Congratulations, Bendee Bess, on being selected Mortgage Compliance Magazine’s Mortgage Compliance Professional of the Month – January 2018!
Bendee Bess joined Bank of Dickson, in Dickson, Tennessee, as the Compliance and BSA Officer in October 2016. In that capacity, she provides monitoring and oversight for the Bank’s Compliance Management System (CMS). She performs compliance monitoring and reviews for regulatory compliance and adherence to bank policy, and reports quarterly to senior management and the Bank’s Board of Directors. Bendee acts as the point of contact for regulatory examinations and internal and external audits by preparing all necessary items requested and by remaining available to discuss questions or concerns with examiners and auditors. She prepares responses to examination and audit findings and reports findings, compliance implications to the bank, and necessary corrective actions or enhancements to senior management. She is responsible for compliance and BSA training for all bank personnel. Bendee chairs the bank’s Regulatory Compliance Committee, which meets quarterly to discuss compliance related issues throughout the bank, and she manages the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act compliance program, and she performs HMDA data integrity reviews quarterly and annually.
“Bendee is the first full time compliance staff member at the Bank of Dickson,” says Donald Richardson, President and CEO of Bank of Dickson. “The increasing requirements of compliance regulations, especially mortgage compliance, have greatly increased the workload of this function of the bank. Bendee has much experience in the compliance area and does an outstanding job of spearheading our compliance effort. She is an excellent trainer of loan personnel as to new and changing regulations.”
Prior to joining Bank of Dickson, Bendee acquired deep experience with banking, lending, and compliance in positions of increasing responsibility, including Compliance Officer, BSA Officer, and SAFE Act Officer at Southeast Financial Credit Union; Compliance Officer and Loan Administrator at Bank of Camden; and Loan Support Supervisor, Senior Commercial/Real Estate Loan Processor, and Vault/Head Teller Supervisor at First Federal Bank, all in Tennessee. Bendee seeks continuous education in compliance and regulatory requirements, logging nearly 50 such programs of instructions in the past few years.