2018 Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference

Speakers and Panelists

profile image Bret Afdahl was appointed director of the South Dakota Division of Banking in May 2011 after serving as counsel to the division since October 2006. Afdahl is currently the chair-elect of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), the nation’s leading advocate for the state banking system and the only national organization dedicated to advancing the state banking system. Prior to joining the division, Afdahl worked on the legal staff at the South Dakota Department of Revenue and Regulation on a variety of tax and compliance issues.  He is a graduate of Northern State University with a degree in political science and business, a graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law, and holds a certification as a fiduciary and investment risk specialist (CFIRS) from the Cannon Financial Institute.
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.
profile image Rebel Cole serves as the Kaye Family Endowed Chair of Finance at the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla., where he has taught since 2016. Previously, he was a professor of finance DePaul University in Chicago, the University of New South Wales in Sydney and the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He has also served as an economist for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. His primary areas of research are commercial banking, corporate governance, financial institutions, real estate and small-business finance. He has published peer-reviewed articles in academic journals that include the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Financial Intermediation, the Journal of Corporate Finance Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and Real Estate Economics. He received his doctorate in finance from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina.
profile image Charlotte Corley is the commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance (DBCF). She was appointed in November 2014. After joining the DBCF in 1985 as a bank examiner, Corley worked her way through the ranks to become banking division director in 2000 and deputy commissioner in 2013. A native Mississippian, Corley earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in banking and finance from Mississippi State University. She is a graduate of the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University, as well as the American Bankers Association’s National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University. She is chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), the nation’s leading advocate for the state banking system and the only national organization dedicated to advancing the state banking system. She was a longstanding member of the Interagency Supervisory Processes Committee, helping coordinate the processes of federal and state banking regulatory agencies. She is a past member of CSBS’s state supervisory processes and technology committees and is the former chair of its education foundation. Corley has also served as a member of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s Task Force on examiner education.
profile image Gerard Cuddy joined Beneficial Bank in 2006 and was named President and CEO in January 2007. Gerard and his team led Beneficial in its two step stock offering, converting from a mutual holding company to a fully public bank. He and his team have also completed four major acquisitions (Farmer’s & Mechanics Bank, CLA Insurance Company, SEF Financial, and Conestoga Bancorp) and recently founded equipment leasing company Neumann Finance. Under his leadership, Beneficial has focused on its mission as an education company, providing the bank’s customers with the tools and knowledge to help them do the right thing financially.  

Gerard is a 38-year veteran of the financial services industry, and has held a range of senior management roles over the course of his career.  He has experience in investment, private, and commercial banking having served as the Senior Loan Officer for Commercial Lending at Commerce Bank and the Regional Managing Director for Fleet private banking in Pennsylvania. Additionally, he served in various senior management positions with First Union National Bank and Citigroup in the metro Philadelphia region. He has been profiled and quoted in American Banker, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Huffington Post

Committed to improving the communities that the Beneficial serves, Gerard is a board member of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a past Board member of the Franklin Institute, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Union League of Philadelphia and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Depository Council.  He is the recipient of many awards including the La Salle University’s Leadership Award, the Rutgers University Leadership Award, the Distinguished Catholic Graduate Award, the American Catholic Historical Society’s Barry Award and the Jewish Relief Agency Annual Award.   

Gerard holds his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Villanova University and earned his Masters of Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He and his family reside in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. 

About Beneficial Bank
Founded in 1853, Beneficial Bank is the oldest and largest bank headquartered in Philadelphia.  It is a community-based, full-service financial services company that has served individuals and businesses in the Delaware Valley for 165 years. With 60+ offices in the greater Philadelphia and South Jersey regions and $5.8 billion in assets, Beneficial offers a full array of financial products that includes commercial, consumer, SBA, leasing, real estate lending and insurance. Visit www.thebeneficial.com for more information.

profile image Paul Davis is the editor of the Community Banking bureau at American Banker. He was formerly the senior reporter in the publication’s National bureau. Prior to American Banker, he was the news editor at SNL Financial and a senior banking reporter for American City Business Journals, where he was honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association. He was also the director of social media for the Wake Forest University Schools of Business. He has provided commentary on banking and other large corporations for BBC World News and Nightly Business Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in government and an MBA from Wake Forest University.
profile image Robert (Bob) DeYoung is the Capitol Federal Distinguished Professor in Financial Markets and Institutions and holds the Harold Otto Chair in Economics at the University of Kansas School of Business.  

Prior to joining the KU faculty, Professor DeYoung was an Associate Director of Research at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, an Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, a Senior Economist at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and a Joyce Foundation Teaching Fellow at Beloit College.

