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School Location:
Arkansas Bankers Association
1220 West Third Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

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ABA Members:
Early Registration Price: $1,750;
After August 20: $1,950

Early Registration Price: $3,500;
After August 20: $3,700

Monday, September 20
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • Orientation
  • Foundation Concepts in Lending
  • Understanding the Borrower’s Business
  • Lunch
  • Understanding the Borrower’s Business (continued)
  • Assessing the Risks Facing the Borrower
  • Evaluating Management
  • Networking & Welcome Dinner (tentative)

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In his banking career which spans over 35 years, John Cochran has served in various lending and senior management positions. John established Cochran Associates LLC in 2000 to provide bank training and consulting services. To date, he has presented lending seminars for many state banking associations and annually participates in ten commercial lending schools as a principal instructor or sole presenter. John is also on the faculty of the Pacific Coast School of Banking, presenting a ten-lecture series on Credit Risk Management. He has been the lead faculty member of the Missouri School of Lending since 1990.

Ron Rushing is the President of Rushing Consulting Group, LLC in Sparta, Missouri where he conducts credit training services and advises banks on credit risk management issues. He has served as a safety and soundness examiner, as a commercial loan officer for a large commercial bank, and as Chief Credit Officer for a regional bank in southwest Missouri. He is a frequent speaker for state banking associations, including Arkansas, on topics including credit risk management, cash flow/financial statement analysis and loan documentation.

Additional Information


  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in commercial lending, or a minimum of 1 year in credit administration in a bank, or 5 years of banking experience
  • Completion of high school (completion of a 4-year college degree program desirable)
  • Successful completion of courses in Commercial Lending, Analyzing Financial Statements, and Economics; or equivalent coursework; or demonstrated knowledge

Graduation Requirements

  • Attendance at all structured lecture and case study sessions
  • Participate in case study work
  • A minimum score on daily quizzes and the post-test
  • Completion of all additional assignments that may be required by the faculty
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