Three Essex Bank associates recently graduated from the Virginia Bankers Association (VBA) School of Bank Management. The associates – Commercial Lender Nicole Kemp, Business Banking Sales Director Scott Atkins, and Retail Sales and Service Manager Marshall Jett – participated in a graduation ceremony on August 3 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The three-year program, which combines intensive independent and team study with week-long summer sessions, is offered through a partnership with the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. The School’s courses of study are structured specifically for banking professionals in Virginia. Applicants for the program must be employed as an officer or key staff member of a VBA member bank, among other requirements for admission. The rigorous program delivers a multifaceted educational experience in banking, allowing students to cultivate skills that are meant to improve their current performance and qualify them as candidates for advancement.
“The Virginia Bankers Association School of Bank Management is highly respected within the Virginia banking community, and we celebrate and honor our associates who achieve greatness within the program,” said Rex L. Smith, III, President and CEO of Essex Bank. “By graduating from the program and expanding their industry knowledge, our associates demonstrate their commitment to their professional growth – and, to the growth and betterment of Essex Bank."
Students of the program are provided with skills in the areas of advanced commercial lending and asset liability management; communications and marketing; changes in payments systems and technology; risk management; and organizational behavior, among other areas relevant to banking.
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