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Industry Experts to Speak at Workshops for Bank Directors in Savannah, Georgia – March 22-24, 2019

February 2019

Dallas, Texas—February 2019— the SW Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) Foundation will convene this spring’s Workshops for Bank Directors at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, Georgia, March 22-24, 2019. Bank directors and their spouses from throughout the United States are expected to participate in a program that includes management consultant Jeffrey Gerrish, technology expert Tim Leonard, strategic consultant S. Scott MacDonald, and bank finance expert Merrill Reynolds.

"This is a critical time for financial instituitions and the boards that oversee them," SWGSB Foundation president S. Scott MacDonald, Ph.D., said. "Only by pausing to take the time to evaluate the challenges and the strategies to meet those challenges can we truly build a firm foundation for future growth.”

The Workshop will cover a number of important topics, including "Creating Value: With or Without Sale" (Gerrish); "Strategic Credit Risk Management" (Reynolds); "How to Avoid or at Least Minimize Problem Loans" (Reynolds); "Cyber Security: Can It Be Obtained?" (Leonard); and "Performance Trends in Today’s Market: Are We Measuring Up?" (MacDonald). There will also be a panel discussion with the Workshop speakers.

For Workshop registration and other information, please write, call, or e-mail: SWGSB, SMU Box 214, Dallas, Texas, 75275; (214) 768-2991; The SWGSB website is Registrations can also be made directly online at


Established in 1957 at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, the Graduate School of Banking has become one of the top banking educational institutions today. It is a professional school for bank officers, regulators, and others holding management positions in the financial services industry. SWGSB – celebrating 62 years in professional leadership development – meets two weeks annually over three years, bringing into focus and augmenting these managers’ on-the-job experience. Emphasis is placed on financial management, leadership development, and strategic planning. The graduate school’s sponsoring partners include the Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas bankers associations, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, and Southern Methodist University.

At the forefront of disseminating information about the latest bank management strategies, the SWGSB educational experience also includes an interactive website ( and leading technology initiatives, such as its proprietary BankCEO and Loan Simulation computer programs. The SWGSB Foundation conducts the prestigious Assemblies for Bank Directors, a series of annual seminars and workshops held throughout the United States, Canada and off shore for bank board members and senior officers. It partners with the American Bankers Association (ABA) to conduct the ABA's Foundational Commercial Lending School and the Advanced Commercial Lending School. SWGSB and SWGSB Foundation are headquartered at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business, one of the top business schools in the world.

Those interested in attending SMU's Graduate School of Banking—or in learning more about the school and other SWGSB Foundation programs—may write, call, or e-mail: SWGSB, SMU Box 214, Dallas, Texas, 75275; (214) 768-2991; The SWGSB website is Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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