Barret School of Banking

About Us

Barret is dedicated to helping our banking students excel in receiving an excellent community bank educational experience of benefit to both the student and their sponsoring community bank employer. The Paul W. Barret, Jr. School of Banking is a non-profit independent school created by and governed by a Board of Regents, whose members are executives from banks and other firms involved with the financial services industry.The mission of the School is to provide an adult learning experience for the career-oriented individual in commercial banking or a related financial services industry business.

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Barret School of Banking is endorsed by:

Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA)

The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for more than 6,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services. Visit website


Community Banker

Community Banker University® (powered by ICBA) is a modernized educational platform that provides community bankers with premier and industry-specific professional development and educational opportunities for all stages of their careers. Visit website


Arkansas Community

The Arkansas Community Bankers Association is committed to preserving and promoting community banks, their franchise values and the communities they serve. Visit website


Arkansas Bankers

The Arkansas Bankers Association will promote the banking industry, function as the government relations liaison, offer educational opportunities and promote services to its membership. Visit website


Community Bankers
Association of Georgia

The mission of the CBA is to promote the preservation and continued development of locally, independently-owned community banks in Georgia and the philosophy of hometown banking through unified efforts of its membership and staff. Visit website


Indiana Bankers

Our mission is to advocate for and sustain an environment in which banks can succeed. Visit website


Community Bankers
Association of Kansas

Collectively creating value for Kansas community banks through advocacy, education, and services for the benefit of their customers and the communities they serve. Visit website


Missouri Independent Bankers Association

The Missouri Independent Bankers Association is an organization of small and medium-sized banks, locally owned, operated and dedicated to meeting the financial needs of their communities. Visit website


Community Bankers Association of Ohio

Community Bankers Association of Ohio is organized to establish and maintain an informed network of independent community banks in the state of Ohio that will have the influence and commitment to effectively serve, protect and promote the interests of its members. Visit website


Community Bankers Association of West Virginia

Our mission is to represent the interests of banks in West Virginia. Visit website


ICBA Securities

We provide community bankers with quality investment products, services and education at competitive prices.
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Affiliated Organizations: 


Christian Brothers University (CBU)
The Barret School of Banking offices are located on campus. CBU offers baccalaureate programs and specialized graduate programs. Barret School of Banking graduates are eligible for six hours of graduate credit upon admission to the MBA program at CBU.

Vining Sparks
Vining Sparks is nationally recognized as a leading broker/dealer in serving the investment needs of institutional investors.

Sawyers & Jacobs LLC
.Leaders in innovation, risk management, cybersecurity, and technology, with a mission of “Making Banks Better”.

Gerrish McCreary Smith
Gerrish McCreary Smith Consultants LLC and Gerrish McCreary Smith, PC, Attorneys offer business consulting, financial advisory and legal services to community banks and thrifts nationwide.

Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck
Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck specializes in accounting, tax and advisory services for financial institutions.

National Registry of CPE Sponsors
Barret School of Banking is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

DD & F Consulting Group
DD&F Consulting Group provides comprehensive bank consulting services to the financial services industry nationwide.

F & H Solutions Group
We work with clients to strategize, analyze, execute and implement effective, customized solutions based on your organization’s specific needs.

Holtmeyer & Monson
We cover every stage involved in SBA Lending— from loan packaging and closing, to securitization and sale, through portfolio servicing.

In-Synk Consulting
We bring business leaders the clear perspective and proven tools they need to successfully align strategies, actions and goals.

Risk Management Association (RMA) – Memphis Chapter
RMA is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association, whose sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk principles in the financial services industry.

Achieving Unlimited
We show you how to differentiate your business and how to turn this differentiation into exceptional performance and bottom-line profits.

Arkansas State University – MBA Program
Barret School of Banking graduates are eligible for six hours of graduate credit upon admission to the MBA program at Arkansas State.

Retail Management Resources, Inc.
RMR, Inc. is a sales, marketing and management resource company that focuses on providing your company with management, consulting and training resources that will help you build a high performance team.

Faircloth Performance Partners
We help financial institutions create success by improving the interactions between leaders and employees and between companies and the markets they serve.

Barret Lecture Speaker Series

Daymond John

Barret’s featured Lecture Speaker 2019

Daymond John with Barret School of Banking President, Chris Kelley on May 23, 2019

Past Barret Lecture Speakers

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