Third Annual Community Banking Research and Policy Conference

Speakers and Panelists

missing profile image Eliana Balla is a lead financial economist in the Supervision, Regulation and Credit Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, where she oversees a team of economists engaged in quantitative supervision. She has served both as an individual contributor and in a Federal Reserve System coordinating capacity on large-scale model development and validation projects as part of the Dodd-Frank Act stress testing program. Her regulatory work has also included monitoring and analysis of banking industry conditions, with a focus on community and regional banks. Balla’s research interests include bank performance and capital regulation, with recent publications on loan loss reserves and systemic risk. Prior to joining the Richmond Fed in 2005, Balla completed a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
missing profile image Eric S. Belsky has served as the director of the division of Consumer and Community Affairs at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors since August 2014. He oversees the Federal Reserve’s work in consumer-focused supervision, research, and policy analysis, with the aim of promoting a fair and transparent consumer financial services marketplace. Belsky has more than 20 years of experience in housing finance, economics and policy. Before joining the Federal Reserve Board, he served as managing director for the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Belsky has also held the positions of director of Housing Finance Research at Fannie Mae and as senior economist at the National Association of Home Builders. He has taught at both Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Throughout his career, Belsky has lent his expertise to numerous organizations, including the Opportunity Finance Network, Fannie Mae’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council and Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council. In 2001 and 2002, Belsky served as research director for the bipartisan Millennial Housing Commission established by the U.S. Congress. Throughout his career, Belsky has conducted research on a wide range of housing and urban topics for public and private sector organizations and clients. He has co-edited six books and authored numerous articles and book chapters, and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Housing Research and Housing Policy Debate.
profile image Allen N. Berger is the H. Montague Osteen, Jr., Professor in Banking and Finance and Ph.D. coordinator of the Finance Department, Darla Moore School of Business; Carolina Distinguished Professor, University of South Carolina; senior fellow, Wharton Financial Institutions Center; and fellow, European Banking Center. He also serves on the editorial boards of six professional finance journals. In addition, Berger is past editor of the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking from 1994-2001 and has co-edited six special issues of various professional journals and the first and second editions of the Oxford Handbook of Banking, and will be co-editing the third edition, due out in 2020. His research covers a variety of topics related to financial institutions. He is co-author of Bank Liquidity Creation and Financial Crises (2016, Elsevier) and will be co-author of TARP and other Bank Bailouts and Bail-Ins around the World: Connecting Wall Street, Main Street, and the Financial System, due out in 2019. He has published more than 100 professional articles in refereed journals, including papers in top finance journals, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Finance, and Journal of Financial Intermediation; top economics journals, Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Journal of Monetary Economics; and other top professional business journals, Management Science and Journal of Business; and more than 30 other non-refereed publications. His research has been cited more than 50,000 times according to Google Scholar. Berger was named professor of the year for 2015-2016 by the Darla Moore School of Business Doctoral Students Association. He was also secretary/treasurer, Financial Intermediation Research Society from 2008-2016; and senior economist from 1989 to 2008 and economist from 1982-1989 at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University in 1976.
