Faculty

We are incredibly fortunate to have over 40 dedicated faculty members with over 900 combined years of industry experience who give their time, talents, and energy to our programs.  


We're proud that over 70% of our faculty are active bankers that not only talk the talk, but have walked the walk to which our banker students can immediately relate.  When you combine our banker instructors with industry leaders from academia, financial services consulting groups, and governmental entities, you have a winning combination of experiences and perspectives that lead to outstanding educational experiences for our bankers.


Read more below from a few of our faculty members, as well as a committee member about their experiences with the Schools of Banking.

Dr. David Kohl and Joe Carey instructing at the 2018 Agricultural Lending School.

Dr. David Kohl and Joe Carey instructing at the 2018 Agricultural Lending School.

WHY SCHOOLS OF BANKING?

Continued Career Growth

Craig Dewalt

In 1989 I attended the Agricultural Lending School in Kearney, Nebraska.  Since then I have attended several other Schools of Banking schools, been a part of steering and advisory committees, and served as School Director, Associate Director and Instructor for the Ag Lending School.   Through nearly 30 years of association with the Schools of Banking as a student, advisor and educator I continue to be impressed with the level of professionalism, the attention to detail and the commitment to banker education that has always been the hallmark of the Schools of Banking.  Even though I’ve attended every Ag Lending School since 1989, I come away with something practical to take home to my bank each time.  


Craig Dewalt

Senior Vice President

Exchange Bank

Grand Island, Nebraska

Faculty Member Since 1989


Case-driven, Real-Life Learning

Michael Wear

As a brand-new commercial lender in 1993, the Commercial Lending School was critical to my professional development.  As I now look over the worn pages of my student manual, they remind me of how much I relied upon this material.   I am honored to be your Lead Instructor and School Director:  maintaining the tradition of this case-driven, real-life practical learning school to deliver a working resource, coupled with an invaluable networking experience.


Michael Wear

Senior Credit Analyst

First National Bank of Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Faculty Member Since 2004

Return on Investment

Shan Hanes

The value to my banking career that I have gained through my experiences with the various schools I have attended is difficult to quantify but a joy to share. The first school I attended was over 20 years ago. The instructor was Dr. David Kohl and his influence has been integral to my career ever since that encounter. 


Over the last 20 years, I have attended a number of the various offerings and each one is always rich in content and timely to the current banking environment. Additionally, I have never hesitated to send an employee to one of the sessions offered by the Schools of Banking. I know the bank will receive great value for the time and money invested and the employee will return with useful knowledge and worksheets they can implement immediately in their daily activities. 


I have now had the privilege to give back as an instructor. Lastly and possibly most remarkably, I still have colleagues I talk with on a regular basis that I first met at that first Agricultural Lending School 23 years ago.


Shan Hanes

President/CEO

Heartland Tri-State Bank

Elkhart, Kansas

Faculty Member Since 2006

Gain a Competitive Advantage

Joe Carey

The Schools of Banking has had a major impact on the advancement of my career.  I’ve attended the School of Banking Fundamentals, Advanced School of Banking, Ag Lending School, and Advanced Ag Lending School.  There has been something at every one of these schools that I’ve been able to begin using the day I got back to the bank, and I’ve been able to leverage that as a competitive advantage.  


As I’ve gone on in my career and have had the opportunity to send people to the Schools, having that immediate return on the bank’s investment is something I appreciate even more now than I did when I was the student.  


I’ve had the unique opportunity to experience the schools as a student, a committee member, and now as a member of the faculty at the Ag Lending School.  I haven’t encountered anything else in my career that can provide anything even close to that experience.  I view my role as an instructor as an opportunity to give back some of the good the Schools have done for me.


Joe Carey

VP/Senior Ag Loan Officer

Arbor Bank

Nebraska City, Nebraska

Lending Advisory Committee Member

Faculty Member Since 2016

Above & Beyond Faculty Commitment

Darren Sanchez

Commercial Lending School was such a wonderful experience for me. It instilled in me a growth mindset and the foundation to become a well-rounded commercial banker.  I was truly thankful to have an instructor who was willing to share his knowledge not only during the week, but even after the school ended with a simple phone call or email. 


Now as a Lending Advisory Committee Member, I realize how each instructor helps out their students and understands their different learning styles and abilities. They also want all the students to know they really care about them on a personal level and even take time for one-on-one learning sessions.


Darren Sanchez

Assistant Vice President/Assistant Manager

Cornerstone Bank

Grand Island, Nebraska

Lending Advisory Committee Member