ABA Risk Management Conference

April 20 - 22, 2016 • Grand Hyatt San Antonio • San Antonio, TX


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Who Should Attend:

Bank Risk Professionals in risk management divisions and within business lines, Auditors, and Bank Risk Consultants

Every Year, Attendees Benefit From:

Programming focused for the risk manager - created by bankers for bankers.

Don't miss this chance to strengthen your risk management program
  • Enhance how you identify and monitor evolving risks
  • Discover new technologies and leading practices for managing the risk function
  • Benefit from peer networking opportunities
  • View the latest products, services and technologies with industry suppliers
  • Earn Continuing Education Credits - including CRCM, CFSSP, CSOP and CPE credits.

2016 Conference Program

Below is the preliminary program which is under development.  The sessions listed below are working titles and are representative of what we plan to offer. Session descriptions, speakers and final session titles will be updated as they are confirmed. While the program is subject to change, for travel planning purposes, you may assume the beginning and ending times of the conference will not change.

Tuesday, April 19
8:00 am  – 5:00 pm


ABA Model Risk Management Workshop for Risk Managers

This is a separately priced full-day pre-conference workshop
Designed for managers who are directly or indirectly responsible for model risk management, this workshop will cover the elements of strong model governance, including organizational structure; roles and responsibilities of modelers, model validators and auditors; model risk management policies and procedures; model documentation and monitoring systems; model tiering (with non-models) and risk rating models; expectations for validations and the validation report; and following up on problems detected in validations. This workshop will address a modeler’s responsibility to document the model, but otherwise will not address how to develop a model or conduct a validation; it will provide an overview in the management of the entire process.


ABA Bank Cyber Risk Summit for Risk Managers
This is a separately priced full-day pre-conference workshop

This program is designed to provide the banking risk management professional with tools and leading practices of an effective enterprise risk understanding and approach to cyber security.  
You will walk away with an increased ability to successfully identify and monitor for critical cyber risk gaps in your institution as well as improve your board governance process. We will provide you with a specific roadmap for your process as well as case studies in determining appropriate response in every aspect of the lifecycle of your cyber risk program.   

Wednesday, April 20
9:30 am – 11:30 am
DEEP DIVE SESSIONS (Select from five options.)
These two hour sessions are designed to go a little deeper than a traditional breakout.  These are all single-sessions with no repeat offerings.
Deep Dive 1:  
FFIEC CAT Maturation Model: Strategies and Controls for Improvement
Hear from leading consultants and bankers on successful cybersecurity strategies and controls to improve your institution’s cyber security maturity level.

Yolanda "Landy" P. Dutton, CIA
Vice President and Internal Auditor, 
Summit Bank NA

Daniel J. Goldstein, Senior Director, Treliant Risk Advisors​
Anthony Scarola, Executive Vice President, Director of Technical Information Security, Townebank
George Smirnoff III, Chief Information Security Officer, Enterprise Technology and Information Risk, Comerica

Deep Dive 2:  Capital Management

Deep Dive 3:  Model Risk Governance - for Community and Medium Size Banks

eep Dive 4:  Credit Risk Management- “Yellow Lights are Flashing”
Our deep dive session panel of professionals will update you on the current risk trends and challenges facing the credit risk world today.  They will cover where we are in the credit cycle, why the regulators are giving a yellow light warning, review the areas of greatest focus and share best practices as to monitoring your portfolios effectively.

Joanne T. Campbell, CRCMExecutive Vice President, Risk Management, Camden National Bank

Giulio Camerini, CRC, Managing Consultant, Crowe Horwath LLP

Deep Dive 5:  
HELP! !! My Reports Have Fallen and Can’t Get Up!
How many times have unexpected and damaging risk events caught your executives and Board by surprise? Did you provide them sufficient information that should have warned them?  This session will help you translate your operational risk data into meaningful and actionable information for the key decision makers in your institution.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Invitations to Innovation Showcase will be issued to all attendees immediately prior to  the Conference but an RSVP will be required to attend.

