The American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking acknowledged 229 graduates today, granting Stonier diplomas and Wharton management certificates. ABA Chairman Dan Robb, president and CEO of Jonesburg State Bank in Jonesburg, Missouri, provided the keynote address throughout the graduation event.
Robb stated his individual story as a neighborhood lender and urged Stonier graduates to assess the coaches along their own journeys, and how they can assist cultivate the next generation of bank leaders. “If you’re at Stonier, you’re already the kind of person who takes the initiative: to mentor, to recruit, to sponsor diverse teams of rising professionals. Keep it up—apply all that you’ve learned about leadership from the Wharton faculty to the work of investing in the next generation of bankers.”
Robb likewise talked about the significance of a favorable mindset and talked about how lenders can be reliable supporters on the policy problems dealing with the market. “Our greatest assets as bankers and supervisory professional doesn’t just show up on the balance sheet. Our customers are our biggest asset. When we advocate in our state capitals or in Washington DC, we advocate for them—for fair regulations that help us help them. We must continue to be the voice for our clients, and our communities.”