Webinar: Lessons from the Field: How Three $1B+ Community Banks Are Using Pandemic Stress Testing to Manage Strategy, Risk and Capital


About the Panelists

Duncan Smith, CFO, CFG Bank ($1.6 billion), Baltimore, Md.
Duncan Smith, CFO, CFG Bank ($1.6 billion), Baltimore, Md.

Duncan Smith is the CFO of CFG Bank in Baltimore. A CPA, he worked for eight years in public accounting before beginning a 32-year banking career. Along the way, he worked for a de novo bank, an $800 million community bank, a $4 billion privately held bank in Pasadena, California, a $1.2 billion ethnic-based SBA lender in Los Angeles, and a public bank in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He has a B.S. in Accounting from Shippensburg University, a Master’s in Taxation from Widener University, and an MBA from Penn State Great Valley. When not working, Mr. Smith can usually be found running on a local track or cross-country course.

Mike Valente
Mike Valente, Enterprise Risk Officer, Kearny Bank ($6.7 billion), Kearny N.J.

Michael Valente is the Enterprise Risk Officer of Kearny Bank in New Jersey, where he is responsible for enterprise risk reporting to the Board of Directors, and oversees all risk reporting and analytics, credit and capital stress testing, and model risk management. Michael has extensive risk management experience at varying financial institutions including commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, and ratings agencies spanning disciplines including enterprise risk, credit risk, loan portfolio management, credit ratings, product management and marketing, and fixed-income securities research. Mike has an MBA from St. Peter’s University and a BA from Villanova University.

Brian J. Grote, First Vice President, Risk Analytics,  Marquette Bank ($1.8 billion), Oak Lawn, Ill.

Brian J. Grote is the First Vice President of Data Analytics at Marquette Bank outside of Chicago. Brian has worked for Marquette Bank for 18 years with expertise in the Allowance for Loan Loss/CECL, Stress Testing and Portfolio Risk Management. He has a B.S. in Business Management from Robert Morris University, IL.

About the Moderator

Guy LeBlanc Director
Guy LeBlanc, Director, Client Analytics, Invictus Group

Guy LeBlanc is the director of client analytics at the Invictus Group. He advises community banks on capital adequacy, strategic planning, stress testing, CECL, and M&A. He has helped banks with assets between $100 million and $10 billion on regulatory capital requirements, CRE concentration risk management and M&A transactions. He has been a highly-rated speaker at regulatory and industry conferences across the U.S. on CRE concentration risk management and strategic planning. He has a BA with a double major in economics and public policy from the College of William & Mary. He received an MBA from the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary, where he was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.