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In this issue of Virginia Banking, meet Bill Couper, the new VBA chairman of the board; see coverage of the annual convention; and learn about the new health care reform mandates scheduled to go into effect by 2014.
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  • IN THIS ISSUE ANNUAL CONVENTION | BANK DAY SCHOLARSHIPS | HEALTH CARE REFORM

    VBA WELCOMES BILL COUPER,CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

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  • 2011-2012 OFFICERS ANDDIRECTORS OF THEVIRGINIA BANKERSASSOCIATION

    William Couper, Chairman, Bank of America

    Jeffrey M. Szyperski, Chairman-Elect, Chesapeake Bank

    Charles H. Majors, Immediate Past Chairman, American National Bank & Trust Co.

    O.R. Barham, Jr., StellarOne Corporation

    Frank Bell, III, Chesapeake Bank Katherine E. Busser, Capital One

    Financial Corporation Tim Butturini, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Larry G. Dillon, C&F Bank Randy K. Ferrell, The Fauquier Bank Larry Heaton, Franklin Community

    Bank Gail Letts, SunTrust Bank John R. Milleson, Bank of Clarke

    County Samuel L. Neese, Highlands Union

    Bank Susan Ralston, Bank @Lantec Gary R. Shook, Middleburg Bank David P. Summers, Virginia Heritage

    Bank Daniel G. Waetjen, BB&T Richard T. Wheeler, Jr., Franklin

    Federal Savings Bank

    Statements of fact and opinion aremade on the responsibility of theauthors alone and do not imply anopinion or endorsement on the partof the officers or members of VBA.

    AT-LARGE MEMBERSBenefits Corporation Chair

    Richard M. Liles, Bank of McKenneyManagement Services Inc. Chair

    Frank Bell, III, Chesapeake BankGovernment Relations

    Committee ChairChristopher W. Bergstrom, Cardinal Bank

    VBA Education Foundation ChairJ. Peter Clements, The Bank of Southside Virginia

    EDITORIAL & EXECUTIVE OFFICES4490 Cox Road Glen Allen, VA 23060804-643-7469 Fax 804-643-6308www.vabankers.org

    Bruce T. WhitehurstPresident and CEOVirginia Bankers Association

    Chandler DeweyManager, Communications/

    Marketing and Financial LiteracyVirginia Bankers Association

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    featuresThe Times They are A-Changin,and the Annual Convention Helps Bankers PrepareThe 118th Annual Convention is held at the Greenbrier in West Virginia.

    VBA Welcomes Bill Couper, Chairman of the BoardElected in June for a one-year term, the VBA invites you to meet our new chairman

    4 Calendar of Events 5 Insights 6 Worth Noting 8 Legislative Update 9 Washington Update

    10 Legal Line11 Welcome New Associate Members20 Compliance Corner 22 Bankers on the Move

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  • INSTRUCTOR-LED SEMINARS

    VIRGINIA BANKERS SCHOOL OF BANK MANAGEMENT, CHARLOTTESVILLE JULY 31 AUGUST 5

    DEPOSIT DOCUMENTATION, SANDSTON AUGUST 2

    DEPOSIT DOCUMENTATION, CHARLOTTESVILLE AUGUST 3

    DEPOSIT DOCUMENTATION, VIENNA AUGUST 4

    STRESS TESTING FORUM, RICHMOND AUGUST 9-10

    CFO CONFERENCE, CHARLOTTESVILLE AUGUST 29-31

    CONSUMER LENDING SCHOOL, GLEN ALLEN SEPTEMBER 13-14

    CREDIT MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, CHARLOTTESVILLE OCTOBER 3-4

    COMMERCIAL LENDING SCHOOL (3-DAY), GLEN ALLEN OCTOBER 18-20

    WEBINARS

    LIQUIDITY RISK MANAGEMENT AN EVOLVING PROCESS September 12

    5 MISTAKES BANKERS MAKE ON SALES CALLS September 12

    BLUEPRINT FOR A NEW BEGINNING BANK DIRECTORS STRATEGY FOR RECOVERY September 13

    MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS IN THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT September 14

    STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR A NEW ENVIRONMENT September 15

    LEADING THE PROSPECTING EFFORT September 19

    THE ALCO PROCESS THE BOARD ROLE September 20

    IT RISK ASSESSMENT TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR PROGRAM September 21

    THE BASICS ON HSAS September 21

    Live Event Online Seminar Webinar

    Information and online registration is available at the VBA website. Please either go to www.vabankers.org or use this form to check the box next to the program you want information about, then fax the form to the VBA office at 804-643-6308. The VBA will send you information about the program as soon as it is available, usually eight weeks before the program.

    Name_________________________________________________ Bank/Firm___________________________________________

    Address_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    City________________________________________________________________ State/Zip______________________________

    Phone___________________________ Fax_________________________ Email___________________________________

    For more information go to www.vabankers.org.

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    Calendar of Events

  • Thank goodness bankers are a resilient group of people. Time and again, bank-ers have shown the ability to bounce back from economic, legislative and regulatory setbacks; our economy and our country are much the better for it. But as I wrote in my last column, the over-whelming nature of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and the approximately 250 new regulations coming on top of the revenue takeaways that also accom-pany this law will certainly put our industrys resiliency to the test.

