New York Bankers Association

ABA Graduate Commercial Lending School

May 3-8, 2015 | Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

An advanced curriculum to take you from lender to leader.
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ABA Financial Statement Analysis Workshop
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ABA National Commercial Lending School
May 3-8, 2015

The only national program of its kind, the ABA Graduate Commercial Lending School offers you unique access to nationally known instructors and a network of industry peers based in banking institutions all across the country.  The School curriculum explores the challenges and issues you face daily. 

Learning Objectives

  • Explore how the changing economy is affecting your bank
  • Define your bank’s strategy for setting risk
  • Gain an understanding of the leadership motives that drive a bank’s lending strategy
  • Position yourself on a trajectory of professional success and personal growth.

Enrollment is limited. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Previous schools have reached capacity, so reserve your seat early.

Course Highlights

 The Business Lending Leadership course (introduced in 2014) is designed to develop or enhance leadership skills of bankers who manage others in the delivery of business lending. This course will address the broad list of responsibilities necessary to effectively supervise this important business line. specific training is provided on how to oversee all of the activities necessary to originate, analyze, underwrite, process, close, service and collect business loans. Topics covered include:

  • Sales – meeting budget goals while maintaining quality standards
  • Administration – exploration of the attention needed to perform critical tasks
  • Performance Standards – effective delegation of tasks to achieve results
  • Ethical Leadership – creating expectations, transparency, and trust
  • Managing People – effective leadership in today’s environment, and more
Who Should Attend

The ABA Graduate Commercial Lending School is for lenders with 5 or more years commercial lending experience as well as portfolio/staff management responsibilities.

  • Lending Officers
  • Credit Managers
  • Loan Review Officers
  • Graduates of the ABA National Commercial Lending School

NOTE: Those enrolling in the ABA Commercial Lending Schools must have a familiarity with and an understanding of the following:
* Contents of the balance sheet and the operating statement;
* Auditor’s reports;
* Ratio analysis;
* Cash flow statements;
* Working capital; and
* Commercial collateral.
If you need a refresher in any or all of these topics, it is recommended that you attend the optional pre-program workshop: Financial Statement Analysis for Lenders, May 2-3, 2015.


Registration for the Graduate Commercial Lending School is on Sunday, May 3 from 2-2:30 pm with class immediately following. The last class ends at 12 noon on Friday, May 8. Attendance at all classes is required for graduation.


Accommodations are not included in your tuition, and are your responsibility. Discounted accommodation rates will be posted shortly.

Tuition Fees

 ABA Member – $2,395; Non Member – $3,395

Fees include tuition, most meals, instructional materials, and certificate of completion.

Team Discount

 Send a team of two or more employees and take advantage of the following team discounts:

  • 2-3 attendees receive a 5% tuition discount
  • 4-10 attendees receive a 10% tuition discount
  • 11+ attendees receive a 15% tuition discount

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Additional Information

ICB CLBB Professional Certification Exam
At the end of the school, ABA offers you the optional opportunity to take the Certified Lender Business Banker (CLBB) professional certification exam. ABA Commercial Lending Schools address the critical knowledge areas assessed by the CLBB examination, but both ABA and the ICB emphasize that completion of this school alone does not guarantee CLBB examination success. Professional experience and application of the knowledge are important factors as well. For more information on the CLBB certification and exam, and how it fits in with your professional development goals, please contact the Institute of Certified Bankers at 1-800-BANKERS or visit their website.

What our attendees are saying…“The ABA Graduate Commercial Lending School boosted my confidence level as a commercial banking professional. Not only was I able to compare best practices with fellow bankers from across the nation, but I received top-notch instruction from leading professionals (both academic and practitioners) in the field. Having the opportunity to sit for the Certified Lender Business Banker designation was a real plus!”
— Darren C. Patterson, Commercial Credit Analyst, Springs Valley Bank and Trust


“The ABA Graduate Commercial Lending School made for a fast paced and challenging week. The instructors were thought provoking and class participation insightful. The courses were structured to meet the current economic conditions.”

— John D. Wellington, Senior Vice President, Bank 10


“The range of topics discussed at the School were very advantageous and directly related to the current banking climate. The speakers did a great job of presenting the material and I’d definitely recommend the School.”
–Blake Holzhauer, Senior Credit Officer, Simmons First Bank of Searcy

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”  Benjamin Franklin

Questions: NYBA Professional Development at (212) 297-1679 or