Falcon International Bank Assistant Vice President Earns Top Fraud Certification (September 26, 2007)
Falcon International Bank Assistant Vice President Earns Top Fraud Certification (September 26, 2007)Gerardo "Jerry" Narvaez Becomes Falcon's first Certified Fraud Examiner
On September 12, 2007, Falcon International Bank Assistant Vice President and Audit Officer Gerardo "Jerry" Narvaez saw the fruit of nearly a year and half's labor: he became the first Falcon employee to become a Certified Fraud Examiner—a designation that no more than a handful of Laredoans hold. This certification reflects Narvaez's expertise in preventing, detecting, deterring and investigating business fraud, and marks him as a leader in the global anti-fraud community. A member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners since April 2006, Narvaez commenced the CFE exam in February 2007. The CFE Exam is comprised of four different tests covering the following areas: Crimonology & Ethics, Financial Transactions, Fraud Investigation, and Legal Elements of Fraud.
"I am indebted to the audit department's fervency on training," says Narvaez. "In June 2007, I was fortunate enough to attend a five-day seminar pertaining to Principles of Fraud. The seminar not only gave me a glance at the corporate fraud world, but also profoundly helped me identify with some the critical topics of the exam."
Narvaez's dedication to the certification process stemmed from a deep interest in researching, communicating results, offering solutions and recommendations and evaluating an organization's paradigm--all elements that first piqued his interest in auditing. Narvaez anticipates that his recent, intense studies with the ACFA will allow him to better implement sound methods and best practice techniques critical to the overall success in the fight against fraud. His primary focus continues to be in helping Falcon accomplish its objectives by systematically improving risk management, control and governance processes.
Narvaez's advice to men and women striving toward a Fraud Examiner Certification is simple:
"Implement a regular study program," he recommends. "Determine how quickly you would like to complete the course, and then consult the ACFE website for a recommended study schedule. Then I suggest that you write down your study schedule in your calendar and stick to it. This was a challenge," he adds, "but it was also a fun learning experience for me. Once you begin, make it a game in your mind and you may actually look forward to your study time."
Narvaez joined the Falcon team in December of 2006 as an Audit Officer with four years of experience and was promoted to Assistant Vice President on August 29, 2007. He attained his Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Texas A&M International University, followed by two MBAs from the same institution—one in International Business and another in Accounting. To remain informed of industry news and knowledge, he also regularly attends courses from the Texas Bankers Association Audit School and the Texas Bankers Association Compliance School.
Falcon International Bank knows what counts and is proud to recognize Gerardo "Jerry" Narvaez and the key roles his leadership and fortitude play in the bank's continued success.