Professor DeYoung is co-editor of the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.  He has twice testified before the United States Senate on bank regulatory issues.  In 2015 he was named a Distinguished Scholar by the French Finance Association for “Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Finance and Banking.”  He is a past President of the Southern Finance Association.  

DeYoung was born and raised in New Jersey, where he worked his way through college at Rutgers University-Camden.  He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He lives on a ranch near Baldwin City, Kansas with his lovely wife Julie and many other domesticated animals.  

profile image Trevor Dryer is the co-founder and CEO of Portland, Ore.-based Mirador, providers of the leading small business digital lending platform. The Mirador platform powers a new type of relationship between small businesses and lenders, enabling banks, credit unions and other financial institutions to decision loans in 24 hours or less. Prior to Mirador, Trevor led mobile payments and small business point-of-sale product lines for Intuit and contributed to its online banking solution for mid-sized financial institutions. Dryer is a graduate of Harvard University and received his juris doctorate from Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, Calif.
profile image Zifeng Feng is a Ph.D. candidate in Finance at Florida International University. He holds an M.Sc. in Real Estate from Florida International University, an M.B.A. from Jinan University, and a B.A. in Public Administration from Peking University. Zifeng maintains an active research program on topics related to technology investment, operational efficiency, executive compensation, and the role of employees, mostly focused on the areas of corporate finance, banking, and real estate. He has published an article in Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. He has presented his papers in several academic and professional meetings, including American Real Estate Society Annual Meeting, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association Annual Meeting. His teaching experience includes such courses as Financial Management, Intermediate Finance, Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Valuation, and Real Estate Investment. Before moving to the academic world, Zifeng worked for over ten years in consultancy and real estate. He has a global perspective and organizational skills to accomplish difficult challenges.
profile image Janet Garufis is chairman and CEO of Montecito Bank & Trust, based in Santa Barbara, Calif. She joined the bank in 2004 and was promoted to president and CEO in 2006. She began her career as a teller more than 40 years ago with Security Pacific Bank, now Bank of America. She rose through the ranks of retail banking and after completing the Security Pacific management training program, successfully led its retail banking, commercial banking and private banking organizations. She established Security Pacific’s Business Banking Division in 1990 and subsequently introduced credit scored Small Business lending to Bank of America at their acquisition of SPNB, becoming the leader of Bank of America Business Lending Services Division. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English from California State University, Northridge, and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. In early 2014, she was invited to join the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC) of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and served as president of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors’ CDIAC in 2017.  She has also served as past chair of the Western Independent Bankers Association and is a director of the Pacific Business Management Institute of Pacific Coast Banking School.
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Kate Hao is the CEO of New York City-based Happy Mango, which she founded in 2013 to bring greater transparency to credit reporting. Kate was previously the treasurer of the broker-dealer subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, where she worked for over 12 years across various functions. While working as a bond trader during the 2008 crisis, she recognized the limitations of existing consumer credit reporting systems, which provided information about a problem only after the problem had occurred. Her training in fundamental financial analysis enabled her to develop a forward-looking consumer credit assessment algorithm that lay the foundation of the Happy Mango Score computation. Her executive experience in managing large teams and complex projects ultimately led to her decision to bring her idea forward and form Happy Mango. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Albion College. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM).

profile image Mikael Homanen is a PhD Candidate in Finance at Cass Business School in London. His research focuses on the intersection of externalities and financial markets with a further focus on banking and investor ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) policies. He recently visited the Wharton School and Singapore Management University. He is an advisor to an ESG fund and has also worked at the World Bank's Development Economics Research Group (DECRG). His recent research examines depositor activism induced by bank scandals, global corporate governance practices and he is involved in projects examining the effectiveness of investor engagement, which is funded by the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI). He completed his MPHil in Finance as well as BSc at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.
profile image Tom Hough is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carrollton Bank, a fifth­ generation company founded in 1877 in Carrollton, Illinois by his great-great grandfather. Tom is a native of Carrollton and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Business. He joined the bank in 1973 when it had $7 million in assets at its original location in Carrollton.

Today, Carrollton Bank has ten locations, including eight in the St. Louis MSA and two in central Illinois, and assets of$1.6 billion.  Virtually all of the bank's
growth has been organic in nature. Carrollton remains a privately-held, owner­ operated company, with the majority of its shareholders being full-time employees, who serve customers and build long-term relationships on a daily basis.

Tom is a board member of the Regional Business Council, the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the Jefferson National Parks Association, the University of Illinois Dean's Business Council, and the Lewis & Clark Community College Foundation. He's a past chairman of the Illinois Bankers Association.

Tom and his wife Suzanne and family have lived in St. Louis for several years. Suzanne is Director of Community Development at Carrollton Bank. Their son Tom is a vice president at Carrollton Bank, and their other son John is a freelance sports journalist.

