are not limited to pizza. Pete’s uses fresh locally made pasta, organic lettuces for their salads, local produce for their antipasti and they make all their gelato and desserts in house from those same local, seasonal ingredients.

Tom grew up here in the Washington DC area and has been in the restaurant industry for 25 years. Tom spent 10 years traveling to work in some of the top restaurants in New York, Chicago, London and Orlando. Finally he settled back in Washington DC in 2004 to raise his family and start a business where he grew up.

Elwood "Woody" Barth
Vice President
NDFU Board of Directors

Elwood “Woody” Barth was elected North Dakota Farmers Union vice president in December of 2008. He was first elected to the State Board of Directors in December of 2003 as the District V Director and has served two terms as State Secretary. He is a member of NDFU's legislative team. Barth represents NDFU on the Board of Directors for North Dakota Natural Beef. He was also appointed to the USDA Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products in 2011. He is an active community volunteer and board member of the Flasher Community Credit Union. Barth and his wife Carmell farm south of Mandan where they raise beef cattle and grow corn.

Eileen Fitzgerald
Chief Executive Officer
NeighborWorks America

As chief executive officer of NeighborWorks America, Eileen Fitzgerald oversees the provision of technical assistance, financial assistance and training to over 3,000 community based organizations and oversees the support of a national network of more than 235 affordable housing and community development organizations serving over 4,000 communities. NeighborWorks America is a public nonprofit corporation established as the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation by an Act of Congress in 1978. [NeighborWorks America is the organization’s trade name.]

Fitzgerald became chief executive officer June 1, 2011, after serving as the acting chief executive since January 2011. She served as NeighborWorks America’s chief operating officer since June 2005, bringing nearly 20 years of experience in housing and community development to NeighborWorks America. Previously at the Fannie Mae Foundation, she was responsible for alliance and relationship management with key foundation partners as a senior director of National Initiatives. Fitzgerald has also served as the acting executive director and vice president of program operations at the McAuley Institute, a national nonprofit intermediary committed to improving the housing conditions of women and families through community-based efforts. She also served as the chief investment officer for single-family finance at the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, a multi-billion dollar investment company, which includes assets from hundreds of pension funds. There, she was responsible for the development and rollout of HIT HOME, a home mortgage program for union members.

From 1994 to 2000, Fitzgerald served in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service as the associate administrator and acting administrator, where she was responsible for management and oversight of single-family, multi-family housing and community facilities programs. She served in both Virginia and Maryland state governments. She is a graduate of Fordham University in New York and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Thomas J. Curry
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Thomas J. Curry took office on January 12, 2004, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).  The FDIC Board of Directors is appointed by the President of the United States and requires Senate confirmation.  The FDIC preserves and promotes public confidence in the U.S. financial system by insuring deposits in almost 7,500 banks and thrift institutions.  Mr. Curry serves as the Chairman of two Board-level committees which oversee the agency’s civil enforcement program and insurance premium appeals by institutions. 

Mr. Curry also serves as the Chairman of the NeighborWorks® America Board of Directors.  NeighborWorks® America is a national non-profit organization chartered by Congress.  It provides financial support, technical assistance, and training for community-based neighborhood revitalization efforts through its partnerships with more than 230 autonomous community-based organizations in all 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Prior to joining the FDIC’s Board of Directors, Mr. Curry served five Massachusetts Governors as the Commonwealth’s Commissioner of Banks from 1990 to 1991 and from 1995 to 2003.  He served as Acting Commissioner from February 1994 to June 1995.  He previously served as First Deputy Commissioner and Assistant General Counsel within the Massachusetts Division of Banks.  He entered state government in 1982 as an attorney with the Massachusetts’ Secretary of State’s Office.

Director Curry served as the Chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors from 2000 to 2001.  He served two terms on the State Liaison Committee of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, including a term as Committee chairman.

He is a graduate of Manhattan College (summa cum laude), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He received his law degree from the New England School of Law. 

Paul M. Nash
Deputy to the Chairman for External Affairs
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Paul M. Nash is Deputy to the Chairman for External Affairs at the FDIC.  He oversees the operations of the agency's Office of Legislative Affairs, and Office of the Ombudsman. As the executive manager of these offices, he helps to shape the FDIC's legislative initiatives and oversees the FDIC's problem resolution services for bankers, their customers and the public at large.  He also assists the agency in community bank outreach and is the Designated Federal Officer for the Advisory Committee on Community Banking, a committee established to examine issues unique to community banking.

Mr. Nash previously served as Executive Director and Counsel at Verizon Wireless in Washington, DC.  Prior to joining Verizon Wireless, Mr. Nash served as a legislative assistant to Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) from 1997 to 2001, specializing in banking, health care, telecommunications and labor issues.  He also worked for the Congressional Research Service and practiced law in both Washington, DC, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mr. Nash received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and History from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Georgetown University.  He lives in Virginia with his wife, Michelle, and their four children.