missing profile image Lamont Black is an assistant professor of finance at DePaul University in Chicago. Prior to joining DePaul, Black was an economist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors for eight years, where he worked in the Division of Research and Statistics and the Division of International Finance. His responsibilities at the Board included the evaluation of bank regulatory policies during the financial crisis and the monitoring of the European banking sector during the sovereign debt crisis. His current research focuses on commercial real estate securitization and the spillover of financial shocks through the banking system. His previous research has been published in several journals, including the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Financial Services Research and the Journal of Financial Stability. His teaching is in the areas of commercial banking and money markets. Black received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in economics from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He received his doctorates in economics and in finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
missing profile image Lael Brainard took office as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on June 16, 2014, to fill an unexpired term ending January 31, 2026. Prior to her appointment to the Board, Brainard served as Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury from 2010 to 2013, and as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury in 2009. During this time, she was the U.S. Representative to the G-20 Finance Deputies and G-7 Deputies, and served as a member of the Financial Stability Board. She received the Alexander Hamilton Award for her service. From 2001 to 2008, Brainard was vice president and founding director of the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, where she also held the Bernard L. Schwartz Chair and built a new research program to address global economic challenges. Brainard served as the Deputy National Economic Adviser and Deputy Assistant to President Clinton and served as President Clinton's personal representative to the G-7/G-8. From 1990 to 1996, Brainard was an assistant and associate professor of applied economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management. She has published numerous articles on economic topics and is the editor or co-editor of several books. Previously, Brainard worked in management consulting at McKinsey & Company. She received a Bachelor of Arts with university honors from Wesleyan University in 1983. She received a Master of Science degree and a Ph.D. in economics in 1989 from Harvard University, where she was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship. She is also the recipient of a White House Fellowship.
missing profile image Steve Brown has served as president and CEO of Pacific Coast Bankers’ Bancshares and subsidiaries since July 2007. Prior to that, Brown co-founded PCBB Capital Markets and was also a co-founder of a web-based capital markets trading platform that connected the world’s largest providers of cash and investment products with the nation’s community banks. He was also managing director at Bank of America Securities, in charge of fixed income and other product sales to community banks nationwide, and a director at ICAP, the world’s largest interdealer wholesale broker of Federal funds, interest rate hedging, foreign exchange and other capital markets products. Brown was also an assistant treasurer with a $2 billion community bank, with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, finance, investment and cash management. He holds FINRA Series 7, 8, 24 and 63 licenses and is the author of the popular Banc Investment Daily newsletter. Brown is frequently quoted in national media on banking trends and issues.
profile image James Bullard is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He participates in the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and directs the activities of the Bank’s head office in St. Louis and of its branches in Little Rock, Ark., Louisville, Ky., and Memphis, Tenn. An economist, Bullard joined the Bank in 1990. His research has appeared in numerous professional journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Monetary Economics, Macroeconomic Dynamics and the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. A peer reviewer for many periodicals, he currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control. Since becoming president in 2008, Bullard has called for the FOMC to adopt state-contingent policy and to give greater consideration to headline inflation than core inflation when deciding monetary policy. In the wake of the financial crisis, he supported quantitative easing and warned about the possibility of the United States’ falling into a Japanese-style deflationary trap. He has also argued that the U.S. output gap may not be as large as many estimates suggest. Bullard is an honorary professor of economics at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also sits on the advisory council of the economics department and the advisory boards of the Center for Dynamic Economics and the Wells Fargo Advisors Center for Finance and Accounting Research. He is the chairman of the U.S.A. United Way Board of Trustees and a member of the Worldwide United Way Board of Trustees, the University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Council and the Greater St. Louis Financial Forum. Bullard also serves on the board of the St. Louis Regional Chamber. A native of Forest Lake, Minn., Bullard earned his doctorate in economics from Indiana University in Bloomington. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in economics and in quantitative methods and information systems from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.