    That is why we had so much discussion about the current regulatory and compliance environ-ment this spring when the VBA and its subsidiary boards, plus several past VBA chairmen, came to-gether in a joint meeting to discuss industry chal-lenges and to set top VBA priorities for 2011-2012. Following outstanding conversation and input from our banking leaders, the VBA board adopted an action plan that flows from three top priorities: Action on regulatory and compliance issues to

    provide proactive, preventative and responsive support and relief

    Communication to and about the banking industry

    Products and services excellence and innovation

    The VBA staff has identified 14 goals and 43 ac-tions to support these top priorities, and we will report our progress at each board meeting in the coming year. In this column I want to tell you about one important new initiative that actually sup-ports all three of our top priorities: the Regulatory

    Feedback Initiative (RFI).I have written before about the Alliance of State

    Bankers Associations, our peer group that provides so much mutual support and coordinated lobbying on behalf of banks in all states. This group has now taken our collective efforts to the regulatory side, where the current bank exam environment sug-gests we must work to regain a level of regulatory balance that is currently missing. We have advo-cated on behalf of banks quite a bit in recent years, meeting with regulators to talk about the trends we see and hear about. What has been missing until now is quantifiable data on examination trends.

    The RFI is a mechanism that allows banks to complete confidential surveys following each exam. We have retained a third-party firm known for its integrity in the provision of confidential sur-vey information that will use the surveys to build a nationwide database of information that can be used in two powerful ways:

    1. To advocate with regulators when what they say in Washington and what their examin-ers are actually doing in the field are not in alignment and need attention.

    2. To provide banks with the ability to obtain a peer bank report from their region and peer size, showing recent examination trends as the bank prepares for its next exam.

    We have recently sent more detailed informa-tion about the RFI to all VBA member bank CEOs and are encouraging all banks to participate in this most important ongoing program.

    When I joined the VBA in 1993, one of my first tasks was to lead a bank examination survey of Vir-ginia banks. The survey was paper-based and we tabulated the results at the VBA office, then shared a summary of those results with all the bank regu-latory agencies. We were in a similar regulatory

    Bruce Whitehurst can be reached by email at [email protected]

    Bruce Whitehurst

    President and CEO,

    Virginia Bankers Association

    Priority One: Action on Regulatory & Compliance Issues

    July/August 2011 | Virginia Banking 5 www.vabankers.org

    We will continue to focus on how we can meet these priorities in various ways to benefit our member

    banks.

    Insights

    Continued on page 22

  • VIRGINIA COMMUNITY BANK ANNOUNCES NEW CEO

    On May 19, the board of di-rectors of Virgin-ia Community Bank announced that A. Preston Moore, Jr., was u n a n i m o u s l y approved to as-sume the role of president and CEO of

    the bank. A. Pierce Stone, previously the banks president and CEO, will continue in the role of chairman of the board.

    Moore has been with Virginia Com-munity Bank since 2008, serving as senior vice president and COO. He boasts nearly 30 years of commercial lending and de-velopment experience. Moore is a native of Woodberry Forest, Virginia, and he ob-tained both his undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Virginia.

    RHODES NAMED CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

    Congratulations to H.C. Rhodes of Highlands Community Bank, who was recently named chairman of the board of directors. Rhodes will also continue to serve as president and CEO.

    GSB-LSU NEWSSusan Harman, a vice president at Old

    Point National Bank and an honor gradu-ate of the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management, was elected a class officer of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisi-ana State University, class of 2013.

    Additionally, Aubrey Todd H. Hall, president of First National Bank, Altavista, and Lance Nobles, vice president and se-nior business relationship manager at Wa-chovia, A Wells Fargo Company, were rec-ognized at the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University for their out-standing record of ten As. Hall and Nobles

    were two of only three students to make this achievement this year.

    Kudos to these three bankers for their tremendous accomplishments.

    CBB FINANCIAL CORP. AND COMMUNITY BANKERS BANK HOLD 2011 ANNUAL MEETING

    CBB Financial Corp. held its annual meeting of shareholders on May 25 at Farmington Country Club in Charlot-tesville. CBB Financial Corp. is the one-bank holding company for Community Bankers Bank.

    The following directors were re-elect-ed to serve three-year terms expiring at the 2014 Annual Meeting: Robert (Bob-by) W. Jonte, Jr., Bank of Greeleyville, Greeleyville, SC, and Ellis (Ellie) L. Gut-shall, Valley Bank, Roanoke.

    Other elected directors currently serv-ing are Lyn Hayth (Bank of Botetourt), Charlie Collum (Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust), Monte Layman (The Page Valley Bank), Ed Stringer (The Bank of Marion), and Bob Chapman (Bank of the James).

    During the board of directors meet-ing also held on May 25, Ed Stringer was elected chairman of the board for 2011-2012 and Monte Layman was elected vice-chairman. Stringer succeeds Char-

    lie Collum, who served as chairman for 2010-2011 and continues to serve on the board.

    AUSTIN L. ROBERTS, III, RETIRES FROM THE BANK OF LANCASTER

    Bay Banks of Virginia, Inc., holding company for Bank of Lancaster and Bay Trust Company, announced that Austin L. Roberts, III, has stepped aside as president and CEO of Bank of Lancaster. Following Roberts announcement to the board of directors of Bank of Lancaster, Kenneth O. Bransford, Jr., was elected president and CEO of the bank and was also elected to the banks board of directors. Roberts will remain as vice chairman of the bank and as president and CEO of Bay Banks of Vir-ginia until his planned retirement in March of 2012.

    At one point in his career, Roberts was the youngest bank president in Virginia, and in 1980, was named Outstanding Young Man in our commonwealth by then-Gov. Charles Robb. Roberts joined Bank of Lancaster in May 1990 with 20 years of banking experience. He received his bach-elors degree in accounting and his MBA from the College of William and Mary, where he is an active alumnus. In 1994, Roberts was the recipient of the William and Mary Alumni Medallion, the highest

    NotingWorth

    6 Virginia Banking | July/August 2011 www.vabankers.org

    VIRGINIA BANKERS MEET WITH CONGRESSMAN GOODLATTE

    On June 8, 18 Virginia bankers met with Rep. Bob Goodlatte in Roanoke. Among other agenda items, the bankers discussed our top federal policy priorities with Goodlatte, such as the Durbin Interchange amendment and regulatory reform. A special thanks to all the bankers who attended this meeting.