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.
profile image Elizabeth K. Kiser is an associate director in the Division of Research and Statistics division at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, DC.  She earned a Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in economics and German from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  Dr. Kiser has published economic research on bank competition, consumer choice in banking and payments, and banking supervision, and has conducted policy analysis on a range of topics related to financial sector competition and financial stability.
profile image Timothy Koch is a distinguished professor emeritus of the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and president of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. He is an experienced researcher, author and presenter on topics of bank-performance analysis, risk management, the pricing of fixed-income securities, equities and financial futures and public finance. He is a co-author of “Bank Management”, a leading college textbook in its seventh edition, and “Community Banking: From Crisis to Prosperity”, a guide for bank directors and senior bank managers to thrive in the coming years.
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Troy Kravitz is a senior financial economist with the Center for Financial Research with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. He joined the Center in 2013 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego, where he also received his Master of Arts in Economics. At UCSD, he studied game theory and applied microeconomic theory, particularly industrial organization and political economy. He also taught two courses in intermediate econometrics. Before graduate school, Troy worked for the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies. He studied at Emory University and the London School of Economics.


profile image Yan Y. Lee is a senior financial economist in the Division of Insurance and Research at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). She has a B.A. in economics from Columbia University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Before her graduate studies, Yan worked as a bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. At the FDIC, she has participated in a detail at the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. In her research, Yan is especially interested in the special role that banks, especially community banks, play in providing much needed credit to small businesses in the U.S.
profile image Trey Maust is co-founder, co-president, CEO and board member of Lewis & Clark Bank in Oregon City, Ore. Maust began his career in Portland, Ore., where he conducted and managed financial statement audits, internal control assessments and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Improvement Act attestation engagements. He later transferred to Deloitte’s Merger and Acquisition Services group in New York City, where he was a national resource for bank acquisitions and for conducting financial and operational due diligence on more than 40 transactions in a variety of industries for both financial sponsors and strategic buyers. Prior to his current position, Maust served as chief financial officer at two Portland-area community banks. He is heavily involved in state and national banking associations, and is also on multiple advisory and fiduciary boards of both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Maust received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Portland State University and is a licensed certified public accountant. In 2007, he was recognized as one of the “40 under 40” by the Portland Business Journal.
profile image Jelena McWilliams is the 21st Chairman of the FDIC.  She was nominated by President Donald J. Trump on November 30, 2017, and confirmed by the Senate on May 24, 2018, to serve a six-year term on the FDIC Board of Directors, and designated as Chairman for a term of five years.  

Ms. McWilliams was Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary for Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, Ms. McWilliams worked in the United States Senate for six years, most recently as Chief Counsel and Deputy Staff Director with the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and previously as Assistant Chief Counsel with the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.  From 2007 to 2010, Ms. McWilliams served as an attorney at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.  Before entering public service, she practiced corporate and securities law at Morrison & Foerster LLP in Palo Alto, California, and Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells LLP) in Washington, D.C.  

Ms. McWilliams graduated with highest honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. in political science, and earned her law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

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.
profile image Mike Milchanowski is a Supervisory Officer in the Supervision Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He is currently responsible for the Statistics and Reserves Administration units of the Division, and has oversight of the Division’s quality assurance program. In his prior role, Mike led the Supervisory Policy and Risk Analysis team and was a member of the Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference planning team. Prior to joining the St. Louis Fed, Milchanowski served as an Assistant Vice President at M&T Bank responsible for commercial credit risk modeling, including development of the institutions probability of default and loss-given default models, and CCAR and CapPR Federal Reserve stress testing programs. He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s of science in Financial Economics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
profile image Duc Duy (Louis) Nguyen is Associate Professor of Finance at King’s Business School, King’s College London. Prior to that, he was Lecturer in Banking and Finance at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Louis’ research interests are empirical corporate finance, financial intermediation, and labor issues in finance. His work has been published in the Review of Financial Studies and the Review of Finance. Louis earns a PhD in Finance at the University of Edinburgh.
profile image Gilda M. Nogueira has served East Cambridge Savings Bank for 40 years.  She began as a part-time teller and now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank and its holding company, 1854 Bancorp.  East Cambridge Savings Bank, established in 1854, is a $1.0 billion Massachusetts state-chartered savings bank.  Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Bank operates 10 full-service banking centers, as well as an education training facility at Cambridge Rindge and Latin (High) School.  In addition, Gilda also serves as President of East Cambridge Savings Charitable Foundation.  

