GSBLSU Case Work: Addressing the Managerial Challenges of Banks

Posted by Don Woodland on Feb 14, 2017 12:25:39 PM

managerial_challenges.jpegAlmost any experienced bank oficer when asked the question “What keeps you awake at night?” will list people problems near the top of the column.  This category of Managerial Challenges involves hiring, firing and motivating individuals to devote their best efforts to executing their responsibilities. 

At the 2017 Session members of the first year class will participate in a case discussing these Managerial Challenges lead by Jeff Turner, SVP and Director of the People Department, First Florida Integrity Bank, Naples.  In addition to his extensive banking environment Jeff has worked for PepsiCo., Frito-Lay, All State Insurance and IBM.  He brings to the casework a wide range of experience dealing with people in different professional environments.

Case groups typically have twenty or fewer participants and the groups are structured so that banks of different sizes located in different states are represented. Small groups provide the students the opportunity to discuss personnel problems they may be experiencing at their banks and to get feedback from knowledgeable faculty and fellow students.

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GSBLSU Class of 2019

Posted by Don Woodland on Nov 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

 The School has begun accepting applications from bank officers who wish to attend the 2017 session of the GSBLSU studentsschool as members of the Class of 2019.  The Session is scheduled for May 21 – June 2, 2017 and applications are arriving daily.  At the present time, applications on hand are 131% above last year’s level at this time.  The increase is concentrated in two states, Alabama and Georgia, but several states have shown increases in enrollment.  Early enrollment is encouraged!

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A School By and For Bankers

Posted by Don Woodland on Nov 9, 2016 11:17:30 AM

Banker Graduate SchoolThe board of trustees of the  met last month to review the school’s performance and to outline plans for the 2017 Session.

The courses taught in the school are approved by the board which is made up of senior bank executives who are graduates and CEO’s of sponsoring state banker associations who deal on a daily basis with banking issues on a state and national scale.

The expertise shared by these experienced individuals provides those who design the courses and curricula of the school valuable insight into issues that banking professionals must address daily.  Among the issues identified as deserving attention at the school were cyber security, cybercrime, technological innovations, non-bank competition, unrestrained bank regulation and personnel recruitment and retention.  These topics will receive the attention of the faculty and students at the 2017 Session.

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GSBLSU 2016 Class Overview: Bank Regulatory Law

Posted by Don Woodland on Jul 28, 2016 10:49:45 AM

Bank_Regulatory_Law.jpegFrom freshmen to seniors, our GSBLSU students congregated on the Baton Rouge, LSU campus for a two week whirlwind of study during the 2016 session.  As usual, they found comradery, dynamic professors, and comprehensive class offerings.  Among the classes attended by our junior class was Bank Regulatory Law, led respectively by professors Patrick Long, Carl Chaney, John Heasley, and Robert Reynolds. 

As an institution that proudly hosts students from diverse banking backgrounds, GSBLSU recognizes the need for those who may not occupy an executive suite to understand the fluid and dynamic marketplace that faces CEOs, CFOs, and senior vice presidents every single day.  Rather than simply knowing that changes are taking place above the ground floor, our students are learning why and gaining a higher-level perspective of the industry and decision making process.  Because, while those decisions may not be up to them, they weigh on the franchise at all levels.

Throughout the one week class, students will gain a greater understanding of current regulatory law, how strategic decisions are then made, and what the real world implications are for those at all levels within the industry.  Whether selling and buying a bank or remaining cognizant of cost of capital in their lending business, all banking professionals benefit from a thorough understanding of the regulatory environment.

Following the course, students will continue learning as they complete a home study problem consisting of 5 discussion essay questions to be researched and answered at their home banks. In the end, students will walk away from Bank Regulatory Law with a more complete understanding of the greater, overall industry and how its parts impact not only their bank as a whole, but their own, unique position.

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GSBLSU 2016 Class Overview: Banking Small Business

Posted by Don Woodland on Jul 22, 2016 11:13:18 AM

Monday through Thursday of the 2016 GSBLSU session, banking_and_small_business.jpegmany students found themselves seated in 152 Coates Hall.  The class was Banking Small Business, the professor was Mike Milan, and the intent was to introduce students to the intricacies that come with banking for small businesses.  With over 28 million small businesses nationwide, small business is, in fact, very big business, and one on which all banking professionals should have a strong grasp.

