Mr. Hovis has extensive experience in Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)/Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance, fraud management, financial crime investigations, and surveillance monitoring analytics. Most recently, he was the Vice President – BSA Officer at Salem Five Cents Savings Bank, a $3.3 billion bank located near Boston. For six years, Matt managed and trained staff, conducted risk assessments, developed and maintained policies and procedures, supervised investigations and suspicious activity reporting, acted as the point-person for audits and examinations, acted as a liaison to law enforcement requests, and tuned the Bank’s AML software. Matt was also a key contributor in strengthening the Bank’s overall Fraud Management Program. Matt began his career as a Loss Prevention Systems Specialist at Sovereign Bank.
Matt holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell and a M.S. in Economic Crime Management from Utica College. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Matt serves as an Executive Board Member for the Greater Boston Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and is the Co-Founder of the New England Bank Secrecy Act Workgroup (NEBW), a community bank-based networking group for Bank Secrecy Act professionals. He is an active contributor within the AML community, having recently spearheaded an American Banker’s Association BSA/AML Benchmarking Project. In addition to ACAMS, Matt is also a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). He is an expert in business intelligence reporting (e.g. Crystal Reports, SQL), analytics, system tuning, and managing automated financial crime detection systems. Matt has direct experience with Patriot Officer, SAS, and FiServ and currently performs validations of all the major applications including Verafin, Yellow Hammer, FCRM and Patriot Officer.