The GSB Online Seminar Series

The GSB Online Seminars Series offers a convenient, cost-effective way to access quality educational opportunities. Please note ALL times below in CENTRAL TIMEZONE.

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Presenter: Richard Hamm, Advantage Consulting & Training This 90-minute program will be presented live on: April 27, 8:30-10:00 a.m. Central Time Recording available through: July 27, 2021 Price: $275   This program covers how to calculate and analyze the basic set of financial statement (or tax return) ratios for operating businesses.  Preliminary steps (covered in related programs) include understanding the types of financial statements and level of accountant involvement, distinguishing between cash and accrual accounting methods, and the unique format and features of business tax returns.  We now turn to the four primary sets of ratios: (1) liquidity, (2) leverage, (3) profitability, (4) efficiency, and (5) debt coverage.  Using a comprehensive case, calculations are demonstrated, as wells as major issues, strengths and limitations of the various ratios.  Participants will work from a ratios reference guide that is intended to be a resource for future statement spreading. Topics to be covered include:   Basic guidelines for classifying and spreading the data Identify the key components of a balance sheet Calculate liquidity and leverage ratios for an example business and interpret the results Identify situations with positive or negative working capital Describe common-sizing of the balance sheet Identify the key components of an income statement Calculate profitability and traditional cash flow measures for an example business and interpret the results Calculate efficiency and debt coverage ratios for an example business and interpret the results Explain the use of industry and comparative data within financial analysis   Target Audience:  Credit analysts, portfolio managers, assistant relationship managers, community bankers, small business lenders, commercial lenders, consumer lenders, branch managers that lend to business owners, private bankers, special assets officers, loan review specialists and others involved in business and commercial lending Read More

Presenter: Ann Knutson, Bank Five Nines This 60-minute program will be presented live on: March 25, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Central Time Recording available through: June 25, 2021 Price: $225   Research shows that when people are emotionally intelligent—that is, they are aware of their feelings and are able to manage their emotions—they are better equipped to confront challenging issues and manage change. But did you know emotional intelligence can also lead to greater success in the workplace? The good news is it’s a skill that can be improved with the proper training and practice.   In program, you will learn: The most common definitions of emotional intelligence Information about the most validated tests or measures of emotional intelligence Strategies to improve yours and others’ emotional intelligence The importance of emotional intelligence at work   Target Audience: Human resource officers, supervisors, CEOs Read More

Presenter: Patricia A. Wise, Spengler Nathanson P.L.L. This three-part program will be presented live on: May 6, 13 & 20, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Central Time Recording available through: August 20, 2021 Price: $750   This interactive session will include a review and update of the most important areas of employment law, current issues, and proposed employment laws that employers need to be aware of, with particular emphasis and application to banks and their employees.  Preventive measures to avoid litigation and practical advice for bank policies and procedures will be provided.  Recent developments in federal law and federal agency regulations will be addressed.  Participants are encouraged to ask questions in any area of employment law.   Target Audience: Human resource officers, supervisors, CEOs, and general counsel or in-house legal counsel Read More

Presenter: Tom Hershberger, Cross Financial Group This 90-minute program will be presented live on: March 4, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Central Time Recording available through: June 4, 2021 Price: $275   We know that customer service and sales representatives are responsible for building relationships with customers. But, let’s not stop there. When an entire organization benefits from relationship development, we need to find effective ways to engage the entire organization in relationship development. Everyone plays an important role in that process, so take the time to discover and identify how each job position at your bank will contribute to successful relationship development. This session examines how banks can direct their culture and business practices directly at customers and their long-term loyalty. It’s no longer acceptable to only take ownership of your daily tasks. Every employee must take ownership in the customers’ relationship tenure and satisfaction.   Target Audience:  Everyone on the bank’s team Read More

Presented by: Ascensus  This 60-minute program will be presented live on: March 10, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Central Time Recording available through: June 10, 2021 Price: $225   Roth IRAs aren’t new anymore and have really picked up traction in recent years.  Attend this webinar to see why Roth IRAs have become so popular and why they are such an important tool of the retirement planning portfolio.  Learn about the popular Roth IRA Loop Hole, Roth IRA tax benefits, conversion issues, estate planning for beneficiaries and what sets a Roth IRA retirement vehicle apart from Traditional IRAs and other qualified retirement plans. Read More

Presenter: Richard Hamm, Advantage Consulting & Training This 90-minute program will be presented live on: April 27, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Central Time Recording available through: July 27, 2021 Price: $275   It has been said that nothing exposes the intellectual abilities of a loan officer like a credit write-up, because writing is a reflection of thinking.  And not just for loan officers, but for credit analysts, portfolio managers and others that deal with business and commercial loans. Many facets of lending are difficult to explain, especially when put into writing.  This program is centered around basic writing principles, but applied to lending.  It explores the process using five Ps.  Within the thought process and planning, there are two Ps: (1) Purpose and (2) preparation.  Within “getting it done” there are three more Ps: (3) Putting it all together, (4) Polish and (5) Pizzazz: Purpose Identifying what you want the reader to do Determining your (almost always) multiple audiences Preparation Recognizing the eight qualities of effective writing Communicating efficiently using “cover pages” Determining what supporting evidence is needed in the memorandum Finding the best format Putting it all together Identifying the unique issues in communicating data and quantitative information Outlining prior to drafting Data tables are not analysis Polish Before and after example Using white space and formatting conventions Lender liability issues Pizzazz Getting the reader’s attention Making sure that the reader does not miss key points Every package tells a story   Target Audience:  Credit analysts, portfolio managers, assistant relationship managers, community bankers, small business lenders, commercial lenders, consumer lenders, branch managers that lend to business owners, private bankers, special assets officers, loan review specialists and others involved in business and commercial lending Read More

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