How to Manage Credit Risk in a Recession: A Series Examining Best Practices

Credit risk management is a cornerstone of community banking. How can your financial institution grow while also effectively managing the risk in the portfolio? Many bankers are asking this question right now, given that this could be their first recession in banking or because this recession is so different than previous ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this 4-part webinar series, join credit risk experts as they walk through best practices for operating in this unique credit environment.

Session topics are: 

  • Part 1: Credit Memo (7/22) 
    • How does an economic downturn alter the credit memo’s content and process?
    • What are the right questions to ask and how can those answers be factored into future recommendations?
  • Part 2: Loan Grading (7/29)
    • How should institutions tweak loan grading in the face of a recession?
    • How should specific sectors be treated?
  • Part 3: SBA 7(a) Lending (8/5)
    • How can this program be used to hedge credit risk?
    • What would an institution need in order to get going?
  • Part 4: Loan Pricing (8/12)
    • Should pricing vary by loan type?
    • How should strategies change during a recession?

Each session is 30 minutes long and will start at 3:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. CT.

Meet Your Presenters

Michael Wear, CRC

Mike Wear is owner of 39 Acres Corporation, specializing in banker training and bank consulting services in credit risk underwriting and loan portfolio risk management.  Over his 41-year banking career, he previously served in commercial lending and senior credit management positions with Omaha-area community banks. Wear retired as a Senior Analyst in the Credit Risk Administration department of First National Bank of Omaha, a $23 billion community bank, specializing in underwriting larger ($10-100M) commercial real estate loans throughout the country. In addition, he developed curriculum and conducted multi-tier training programs in credit analytics on an enterprise-wide basis. He is the Loan Portfolio Management Section Leader and serves as a member of the faculty at the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, as well as GSB’s Sales & Marketing School and IT Management School. He is a former adjunct professor for the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He has authored articles for banking publications and has served as a textbook editor/reviewer for the American Bankers Association. Mike is now expanding his advanced commercial lending workshops and teaches for several State Banking Associations. Bank consulting offerings include customized credit analytics and loan portfolio risk management strategies and tools to identify risk in the Pass-rated portfolio.

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Rob Newberry

Rob has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Rob spent 15 years at Wells Fargo & Co in various strategic and leadership roles. These roles included time in Finance, Servicing, Fair Lending, Pricing Strategy, Business Intelligence, and Delivery Innovation. For the past 5 years, Rob has worked closely with financial institution leaders and regulatory agencies to develop a credit administration suite of tools specifically designed for community banks and credit unions. Rob is a faculty member of the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin. Rob also teaches for both the Financial Managers Society and LexisNexis Sheshunoff eLearning on topics ranging from loan grading, ALLL calculations, and stress testing.

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