At this rapid-fire session, you’ll hear from industry providers offering cutting-edge solutions to today’s risk management challenges. Each presenter is limited to a timer-enforced five minutes, so the format is fast-paced and encourages providers to get right to the point – without small talk – as they highlight the benefits of their innovative solutions.
12:45 - 2:00 pm

A Conversation with Senior Risk Management Executives:  Quantifying and Reporting Reputation and Strategic Risk

What is the danger of not fully understanding reputational and strategic risk? Our experts will tackle this question by focusing on ways to preserve and create value, such as integrating risk management into the bank’s overall strategy, ensuring timely and proactive communications, identifying key stakeholders, maintaining appropriate governance and a strong culture to manage risk.   

Ryan RasskeSenior Vice President, Risk and Compliance Markets, American Bankers Association

Confirmed Speakers:
Jason L. Painley, CPA, CRMAChief Risk Officer, Park National Bank 
Clifford Rossi, PhD., Professor-of-the-Practice and Executive-in-Residence, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland and Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Radian Group Inc.

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Series 1 (Select from five options.)

1A: Enterprise Risk Management Governance:  Maturing the Three Lines of Defense (Repeated in 2A)

Jennifer Gemma, Acting Managing Director, U.S. Governance and Program Oversight,  BMO Harris Bank N.A​ 

Barry A. Barretta, Executive Director, Financial Services,  Ernst & Young LLP

1B:  Credible Challenge Leading Practices (Repeated in 4D)
Heightened Standards has defined credible challenge as enhanced risk management for all banks and a regulatory requirement for large banks. This session will cover a range of approaches and ideas in how to best implement credible challenge on an enterprise-wide level as an integral process of corporate governance within your organization. 

1C:   The Anatomy of a KI Program – Small/Medium Bank (Single Session)
If you are just getting started developing your Key Indicator Risk Management Program, this session is for you!  Experts will dissect the anatomy of a KI program by reviewing the various elements and how they can be used effectively.  We will cover:  Identifying risk drivers; KI development/thresholds; KI approval/socialization; reporting and monitoring; technology and infrastructure and also using KIs for risk measurement/management.

1D:  Taking Control of Risk and Control Self-Assessment (RCSA) (Repeated in 3D)
RCSA is a key component of a robust enterprise risk governance structure.  This session will cover RCSA rollout plans and lifecycle management, including risk identification and setting firm-wide objectives, tools for assessing risk of key processes and related controls, qualitative vs. quantitative results, and developing action plans.  

1E:  Model Inventory Management (Single Session)

3:45 - 5:00 pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Series 2 (Select from five options.)
2A:  Enterprise Risk Management Governance:  Maturing the Three Lines of Defense (Repeated from 1A)

2B:   The Internet of Security Things  (Single Session)
Physical security is more than locks, keys, gates and cards.  Many of the devices used to protect your branch, your customers and your assets are now controlled by online systems. But who has access to the network and, thus, the ability to control your systems? Join this session to learn how the convergence of physical and cyber security can impact you. 

Heather Wyson-Constantine, Vice President, Payments and Cyber Policy, Office of the Chief Economist, American Bankers Association

Managing Third Parties – Where’s the Beef? (Single Session)
Banks have been managing third parties for some time, but vendor management programs need to be constantly beefed-up to address current trends and emerging risks.  Experts will walk through leading practices surrounding identifying ALL third party relationships, effective monitoring techniques and maintaining adequate documentation.

LeAnne B. Staalenburg, CRCM, CISSP,  Senior Vice President, Capital City Bank​

Michele SullivanRisk Consulting Partner, Crowe Horwath LLP

How to Bring the KI Lifecycle to Life – Large Banks (Single Session)
Large banks with an established KI program will benefit from hearing how to stay in step with changing risk profiles to maintain program vitality.  We’ll define key activities in KI lifecycle management including KI development and implementation, monitoring and reporting, KI maintenance/refresh and disposal.  You’ll also hear ideas on aligning/aggregating key risk measures with a bank’s risk appetite as well as using/aligning risk metrics with capital planning/stress testing.

