Graduate School of Banking at LSU Announces 2021 Bank Management Simulation Winners

The senior class of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University annually participates in the program’s Bank Management Simulation course.  This computer-based curriculum is specifically designed to recreate decision making and management scenarios in certain banking areas like funds management, investments, asset and liability management loans, and risk management.  This year students were able to travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to participate in the 2021 session.  Due to Covid restrictions on LSU’s campus, students stayed and studied at the Renaissance in Baton Rouge.

The graduating class is divided into teams for this simulation.  Each team is responsible for overseeing the operation of an $800 million bank, with effective management and profitability being the key focuses.  BMSim, the computer model on which this assessment is based, provides rapid feedback on future decisions that these students make for their hypothetical bank.  The critical considerations when making decisions in this simulation include: competition, regulatory constraints, and the current economy.

The BMSim condenses two year’s-worth of bank operations management experience into a two-week program.  The results of this program are examined by state and federal regulators on a quarterly basis. Upon course completion each team is graded on a variety of factors, such as: consistency, organization, earnings, their ability to report to shareholders, and ultimately how well their bank is positioned for future profitability and success.

The winners in each simulation are recognized, along with their home bank’s president and CEO with a letter and certificate of recognition honoring their outstanding work during the Bank Management Simulation.  We are pleased to share the team winners that were announced at graduation on June 2, 2021.

A1 Samuel C. McCord Merchants Bank of Alabama Cullman AL
A1 Samuel Jared McCullough First Commerce Bank Lewisburg TN
A1 Donald E. Quintana Hancock Whitney New Orleans LA
A1 Steven A. Rogers The Piedmont Bank Peachtree Corners FL
A1 Alicia M. Rudd Mid Florida Credit Union Ocala FL
A1 Jon-Michael Trimm Trustmark National Bank Ridgeland MS
A1 Ryan M. Waddle Peoples Bank Mooresville NC
B2 Ramsey R. Diament Hancock Whitney New Orleans LA
B2 Chad S. Hancock Bank of America Charlotte NC
B2 Cal Thomas Hodges BankFirst Brookhaven MS
B2 Michael J. Leonard Paragon Bank Memphis TN
B2 Alan Lunsford Kentucky Bank Richmond KY
B2 Rochelle Dawn Mallett JD Bank Westlake LA
B2 Kyle Stewart Morgan Crews Banking Corporation Lakeland FL
C5 Jeffrey Daniel Baker Mid Florida Credit Union Ocala FL
C5 David A. Brown Jr. Trustmark National Bank Huntsville AL
C5 Charles Warner Cannada Origin Bank Ridgeland MS
C5 Leanne Drapeza Hancock Whitney Bank Gulfport MS
C5 Ryan E. Haydel B1 Bank Houma LA
C5 Jonathan Henry Pope Exchange Bank Milledgeville GA
C5 Owen C. Shirk Fourth Capital Nashville TN
C5 Misha Jo Wilson Farmers National Bank Lebanon KY


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