GSRBM Freshman Class Includes 110 Bankers from 32 Institutions

GSRBM Freshman Class Includes 110 Bankers from 32 Institutions
Provides Bankers the Knowledge to Succeed in today’s Retail Banking Environment

Washington, D.C. (July 1, 2014) – Today, the CBA/BAI Graduate School of Retail Bank Management (GSRBM) announced 110 students from 32 leading financial services companies have been accepted as members of this year’s freshman class. GSRBM takes place July 20-30, 2014, and is hosted at Furman University in Greenville, SC. 

“We are proud to have another strong class of retail banking leaders join us as freshman at GSRBM. The grad school has become well known throughout the industry as a place to hone your skills and network with your peers as you tackle the challenge of today’s retail banking sector,” said CBA President and CEO Richard Hunt. 

GSRBM, now marking its 62nd year, offers the banking industry's top talent the knowledge and skills they need to develop into the leaders of tomorrow. Designed and delivered by leading industry practitioners, the program immerses students in real world scenarios experienced daily by retail banks.

“Continuing education is more important than ever, and that’s why leaders in the retail banking space look to the GSRBM to give them the knowledge they need to be the best in the business. Congratulations to our latest class of freshmen on being accepted to GSRBM” said Debbie Bianucci, President and CEO, BAI.

GSRBM students participate in one-of-a-kind simulation exercises that challenge them to run the entire consumer business of a bank. They learn how to analyze and use financial data to influence a bank’s future performance, and they dive into an executive level virtual experience that requires them to manage a bank from the top down. Enhancements made this year to the MarketSim banking simulation will further put the focus where it belongs on the customer, and includes enhanced marketing decisions and focus on delivery channels. Students are anchored on a path to leadership and graduate with a deep understanding and appreciation of how various segments of retail banking are interrelated.

This year’s freshman class includes bankers from:

Bank of Hawaii
Bank of the West
BMO Harris Bank
Capital One
Citizens Financial Group
Eastern Bank
First Niagara Bank
Frost Bank
Huntington Bancshares
M&T Bank
MainSource Financial Group, Inc.
PNC Financial
Raiffeisen Bank International AG
Regions Financial Corporation
SunTrust Bank
TD Bank 
Texas Dow Employees Federal Credit Union
U.S. Bank
Umpqua Holdings Corporation
USAA Federal Savings Bank
Wells Fargo and Company

For more information about GSRBM, please visit our website.

About CBA
The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) is the trade association for today's leaders in retail banking - banking services geared toward consumers and small businesses. The nation's largest financial institutions, as well as many regional banks, are CBA corporate members, collectively holding two-thirds of the industry's total assets. CBA’s mission is to preserve and promote the retail banking industry as it strives to fulfill the financial needs of the American consumer and small business.

About BAI
BAI is the financial services industry's resource for breakthrough information and intelligence needed to innovate and stay relevant in an evolving marketplace. For more than 85 years, BAI has provided the industry with unbiased and objective education and research. BAI's offerings are as diverse as the industry, and include premier events such as BAI Retail Delivery Conference & Expo, groundbreaking research, professional learning and development programs, and in-depth editorial coverage through BAI Banking Strategies. For more information, visit

BAI is Bank Administration Institute and BAI Center.


The Consumer Bankers Association is the recognized voice on retail banking issues in the nation’s capital. Founded in 1919, CBA provides leadership, education, research and federal representation on retail banking issues. For more information, please contact Tom Crosson,, (703) 869-1246 or visit