ABA Annual Convention

November 8-10, 2015  •  JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE  •  Los Angeles, California

ABA Annual Conference 2014

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2015 Program

We are currently developing the 2015 program. The following program will provide an idea as to the quality of session content.

2014 Program

General Sessions  |  Featured Speakers  |  Concurrent Sessions  |  Customer Journey  |  Power Sessions 
CPE Credits  

Saturday, October 18
6:45 am–12 Noon ABA’s Habitat for Humanity Home Build
9:00 am–6:00 pm Exhibitor Registration and Setup
​12 Noon–5:00 pm NEW! Convention Registration
12:30 pm–4:30 pm Optional Tour: Sixth Floor Museum/George W. Bush Presidential Library
​12:30 pm–5:15 pm Optional Tour: Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
1:00 pm–4:00 pm Optional Tour: AT&T (Formerly Cowboys) Stadium

Sunday, October 19
​7:00 am-10:30 am ​​ABA 5K Run/Walk​
7:30 am–4:00 pm Directors' Forum
8:00 am–3:00 pm Exhibitor Registration and Setup
8:00 am–7:00 pm Convention Registration
10:00 am–12:30 pm Optional Tour: Iron Chef Competition at Trinity Groves
​10:00 am–3:45 pm Optional Tour: Sixth Floor Museum/George W. Bush Presidential Library
1:15 pm–3:30 pm Community Development Tour
2:00 pm–4:00 pm Mutual Institutions Council Meeting
​3:00 pm–5:00 pm ABA/NCR Innovation Corner: An Omni-Channel Customer Journey
4:00 pm–5:30 pm Alliance of State Bankers Associations Annual Meeting
5:00 pm–6:00 pm Tour of Texas Reception in the Marketplace
6:00 pm–7:30 pm Opening Reception: Denim & Diamonds

Monday, October 20
7:00 am–6:00 pm Convention Registration
​7:00 am–7:50 am Power Sessions
7:30 am–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am–9:30 am GENERAL SESSION

ABA Chairman's Year in Review
  • Jeff Plagge, ABA Chairman and President and CEO, Northwest Financial Corp.
Update on Key Banking Priorities
  • Frank Keating, President and CEO, American Bankers Association
  • Michael Hunter, Chief Operating Officer​, American Bankers Association
  • Laurie Stewart, President and CEO, Sound Community Bank
Mid-Term Elections
  • Tucker Carlson, Co-host, Fox and Friends Weekend
  • Bill Press, Bestselling Author and Host, The Bill Press Show
9:30 am–10:30 am Networking Refreshment Break in the Marketplace
10:30 am–12 Noon

Global Outlook and Intensifying Cyber Threats 
  • Dr. Robert Gates, U.S. ​ Secretary of Defense (2006-2011) and President, Boy Scouts of America
The Millennials Are Coming!
  • R. Daniel Blanton, CEO, Georgia Bank & Trust Company
  • Daniel J. Schrider, President and CEO, Sandy Spring Bancorp
  • Mark R. Whalen, President and COO, Needham Bank
​12 Noon–1:30 pm ​Power Sessions
12 Noon–1:30 pm Lunch on Your Own
​12 Noon–1:30 pm ABA/NCR Innovation Corner: An Omni-Channel Customer Journey
1:30 pm–2:30 pm GENERAL SESSION

The 21st Century Banker

  • Katie Boyd, SVP, Training & Marketing Manager, FirstCapital Bank of Texas, N.A.​
  • Thomas Richards, Director and Assistant Vice President, Owingsville Banking Company
  • Siya Vansia, Executive Marketing Coordinator, ConnectOne Bank
  • Moderator: Christine L. Pierson, Executive Vice President, Consumer Services, UMB Bank NA
Introducing .bank
  • Jeff Plagge, ABA Chairman and President and CEO, Northwest Financial Corp.
2:30 pm–3:30 pm Networking Refreshment Break in the Marketplace
3:45 pm–5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
  • ​Mitigating Cyber Threats in 2014 and Beyond
  • Embracing Innovation
  • Rising Interest Rates: Are You Prepared?
  • Succession Planning and Talent Management
​3:45 pm–5:00 pm ABA/NCR Innovation Corner: An Omni-Channel Customer Journey
3:45 pm–5:00 pm Guest Program: An Invisible Thread - Small Acts of Kindness
5:00 pm–6:30 pm Tailgate Reception in the Marketplace

Tuesday, October 21
7:00 am–5:00 pm Convention Registration
​​7:00 am–7:50 am Power Sessions
7:30 am–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am–9:30 am GENERAL SESSION

Annual Business Session

Remaining Competitive - Disruptive Business Models for Financial Services

  • ​Robert J. Frohwein, Founder and CEO, Kabbage, Inc.
  • Richard Holbrook, Chairman and CEO, Eastern Bank
  • Manolo Sánchez, Chairman and CEO, BBVA Compass and U.S. Country Manager, BBVA
  • Peter Weill, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and Chairman, Center for Information Systems Research, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Moderator: Dorothy A. Savarese, Chairman, President and CEO, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank
9:30 am–10:30 am Networking Refreshment Break in the Marketplace
10:30 am–12 Noon GENERAL SESSION 

ABA Community Commitment Awards

Responding to a Data Breach
  • Steven Bullitt, Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service
  • ​Yolanda P. "Landy" Dutton, Vice President and Internal Auditor, Summit Bank, N.A.
  • John Podvin, Counsel, Haynes Boone
  • Robert Schmermund, Executive Vice President, American Bankers Association
  • Frank Sorrentino, III, Chairman and CEO, ConnectOne Bank
  • Mary Spaeth, Founder and President, Spaeth Communications
  • Moderator: James E. Lukaszewski, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, The Lukaszewski​ Group Inc.
12 Noon–1:30 pm
Luncheon in the Marketplace
1:30 pm–2:45 pm Concurrent Sessions​
  • ​Brick & Mortar vs. Digital Banking: How Best to Invest to Meet Customers' Expectations
  • Third-Party Risk Management: Everyone's Problem
  • Residential Mortgages: A Profitable Business Line?
  • Acquiring and Deepening Small Business Relationships
1:30 pm–2:45 pm Guest Program: Pioneering Personal Wellness
3:00 pm–4:30 pm CLOSING GENERAL SESSION
  • Ken Burns, Director, Producer, Celebrated Documentarian
4:30 pm–5:30 pm Farewell Reception: L.A. Live


Note: Program subject to change.
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​Schedule questions? Contact Marisa Broka for information.