Alden J. McDonald, Jr.
President and CEO
Liberty Bank and Trust Company

Alden J. McDonald, Jr. is President and CEO of Liberty Bank and Trust Company, one of the top three African-American owned financial institutions in the United States. He is nationally recognized as an advocate and catalyst in the movement of minority businesses into the mainstream economy. Throughout his career, McDonald’s focus has been the promotion of entrepreneurship, the support of civic organizations and the empowerment of businesses and individuals. He has gained a national reputation as a creative, insightful and practical problem solver in the areas of affordable housing and providing services for the financially underserved populations of America’s cities.

McDonald is a graduate of the LSU School of Banking and of Columbia University’s Commercial Banking Management Program. He began his career as the first African-American hired in the banking industry in Louisiana in 1966 at International City Bank in New Orleans.  In 1972 at the age of 29, he took the reins of the newly formed Liberty Bank and Trust Company.  As President and CEO since its inception, he is the longest-tenured African-American financial executive in the country. Under Mr. McDonald’s stewardship, Liberty has grown from an initial asset base of $2 million to more than $560 million in assets.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mr. McDonald moved aggressively to lead rebuilding efforts for his bank and the entire New Orleans region. Most of the bank’s facilities in New Orleans and Baton Rouge were severely damaged by the storm. The majority of customer records were lost and many of the bank’s employees suffered the loss of their homes, as well. With his customers scattered throughout the country, McDonald devised a plan that has resulted in Liberty Bank enjoying some of its most successful and profitable years after the storm. His extraordinary efforts were recognized and chronicled in the New York Times in 2006. That same year he was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Portraits of Power; and he has been celebrated on numerous occasions in Black Enterprise magazine where he received the A.G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award and Liberty Bank has been recognized as Financial Institution of the year on more than one occasion.

Alden McDonald’s civic and business awards and his service on local, regional and national boards are too numerous to mention,  but highlights include tenure with Fannie Mae, the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, the American, Louisiana and National Bankers Associations.  He is a former Chairman of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, a member of the New Orleans Business Council, former Chairman of the Lindy Boggs Medical Center, the Ernest N. Morial Convention and the Port Authority of New Orleans, to name a few. In 2001, he received the Loving Cup award from the Times Picayune, New Orleans major news paper. It is considered the highest civic honor in the New Orleans metropolitan area.  He is a founding member and former chair of the New Orleans Neighborhood Development Foundation (NDF). Since its inception, NDF has placed more than 3,000 first time homebuyers into homes.

McDonald also serves on several corporate board including Stewart Enterprises (STEI), BP America’s External Advisory Council and Entergy New Orleans. 

Alden J. McDonald, Jr. is married to the former Rhesa  Ortique. They have three children, Heidi, Alden III, and Todd. They have one grandchild, Parker Bernard Ortique Smith.

Jane Haskin
President and CEO
First Bethany Bank & Trust

Jane Haskin is President and CEO of First Bethany Bank & Trust since May 2006 and has worked in state banking for more than 33 years.  She is a certified public accountant and graduate of Jack Conn Graduate School of Banking at Oklahoma City University, and was inducted as the first woman chairman of the Oklahoma Bankers Association this year at the OBA’s 114th annual leadership forum and convention.  Jane also serves as a director of the Oklahoma Society of CPA’s, is a member of the American Bankers Association Community Bankers Council, and the Tenth District Federal Reserve Community Depository Institution Advisory Council.

Jane is married to Michael Haskin, husband of 35 years, and has one daughter currently attending graduate school for her MBA in accounting.  Interests outside of banking include travel, golf and extensive reading.

John V. Evans, Jr.
DL Evans Bank

John V. Evans, Jr. offers more than 38 years of experience and accomplishments in the Banking Industry. John began his career at First Security Bank in Boise, Idaho in 1973 as a summer internship. While at First Security Bank he gained his earliest knowledge of banking as a Collector and a Flooring Inspector. After graduating from college, John joined the Idaho First National Bank as part of a trainee program. He spent several years in Rexburg, Salmon, and Pocatello learning the essentials of the Banking Industry. He continued his banking career by joining D.L. Evans Bank in 1979. John was the Branch Manager of the North Burley Branch until he became the Chief Executive Officer in 1986. John was instrumental in growing D.L. Evans Bank’s Assets to over $970 Million and facilitated the growth of D.L. Evans Bank throughout Southern Idaho. D.L. Evans Bank currently has 20 Branches and 4 Real Estate Offices. As the Chief Executive Officer of D.L. Evans Bank, John continues to expand D.L. Evans Bank as “Idaho’s Hometown Community Bank”, serving communities throughout Southern Idaho.

John is a fifth generation Idahoan; born and raised in Malad, Idaho. John attended Malad High School and graduated in 1969. After high school graduation, John furthered his education in Moscow, Idaho at the University of Idaho. Go Vandals! John then received his Bachelors of Science in Finance in 1974. After gaining a years of experience at First Security Bank, Idaho First National Bank, and D.L. Evans Bank; he expanded his banking familiarity by attending Pacific Coast Banking School and graduated in 1984.

