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For Immediate Release
June 10, 2019
ABA Media Contact: Blair Bernstein
(202) 663-5468
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Richard H. Harvey Jr. Receives ABA Distinguished Service Award


​WASHINGTON — Richard H. Harvey Jr., president of RHarvey Associates, has received the 2019 American Bankers Association’s Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes leadership, initiative and accomplishment in banking regulatory compliance management, and was presented during ABA’s annual Regulatory Compliance Conference in New Orleans this week.

Richard HarveyThe ABA Compliance Administrative Committee, composed of 15 leading bank executives in the compliance profession, solicits nominations and selects the honoree.
“When I think about Richard’s contributions – to both his country through his military service and to the financial services industry – it’s easy to see why he is being honored this year,” said Patti Hartsfield-Davis, SVP, consumer & business practices compliance, Fifth Third Bank and chair of the ABA Compliance Administrative Committee. “Having been in Richard’s educational sessions over the years, I can personally attest to his rich and varied background, which enables him to bring such multi-faceted – yet pragmatic – views to the compliance challenges we all face each day.”
 “It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers and to join a group of individuals who have given so much back to the industry,” Harvey said. 
Harvey has more than 25 years of experience in developing and leading successful compliance, BSA/AML/OFAC and legal programs for mid-sized and large financial institutions.
He began his career as a member of the U.S. Air Force and rose from enlisted ranks to an officer commanding a unit of 200+ airmen. Harvey later became a trial attorney in enforcement and litigation for the Office of Thrift Supervision.  In 1995, Harvey transferred those skills to the banking industry and took over the role of chief compliance officer and chief privacy officer at Chevy Chase Bank in Maryland. Following his time at Chevy Chase Bank, Harvey worked for several financial institutions, including E* Trade Financial, Washington Mutual Savings Bank, Silicon Valley Bank, Rabobank, N.A., State Farm Bank and Colonial Savings Bank. At these institutions, Harvey was responsible for developing and implementing enterprise-wide compliance programs, as well as leading them through the compliance examination process – often with significantly improved ratings.
Most recently, Harvey worked for World Open Network building a compliance and legal infrastructure for a start-up cryptocurrency company before moving on to start his own consulting firm, RHarvey Associates.
In addition to the daily demands of his jobs, Harvey regularly took on additional work to advance the bank compliance industry.  He served on the board and as an instructor at the ABA Graduate School of Compliance Risk Management, as well as the Stonier School of Banking. He frequently spoke at national and international conferences and seminars on bank compliance and BSA/AML issues. Harvey was even selected to testify before Congress in 2001 on identity theft issues as a nationally recognized compliance expert. Most recently, in 2017, he was selected to serve on the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) Community Bank Advisor Council. 
Harvey received his BA in political science from the University of the District of Columbia, as well as his JD from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. He’s an ABA Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering and Fraud Professional (CAFP), as well as a graduate of the ABA National Compliance School and the ABA Graduate School of Compliance. 
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $18 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks. Together, America’s banks employ more than 2 million men and women, safeguard nearly $14 trillion in deposits and extend more than $10 trillion in loans.
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