In his role as Senior Vice President of Business Development at Finagraph, Mike Milan helps small business owners make sense of the financial aspects of their business through the use of software and training.  He also has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, including many of his own business ventures.  In short, there are few more qualified to offer such detailed perspective on the relationships that lie between small businesses and their financial institutions.

Among the many takeaways that students can expect from this course, is a breakdown of personality profiles and how to morph your approach to each in order to solicit the best results.  Business owners want local delivery.  They want an institution that is reliable, trustworthy, and understanding of their own unique circumstances.  They also want someone with whom they can effectively communicate.  Personality profiles can be broken down into four main categories:

Driver – Drivers are task-oriented, competitive, fast-paced, and results-oriented.  These personalities need the bottom line up front.  They want their information to be brief but thorough, so they can make a decision as quickly as possible.

Expressive – Expressive personalities are the ones you gravitate to at parties.  They light up the room and can be friends with anyone.  But beware, expressives are poor with details and follow-through.

Amiable – Amiable individuals are timid.  Expect little information or even eye contact from them.  It can be exceptionally difficult to gain their trust but exceptionally rewarding when you finally do.

Analytical – Analytical personalities need to know as much information as you can give them.  Be prepared to offer ample facts and to answer many questions before the ultimate decision is made.

While the majority of all business owners fall into the driver and expressive categories, bankers and accountants are just the opposite.  Learning how to engage those with differing personality types means that banking professionals must be chameleons of sorts and is just a blip of what students can expect from this course in order to improve their small business banking acumen and relations.

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Treasury Management: Is Technology Changing Your Business?

Posted by Anne Monk on Jun 22, 2016 3:18:34 PM

AdobeStock_98194269.jpegMark Krawczyk has spent 38 years on the non-bank side of treasury management, through which he has been a true customer of the industry. Serving on the faculty of LSU’s Graduate School of Banking for nearly twenty years,

Mark strives to provide every class with the intelligence and strategy to thrive in the modern banking world.

For the 2016 session, Mark has focused on how technology and apps are changing modern banking. Some of the topics addressed include:

  • “credit push” vs. “debit pull”
  • payment risks: systemic, credit, and fraud
  • payment clearing protocol
  • credit card systems
  • wire transfers
  • types of Fedwires
  • cash concentration methods
  • disbursement products

Mark employs his knowledge and experience to help his students build a framework of banking knowledge to better serve their customers in lending and treasury.

As a one-class student with very little knowledge of the banking sector, I found Professor Krawczyk’s lecture engaging, relevant, and relatable. I found myself jotting reminders--such as “check Roth IRA” and “diversify?”—alongside sketches of his many diagrams of modern banking practices. Having come of age in the era of cyber-banking, I walked away from Mark Krawczyk’s lecture with a new curiosity and fascination for the continued modernization of the banking system.

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2016 Winners: GSBLSU Bank Management Simulation

Posted by Don Woodland on Jun 17, 2016 1:34:08 PM


Seniors at GSBLSU participate in the Bank Management Simulation course, a computer-based program that is specifically designed to provide students with a look into management and the decision making process in critical areas such as investments, funds management, risk managements, loans, and asset/liability management. 

In the simulation, the class is divided into teams with each being responsible for effective management and profitability of an $800 million dollar bank.  The computer model (BMSim) allows students to make decisions for the future of the bank and quickly receive feedback regarding the effectiveness of their actions.  Factors such as the economy, competition, and regulatory constraints must all be taken into account for optimal outcomes.  Over the course of the two week program, teams will experience an equivalent of two years in bank management and operations, and the results are examined quarterly by state and federal regulators.

At the completion of the course, winners are selected based on factors such as organization, consistency, earnings, ability to report results to shareholders, and to position the bank for the future.

The following students were the 2016 Bank Simulation winners. Each winner received a letter of recognition, as did their home bank's president and CEO, along with a certificate of recognition for the outstanding work on the Bank Management Simulation.  Please join us in congratulating the 2016 Bank Sim winners!