missing profile image Megan F. Clubb is the chief executive officer of Baker Boyer National Bank headquartered in Walla Walla, Wash. Baker Boyer is the oldest independently owned community bank in the Pacific Northwest. Its team of advisors have diverse expertise and are focused on one goal: to help local families manage assets to build local legacies. Baker Boyer has been a top performing bank over the years, receiving recognition in many areas. It has been ranked on American Banker’s list of the “Top 200 Community Banks” consecutively since 2008. Seattle Business magazine has ranked it on the list of “Best Places to Work in Washington” consecutively since 2004. Additionally, Baker Boyer was recognized by Seattle Business as winner of the Best Family Business Award in 2012. Clubb has brought about a great deal of change in a family-owned community bank at a time when the overall industry was challenged. She has increased the bank’s profitability, grown its customer base and opened new offices during a very tough economic period. She currently serves as a director for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She also serves as the vice president of the Foundation Board for the William D. Ruckelshaus Center at Washington State University and is on the board of trustees for Whitman College. Prior to joining Baker Boyer, Clubb worked for Marakon Associates, an international consulting firm that was a spin-off of Wells Fargo’s Corporate Finance group. Clubb holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Whitman College and and a master’s degree in management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
missing profile image Charles G. Cooper was appointed Texas Banking Commissioner by the Texas Finance Commission on December 1, 2008. His banking career spans over 45 years and includes senior level positions in both the public and private sectors. As Texas Banking Commissioner, his responsibilities include the chartering, regulation, supervision and examination of 264 Texas state-chartered banks with aggregate assets of approximately $241.9 billion. His duties also encompass trust companies, foreign bank agencies and branches, non-bank supervision programs that include the licensing, regulation and supervision of funeral contract providers, perpetual care cemeteries, and money service businesses, as well as the registration of private child support enforcement agencies. He also serves as chairman-elect of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. A native Texan, Cooper holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and economics from Baylor University and is a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. He also holds an advanced peace officer certification with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He has been on the board of the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate since 1990 and has been a member of the State Fair of Texas Youth Livestock Auction Committee since 2005.
missing profile image David J. Cotney has served as the Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks since November 2010. He oversees the supervision of nearly 200 banks and credit unions with total combined assets in excess of $400 billion. His office is also responsible for the licensing and supervision of nearly 8,500 non-depository licensees including mortgage lenders, mortgage brokers, mortgage loan originators, consumer finance companies, money services businesses, debt collectors, and loan servicers. Cotney began his career at the Division of Banks 25 years ago as a bank examiner. Cotney is an active contributor to consumer protection efforts both in Massachusetts and nationally. In 2015, Mr. Cotney was elected chairman of the Board of Directors of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). He serves as a member of the board of the CSBS Education Foundation and of the Board of Managers of the State Regulatory Registry (SRR), where he previously served as chairman. From 2013 to 2015, Cotney served as chairman of the State Liaison Committee (SLC) of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC). Additionally, from 2014 to 2015, Cotney was appointed to serve as chairman of the CSBS Emerging Payments Task Force. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University, an MBA from Boston University, and a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
missing profile image Ken B. Cyree is the dean and the Frank R. Day/Mississippi Bankers Association Chair of Banking at the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration, where he is also a professor of finance. Cyree received his doctorate and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. He is the director of the Mississippi School of Banking and a faculty member at the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Cyree’s research interests are in banking, financial markets, interest rates and regulation. He has papers published in the Journal of Business, Financial Management, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Financial Research, the Journal of Financial Services Research, the Journal of Financial Markets, the Financial Review, along with several other academic journals. In addition, Cyree has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Research and is currently an associate editor at the Journal of Financial Research. He is past president of the Southern Finance Association and served on the nominating committee for the Eastern Finance Association. Cyree was named the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration’s “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” in 2007 and “Outstanding Senior Researcher” in 2014.
missing profile image Ron J. Feldman is an executive vice president and senior policy advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He is the senior officer for Supervision, Regulation and Credit, where he oversees the consumer and safety and soundness supervision of about 75 state member banks and about 500 bank holding companies. He is also responsible for the Bank’s lending to Ninth District depository institutions and managing the resulting credit risk. Feldman holds a variety of Federal Reserve System supervisory leadership roles. For example, he co-leads the group overseeing the System’s supervision of banks that have under $10 billion in assets. He also manages the System’s validation of Federal Reserve stress testing models. Feldman is also a primary adviser on monetary policy to the Bank president. He helps oversee the Federal Reserve’s monitoring of financial system stability and the identification of risks to stability. Feldman joined the bank in 1995 in the Supervision department. He became an officer of the bank in 1999, a managing officer in 2004, senior vice president in 2008 and executive vice president in 2013. In addition to assuming increasing responsibilities in the supervisory arena, he previously ran the Financial Services Support Office, which assists in the oversight of the Federal Reserve’s financial services. Feldman has published research on a wide array of banking and financial topics. He is the co-author of “Too Big to Fail: The Hazards of Bank Bailouts,” published by the Brookings Institution (2004). He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University.
