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Thomas F. Siems joins CSBS as senior economist

Washington, D.C. – The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) announced Thomas F. Siems has joined CSBS as senior economist. In this new role, Tom will focus on economic research of small business lending, consumer credit, risk, the role of community banks and policy development.

John Ryan, CSBS president and CEO: “Financial services are changing, becoming more data-driven for banks and other financial institutions. Tom’s focus on quantitative research at CSBS will contribute to the development of sound financial services policy and support the state system of financial regulation in a changing environment.”

Senior Economist Thomas Siems: “I’m thrilled to lead research into new areas that will help regulators collaborate with federal counterparts and Congress to oversee a dynamic banking and financial services industry.”

Prior to joining CSBS, Tom spent more than 30 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. There he led a team to advance economic understanding, growth and stability and advised the bank president on economic trends and public policy. He is the author of more than 75 academic articles and delivered a 2015 TEDxSMU talk, “The Wealth of Innovations.”

Tom earned his Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University in operations research where his dissertation focused on measuring management quality and predicting bank failures. He went on to serve as SMU’s executive-in-residence and chief engineering economist, teaching courses in economics, operations research, systems engineering, and data analytics and advising the dean of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering.

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