FIRMA/Texas Bankers Virtual Seminar

October 21, 2021



FIRMA is pleased to again join with The Texas Bankers Association to sponsor a Trust Risk Issues and Compliance seminar, to be held on October 21, 2021.  This Virtual Seminar features current topics and discussions from recognized industry experts.  The program content is designed to benefit risk management and compliance professionals at all skill levels, including fiduciary risk managers and executives, as well as audit managers and fiduciary and investment executives and administrators.  This program will provide six (6) continuing education hours.

Our full day program will begin at 8:50amCT with a welcome by Chelsea Brown with the TBA and then with our first speaker David Stankiewicz. David is the Technical Expert for Asset Management Policy in the Market Risk Policy Division of Bank Supervision Policy in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.  David will provide an update on OCC initiatives and bank fiduciary activities, including the OCC’s view on crypto currency.

Following David, we welcome Jeanne Wilson, a Principal with Groom Law in Washington, DC.  Jeanne will highlight key rulings affecting EB administrative risk as well as current litigation rulings.  Attendees will also learn the status of the DOL Fiduciary Rule.

We will end the morning with John Tennaro, CIMA ®, CSRIC Head of ESG & Impact Investing Solutions with CIBC Private Wealth Management in Washington, DC.  John will discuss and attendees will learn about current ESG guidelines, applications, and ESG investment management.

After a short lunch break, we extend a warm welcome to Andrew Tanner, COO for Specialty Asset Management at Bank of America in Dallas.  Andrew will discuss and attendees will learn the critical administrative process and decision making required across the common specialty asset categories.  Attendees will also learn the impact of the two major regulatory pronouncements for unique and hard-to-value assets.

Following Andrew, we welcome Neil Bohlen, CIA, CAMS, Audit Director of Wells Fargo’s Wealth & Investment Management Audit Team in Charlotte, NC.  Neil will discuss hot topics and risks seen within trust audits.

We conclude our program with Brad Franko and Rob Slater.  Brad is National Sales Director with CINGO SOLUTIONS in St. George, UT.  Rob is Co-Founder and COO with 10XTS in Cincinnati, OH.  The influx of technology into the financial ecosystem is evolving at a pace that outstrips many organizations' ability to respond. The rise of crypto currencies, mixed with consumer demand for transparency and forward thinking technology, make our role as an advisor or finance professional more challenging than ever before.  Brad and Rob will discuss and attendees will learn the unique technology and data security challenges in the areas of FinTech, Crypto Currency, Blockchain, and Bitcoin.

Our program concludes at 4:45pmCT.

Registration Instructions
Texas Bankers Association is handling all registrations for this program. To sign up, click here to download the registration form, or visit their website at  If you are a first-time user of the Texas Bankers site, you will need to create a Username and Password. FIRMA members should use code FIRMA1021 to receive the discounted member fee for this event. Please direct any registration questions to (888) 839-8778 or