Committee volunteers are the backbone of the MBA's legislative, educational and member service efforts. Each year your association seeks qualified bankers who are willing to give their time to the industry to help shape the activities and policies of the MBA.

Committee appointments are one year terms (each year runs from July 1 through June 30). Committee chairpersons are appointed for two-year terms by the MBA chairman.

Committee volunteers derive a great deal of personal satisfaction from their service. All committee volunteers receive the mbaBanking magazine, MBA Bulletin, Advocacy Report /Grassroots News, conference and seminar information and other pertinent information. Committee volunteers requesting a second term typically refer to peer interaction as their primary reason for continued involvement. Being on the cutting edge of legislative and regulatory issues and planning educational events provide volunteers with significant input on shaping MBA policy. Committee service heightens awareness of the legislative process while broadening professional credentials.

How do I Volunteer to Serve on a Committee?

Bankers interested in serving should complete the committee volunteer form . The form requests pertinent data regarding your area of expertise and background, and requires the approval and signature of your CEO or supervisor. Committees are structured to represent a cross section of MBA memberships. Your qualifications for service, as well as the size and location of your institution, are considered as committee members are selected. Every attempt is made to avoid having several individuals from the same institution or holding company serve on the same committee.

Audit and Risk Management Committee

This committee drives MBA policy on legislation and regulations and provides direct input on legislative and regulatory language related to audit and risk management. Working closely with MBA Advocacy staff, committee members may be consulted for direct input on pending legislation or asked to testify on behalf of the industry. This committee may also advise the MBA regarding relevant and timely content and preferred presenters for member workshops, seminars, and other educational events and programs along with various MBA publications or products.

Membership consists of bank officers specializing in audit and risk management.

Staff Liaison:  Patricia Herndon

Bank Counsel Committee

This committee drives MBA policy on legislation, regulations and litigation and provides direct input on legislative and regulatory language related to legal matters and issues affecting financial institutions generally. Working closely with MBA Advocacy staff, committee members may be consulted for direct input on pending litigation or legislation or asked to testify on behalf of the industry. The committee may advise the MBA regarding possible amicus actions on behalf of the industry consistent with MBA policy.

This committee may also advise the MBA regarding relevant and timely content and preferred presenters for member workshops, seminars, and other educational events and programs and with various MBA publications or products.

Membership consists of bank legal staff and attorneys representing member banks.

The committee normally meets twice annually in person and will meet both in person or electronically as needed.

Staff Liaison:  Debbie Mitin

Bank Management Committee

This committee advises MBA’s major educational events, ensuring that the programs deal with timely, senior-management issues.

Membership is normally comprised of chief executive officers with the committee meeting twice annually.

Staff Liaison:  Stephanie Fisher

Commercial Lending Committee

This committee drives MBA policy on legislation and regulations and provides direct input on legislative and regulatory language related to commercial lending. Working closely with MBA Advocacy staff, committee members may be consulted for direct input on pending legislation or asked to testify on behalf of the industry. This committee may also advise the MBA regarding relevant and timely content and preferred presenters for member workshops, seminars and other educational events and programs along with various MBA publications or products.

Membership consists of bank officers specializing in commercial lending.

Staff Liaison: David Worthams

Environmental Affairs Committee

This committee drives MBA policy on legislation and regulations and provides direct input on legislative and regulatory language related to environmental affairs. Working closely with MBA Advocacy staff, committee members may be consulted for direct input on pending legislation or asked to testify on behalf of the industry. This committee may also advise the MBA regarding relevant and timely content and preferred presenters for member workshops, seminars and other educational events and programs along with various MBA publications or products.

Membership consists of bank officers specializing in environmental affairs. The committee normally meets twice annually in person and will meet both in person or electronically as needed.

Staff Liaison:  David Worthams

Funds Management and Capital Acquisition Committee

This committee drives MBA policy on legislation and regulations and provides direct input on legislative and regulatory language related to bank investments, public funds, bonds and bonding and related issues. Working closely with MBA Advocacy staff, committee members may be consulted for direct input on pending legislation or asked to testify on behalf of the industry. This committee may also advise the MBA regarding relevant and timely content and preferred presenters for member workshops, seminars and other educational events and programs along with various MBA publications or products.

Membership consists of bank officers specializing in funds management. The committee normally meets twice annually in person and will meet both in person or electronically as needed.

Staff Liaison:  David Worthams

Grassroots Advocacy Committee

This committee drives and supports MBA political and legislative issue advocacy by communicating to and through the membership the industry’s concerns and views. This committee creates a core of educated local grassroots bankers to educate and inform elected officials and others concerning industry issues.

Membership consists of bank CEOs and officers, meets at least three times annually and additionally as needed.

Staff Liaison:  Patricia Herndon

Human Resources Committee

This committee drives MBA policy on legislation and regulations and provides direct input on legislative and regulatory language related to human resources and employment issues. Working closely with MBA Advocacy staff, committee members may be consulted for direct input on pending legislation or asked to testify on behalf of the industry. This committee may also advise the MBA regarding relevant and timely content and preferred presenters for member workshops, seminars and other educational events and programs along with various MBA publications or products.

Membership consists of bank officers specializing in human resources.

Staff Liaison:  Patricia Herndon

Marketing Committee

The committee assists in planning MBA educational programs as needed and periodically provides input on legislation and special industry projects.

Membership is comprised of bank officers responsible for bank marketing activities. The committee normally meets twice annually in person and will meet both in person or electronically as needed.

Staff Liaison:  Stephanie Fisher

Operations and Technology Committee

This committee drives MBA policy on legislation and regulations and provides direct input on legislative and regulatory language related to operations, new products, disclosure, technology, and security. Working closely with MBA Advocacy staff, committee members may be consulted for direct input on pending legislation or asked to testify on behalf of the industry. This committee may also advise the MBA regarding relevant and timely content and preferred presenters for member workshops, seminars and other educational events and programs along with various MBA publications or products.

Membership consists of bank officers specializing in operations and technology.

The committee normally meets twice annually in person and will meet both in person or electronically as needed.

Staff Liaison:  David Worthams

Retail Lending Committee

This committee drives MBA policy on legislation and regulations and provides direct input on legislative and regulatory language related to retail lending. Working closely with MBA Advocacy staff, committee members may be consulted for direct input on pending legislation or asked to testify on behalf of the industry. This committee may also advise the MBA regarding relevant and timely content and preferred presenters for member workshops, seminars, and other educational events and programs along with various MBA publications or products.

Membership consists of bank officers specializing in retail lending. The committee normally meets twice annually in person and will meet both in person or electronically as needed.

Staff Liaison:  Patricia Herndon

Taxation Committee

This committee drives MBA policy on legislation and regulations and provides direct input on legislative and regulatory language related to taxation issues. Working closely with MBA Advocacy staff, committee members may be consulted for direct input on pending legislation or asked to testify on behalf of the industry. This committee may also advise the MBA regarding relevant and timely content and preferred presenters for member workshops, seminars and other educational events and programs along with various MBA publications or products.

Membership consists of bank officers specializing in taxation or CEOs. The committee normally meets twice annually in person and will meet both in person or electronically as needed.

Staff Liaison:  Patricia Herndon

Trust Committees

These committees develop legislative positions, review proposed legislation and suggest amendatory language to current legislation helpful to the Michigan trust industry. They act as a liaison to the Probate section of the State Bar and the Probate Judges Association and maintain a relationship with the Michigan Department of Treasury. These committees also provide education designed to enhance the public image of the trust industry.

Staff Liaison:  Debbie Mitin