SIM NAME Employer City St
A5 Brown-Wyatt, Amanda  South Central Bank Tompkinsville KY
A5 Clark, Daniel  Citizens Bank Columbia MS
A5 Cooley, Trevor    DeRidder LA
A5 Crooks, Allan W. Volunteer State Bank Portland TN
A5 Curtis, Adam  Freedom Bank St. Petersburg FL
A5 Roberts, Chris  Countybank Greenville SC
B4 Burge, Kristi V. M & M Bank Pascagoula MS
B4 Fletcher, Charles S. First National Bank  Russell Springs KY
B4 Lohbeck, Steven A. Ameris Bank Tallahassee FL
B4 Long, Andrew C. BancorpSouth Jackson TN
B4 Meredith, Richard C. Homeland Bank Columbia LA
B4 Walker, Cathy J. The Exchange Bank Owasso OK
C1 Begley, Tammy R. Cumberland County Bank Crossville TN
C1 Bringas, Mario  Synovus Bank Sarasota FL
C1 Colquett, Travis D. Troy Bank & Trust Troy AL
C1 Johnson, Byron L. Marion State Bank Monroe LA
C1 Sanchez Alvarez, Francisco Banco del Bajio Celaya MX
C1 Whitehead, Braxton  Bank of  Franklin Meadville MS
D5 Black, Edward A. TN Department Financial Institutions Cookeville TN
D5 Davis, Matthew R. North Alabama Bank Huntsville AL
D5 Harris, Tyler R. Prime Meridian Bank Tallahassee FL
D5 Nichols, Christopher L. Blueharbor Bank Mooresville NC
D5 Silvestri, Melanie I First Landmark Bank Atlanta GA
D5 Snell, Jay T. Marion State Bank Marion LA
E6 Blanchard, Charles B. BancorpSouth Baton Rouge LA
E6 Lance, Larry N. First National Bank of Pulaski Lewisburg TN
E6 Martinez de los Monteros,  Banco del Bajio Distrito  MX
E6 Quirk, Melissa  Provident State Bank Preston MD
E6 Serbio, Carmen  Lumbee Guaranty Bank Fayetteville NC
E6 Weskerna, Robert C. Hancock Bank Clearwater FL
F2 David, Stephen  Whitney Bank Baton Rouge LA
F2 Gonzalez, Oswaldo  Banorte Monterrey MX
F2 Guinn, Marcus A. Arvest Bank Little Rock AR
F2 Kellahan, Tracy J. Bank of Greeleyville Kingstree SC
F2 Schloegel, Michael  Hancock Bank Gulfport MS


2015 WINNERS: GSBLSU Bank Management Simulation

Posted by Don Woodland on Dec 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM

students_in_class-1.jpgThe Bank Management Simulation course utilizes a computer-based learning exercise designed to give participants an overview of the bank management decision making process. Students develop strategies for the management of functional bank areas, with specific emphasis on planning and decision-making in areas such as loans, deposits, investments, funds management, asset/liability management, risk management, etc. The primary focus is on profitability and growth, but attention also is directed to marketing and pricing of bank services—both current and future.

The senior class is divided into teams, with each team effectively managing an $800 million dollar bank. The computer model allows students to make decisions, to receive quick feedback on the effectiveness of their decisions, and then to make new decisions which adjust bank operations to compensate for a large number of internal and external forces including competition, the economy, and regulatory constraints. Within a two-week period, simulation teams experience the equivalent of two years of bank operations.

The course is supervised by qualified instructors who have extensive real-world banking experience as CEOs, presidents, or examiners. The computer model, (BMSim) or Bank Management Simulation, was developed by the ABA and currently is maintained by a consortium of regional banking schools.  At the end of the course, judges evaluated the quality of the performance of all teams and selected winners.  The winners were selected on organization, consistency, earnings, ability to report results to shareholders, and to position the bank for the future.

The following students were the 2015 Bank Simulation winners. Each winner received a letter of recognition, as did their home bank's president and CEO, along with a certificate of recognition for the outstanding work on the Bank Management Simulation.  Please join us in congratulating the 2015 Bank Sim winners!

