Banks are Responsible for Building Bankers!

By: Sharon J. Lorman
Jeffrey P. Marsico

Guest: Chris Kelley, Executive Director of the Barret School of Banking

Podcast Show Notes:

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Topic: Banks are Responsible for Building Bankers!

A significant challenge to the viability of community banks, along with consolidation of the banking industry, is the challenge in developing talent to be key differentiators in their markets to support and champion the bank’s strategies. While the challenge confronting banks encompasses finding and hiring talented bankers, it also includes bearing the responsibility for supporting and retaining them and ensuring they have opportunities to excel for personal and organizational advancement. Chris Kelley, Executive Director of The Barret School of Banking, shares his insights on the value of bank talent development. Listen and enjoy!

Chris Kelley
Executive Director
The Barret School of Banking

Mr. Kelley is the Executive Director & President of the Barret School of Banking since 2003. He is a graduate of the Barret Class of 2000 and served as the Alumni Association President. Chris was a Board member prior to becoming the Executive Director. He began his banking career in 1995 in a management trainee position with National Bank of Commerce in Memphis. His final role was Senior VP in Branch Administration. Prior to starting his banking career, Chris played professional baseball for the Texas Rangers. Chris has an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Tennessee, where he played baseball, and received his MBA from Christian Brothers University. He was born and raised in Andalusia, Alabama, and moved to Memphis in 1995. He is married with two children. Chris has served for a number of civic organizations in the Memphis area, including board member of Leadership Memphis and the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. He has served on the PTA of his childrens’ schools for more than 10 years. He has been a volunteer youth sports coach for the past 15 years.

The Paul W. Barret, Jr. School of Banking is a non-profit independent school created by and governed by a Board of Regents, whose members are executives from banks and other firms involved with the financial services industry. The mission of the Barret School of Banking is to provide an adult learning experience for the career-oriented individual in commercial banking or a related financial services industry business. The school is dedicated to helping banking students excel in receiving an excellent community bank educational experience of benefit to both the student and their sponsoring community bank employer.

The Barret School of Banking is headquartered on the Christian Brother University campus with offices in Buckman Hall. It also offers the Barret Graduate School, a three-year graduate program with an annual one-week residency session on the CBU campus. Admission to the Barret School of Banking is open to bank employees, bank regulatory agency employees, and employees of businesses allied to the financial services industry, such as attorneys, accountants, and related professionals.

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Watch for episode 82 of This Month in Banking to be released on Wednesday, October 26th, 2022, and a new episode on the last Wednesday of every month.  

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