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    EVB MAKES COMMITMENT TO AID LOCAL SENIOR HOUSING FACILITY BY PROVIDING THE SENIOR CRIMESTOPPERS PROGRAM

    EVB, through its partner-ship with the Virginia Bank-ers Association and the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation (SHCPF), is pro-viding the Senior Crimestop-pers program to Carrington Place in Tappahannock, a lo-cal senior nursing facility. A charter presentation was held for its residents on May 24.

    The Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation is a national organization whose mission is to provide safe and secure living environments for our nations senior housing residents through the operation of the nationally-acclaimed crime prevention program, Senior Crimestoppers, in each participating banks CRA assessment area.

    The Senior Crimestoppers program is a coordinated group of components designed to reduce and/or prevent the occurrence of crimes in long-term care facilities and senior housing communities. It has been extremely successful, with a documented reduction in crimes against seniors of approximately 92 percent since 1995.

    The program works much like a neighborhood watch where senior facilities with a strong commitment to crime prevention implement increased awareness and a zero-tolerance policy. The program will provide ongoing crime prevention programs to the residents of long-term care and senior housing facilities to help deter incidents of crime.

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    Kenneth O. Bransford, Jr., joined Bank of Lancaster in November of 1971. He has held the offices of assistant cashier, vice president, and senior lending officer with overall responsibility for the companys loan operations, and retail delivery ad-ministrator with overall responsibility for the companys branches throughout the Northern Neck. In 1994, the board elected Bransford senior vice president, and in 2002, he was elected executive vice president.

    WE WILL MISS...William Frances Tree Rountree Jr.,

    66, left this world surrounded by his lov-ing family and friends on June 29, 2011. Fighting cancer for more than 22 years, Trees resolute spirit, determination and deep abiding faith enabled him to over-come many physical challenges associ-ated with this disease. After graduating from Maury High School, Tree attended The College of William and Mary. Tree continued his education, going on to earn his masters degree in finance from Dartmouth College, Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management, Tuck School. Tree began his banking career at United Virginia Bank, moved to First & Merchants Bank, Sovran Bank, Nations Bank, then Bank of America, later found-ing Monarch Bank, serving as president, CEO and director.

    Known throughout the business com-munity as tireless recruiter for his be-loved Monarch Bank, Tree also modeled to all of his employees, business associ-ates and friends the need to serve. His incredible leadership skills, indomitable spirit and servants heart helped more than 40 local community agencies and organizations. His honors included 2010 Business Hall of Fame, the John Krueger Outstanding Volunteer Award, Horizons HR Roast & Toast honoree, the Robin Hoods of Virginia Beach A Noble Deed award recipient and Norfolks Outstand-ing Young Man of the Year. Tree will be deeply missed.

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    Looking Back and Moving Ahead

    A s someone with more than a passing interest in history, Winston Churchill is one of my favorite figures. A bold statesman, daring tactician and talented orator, Churchill had an innate gift for inspiring hope in bleak times, of which there were many during his life in public service. There are a plethora of quo-tations from Churchill that capture that gift on a range of policy and military issues, but one of my favorite is a more reflective insight on life in gen-eral: the longer you can look back, the farther you

    can look forward.Churchills admonition to look back is often ig-

    nored in our increasingly fast paced and deadline-driven lives. And much like in Churchills time, it becomes even more difficult in periods of uncer-tainty. While our conflicts are far different than

    those with which Churchill dealt, our industry is clearly in a time of constant change and the uncer-tainty that change inevitably brings.

    So, it is imperative to take the time to look back in order to properly plan out our future. Over the

    past twelve months, the VBA and countless Vir-ginia bankers have been actively engaged in con-tinuous efforts in support of our industry. The fall-out of the economic recession and the new market realities as we seek to emerge combined with the solutions emanating from Washington, particu-larly in the form of regulatory reform in the Dodd-Frank Act, have made the necessity of action more acute than ever.

    How have Virginia bankers responded to this

    ever-dynamic environment? They advocated strongly for their businesses, their communities and their industry as a whole. In the fall, over 300

    bankers came out to attend in-district meetings with their state legislative representatives and 351

    braved the cold in Richmond in January to advo-cate for our issues on Banker Day. One hundred

    and thirty-four gathered with several members of our federal delegation at the end of last year and 76 attended the GR Summit in Washington

    this March. Dozens more participated in vari-ous meetings with elected leaders and regulators throughout the year to ensure our unified voice

    was being heard. Recently, over 800 Virginia bank-ers sent emails or called our senators about the Feds interchange rule. Our recently completed

    VBA BankPAC campaign saw several new banks participate and others who increased their contri-bution levels.

    The results of those efforts are obvious. Our

    General Assembly session saw the failure of several harmful foreclosure bills. While the final

    outcome on interchange in the Senate was disap-pointing, those contacts to our Senators made a difference in securing both their votes in support of our industry.

    There is much to be proud of as we look back over our past progress, but as Churchills quote un-derscores, we must use our past as we plan for the future. Several VBA boards and our staff recently undertook a review and update of our strategic priorities and goals (see Bruces column). One of

    the overwhelming areas that we will continue to work in and enhance is the legislative and regula-tory engagement by bankers. The statistics above are great, but in order to achieve future success, we must continue to do better. Even when times are

    tough, we must, collectively as an industry and in-dividually, push ourselves to be active in shaping our future. We hope you commit to taking advan-tage of upcoming events with elected officials and

    regulators, identifying a grassroots coordinator in your bank and expanding your BankPAC partici-pation. Here at the VBA, we will seek out different

    ways for you to be engaged but we need your ac-tive participation to make them a success.

    Another of Churchills great insights was to im-prove is to change; to be perfect is to have changed often. Moving forward together, the VBA will

    learn from our past and continue to change as we seek to improve our advocacy on behalf of our members, always striving for perfection.

    Matt Bruning Director of

    Government Relations,

    Virginia BankersAssociation

    Matt Bruning can be reached by email at [email protected]

    UpdateLegislative

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    Pushing the Pendulum

    I r e c e n t l y had the c h a n c e to speak

    before bankers

    gathered at

    ABAs annual

    R e g u l a t o r y

    C o m p l i a n c e

    Conference here

    in Washington.

    One take-away

    for me is how

    very well served

    your banks

    are by these dedicated and professional

    compliance officers.

    A second take-away is that compliance

    is an essential function within any bank.

    There are four legs that support the

    modern bank business model: management

    and employees; products and services;

    marketing; and compliance. Each element

    supports and is necessary to the others.

    The serious focus on regulatory is not

    without reason, considering the extreme

    swing of the regulatory pendulum that

    weve seen in the aftermath of the financial

    crisis and the passage of the Dodd-

    Frank Act.

    However, when regulations get in the

    way of your banks ability to serve your

    customers and grow your communities,

    things have clearly gone too far. Ive heard

    that frustration expressed by many of you

    during my visits with you at state bankers

    associations around the country. You want

    to do the right thing, but the regulatory

    environment the overall burden, the

    overkill and overzealous examiners is

    blocking your path forward.

    Weve got to work together to change that.

    In a perfect world, the banking industry

    would have an equal partnership with its

    regulators, who would be more vested in

    seeing banks succeed than writing them up

    on items where theyve failed.

    The truth is that the regulatory culture

    has to change. Its a big challenge, but we

    have to begin moving towards that goal.

    How? It starts with being involved.

    As I told the bankers at our Regulatory

    Compliance Conference, its important for

    bank CEOs to listen to their compliance

    staff members, and learn what is and isnt

    working in their institutions. CEOs need

    to share this information with their state

    associations and ABA. (You might want to

    join ABAs Open Compliance Committee,

    which meets every other month by

    regularly scheduled conference call. You

    can learn more about this committee on

    aba.com.)

    This way, when we meet with regulators

    and lawmakers, we can continue to

    effectively present the industrys case by

    providing credible, real-world examples

    and anecdotes. These are things that will

    be remembered by policy-makers.

    Ask for your staff members input and

    let us know what youve learned. Together,

    we can begin moving the regulatory

    pendulum back into equilibrium.

    Gov. Frank Keating can be reached by email

    at [email protected]

    Frank Keating President and CEO,

    American Bankers Association

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    VBA Welcomes Mel Tull as General Counsel

    I am pleased to announce that Mel Tull joined the Virginia Bankers Association as general counsel on June 1. We are very excited to have him on the VBA team and he will be a great addi-tion. Mel recently sat down with me to discuss his background, the VBA, and the banking industry.

    Mel, tell us a little bit about yourself.I grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washing-

    ton D.C. and have lived in Virginia for the last 24 years. I graduated from Virginia Tech in 1991 with a degree in accounting. I lived in Northern Virginia for several years after that while working for a ma-jor accounting firm. I then moved to Charlottesville to attend law school at the University of Virginia. After graduating from UVA in 1997, I joined the Richmond office of the law firm Hunton & Williams, where I worked for the last 14 years. I currently live in the Short Pump area of Richmond with my wife, Annemarie, and our three children.

    Tell us more about your practice at Hunton & Williams.

    As a partner on the corporate and securities team, my practice focused on many different busi-ness, financial and transactional legal matters. For example, I assisted a public insurance company with its initial public offering of common stock, the proceeds from which were used to acquire what became its primary insurance subsidiary. I was the general outside counsel for that company for several years, helping them with SEC reporting, corporate governance, commercial contracts and additional financings. Finally, as the U.S. economy slipped into the recent recession, I represented them in the sale of the corporation to a much larger insur-ance company.

    What from your recent experiences will you bring with you as you start your new role at the Virginia Bankers Association?

    My general corporate law background will be useful as I provide advice to the board of directors and management of the VBA and its for-profit sub-sidiaries and affiliates VBA Benefits Corporation, VBA Management Services, Inc., Bankers Insurance, L.L.C. and Bankers Title, L.L.C., among others on day-to-day legal matters. My mergers and acquisi-tions experience will be beneficial should any of the for-profit entities elect to grow through acquisitions. Most importantly, I look forward to delivering the same high-quality service to VBA member banks on a wide range of legal and regulatory issues.

    What do you look forward to the most about working at the Virginia Bankers Association?

    For many years now, I have worked with compa-nies as they struggled to comprehend and comply with a myriad of complex government regulations. I have seen firsthand the burdens and costs this im-poses on for-profit companies. I am most looking forward to the opportunity to proactively influence the legislative process as an advocate for the bank-ing community to advance sensible regulations that promote stable financial markets in which banks can efficiently and profitably provide affordable finan-cial services to individuals and businesses in our communities.

    Last year you participated in the LEAD Virginia program. Tell us about that experience and its rel-evance to the Virginia Bankers Association.

    LEAD Virginia is a non-partisan organization

    Bruce Whitehurst President & CEO,Virginia Bankers Association

    Mel Tull can be reached by email at [email protected]

    LineLegal

    Continued on page 17

    Meet the VBAs new general counsel, Mel Tull

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    VBA Welcomes Bill Couper, Chairman of the Board

    TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.

    HOW DID YOU BECOME A BANKER?

    At the University of Virginia, once I realized

    that I wasnt going to be a chemistry major, I

    started pursuing a degree in finance. I had begun

    to think about a career in banking when I worked

    with a local banker on my thesis for graduation.

    That crystallized my thinking around the

    industry, but first I had to serve four years in the

    Navy. By the time I was discharged, I was ready

    to get my career started.

    William Couper, Bank of America, N.A., was elected the new chairman of the

    Virginia Bankers Association on June 21, 2011, serving a one-year term and

    succeeding Charles H. Majors, American National Bank & Trust Company.

    The VBA welcomes Bill, and we invite you to learn a little more about our

    new chairman.

  • WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT

    CHANGES IN THE BANKING INDUSTRY YOU HAVE

    WITNESSED SINCE YOU EMBARKED ON YOUR CAREER?

    Where to start? When I began in 1972, the industry

    operated under a regulatory structure that had been in place

    and unchanged since the Depression. You had to come to a

    commercial bank to get a checking account, savings and loans

    could pay percent more on passbook accounts and that was

    capped at 5 percent, Glass-Steagall was an impassable barrier

    between banks and investment banks, and interstate branching

    was prohibited. My original company was limited to the

    District of Columbia and couldnt offer a credit card because of

    D.C. usury laws. There were no ATM networks, online bill pay,

    or mobile banking; computers were massive things that existed

    only in specially-built facilities. Its pretty clear that all of that

    has changed.

    WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST

    IMPORTANT THINGS YOUVE

    LEARNED ABOUT BANKING OVER

    THE YEARS?

    As the (ancient) Greeks are reported

    to have said, moderation in all things.

    With all the changes over the years, the

    fundamentals are still the same. Treat

    your customers well, control your costs

    and credit quality, and things work out.

    HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN

    INVOLVED WITH THE VBA, AND WHAT IMPACT HAS

    THIS INVOLVEMENT HAD ON YOUR BUSINESS AND

    CAREER AS A BANKER?

    I actually came to the VBA relatively late. I was named

    president of the Mid-Atlantic region for Bank of America in 2005

    and joined the board at that time. My involvement has given me

    a solid statewide view of the environment in Virginia

    both economically and politically. And my involvement in the

    national legislative process has increased considerably.

    IN YOUR VIEW, WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE VBA AND

    HOW DOES IT BEST SERVE ITS MEMBER BANKS?

    The VBA recognizes that its members have diverse needs

    and interests, and does a great job of meeting the needs and

    harmonizing the interests. All member banks have a common

    interest in the business climate and regulatory burden, but

    depending on size, geography, and business model, we might

    use the broad array of products and services differently. As

    is so often the case, what you get out of the VBA depends on

    what you put into it.

    WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BRING TO THE ASSOCIATION

    DURING YOUR TIME AS CHAIRMAN? WHAT ARE YOUR

    GOALS FOR THE COMING YEAR?

    I hope to play a role in helping the industry navigate the

    rapidly changing environment. Clearly the recent financial

    crisis made the case for change, but there is a lot to be

    concerned about in some of the 2,000-plus pages of the Dodd-

    Frank bill.

    WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST

    AS VBA CHAIRMAN?

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with my fellow

    bankers and look forward to continuing that over the next year.

    VBA President and CEO Bruce Whitehurst and I have blocked

    out some time to visit members in their offices to get views

    firsthand.

    ECONOMISTS ARE PREDICTING

    THE ECONOMY COULD PICK UP

    OVER THE NEXT YEAR. WHAT

    ROLE DO BANKS HAVE IN THE

    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF

    COMMUNITIES?

    Heres hoping those economists

    are right. But banks are very

    dependent on the economic vitality

    of the communities that they serve,

    and we all understand that. Its no

    surprise that bankers can usually be

    found actively engaged in the local and state-wide economic

    development organizations, whether they are chambers of

    commerce or economic development authorities.

    WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO

    SOMEONE ENTERING THE BANKING INDUSTRY?

    A couple of years ago my daughter joined another member

    bank, and I had lots of fatherly advice for her: learn all she

    can about the industry, not just the part of it shes working in

    right now, and be ready for the changes that are sure to come

    and create opportunity for her. She had a great education and

    that got her in the door, but many other factors will determine

    whether she advances. And I suggested that she get her

    company to send her to the VBA Bank School, where shes now

    in her second year.

    TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT

    WOULD SURPRISE YOUR FELLOW BANKERS.

    As I mentioned earlier, between college and my banking

    career, I spent four years in the Navy. In its wisdom, the Navy

    decided I would make a fine Portuguese linguist.

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    WHAT DO YOU SEE AS YOUR

    BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN YOUR FIRST

    YEAR AS CHAIRMAN OF THE VBA?

    There are so many uncertainties in the

    environment and it is hard to predict the

    impacts on the industry. Because the VBA

    exists to serve its members, it will have to

    be nimble in order to respond to whatever

    changes develop.

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    The VBAs 118th Annual Conven-tion took place June 19-22 at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV. With the changes made to the Greenbrier, our Convention pro-gram, and the banking industry, we thought it appropriate to theme our Convention after the popular Bob Dylan song, The Times They Are A-Changin.

    This year, in addition to our normal programming, we changed our agenda to include two more power breakfasts in order to offer our attendees a total line-up of four options. Sponsored by PNC Capital Markets, Wolf & Company, P.C./Witt Mares, PLC, Virginia Commercial Fi-nance (VCF), and ANOVA Financial Cor-poration, these breakfasts gave bankers an additional opportunity to learn more about important industry issues and how these companies can provide solutions.

    We also added even more speakers to our business sessions. In addition to the Presidents Report, the Chairmans Report, and the BankPAC report from Bruce Whitehurst, Charley Majors, and Chris Bergstrom respectively, we had six speakers address the over 300 mem-bers of the audience to discuss our bank-ing industry and the changes that are to come our way. On Monday, Robert J.

    Morgan, managing director and princi-pal of Austin Associates, spoke on Bank-ing: What Am I Doing in this Business?, followed by David L. Sokol, president of SKL Investment Corporation, who gave A View on Banking and the Economy. Speaker of the Virginia House of Del-egates William J. Howell emphasized the importance of bankers contacting their legislators, and Gov. Frank Keating, pres-ident and CEO of the American Bankers Association, discussed Banking Legisla-tive and Regulatory Priorities.

    On Tuesday, David Pearce Snyder, strategic forecaster and life styles editor of The Futurist gave his presentation on Four Strategies for Consumer Bank-ing. Lastly, our keynote speaker, John Hope Bryant, a philanthropic entrepre-neur, presented Rethinking Everything: Financial Literacy, Silver Rights and Empowered Individuals, and implored bankers to get involved with financial literacy.

    An additional change to our agenda came in the form of our newest event, the VBA Silent Auction. The event con-cluded with a live auction portion con-ducted by sponsor Tranzon Fox, and all proceeds from the auction were contrib-uted to VBAs BankPAC. Thanks to all the

    The Times They are A-Changin,and the Annual Convention Helps Bankers Prepare

    1 Charley Majors welcomes Jim Justice, owner of the Greenbrier, to the VBAs Silent Auction.

    2 Gov. Frank Keating came from Washington, D.C. to address attendees on the importance of our government relations efforts and told Virginia bankers to keep up the good work.

    3 Keynote speaker John Hope Bryant encouraged bankers to make a difference in their communities by getting involved with financial literacy efforts.

    4 Convention attendees were treated to a surprise performance by The Three Waiters, who dressed as Greenbrier waiters and shocked the audience by suddenly beginning to sing opera songs.

    5 Over 450 bankers, associate members and guests attended the Convention this year.

    6 Charley Majors watches as Lisa Couper pins her husband, William Couper, chairman of the Virginia Bankers Association.

    7 Newly installed Chairman-Elect Jeff Szyperski, and Ann Rodman Shook enjoy the fun of The Three Waiters performance.

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    attendees, who helped us raise almost $12,000 for our BankPAC campaign!

    As our 2010-2011 program year came to an end, it was time to elect our new leaders. The election and installation of the new VBA officers and directors took place, and the convention closed with a banquet and dinner for the installation

    of the new VBA chairman and chairman-elect. The VBA is pleased to announce and welcome William Couper, mid-Atlantic president of Bank of America, N.A., as the 2011-2012 VBA Chairman, and Jeffrey M. Szyperski, chairman, pres-ident and CEO of Chesapeake Bank, as the new chairman-elect.

    Thanks to everyone who attended this years event. The times they are a-changin indeed, but one thing that wont change is the VBAs effort to provide our bank members with the all that we pos-sibly can. We hope to see you on June 17-20 in Hot Springs, Virginia, for the 119th Annual Convention.

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    The third Tuesday in March was declared Bank Day in Virginia by the Virginia General Assembly in 1991. On this day, Virginia high school

    seniors spend a day in banks across the

    commonwealth shadowing a banker in

    their daily duties. The purpose of this ex-

    perience is for the students to learn about

    banking, financial services, and the vital

    role banks play in their communities.

    From their experience, the students are

    required to write an essay on the topic

    How Banking Benefits My Communi-

    ty, and seven scholarships (six regional

    and one statewide) are awarded on the

    basis of the essays.

    This year, Bank Day took place on

    Tuesday, March 15, and was sponsored

    by the VBA Education Foundation and

    the VBA Leadership Division.

    The six regional winners received

    $1,000 regional scholarships and were

    entered to win an additional statewide

    scholarship.

    We are also happy to announce that

    our Hampton Roads/Tidewater Re-

    gional winner, Morgan Pate, was chosen

    as the statewide winner and received an

    additional $2,000 scholarship. Congratu-

    lations to Morgan and all the regional

    winners of the program. A special thanks

    as well to the over 100 students who par-

    ticipated and the 23 Virginia banks who

    hosted them!

    Next year, Bank Day will take place on

    March 21. Please contact Chandler

    Dewey at [email protected] to

    participate.

    Congratulations to the Winners of the Bank Day Scholarship Program!

    Regional WinnersCapital Region

    Margaret Scribe, Chesapeake Bank

    Central/Southside Region

    Erin Fothergill, StellarOne

    Hampton Roads/Tidewater Region

    Morgan Pate, Old Point National Bank*

    Northern Virginia Region

    Hailey Zurschmeide, Capital One

    Southwest Virginia Region

    Victor Scott, First Community Bank

    Valley Region

    Jacob Bailey, StellarOne

    *Statewide winner

    1 The VBAs Chandler Dewey (left) attended Cave Spring High Schools awards program on May 24 to award Erin Fothergill her scholarship certificate.

    2 Chesapeake Bank employees Cathy Mise and John OShaughnessy presented Maggie Scribe with her scholarship at Mathews High School on May 26.

    3 On May 27, Vicki Mays from First Community Bank was present for the senior class awards ceremony for Victor Scott at the Graham High School Auditorium.

    4 Sherri Hull, StellarOne, was on hand at Wilson Memorial High School for Jake Baileys awards ceremony on May 31.

    5 Lisa Korpella, Capital One, and Eddie Desch, VBA, presented Hailey Zurschmeide with her award on June 9 at Loudon Valley High School.

    6 Rann Paynter (VBA), Kelly Winn Johnson (Old Point National Bank) and Bobbi Mason (Old Point National Bank) surprised Morgan Pate (second from left) with the announcement of her statewide win at her awards ceremony on June 9.

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    Are you involved in any other organi-zations or extracurricular activities?

    In recent years, I have served on boards and committees of several non-profit charitable organizations that are focused on health and childrens issues, includ-ing the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Sickle Cell Association of Richmond, and the Richmond Hope Foundation. I re-cently joined the Childrens Home Society of Virginia, a non-profit adoption agency, as a member of its board of directors and its treasurer. My family and I are members of Trinity United Methodist Church. I be-lieve deeply in devoting a portion of my time and talents to community service and helping others in need.

    What is one thing readers would be surprised to learn about you?

    While I enjoy a casual round of golf when I can fit it in among all of my kids activities, my true athletic passion these days is triathlons. I recently completed a half-ironman triathlon and aspire to someday complete a full ironman dis-tance event.

    Anything else?For his years of dedicated service to the

    VBA as general counsel, Jay Spruill has earned the respect and admiration of many in the banking industry. I would like to thank Jay for his advice and counsel as I have transitioned into this new role.

    Continued from page 10

  • 18 Virginia Banking | July/August 2011 www.vabankers.org

    Whats Really Under the Hood of Health Care Reform?By Roxanne SheppardChief Operating Officer,VBA Benefits Corporation My counterpart in South Dako-ta recently wrote an article for a state banking magazine that

    outlined the health care reform mandates that went into effect in the first year of the legislation a total of 25! What he didnt cover in his article is that over the next few years there will be another 63 man-dates, for a total of 88 provisions to be implemented between 2010 and 2014, as a result of this overreaching legislation.

    Everyone is now familiar with the pro-visions that affect employee benefits (al-though some of these may be waived or have delayed effective dates for grandfa-thered plans): The option to provide medical cover-

    age for adult children up to age 26 re-gardless of student or marital status.

    Unlimited lifetime maximums on

    insurance coverage. Covering preventive screenings with-

    out co-pays and co-insurance in when received network, and expanding the list of medical services that are in-cluded in the definition of preventive screenings.

    The elimination of annual dollar lim-its on certain benefits.

    Eliminating pre-existing condition ex-clusions for children under age 19.

    No longer requiring prior authoriza-tion for emergency services required while out of network.

    Eliminating pre-tax reimbursements from health accounts (FSAs, HSAs, and HRAs) for non-prescribed over the counter medicines.

    Increasing the tax on non-qualified HSA withdrawals from 10 to 20 percent.

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    Most folks in the employee benefits in-dustry believe that now that these provi-sions have been enacted, they will not be rescinded.

    So this list accounts for eight provi-sions. What are the other 80 all about and whos going to pay for them?

    Almost 40 of the provisions relate to Medicare and Medicaid programs. Many of these have to do with improving the care given and cost structure of how pay-ments are handled within these systems. All noble endeavors; however, when it comes to who is going to pay for the majority of these changes, it will be the American taxpayer.

    There are 15 or so provisions that are a hodge podge of items relating to pub-lic health policy including establishing a Prevention and Public Health Fund, and also a new prevention council; funding a project to review the clinical effects of certain medical treatments; a project to study the effect of medical malpractice on tort actions; developing a national quality strategy for health care; develop-ing standards for financial disclosures between health entities, and so on and so forth. Again, all noble causes, but many,

    it seems to me, will have to be funded through additional taxes.

    Twenty-some provisions relate to how health insurance will be handled by the insurance carriers. These include panels to review health insurance costs and pre-mium increases, funding to provide ad-ditional consumer information and guar-anteed availability of coverage, and all of the work the states will be required to do to establish the insurance exchanges for 2014. Some of these provisions include imposing additional fees on the health in-surance sector and on the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. My guess is that employers and individuals will all ex-perience higher costs for their insurance coverage as a result of these additional requirements on the insurance industry.

    And how do individuals and employ-ers fare in these health care reform pro-visions? U.S. citizens will be required to have insurance coverage beginning in 2014 or experience a tax penalty (the legality of which is being contested by some states, including Virginia), and those earning more than $200,000 (or $250,000 for married couples) will experi-ence a payroll tax increase of 0.9 percent as

    a component of FICA tax in 2013. Employ-ers will be required to report the value of employer sponsored health coverage on W-2s starting in 2012, and in 2013 will be required to limit the amount allowed in a health care FSA to $2,500. Then, in 2014, employers with 50 or more eligible em-ployees will be required to offer essential health insurance coverage or be penalized at least $2,000 per employee if they dont offer coverage. The icing on the cake is the excise tax on employer-sponsored Ca-dillac plans that will be implemented in 2018. The good news is that for now, small employers with fewer than 25 employees, may be eligible for a small business tax credit for offering health insurance cov-erage, and may be eligible for a grant for establishing a wellness program.

    So it seems as though Medicare and Medicaid are the big winners in this leg-islation, and for the most part, employers will get additional taxation, reporting and disclosure requirements. So I echo the sentiments of my South Dakota coun-terpart when your congressional repre-sentative wants to know whats on your mind, tell them to work on repealing the health care reform legislation.

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    The federal emphasis on fair housing is serious and potentially expensive for banks whose fair lending programs fail to pass muster.A recent complaint and agreed order with Citizens

    Republic Bancorp, Inc. (CRBC) and its Citizens Bank subsidiary, filed in late spring by the U.S. Department of Justice, is the most recent indication that fair lend-ing continues to receive intensive scrutiny during ex-aminations and strict enforcement.

    The best way for VBA members to avoid a similar fate is to learn from the Citizens experience and man-age their fair lending programs effectively.

    The complaint alleged violations of the Fair Hous-ing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act because CRBC and Citizens Bank failed to provide home mortgage lending services in the Detroit, Mich., met-ropolitan area to the residents of majority African-American neighborhoods on an equal basis as those services that were provided to residents of predomi-nantly white neighborhoods.

    The complaint alleged that the banks policies and practices intended, or had the effect, to discourage or deny residents of majority African-American census tracts an equal opportunity to obtain residential real estate loans.

    CRBC acquired its fair lending problems when it acquired Republic Bank in 2007. The complaint stated that Republic Bank had effectively redlined the city.

    According to the complaint, the banks branch expan-sion was race-based, with branch locations designed to serve the banking and credit needs of majority white areas. Republics four branch offices in Wayne County were located in majority white tracts outside the city of Detroit. Citizens one office in Wayne County is in a majority white suburban location.

    The banks penetration of majority African-Ameri-can tracts in the Detroit metropolitan area was signifi-cantly less than comparable lenders. The complaint stated that there was statistically significant failure to provide loan services to and draw applications from majority African-American tracts. (In 2010, the bank revised its CRA assessment area to include all of Wayne County and the city of Detroit.)

    THE SETTLEMENTThe agreed order to settle the allegations brought

    by the Department of Justice requires CRBC and Citizens Bank to:

    Include Wayne County and the city of Detroit in its assessment area.

    Provide fair lending training to all employees, in-cluding independent contractors, with significant involvement in residential lending.

    Open a loan production office in an African-Amer-ican neighborhood in the city of Detroit and hire two community lenders.

    Invest in the formerly redlined majority African-American areas of Wayne County by providing $1.5 million in a special financing program.

    In partnership with the city of Detroit, provide $1.625 million in matching grants of up to $5,000 to existing homeowners for exterior improvements in targeted project areas, to stabilize and revitalize those neighborhoods.

    Devote $100,000 annually for five years to advertis-ing, marketing and consumer financial education targeting those areas. Advertising in at least one African-American oriented print medium and on two African-American oriented radio stations also is required.

    Provide a minimum of four outreach programs an-nually to real estate brokers, agents and other enti-ties in real estate related businesses.

    The order is similar to the 2006 consent order against Centier Bank which alleged discrimination on the basis of race and national origin as the bank avoid-ed serving the lending and credit needs of majority racial minority neighborhoods in Gary, East Chicago and Hammond, Ind. Centier Bank had significantly expanded its branch network, but few of its offices were in majority racial minority census tracts.

    WHAT VBA MEMBERS SHOULD DOThere are steps VBA members can take to minimize

    their fair lending risk. For example: Effective fair lending risk management should

    include reviews of your lending policies and pro-cedures, including servicing, modifications and foreclosures.

    Analyses of area demographics and your banks lending performance to prohibited basis group ap-plicants and in minority areas are essential items to review.

    A comparison of your banks applications, origi-nations and denied applications with the perfor-

    Federal Fair Housing Emphasis: Serious, Potentially Costly

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    mance of other lenders in the area is equally essential.

    If your bank is acquiring another insti-tution, a review of that banks lending distribution, both by geography and by borrower income, as well as lending to minorities, should be part of the due diligence process.

    A fair lending risk assessment should address issues that either continue to be, or have emerged, as the focus of fair lending examinations. These issues include: Required signatures of co-borrowers on

    consumer and commercial loans. Have policies and procedures on required signatures, especially for commercial loans.

    Ordering joint credit reports for mar-ried applicants, but individual credit reports for unmarried co-applicants. The practice is considered discrimina-tory.

    Consideration of income for married and unmarried applicants. The income and debts of all applicants should be combined when calculating debt ratios. The treatment of nontaxable income should be stated in written loan policies and procedures, and be consistently ap-plied in practice.

    Marketing and other outreach efforts should extend to the entire community. If there are significant racial or other protected group minority populations, banks should consider print and broad-cast media directed to those popula-tions.

    Outreach efforts should include call pro-grams to real estate agents and others serv-ing majority racial minority areas; partner-ships with churches, schools and other social organizations to sponsor financial literacy and/or home ownership counsel-ing sessions; and involvement of manage-ment and staff in nonprofit organizations serving the majority racial minority com-munities. Discretionary underwriting and pricing

    authority should be strictly controlled or eliminated.

    A second review process should be in

    place to review denied loan applications for compliance with fair lending laws.

    Fair lending training provided to all staff, including the board of directors.

    Complaints filed with your regulator and the Department of Justice alleging fair lending violations should be inves-tigated and promptly resolved.

    VBA members seeking information or as-sistance on fair lending issues should call TCAs Donna Rakes or Jim Dray. The toll-free number is 800-934-7347. Rakes is manager of TCAs East Coast regional of-fice in Rustburg. Dray is president of TCA. TCA is the VBAs endorsed provider of compliance services.

    Its only a sampling, but look whats in the compliance services package TCA provides VBA member banks:

    Hands-on help, with scheduled on-site audits. Timely, accurate information about compliance issues and trends. Advice about how to meet federal compliance requirements. An e-newsletter heads-up when the rules change. Access to the TCA compliance professionals, the people who make TCA the

    most respected source of compliance information and assistance in banking.

    Whether your need is BSA/AML, IT vulnerability scans and web site security reviews, or training that keeps your staff and directors up-to-date, TCA is your Compliance Advantage.

    Call us . . . today . . . to learn more. 1-800-934 -7347.

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    MoveBankers on the Jenkins Leiby Rodriguez Owens Ramsey Waller Boyd Byers

    environment albeit without Dodd-Frank promulgation hanging over our heads and we found the survey to be helpful to-ward restoring a more balanced regulatory climate. Our expectation is that the RFI, which will be so much more robust and powerful than the one I just described from nearly two decades ago, will make an im-pact in this most important area.

    As to the RFI and VBAs top strategic priorities: Action on regulatory compliance: check. Communication to and about the bank-

    ing industry: check. Products and services excellence and in-

    novation: check.

    We will continue to focus on how we can meet these priorities in various ways to benefit our member banks.

    Please participate in this important new initiative and please contact the VBAs Richard Owen at [email protected] or 804-819-4715 with any questions.

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    Banking Center ManagerJose A. Rodriguez II, Vice President and

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