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2017 MTRA Operations (Beginners) School

MTRA Operations (Beginners) School for Regulators Only
April 24-27, 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Austin
6505 Interstate Highway-35 North
Austin TX 78752
Government per diem rate of $141/night plus applicable state and local taxes, currently 15.75%.
To book online use this link
Or you can call 1-800-347-0330 and reference the group code MTR.

This hotel was renovated in May 2016. On Tuesday evening, there will be complimentary shuttle service to downtown Austin running on a loop from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Basic speed WiFi is complimentary in the guestrooms.The hotel is located at the intersection of IH-35 North and Highway 290 East, between the downtown business district and the Austin Arboretum. The hotel is also just 20 minutes from Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and a short drive from downtown Austin.

Registration Fee
$500  Click here for online registration>>

scholarships are available.  The scholarships cover the tuition, and up to $1600 in travel costs. Applications were due January 27, 2017; applications are no longer being accepted.

Agenda with session details and times >>

Basic Schedule
Travel Day – Sunday 4-23
Monday – meeting all day, hot breakfast, lunch and reception included
Tuesday – meeting all day, hot breakfast included
Wednesday – meeting all day, hot breakfast and lunch included
Thursday – meeting all day, hot breakfast included
Travel Day – Friday 4-28


  • Inner workings of an MT operation from receipt to delivery of funds, with a special emphasis on foreign currency
  • MT agent operations, IT systems and internal control risks
  • In-depth look at AML/BSA compliance and safety and soundness issues, including financial statements and permissible investment analysis
  • Interactive class exercises including data mining, and case studies
  • Pre-course preparation will be assigned

Students will need to bring laptops

John K. Bishop, CAMS,
Financial Institution Examiner, Hawaii Division of Financial  Institutions

Jessica Chacon, Financial Examiner Field Supervisor, Washington Department of Financial Institutions

Humberto Gonzalez, Examiner Special Audits Division, Texas Department of Banking

Karen S. Heede, Manager of Examinations, Virginia Bureau of Financial Institutions, Non-Depository Supervision Section

Alex Ketter, CAMS, Regulatory Compliance Manager, Google Payments

Rick Posey, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, California Department of Business Oversight

Ashok Vora, Financial Analyst, Virginia Bureau of Financial Institutions, Non-Depository Supervision Section

Taxis are approximately $27 one way before tax and tip.
Super Shuttle also services Austin.  The cost is $32 round trip.