John is currently very active in the Community and the Banking Industry. John currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Independent Community Bankers Association (ICBA) Bancard, is a member of the Independent Community Bankers Association of America (ICBA), serves on the Board of Directors for the Idaho State University Business Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors for Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization, the Board of Directors for Business Plus, Inc.; serves as a Chairman for the Twelfth District Community Depository Institution Advisory Council (CDIAC) for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Community Depository Institution Advisory Council (CDIAC). John is involved in the local B.P.O.E. #2106 Elks Lodge and the Burley Rotary Club. In the past years John has served as the President of the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce, President of the Idaho State University Foundation Board of Directors, President of the Idaho Community Bankers Association (ICBA) Board of Directors, and President of the Fifth Judicial District Court Appointed Advocate Program (CASA) Board of Directors. John also participated as a Chairman of the Idaho State University Audit Committee, and was the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Bankers Association (IBA).

In addition to contributing his time to the Community and the Banking Industry, John married Karen Nichols from Emmett, Idaho in 1971. John and Karen have three sons; J.V. Evans, III, James P. Evans, and Richard E. Evans. He now has a flourishing family with additions of five grandchildren. John enjoys spending time with his family including his father, John V. Evans, Sr., the former Governor of Idaho. 

Richard Smith
President, CEO, and Director
Tri Counties Bank and TriCo Bancshares

Richard Smith has served as President, CEO, and a Director of Tri Counties Bank and TriCo Bancshares since 1999.  He began serving the bank in 1993 as VP of-Supermarket Banking and served in various capacities until appointed CEO.  He served as the Chairman of the CBA Board from May 2010 to May 2011 and has served on their Executive and PAC Committees. Mr. Smith was born and raised in Northern California and graduated from California State University in Sacramento

Martin J. Geitz
President and Chief Executive Officer
SBT Bancorp

Martin J. Geitz is President and Chief Executive Officer of SBT Bancorp (SBTB – OTC) and its principal subsidiary, Simsbury Bank & Trust Company.  He is also a member of the corporation’s board of directors.

Geitz began his banking career in 1981 as a commercial banking officer responsible for large corporate clients with Continental Illinois National Bank.  He held a variety of leadership roles at Fleet Financial Group from 1984 to 2000 including Fleet Bank-CT Commercial Real Estate Division Head, Corporate Loan Review Head, and President of Fleet Development Ventures.  Prior to joining SBT in 2004, Geitz worked in banking roles at two insurance companies, MassMutual and Cigna. 

Geitz is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University (1978 BA) and Cornell University – Johnson Graduate School of Management (1981 MBA). 

Geitz is First Vice Chairman of the Connecticut Bankers Association; Secretary of the Connecticut Community Bankers Association; Chairman of the Board of the Hartford Economic Development Corp.; Trustee and Treasurer of Simsbury Free Library; Trustee of McLean; and a member of the Charter Oak State College Foundation board of directors.  He is also a member of the Simsbury/Granby Rotary Club. 

David R. "Russ" Taylor
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
RSI Bank

Russ Taylor is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of RSI Bank, a $480 million State chartered, mutual savings bank headquartered in Rahway, New Jersey.  He began his career with RSI in 1979 and became President and Chief Executive Officer on April 1st 1993.  He assumed the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors on June 1st 2009.

Mr. Taylor served as Chairman of America’s Community Bankers, a national banking trade organization, from November 2002 until October 2003 and served as Chairman of ACB Business Partners from November 2003 until December 2007.

Mr. Taylor was appointed to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors’ Thrift Advisory Council (TIAC) in 2005; served as TIAC Vice President in 2006 and as TIAC President in 2007.  He also served as a member of the Fannie Mae National Advisory Council during the period 2001 – 2003.
In June 2007, Mr. Taylor was elected to the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Bankers Association (NJBA) and, following the merger with the New Jersey League of Community Bankers (NJL), served as a Director for the combined organization until June 30th 2010.  He remains a member of the NJBA Government Affairs Council and Legislative & Regulatory Committee.  He also serves as a Director for the NJBA community development subsidiary, TICIC, and is a member of its Executive Committee.  In 1995, Mr. Taylor was elected to the Board of Governors of the NJL and became its Chairman in 1998.

In December 2008, Mr. Taylor joined the Board of Directors of RSI Trust, a division of Pentegra Retirement Services, Inc. and continues in that capacity.  Prior to its merger with Pentegra, Mr. Taylor served on the Board of Directors of Retirement System Group, a company specializing in retirement services for community banks, from 2004 until 2008.  He has been very active with civic organizations, serving on a number of local boards.  He is currently a member of the Rutgers University Alumni Committee to transform its College Avenue Campus; President of the Board of Directors of Rahway Senior Housing Associations; a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Rahway Community Action Organization; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Rahway Arts District.

Mr. Taylor is a 1975 graduate of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey and a 1989 graduate of the National School of Banking.  He also received his Masters Degree from Rutgers College Graduate School of Economics in 1977.

He and his wife Susan reside in Rahway, NJ and have three grown children.


Last Updated 2/6/2012

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