missing profile image Gilles Gade is a founder of Cross River Bank (CRB) and has served as its chairman, president and CEO since its inception in 2008. He is steering CRB as an innovation-driven, state-chartered bank and as a provider of fully compliant financial solutions to the marketplace lending and payments sectors. Gade possesses more than 20 years of experience in investment banking and venture capital, including serving as co-founder and managing director of Chela Technology Partners and Chela Internet Ventures, a boutique investment bank and venture fund focusing on emerging technologies and telecommunications. He was also a technology investment banker at Barclays Capital and an investment banker with the Financial Institutions Group at Bear Stearns. Gade started his career in 1990 at Citicorp Venture Capital. He graduated from the MBA Institute IMIP (Groupe IPESUP) in Paris, France, with an MS in International Management.
profile image Julapa Jagtiani is Senior Special Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and a Fellow member of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center. Previously, Jagtiani was a senior economist at the Chicago Fed and Kansas City Fed. Before joining the Fed, she was Associate Professor of Finance at Baruch College, CUNY. At the Federal Reserve, Julapa has participated in several supervisory policy projects, including serving on the Federal Reserve Fintech Task Force. She has published articles in top finance journals. Her recent research has focused on issues related to Fintech, use of alternative data and AI/ML in credit decisions, small business lending, and community bank mergers. She also serves as a Fintech subject matter expert at the Philly Fed.  Outside the Fed, Julapa serves on the Leadership Council Board of Directors for the American Red Cross. She was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship recipient. Julapa received her PhD and MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.
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Catharine Lemieux is executive vice president in charge of supervision and regulation at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She directs the supervision and regulation of more than 800 banking organizations, including bank holding companies, state-chartered member banks, bank and savings and loan holding companies, financial holding companies and U.S. foreign bank branches within the Seventh Federal Reserve District. Additionally, she co-chairs the Supervision Performance and Planning Committee. Lemieux began her career with the Federal Reserve System at the Kansas City Fed in 1990. She joined the Chicago Fed as a senior examiner, and has assumed a number of management positions of increasing responsibility within the department. She has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, serving as a lender, professor, policy analyst and bank regulator. She holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

missing profile image Marshall Lux is a senior fellow with the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Univeristy’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he researches and teaches the Dodd-Frank Act, and is a senior advisor with the Boston Consulting Group. He has been an adjunct professor at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and will be a visiting lecturer at the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Lux has served as a financial services and private equity consultant across all industries for nearly 30 years. He was with McKinsey for 23 years, serving as a director and senior partner. Most recently, he was a senior partner and managing director with the Boston Consulting Group, serving as the head of its North American private equity practice, which he helped build. From 2008-2009, he was chief risk officer for JPMorgan Chase’s consumer products division. During the financial crisis, he reported to the bank’s board and regulators and managed mortgages, credit cards, auto and student loans on a daily basis. Lux is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is active in the Brookings Institute. He serves on a number of private equity boards that cover a full range of financial services and non-financial services industries and has a long history of not-for-profit work. He is a member of the Chairman’s Council of the New York Historical Society. He is currently on the board for Reading is Fundamental (RIF) organization and has served on boards such as the Harlem Children’s Zone. Lux did extensive work post 9/11 for New York City. Lux graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He received his MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was a Ford Scholar and a Baker Scholar. He was one of three to receive the Loeb Rhoades Award for excellence in finance.
profile image Andrew P. Meyer is a senior economist in the Community Bank Research and Outreach office of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He received a doctorate in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and has worked at the Federal Reserve since 1994. In addition to his research on community banking issues, he conducts statistical analysis of the downgrade and failure risk of commercial banks. He also serves on a committee to improve the Federal Reserve's off-site bank surveillance program and has taught regularly in examiner training schools.
