Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Can You Use the Stonier Experience? an Interview with Luis Lobo, Multicultural Markets Manager for BB&T and Chairman of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking Board of Advisors

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Can You Use the Stonier Experience? an Interview with Luis Lobo, Multicultural Markets Manager for BB&T and Chairman of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking Board of Advisors

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ABABJ: You've had a long affiliation with Stonier. How did that get started?

Luis Lobo: BB&T is a strong proponent of executive education and development. I was fortunate to attend Stonier and graduated in 1998. Several members of our institution's executive management team are Stonier graduates.

ABABJ: And your Stonier experience didn't stop there.

LL: It doesn't stop for any Stonier graduate. After I graduated, I had a very strong affinity for what Stonier offers bankers. I wanted to join the faculty, which I did, and taught courses for ten years.

ABABJ: What did you teach?

LL: I began by teaching "Creating a Sales Culture," and later I developed a second course, "Banking the Unbanked." This latter class was introduced before the economic downturn, but its relevance has been subsequently magnified. The course focuses on how banks can better reach folks who don't think they belong in the financial system. Serving on the faculty also was a tremendous learning experience for me, because Stonier brings together world-class faculty and world-class students. I've learned a lot, both as a student and as a teacher.

ABABJ: You've also been part of several significant enhancements to the Stonier program.

LL: Absolutely. The move to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and our partnership with the school has been a major one. Wharton's leadership courses are seamlessly integrated with the Stonier program, and our graduates receive both a Stonier Diploma and a Wharton Leadership Certificate. Stonier has been, and will continue to be, a beacon for our industry's future leaders. …

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