Gilda is a strong industry advocate and demonstrates her passion and belief in the responsibility of buisiness leaders giving back to the communities they are a part of through personal example.  Gilda is past chair of the Massachusetts Bankers Association (2016-2017), member of the American Bankers Association Banker Advocacy and Grassroots Committee; Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC), and President of the Federal Reserve’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council at a national level representing the First District; and member of the Board of the Depositors Insurance Fund.  Gilda supports numerous causes and organizations focused on improving the quality of life in the communities served by the bank.  She is past president of the Somerville Rotary Club and continues her membership on the Rotary Club of Somerville as Board Member and Secretary, serves the Cambridge YMCA as member of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer, Advisory Board Member of Little Sisters of the Poor, and is passionate for helping those less fortunate, be it as a volunteer cook or by helping the homeless by preparing care packages for distribution by local organizations.

Gilda is a graduate of Lesley University, and a graduate of the National School of Banking – America’s Community Bankers at Fairfield University, and the New England School of Banking – Massachusetts Bankers Association at Babson.

Gilda has received various awards including Bankers and Tradesman “Women of Fire” (2013); Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International (2014); Girl Scouts “Lady Baden-Powell Award” (2015); Good Neighbor/Community Hero Award by the New England Financial Marketing Association (NEFMA) (2016); and named in Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by The Commonwealth Institute and the Boston Globe Magazine (2017).

Though modest about her professional accomplishments, she is quick to voice both pride and appreciation of her family.  She is a mother of four adult children and a grandmother of seven. Gilda resides in Medford, Massachusetts with her husband of 38 years. 

profile image Nathaniel Pattison is an assistant professor of economics at Southern Methodist University.  His primary research fields are in Household Finance and Public Economics and his research focuses on the trade-offs of credit market regulations, debtor protections, and social insurance. He is especially interested in bankruptcy and informal default, and how borrowing and default interact with the social safety net to allow individuals to better withstand shocks such as unemployment or illness. Nathaniel received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia.
profile image Randal K. Quarles took office as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on October 13, 2017, to fill an unexpired term ending on January 31, 2018. He was sworn in as Vice Chairman for Supervision on October 13, 2017. His term as Vice Chairman for Supervision ends on October 13, 2021.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Quarles was founder and managing director of the Cynosure Group, a Utah-based investment firm. Before founding the Cynosure Group, Mr. Quarles was a partner at The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm based in Washington, DC.

From September 2005 to November 2006, Mr. Quarles served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance. Prior to serving as Under Secretary, from April 2002 to August 2005, Mr. Quarles was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs. During his tenure, Mr. Quarles served as policy chair of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Prior to joining the Department of the Treasury, Mr. Quarles served, from August 2001 to April 2002, as the U.S. Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund.

From January 1991 to January 1993, he served in the Treasury Department as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury for Banking Legislation and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions.

Prior to, and in between, his service at the Department of the Treasury, Mr. Quarles was a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell, serving in their New York and London offices.

Mr. Quarles was born in September 1957. He received an A.B. in philosophy and economics, summa cum laude, from Columbia in 1981 and earned a law degree from the Yale Law School in 1984.

Mr. Quarles is married with three children.

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Rodney Ramacharan is the Associate Professor of Finance and Business Economics (tenured), Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California and Director of Research, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. Previously, Ramcharan worked at the Board Governors of the Federal Reserve System, serving as the first chief of the Systemic Financial Institutions and Markets Section (2012-2015). In that role, I helped develop analyses to understand better the role of financial institutions in the US economy, and contributed to the regulatory policy discussions at both the Federal Reserve and at Basel. I also worked for the International Monetary Fund from 2000-2010 during which I contributed to policy discussions on exchange rates and monetary policy in emerging markets such as South Africa and in a number of developing economies. I also served on the editorial board of Finance and Development and have been a visiting scholar at the Dutch National Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and served as a consultant to the Swedish Riksbank. Much of my research agenda has been shaped by the important policy questions I have encountered at these institutions. 


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.
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 Gregory F. Udell is the Chase Chair of Banking and Finance at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.  He is, or has been, a visiting economist, scholar and/or consultant to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Italy, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago and San Francisco, the International Finance Corporation, the OECD, the Peoples Bank of China, the Riksbank and the World Bank.  Before joining the Kelley School of Business in 1998 he was Professor of Finance and Director of the William R. Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stern School of Business at New York University.  Prior to his academic career Professor Udell was a commercial loan officer in Chicago. Professor Udell has nearly 100 publications mostly focused on financial contracting, credit availability and financial intermediation.  These have appeared in leading accounting, economics and finance journals.  He is the author of a textbook on asset based lending, Asset-Based Finance (2004), a co-author (with L. Ritter and W. Silber) of Principles of Money, Banking and Financial Markets, 12th edition (2009), and is, or has been, an associate editor/editorial board member of seven academic journals including the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Services Research and Small Business Economics.