missing profile image Richard H. Neiman serves as head of regulatory and government affairs for Lending Club, the world’s largest credit marketplace for connecting borrowers and investors. Neiman joined Lending Club full time in October 2014 after having served two years on its advisory panel. Previously, he served as vice chairman of the global financial services regulatory practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Neiman has more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry, having served in a range of executive, regulatory and legal roles during his career. Prior to joining PwC in June 2011, he served from March 2007 to May 2011 as New York State’s Superintendent of Banks, where he was responsible for the supervision of all state-chartered depository institutions, including the majority of foreign bank branches and agencies in the United States. While serving as superintendent, he was also appointed by the U.S. Congress to serve on the five-member Congressional Oversight Panel that was created to oversee the implementation of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, which included the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Earlier in his career, Neiman served as executive vice president and general counsel of TD Waterhouse Securities (now TD Ameritrade). He also served as general counsel of the Global Equities Division of Citibank, and as a director in the regulator advisory practice of what was then Price Waterhouse LLP. Neiman began his career with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, D.C., serving initially as staff attorney and then as special assistant to the chief counsel. He also serves as an adviser to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Regulatory Reform Initiative and has co-chaired its regulatory architecture task force. Neiman serves on the board of the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), a mentoring and college preparatory nonprofit, and on the board of the Henry Street Settlement, one of New York’s oldest social services organizations.
missing profile image Charles (Chad) A. Paul, III is a director-member on the North Carolina State Banking Commission. In this role, he serves on the commission as a practical banker appointed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, and he also serves as chairperson of the commission’s strategic planning committee. Paul is president and chief executive officer of Bald Head Island Limited LLC, the principal owner-operator-developer of Bald Head Island, N.C. Paul is also a managing partner of Harbor Island Partners LLC, a private equity firm headquartered in Wilmington, N.C. He began his career working in investment banking, specializing in financial institutions and distressed securities. Prior to forming Harbor Island Partners, Paul was employed by Arnolt Partners LLC, Salomon Brothers Inc. and JPMorgan Chase. He was a founder and principal shareholder of four North Carolina-chartered de novo banks and has served on the board of directors of Crescent Financial Bancshares Inc. and VantageSouth Bancshares Inc. He has served as chairperson of audit and asset-liability committees and as a member of executive and loan committees during his banking director tenures. Paul received a master’s in business administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in economics from the College of The Holy Cross. His economics honor’s thesis, “The Deregulation Debate - The Repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act,” received the Cummings Gold Medal Award for the finest research paper submitted during the 1989 academic year.
missing profile image Robin A. Prager is a senior adviser in the Division of Research and Statistics at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She joined the Board staff in 1994 as an economist in the Financial Structure Section, and served as chief of the Financial Structure Section from 2000 to 2007. Throughout her tenure at the Board, Prager has been involved in conducting economic analysis of issues relating to the structure and performance of the financial services sector, with an emphasis on banking. Recently, much of her attention has been devoted to issues surrounding the availability of credit to small businesses and the role of community banks in the U.S. financial system. Prager received a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University and a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the staff of the Federal Reserve Board, Prager served on the faculty of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. She has also been a visiting faculty member at Boston University's School of Management and MIT's Sloan School of Management, and a visiting senior policy scholar at Georgetown University's Center for Business and Public Policy. She currently serves on the board of the Industrial Organization Society and on the editorial boards of the Review of Industrial Organization and Journal of Regulatory Economics.
missing profile image Edward "Ned" S. Prescott is a senior professional economist in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. His research focuses on banking, financial markets and contract theory. Prior to joining the Cleveland Fed in 2015, he was a vice president and economist in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. In spring of 2004, he visited the Bank of Spain and was a visiting professor at CEMFI in Madrid. He also taught at the University of Virginia. Prescott is an associate editor of Economic Theory and the Journal of Financial Services Research. He has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Review of Financial Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.
