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Tricia DeLeon
Holland & Knight LLP

Tricia DeLeon has over 17 years of business litigation experience.  She has handled matters spanning many different industries and is most frequently hired for her experience in financial institutions litigation, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights issues, and director and officer insurance disputes.  She has represented community banks, nontraditional lenders, investors and borrowers in bankruptcy court, in litigation and in workout transactions.  Tricia has also represented bankruptcy trustees and receivers in pursuing fraudulent transfers and preference claims pursuant to the Bankruptcy Code and the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act.

Mark Faircloth
Faircloth Performance Partners

Mark Faircloth brings over three decades of experience as a successful banker and consultant to his work with Faircloth Performance Partners, an innovative network of professionals serving the banking industry with a range of services from management consulting to skills workshops. Mark’s banking experience spans both the retail and commercial sectors, where he served in a variety of front line sales, management and marketing positions. He is an internationally recognized expert in the area of commercial relationship negotiations.

Suzy Gardner
Senior Examination Specialist
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Suzy Gardner has been with the FDIC for over 29 years.  Since 2006, Ms. Gardner has covered a wide variety of interagency policy issues such as interagency guidance on nontraditional mortgage loans in 2006, subprime mortgage lending and loan modifications and servicing in 2007; revaluing real estate in 2008 and prudent CRE loan workouts in 2009; appraisals and evaluations, small business lending, and correspondent concentration risks in 2010; credit risk retention in 2011; Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans in 2012; Troubled Debt Restructurings and Qualified and Non-Qualified Mortgage Loans in 2013, and appraisal management companies in 2014.

Richard Hamm
Advantage Consulting & Training

Richard Hamm has been training bankers for over 20 years, specializing in all phases of commercial lending and credit, including portfolio management and selling and negotiating skills. His work includes our top industry associations (the ABA and RMA), regional banking schools (Barret School of Banking – Memphis, Graduate School of Banking – Wisconsin, Southwestern Graduate School of Banking – Dallas, and Graduate School of Banking at Colorado), numerous state-wide banking and community banking associations, plus individual banks. On the consulting side, he has been involved in director training, loan policy formation, bank formation (start-ups and acquisitions) and related strategic planning. The RMA Journal has published over 20 articles by Hamm on various lending topics, and he has served for many years on its Editorial Advisory Board.

S. Scott MacDonald, Ph.D.
President and CEO, SW Graduate School of Banking Foundation
Director, Assemblies for Bank Directors
Adjunct Professor, Edwin L. Cox School of Business
Southern Methodist University

S. Scott MacDonald is president and CEO of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) Foundation, director of the Assemblies for Bank Directors, and Adjunct Professor of Finance, Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University. He received his B.A. degree in economics from the University of Alabama and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.  Dr. MacDonald is a frequent speaker at professional programs, banker associations and banking schools. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards, and was recently inducted into the Independent Bankers Association of Texas’ Wall of Heroes and Legends.  He is a nationally sought after strategic planning facilitator and consultant to the financial services industry.  He has served as an expert resource witness before the Texas state Senate and is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of a Texas financial institution.  Dr. MacDonald is the co-author of the best selling textbook on banking, Bank Management, as well as author of numerous articles in professional and academic journals.

Kevin J. Nickodem
Senior Credit Facilitator
First Citizens Bank

Kevin Nickodem has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry, all in the commercial lending arena. He is currently the Senior Learning Facilitator, First Citizens Bank in Raleigh, NC. Prior to this position, he has been the Senior Credit Facilitator for SunTrust and a commercial lender for both Central Carolina Bank and Firstar Bank in Milwaukee, WI. Mr. Nickodem has developed and delivered numerous courses in his roles as the lead commercial credit facilitator. He is also certified in numerous third party credit and sales programs, and holds his ASTD certification.

Vaughn C. Pearson
Pearson & Associates

Pearson has broad-based senior management experience in the financial services, consulting, and accounting industries. He has served in executive roles of chief lending officer and chief credit officer in Dallas-area banks and thrifts for more than 25 years. In addition, he has 15 years of experience with major firms involved with financial services consulting: Computer Sciences Corporation, Deloitte & Touche, and EDS, where his activities included roles as subject matter expert in lending and collections redesign in federal contracts, leader of control self-assessment engagements for Fortune 500 companies, and director of credit risk system implementations at regional banks. Pearson has served in supervisory oversight roles at troubled institutions on behalf of regulatory agencies, having been engaged with banks under Consent Orders and Written Agreements for the past several years. His current practice includes serving as an expert witness in lending and credit litigation matters.

Martin “Dev” Strischek
Senior Vice President
SunTrust Bank

As senior credit policy officer, Dev Strischek is responsible for developing, implementing, and administering credit policies for SunTrust’s wholesale lines of business--commercial, commercial real estate, corporate investment banking, and private wealth management client services. He also spent three years as credit administrator and managing director of credit risk management in SunTrust’s Florida commercial lending and corporate investment banking areas, respectively. Prior to SunTrust, Mr. Strischek was chief credit officer for Barnett Bank’s Palm Beach market.   Mr. Strischek serves as both an instructor in and as a member of the ABA's Commercial Lending School advisory board. His school, conference, and workshop audiences have included participants drawn from the ABA, RMA, OCC, Federal Reserve, FDIC, FFIEC, SBA, the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and the AICPA.

Brian J. Wimpling
Financial Crime Risk Advisors

Brian recently founded Financial Crime Risk Advisors, a consulting and advisory firm offering services to a wide variety of businesses in the financial sector. Prior to this endeavor, Brian was the Senior Vice-President/ Senior Bank Secrecy Act Officer with Capital City Bank in Tallahassee, Florida, where he served in that position since January 2007. Brian was responsible for the development and implementation of the Bank’s policies and procedures for all Regulatory Compliance and BSA/AML/OFAC and Patriot Act statutory and regulatory requirements. Prior to joining Capital City Bank, Brian was the Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, where he culminated a 27-year career in Federal law enforcement. Brian was responsible for the Suspicious Activity Review teams and was a member of the Executive Boards of the HIDTAs in Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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