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For Immediate Release
November 14, 2016
ABA Media Contact: Mike Townsend
(202) 663-5471
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ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking Announces New Advisory Board Members


​WASHINGTON — The American Bankers Association announced the appointment of four new members to the advisory board of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking, the industry’s preeminent graduate school offered in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
The advisory board, which consists of 14 industry leaders from across the nation, works closely with the curriculum director, ABA leadership and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School to help shape the strategic direction of the school. Advisory board members may also serve as capstone advisors and are very active on campus.
“Our new advisory board members are all Stonier graduates who bring vast expertise and fresh perspectives to go along with their existing knowledge of our historically successful program,” said Jim Edrington, executive vice president of ABA’s Professional Development Group. “Their valuable insights will help us continue Stonier’s tradition of grooming the next generation of industry leaders who are tested and ready to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the financial marketplace.”
The new members of the Stonier advisory board include:
  • Christopher Hahne, manager, Risk Analytics and Surveillance, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia;
  • Christopher Rolle, market president, Orlando BB&T;
  • Ashley Springer, managing director, Lending Strategy, Charles Schwab Bank; and
  • Bill Tierney, senior vice president and Commercial Real Estate Team Leader, ConnectOne Bank.
The ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking trains the future leaders of the industry. Six percent of last year’s 681 attendees were executive vice presidents, chairmen or CEO’s, while an additional 7 percent held the title of vice president or director. In addition, many attendees represent federal regulatory agencies or firms serving the industry. All participants are considered rising stars in their organizations and represent more than 45 states and 18 foreign countries. For more than 80 years, Stonier has trained more than 26,000 of the nation’s top banking executives and government regulators, many of whom have reached the pinnacle of their organizations.
The ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking is now accepting applications for its 2017 program, which will be held June 1-8 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Graduates receive a Stonier diploma as well as a Wharton leadership certificate.  For more information on the program, visit
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $16 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $12 trillion in deposits and extend more than $8 trillion in loans.
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