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Lansberry (’09) Returns to Eberly to Make OCC Presentation

Posted on 9/18/2015 11:24:46 AM

Eberly students pictured with Rich Lansberry '09 (second from left), Lazaro Barreiro (third from left) and Dr. Mukesh Chaudhry (second from right)

Rich Lansberry, associate national bank examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), an independent bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, returned to IUP to conduct a seminar for business students in the Eberly College on Monday, September 14, 2015.

Rich and his supervisor, Lazaro Barreiro (assistant deputy comptroller for the Pittsburgh Field Office, Northeastern District) provided an overview of the responsibilities of the OCC and discussed duties and opportunities associated with positions in the national bank examiners arena.

The OCC provides employees with the opportunity to build their knowledge in bank accounting, bank systems, computer applications, and financial law through first-hand experience and guidance from managers, coworkers, and senior examiners. OCC employees have the opportunity to work with experienced bank supervisors to assess the safety and soundness of national banks and federal savings associations. The OCC staff members referenced their personal experiences as they explained the extensive training, rewarding work, and competitive salaries that accompany a position as an assistant national bank examiner.   

The students in the session were able to ask questions and interact with these professionals as they explored the possibility of the field for themselves. “The OCC presentation was exceptionally informative,” said Jacob Shawley, an undergraduate student studying finance and legal studies. “It was great learning about the opportunities that are available to me as a student. After attending this presentation, I am definitely planning on applying for one of their open positions.”

Bethany Barefoot, senior marketing major, appreciated Lansberry’s return to IUP, “I am glad that I attended the OCC presentation. It was interesting learning more about the OCC and the career opportunities they have to offer. It is great that Mr. Lansberry came back to IUP to share information about his field and to recruit students for these positions. It would be awesome to see a strong IUP representation in the OCC.”

Lansberry is currently employed at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as an associate national bank examiner. In this capacity, he works with a team of other bank examiners with the goal of ensuring the safety and soundness of the national banking system. In addition to his core responsibilities with the OCC, Lansberry is the main point of contact in a recruiting relationship between the OCC and IUP.  Prior to working for the OCC, Lansberry gained credit experience as residential mortgage underwriter and collateral analyst for Provident Funding Associates, LP in Pittsburgh, Pa. Lansberry graduated from IUP in May 2009 with high honors. During his time as an IUP student, he was actively involved as a leader in student organizations within the Eberly College of Business. Lansberry currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pa.

“IUP gave me a lot and I am just trying to give back,” said Lansberry. “I believe that there is a great pool of students at IUP and a lot of larger organizations sometimes overlook that. I would like for IUP to have a great representation at the OCC.”

Following their presentation, the OCC encouraged IUP students to apply for their entry-level bank examiner position. “The position will keep you learning new things in a dynamic environment,” said Lansberry in a follow-up e-mail. “OCC examinations are performed on-site at banks, which means you will have the opportunity to travel to new places and work with new people. Not your typical office job!”

Find out more about the OCC or the entry level bank examiner position. Applications will be accepted from September 8 through October 5.

—Allison Kauffman