Greetings Members, Sponsors, and Colleagues!Steve-Smith-Head-Shot

I hope this finds you progressing towards a peaceful and prosperous year. For RMA, we use an FYE of August 31st, so I’m about halfway through my term as chapter President. At this point, I’m enjoying this chance to serve and be involved with a board of talented volunteers. We’ve managed to have a number of successful events, including lunch and dinner meetings, some social events and our educational programs.

If you’re an RMA member, and if you’re getting this message you probably are, we’d like to see you at a chapter event. We’d also encourage you to bring your business colleagues to RMA. You’ll find a helpful, friendly group. Plus, our educational programs are a terrific and cost-effective way to further your knowledge and your career.

On the personal side, for those who don’t know me, I am a Senior VP and Director of Commercial Lending for First Federal, located in downtown Seattle. My education was at Loyola in Chicago for my Bachelor’s, and I got my MBA at the University of Washington.

Outside of work, I’m a single parent of a 12-year-old boy who loves to play tennis and ski and is a reasonably good student. By no coincidence, my personal hobbies include tennis, skiing, and volunteering for the Math Club at my son’s middle school.

One of my goals during my term as chapter president is to modernize the way we communicate with our members. We’ve undertaken a major revamp of the chapter’s website with the help of a vendor, Ideagility, which has proven to be a great partnership. Most of our communication is electronic and our website is the center of the RMA chapter universe. If you haven’t seen it recently, have a look here: Please bookmark this page and check back often.

Another change we’ve made is to the time of our monthly meetings. For years we’ve met in the evenings. Most, but not all, of our meetings are now during lunchtime. And while most of our meetings are at the WAC in Seattle, we also meet in Bellevue and Tacoma. Join us when you can.


Best Regards,

Steve Smith