2E:  INTERACTIVE SESSION:  Scoping a Broader View of Risk (Repeated in 3E)

Thursday, April 21
7:00 am – 6:00 pm REGISTRATION OPEN

8:15 am – 9:30 am GENERAL SESSION
Payments Risk and Reward: A Key Note Address
​Suresh Ramamurthi, is making news for his innovative approach to faster payments.  He’ll share what he is doing and where he sees payments innovations heading.  

Stephen KenneallyVice President, Payments and Cybersecurity Policy, Office of the Chief Economist, American Bankers Association

Suresh Ramamurthi, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, CBW Bank
9:30 am – 10:45 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Series 3  (Select from five options.)

3A: Credit Risk:  Monitoring Leading Indicators for Heightened Risk (Single Session)
Our banker panel will share what the KRI’s are they are using to monitor heightened risk, share board reporting and portfolio monitoring best practices over credit risk and their insights as to how they have been successfully managing credit risk in their banks.  

Joanne T. Campbell, CRCMExecutive Vice President, Risk Management, Camden National Bank​

Michael W. BonseyExecutive Vice President, Leader Bank, N.A.

3B: Accelerated Payments - Risk and Opportunities (Repeated in 4B)
NACHA Same Day ACH, FRB adoption of Same Day ACH and the FRB Faster Payments Task Force are recent initiatives that will have a profound effect on payments. This session 

will identify how these initiatives will impact your bank and enable you to accelerate your customers’ access to their money.
Lin Abbott, Vice President, Operational Risk Manager, FirstMerit Bank

Karen Sylvester, AAP, CRCM, NCPDirector, ACH Rules and Regulatory Compliance, EPCOR Electronic Payments Core of Knowledge

3C:  Operational Loss Data:  New Kids on the Block (Repeated in 4C)
This session will not only explore trends in defining quality operational risk data but walk through the recent regulatory guidance concerning internal legal expenses, including discussions on what defines internal legal expenses and how to capture the data.  Finally, we’ll walk through current trends in interpreting and using operational risk data.

Pat Russell, Operational Risk Manager, Operational Risk Management Services, Wells Fargo Operational Risk Group

3D: Taking Control of Risk and Control Self-Assessment (RCSA)  (Repeated from 1D)

3E:  INTERACTIVE SESSION:  Scoping a Broader View of Risk (Repeated from 2E)

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Series 4 (Select from five options.)

Information Security is a Moving Target (Single Session)
When technology is constantly evolving – how to do you manage information security risk within a dynamic threat landscape?  This tactical session will provide specific techniques to identify and control these risks, especially those that can occur as a result of streamlining/integrating multiple technologies.  

Denyette DePierro, Vice President & Senior Counsel, Center for Payments and Cybersecurity Policy, American Bankers Association

Gerald (Jerry) Gagne, CPA, CISA, Member of the Firm, Wolf & Co PC
Victoria Graves, Vice President/Chief Information Security Officer, Dedham Institution for Savings

4B:  Accelerated Payments -  Risk and Opportunities (Repeated from 3B)

Operational Loss Data:  New Kids on the Block (Repeated from 3C)

Credible Challenge Leading Practices (Repeated from 1B)

4E:  INTERACTIVE SESSION:  Managing Talent Risk (Single Session)
NEW Learning Format! This non-lecture session will provide a productive and targeted opportunity to discuss challenges and find solutions.  Learn by listening to peers and share ideas on how you manage talent risk.  All size institutions are welcome - expect customized seating to allow for collaboration with those within your asset category.  This session will be open to all attendees, banker and non-banker.

Mary A. Clouthier, Vice President/Acting Director of Consumer Bank Compliance,
US Bank, NA 
Yolanda P. