Consumer Lending

NMBA to host 2014 Lenders Conference in Albuquerque

LoanThe New Mexico Bankers Association will host the 2014 Lenders Conference in Albuquerque on March 7.

The conference—for which the cost of attendance is $150 for NMBA members and $300 for non-members, including meals, breaks and session materials—will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast.

NMBA Executive Vice President John Anderson will provide a 2014 legislative update in the first workshop, followed by an economic outlook for the state provided by Lee Reynls, the director of the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

Thomas F. Slems, the assistant vice president and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, will provide attendees with an update on the national economy, as well as risks and possibilities for future growth.

A workshop on underwriting will also be held and led by Scott Edwards of Thrash & Associates and Toby Allets of Eide Bailly.

Another panel will discuss how loan officers can monitor loans to identify potential problems and to work with borrowers if signs point to deteriorating credit. The panel will be led by John Sanchez of Century Bank, Bob Thrash of Thrash & Associates and Gordon Little of Miller Stratvert.

Additionally, the conference will feature a career development roundtable, where presidents from credit unions in New Mexico will provide attendees with advice and recollections on addressing changes in the banking industry—the roundtable will include Sheila Mathews of Four Corners Community Bank, Steve Wells of Los Alamos National Bank, Jay Jenkins of Carlsbad National Bank and Ken Clayton of Western Bank.

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