Gerald J. Dent, executive vice president and chief credit officer, Zions Bancorporation, Salt Lake City, has been elected chair of the Risk Management Association (RMA). Sonny B. Lyles, executive vice president, chief risk and credit officer, Sterling Bank, Houston, has been elected to vice chair. Their one-year terms began on 1 September 2007. An active member of RMA since 1991, Dent was vice chair of RMA last year, and he has served on RMA’s board of directors for the past three years. Dent joined Zions Bancorporation in 1977, working with chairman Roy Simmons in mergers, acquisitions, and branch expansion. During this period, he organised and supervised three de novo banks and assisted in the acquisition of 11 banks in Utah and Nevada. He later served as director of marketing for Zions First National Bank and manager of the credit examination/review function for Zions Bancorporation. From 1989 to 1998, Dent served in a dual role as credit administrator for Zions Bancorporation and Zions First National Bank, where he was chairman of the bank’s credit administration committee and vice chairman of the senior loan committee. Dent graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in banking and finance. He is also a graduate of the Colorado School of Banking and the BMA School of Bank Marketing.
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