Credit Policy Fundamentals: Principles and Practices
A frequent speaker, instructor, advisor, and writer on credit risk and commercial banking topics and issues, Dev is principal of Devon Risk Advisory Group and engages in consulting, speaking, and training on a wide range of risk, credit, and lending topics. As former SVP and senior credit policy officer at SunTrust Bank, Atlanta, he was responsible for developing, implementing, and administering credit policies for SunTrust's wholesale lines of business--commercial, commercial real estate, corporate investment banking, capital markets, business banking, and private wealth management. He also spent three years as managing director and credit approver in SunTrust's Florida commercial lending and corporate investment banking areas, respectively. Prior to SunTrust, Dev was chief credit officer for Barnett Bank's Palm Beach market. Besides stints at other banks in Florida, Kansas City, and Ohio, Dev's experiences outside of banking include CFO of a Honolulu construction company, combat engineer officer in the U.S. Army, and college economics instructor in Hawaii, Missouri, and Florida. A graduate of Ohio State University and the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking, he earned his M.B.A. from the University of Hawaii.
Dev serves as an instructor in RMA's Florida Commercial Lending School, the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, and the American Bankers Association's (ABA) Commercial Lending. His school, conference, and workshop audiences have included participants drawn from the ABA, RMA, OCC, Federal Reserve, FDIC, FFIEC, SBA, the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), and the AICPA.
Dev has written about credit risk management, financial analysis, and related subjects for the ABA's Commercial Insights, the Risk Management Association's RMA Journal, and other business professional journals. He is the author of Analyzing Construction Contractors and its related RMA workshop. A past national chair of RMA and former Florida Chapter president, Dev serves as a member of the RMA Journal's advisory board, and an ex-officio board member of the Florida and Atlanta RMA chapters. He also serves on the advisory board of the Atlanta Chapter of the Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA), and he has consulted on credit risk issues with banks in Morocco, Egypt, and Angola through the US State Department's Financial Service Volunteer Corps (FSVC).
Participants will learn how to diagnose their own credit policies to identify any gaps, and if so, how to write practical and understandable policies that meet regulatory expectations for content. They will be able to implement and maintain the processes and procedures needed to ensure that their policies are kept current and accurate, are monitored for compliance with them by means of tracking exceptions to policies and resolving the reasons for the deviations, and are reviewed and approved annually by their boards of directors.
A well-crafted credit policy:
- Focuses the organization—everyone on the same page
- Reduces organizational conflict and confusion—priorities
- Minimizes need for rigid controls
- Supports commitment to the organizational vision and mission
- Basic topics and contents of credit policy
- Content expectations of regulatory agencies
- Tips on how to write credit policy
- Examples of typical credit policy guidance
- Credit policy standard format
- Policy exceptions and their role in credit risk management
- Indicators of the possible need for revision of credit policy
Course Level - Basic/Fundamental
Who Should Attend
- Credit Risk Managers
- Risk Managers
- Credit Analysts
- Chief Credit Officers
Why Should You Attend
Right or wrong, credit policy is the organization’s rule book for its credit risk management strategy, and it also reflects the organization’s credit culture. Both the market and the regulatory agencies expect the credit policy to be accurate, current, and succinct so that both line and credit have unambiguous and clear direction on how to identify, evaluate, underwrite, approve, book, and monitor creditworthy clients.