Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2002-09-05

A group of 17 Japanese bankers will observe and learn from their Alabama counterparts during a visit to the state Sept. 9-11.

Samford University will host the community bankers during a three-day visit that will include sessions with Alabama bankers who are enrolled in Samford University's Community Banking School (CBS).

The visiting bankers represent banks that are members of the Tokyo & Kanto Shinkin Association (TKSK), which includes Japan's 386 Shinkin banks. At Samford, they will hear professor John Venable's CBS class discuss a marketing case entitled "The Disappearing Customer" on Monday (SEPT. 9). They will also hear presentations of the CBS students' summer projects. In preparing the projects, the students planned innovations for their respective banks, including customer relations, new internal processes and the introduction of new products. The CBS is a joint program of the Samford School of Business and the Alabama Community Bankers Association. During their Alabama stay, the Japanese bankers will also tour the Birmingham office of the Federal Reserve Bank, the Civil Rights Institute, and the Honda plant in Lincoln. They will visit two community banks: Covenant Bank in Leeds and Heritage Bank in Trussville.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.