missing profile image Nathan Ross is a director of legislative policy at the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. In this role, he develops and represents legislative policy positions for state regulators before the U.S. Congress. In addition to legislative outreach, Ross’s portfolio includes community bank regulatory issues, U.S. operations of foreign banks, and global regulatory reform initiatives. He also staffs the state banking supervisor who serves on the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Ross holds bachelor’s degrees in managerial finance, and banking and finance from the University of Mississippi, and a master’s in European Studies from the Universidad de Sevilla.
profile image John W. Ryan is the president and CEO of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, the national association representing state banking supervisors and the leading advocate for advancing the state banking system. Before being named CSBS president and CEO in August 2011, Ryan was CSBS's executive vice president, a position he had held since October 2003. He first joined CSBS in 1997 as an assistant vice president for legislative affairs. Prior to joining CSBS, Ryan worked at Newmyer Associates, a public affairs consulting firm, where he led the company's financial services consulting practice. Previous to his work at Newmyer Associates, Ryan spent four years as a professional staff member to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs. Ryan received a bachelor's degree in political science and economics from the University of California-Berkeley.
missing profile image Reid Ryan is a founding investor and board member for R Bank and R Corp Financial, Round Rock, Texas. He is also the president for business operations for the Houston Astros Baseball Club. Reid is one of the youngest team presidents in the game and brings enthusiasm and energy to the organization, while also providing a wealth of experience working in professional baseball. From day one, Reid has emphasized the importance of the fan experience and has made it a personal mission to openly engage with the Astros fan base. At nearly every home game, Reid can be found in the stands, speaking with Astros fans on a personal level. Within a few weeks of starting his new position and making his rounds through the ballpark, Reid used that fan feedback to make some changes. He followed up on a specific request to have the ballpark opened earlier in order to give fans access to Astros batting practice, which is now stadium policy. Whether he’s in the ballpark on game days or on the Astro’s Community Leaders ball fields participating in youth baseball and softball clinics with local at-risk children and teens, Reid takes pride in being an active member of the Houston community. Before joining the Astros, Reid was the founder and CEO of both the Corpus Christi Hooks and the Round Rock Express minor league franchises, both of which are perennially lauded as two of the top franchises in minor league attendance, stadium satisfaction and franchise value. Shortly after coming on board in Houston, Reid continued to affect positive change by bringing the Corpus Christi Hooks into the fold as an owned and operated affiliate of the Houston Astros. The Round Rock Express remains the Triple A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Reid’s history with Texas baseball goes back decades. During the 1980s, Reid was a bat boy for the Astros while his father and Hall of Famer Nolan was an All-Star pitcher in the Astrodome. He later pitched at the University of Texas and Texas Christian University, playing a part in two Southwest Conference Titles. Reid went on to pitch in the minor leagues for two seasons (1994-95) in the Rangers system after being selected in the 17th round of the June 1994 draft. A long-time respected member of minor league baseball’s leadership group, Reid has maintained his ownership interests in the Pacific Coast League’s Round Rock Express. He currently serves as the Texas League (Corpus Christi Hooks) Board of Trustees representative and is the finance chairman for Minor League Baseball.
missing profile image Paul T. Sanford is the assistant director of the Office of Supervision Examinations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). He has served in a variety of capacities in the financial services industry over the past 25 years. Prior to his current role as assistant director, he served as chief of staff for the CFPB’s Office of Large Bank Supervision, where he facilitated operations activities that supported a staff of more than 250 field examiners. Before joining the CFPB, Sanford served as executive secretary from 2008-2011 with the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), where he oversaw all operations. Sanford also served as an instructional designer with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency from 2004-2008 and as an examiner with the Federal Depository Insurance Commision (FDIC) from 1991-2002. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master of Science degree in finance from Boston College. He maintains a certified public accountant (CPA) license with the state of Massachusetts. Sanford is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army National Guard.