A1 2 Cooper, Andrew  Andrew Cumberland Valley National Bank Somerset KY
A1 2 Fundora, Aileen C. Aileen Community Bank of Florida Homestead FL
A1 2 Hinton, Mark  Mark Community Bank Tupelo MS
A1 2 Robbins, Matthew R. Matt Greater Rome Bank Rome GA
B2 2 Boyd, Matthew W. Matt Simmons First Bank of Searcy Searcy AR
B2 2 Duplechain, Lisa  Lisa Evangeline Bank & Trust Co. Ville Platte LA
B2 2 Hubbard, Brandon  Brandon Trustmark National Bank Magee MS
B2 2 Rousey, Robert  Taylor Casey County Bank Liberty KY
B2 2 West, Johnathan  Johnatha Macon Bank & Trust Company Lafayette TN
C5 2 DeLoach, Dale  Dale Southern Bancorp Bank Indianola MS
C5 2 Fowler, Richard A. Richard CertusBank Carrollton GA
C5 2 Jackson, Jesse J. Jesse Texas Capital Bank Dallas TX
C5 2 Vance, Amelia C. Amelia Wilson Bank & Trust Lebanon TN
D3 1 Cavin, Benjamin T. Ben Landmark Bank Zachary LA
D3 1 Harbaugh, Devin  Devin Pilot Bank Tampa FL
D3 1 Sanchez de Aparicio, Leslie Leslie Banorte Monterrey MX
D3 1 Weitlauf, Teresa A. Teresa South Central Bancshares of KY Inc. Glasgow KY
E2 1 Frazure, Jerry C. Chase BankFirst Financial Services Columbus MS
E2 1 Greene, Erica  Erica Quantum National Bank Suwanee GA
E2 1 Middleton, Chris  Chris Anstaff Bank Harrison AR
E2 1 Sullivan, Christopher  Chris Regions Bank New Orleans LA
F1 1 Ballard, Troy A. Tab The Bank of St. Francisville St. Francisville LA
F1 1 Hof, Justin  Justin CB&S Bank Russellville AL
F1 1 Mangialardi, Sam  Sam BancorpSouth Bank Flowood MS
F1 1 Mtanous, Carlos  Carlos Banorte Monterrey MX
F1 1 Wadsworth, Jennifer  Jennifer Wauchula State Bank Wauchula FL


New GSBLSU Course for 2016 Session

Posted by Don Woodland on Nov 24, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Even though our students participate in over 70 hours of classroom work in their three years on campus, constant changes in the industry make it challenging to address frequently- changing issues that are important to the successful operation of a bank. While these issues may be very important they often do not justify the attention of a full five-day course.

 A new course will be introduced at the 2016 session entitled ”Current Banking Issues” which will identify and address new topics in banking that are not covered in other courses. This course will be headed by Jeff Szyperski, President of Chesapeake Bank and Bruce Whitehurst, President of the Virginia Bankers Association. Both Jeff and Bruce are heavily involved in working with legislators, regulators and others to promote the efficiency and well-being of the industry and bring to the school many years of practical experience.

The topics of the course will vary from year to year to recognize changes in the banking and financial environment. We have high expectations for this course.


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Enhancing the Learning Experience at GSB

Posted by Don Woodland on Nov 9, 2015 10:46:41 AM

GSBLSU 2016 course revisionsEnhancing the learning experience at the Graduate School of Banking at LSU does not always involve the introduction or elimination of courses from the curriculum but sometimes it is necessary to modify material covered in courses because industry and/or regulatory changes result in two or more courses addressing the same or similar issues although from different perspectives.

          It became apparent at the last session that the courses in Strategic Planning and Information Technology have many topics in common because regulations now require a bank’s strategic plan to include its technology plan.

          At the 2015 session, the leaders of the Strategic Planning and Information Technology courses visited each other’s classes and identified the areas overlapping, and this duplication will be eliminated at the next session in May 2016.  Both courses were very well received by the students last year, and we expect an even more positive response next year.

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