ABA Government Relations Summit

March 14 – 16, 2016 • Washington Marriott Marquis • Washington DC
*Open to Bankers, Bank Directors & Trustees and State Association Executives only.


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2016 Schedule

Monday, March 14
6:30 am – 7:00 pm Registration & Information
7:30 am – 4:00 pm 2016 ABA Mutual Community Bank Conference
8:00 am – Noon Professional Development Council Meeting (by invitation only)
8:00 am – 11:00 am Banker Community Engagement Council Meeting (by invitation only)
8:30 am – 10:15 am Alliance of State Bankers Associations (by invitation only)
10:00 am – 11:15 am Communications Council (by invitation only)
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Banker Advocacy and Grassroots Committee Meeting (by invitation only)
Noon – 2:00 pm Government Relations Council Administrative Committee Meeting (by invitation only)
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm Emerging Leaders Forum (Pre-registration required)
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Orientation for Capitol Hill Visits (open to all attendees)
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm Emerging Leaders Forum Reception (Pre-registration required)
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Women's Leadership Forum Reception (Pre-registration required)
6:15 pm – 7:30 pm Evening Reception with Small Plates and Tastings
7:30 pm Dinner on Your Own

Tuesday, March 15
7:00 am – 11:30 am Registration & Information
7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast Buffet
7:00 am – 8:30 pm ABA Payments Solutions Board of Directors Meeting (by invitation only)
7:45 am – 8:30 am Dialogue with Regulators: CFPB, FDIC, Federal Reserve, OCC
  • Moderator: Wayne Abernathy, Executive Vice President, Financial Institutions Policy and Regulatory Affairs, American Bankers Association
8:15 am – 3:15 pm Guest Tour: The State Department and Kennedy Center Tour with Lunch
8:40 am – 11:30 am GENERAL SESSION

R. Daniel Blanton, ABA Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Bank & Trust, Augusta, GA

The Washington Landscape
DanaPerinoDana Perino
Former White House Press Secretary, Political Commentator, and Co-Host of Fox’s The Five

​Political commentator and best-selling author Dana Perino served as the first Republican woman to be press secretary of the United States. As an expert in crafting and communicating key messages under stressful conditions, Perino will discuss the upcoming election and share personal stories of her experiences with the often contentious White House press corps.

Agenda for America’s Hometown Banks
R. Daniel Blanton, ABA Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Bank & Trust, Augusta, GA
Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association

Cong. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.)

Chairman, House Financial Services Committee

Call on Congress to Act
  • R. Daniel Blanton, ABA Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Bank & Trust, Augusta, GA
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Capitol Hill Visits
5:00 pm Evening on Your Own

Wednesday, March 16
7:00 am – 11:30 am Registration & Information
7:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast Buffet
8:30 am – 11:30 am GENERAL SESSION
Dorothy Savarese, ABA Chairman-Elect and Chairman, Chairman, President and CEO, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, Orleans, MA

SenShelbySenator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)
Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

BenWhiteBen White
Politico Chief Economic Correspondent
and Columnist​

​Ben White, author of Politico’s “Morning Money” column, will share non-partisan, behind-the-scenes political intelligence on what’s going on at the intersection of Washington and Wall Street. As Wall Street reporter for the New York Times, White shared a Society of Business Editors and Writers award for breaking news coverage of the financial crisis.

Reports from the Hill
  • Paul G. Willson, Chairman, Government Relations Council and Chairman of the Board, Citizens National Bank, Athens, TN
  • James Ballentine, Executive Vice President, Congressional Relations and Political Affairs, American Bankers Association
Political Outlook with Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg
CharlieCookCharlie Cook
Renowned Political Analyst
and Publisher of the
Cook Political Report​
StuartRothenbergStuart Rothenberg
Founding Editor and
Publisher of the
Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report

Charlie Cook and Stu Rothenberg are synonymous with the highest-caliber election forecasting and analysis in the business. For decades, they have been Washington’s most trusted—and most accurate—voices on all things political. Using poll numbers, economic indicators, historical data and entertaining anecdotes, Cook and Rothenberg will address the Washington landscape and the insights bankers need to be “in the know.”

  • R. Daniel Blanton, ABA Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Bank & Trust, Augusta, GA
11:45 am – 2:15 pm 2016 ABA Women's Leadership Forum

*Program subject to change

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Program ​Questions? Please contact Susan Bonney for more information.