missing profile image Paul T. Sanford is the assistant director of the Office of Supervision Examinations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). He has served in a variety of capacities in the financial services industry over the past 25 years. Prior to his current role as assistant director, he served as chief of staff for the CFPB’s Office of Large Bank Supervision, where he facilitated operations activities that supported a staff of more than 250 field examiners. Before joining the CFPB, Sanford served as executive secretary from 2008-2011 with the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), where he oversaw all operations. Sanford also served as an instructional designer with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency from 2004-2008 and as an examiner with the Federal Depository Insurance Commision (FDIC) from 1991-2002. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master of Science degree in finance from Boston College. He maintains a certified public accountant (CPA) license with the state of Massachusetts. Sanford is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army National Guard.
profile image Julie Stackhouse is executive vice president and managing officer of supervision, credit, community development and learning innovation for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Prior to joining the St. Louis Fed in September 2002, Stackhouse served as vice president and managing officer of the Risk Management department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. In addition, she was formerly an officer with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City prior to relocating to Minnesota in 1995. She served in many capacities at the Kansas City Reserve Bank, starting as an examiner in 1980. Stackhouse holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Drake University and is a graduate of the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. She currently serves as president-elect of the Board for National Charity League, Inc., a mother-daughter philanthropic organization, and as a member of the St. Louis Forum. In 2010, Stackhouse was named a St. Louis Business Journal “Most Influential Business Women” recipient, and in 2016, was recognized with the Delta Sigma Pi Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Michael Stevens is the senior executive vice president at the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). He is responsible for leading the organization's public policy, financial supervision, federal coordination, communications, industry relations and professional development functions. Stevens also serves as the principal deputy to the state banking member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Prior to his appointment in September 2011, he served as the senior vice president for regulatory policy, representing the state banking system in the development of policy in the areas of financial stability, prudential supervision and consumer protection. He joined CSBS in 1999 to work in all facets of CSBS's professional development division. Stevens is a frequent instructor and speaker on banking policy, examinations and financial analysis. He serves on the faculty of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado and at Texas Tech University's School of Banking. He began his regulatory career as a bank examiner for the Iowa Division of Banking, where he served 11 years.

profile image Timothy Yeager is professor of finance and holds the Arkansas Bankers Association Chair in Banking at the University of Arkansas. His responsibilities include teaching, research, and outreach to Arkansas bankers. Prior to joining the University in January 2006, Yeager was an assistant vice president in the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ supervision division. His articles have been published in journals such as the Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Journal of Financial Stability, and the Journal of Banking and Finance. He has been quoted in numerous state and national news outlets and his work has been featured in national newspapers and select trade publications. Tim received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1993 from Washington University in St. Louis.
profile image Janet L. Yellen took office as chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on February 3, 2014, for a four-year term ending February 3, 2018. Yellen also serves as Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body. Prior to her appointment as Chair, Yellen served as vice chair of the Board of Governors, taking office in October 2010, when she simultaneously began a 14-year term as a member of the Board that will expire January 31, 2024. Yellen is Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley where she was the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business and Professor of Economics and has been a faculty member since 1980. She took leave from Berkeley for five years starting August 1994. She served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System through February 1997, and then left the Federal Reserve to become chair of the Council of Economic Advisers through August 1999. She also chaired the Economic Policy Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development from 1997 to 1999. She also served as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2004 to 2010. She is a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served as president of the Western Economic Association, vice president of the American Economic Association and a fellow of the Yale Corporation. She graduated summa cum laude from Brown University with a degree in economics in 1967, and received her Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1971. She received the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale in 1997, an honorary doctor of laws degree from Brown in 1998, and an honorary doctor of humane letters from Bard College in 2000. An Assistant Professor at Harvard University from 1971 to 1976, Yellen served as an Economist with the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors in 1977 and 1978, and on the faculty of the London School of Economics and Political Science from 1978 to 1980. Yellen has written on a wide variety of macroeconomic issues, while specializing in the causes, mechanisms, and implications of unemployment.