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.

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Does Your Bank's Branching Strategy Need a Tune-up?

January 2019

Do you recall, several years ago, when you went to the airport and stood in line to see an agent to check in for your flight? I do, and I also remember when the kiosks appeared and I avoided them. Later, customer service agents began to "encourage" us to use the kiosks. I still avoided them until circumstances finally forced me to succumb to the automated check-in. To my delight, it was actually an improvement. The ensuing reduction in gate agents and greater reliance on automated check-ins have been going on in other industries for about ten years. I suggest the financial services industry would have likely followed suit if we had not been preoccupied, recovering from the 2008 financial crisis. Teaching our customers to self-serve, as the airline industry did, will save our industry billions of dollars in the long run.

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Commerce Street Capital Presents the 17th Annual Bank Conference & Golf Tournament

January 2019

Please join Commerce Street Capital, LLC for their 17th Annual Bank Conference & Golf Tournament on Thursday, April 11th, 2019.  The event will be held at the Four Seasons Resort & Club at Las Colinas.  The industry's most respected leaders will provide an in-depth analysis of current issues and trends in banking.

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Emerging Leaders Update: The Power of Education

July 2017

I always think about my time at the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU during this time of year. While I was there, a group text message started between myself and several classmates. We started talking about all of the incredible experiences we had both in and out of the classroom. The bankers on this group text were from all over the place, including Scottsdale, AZ; Dallas, TX; College Station, TX, and Jonesboro, AR. After not having seen some of these classmates since we graduated back in 2006, I realized again just the power of education.

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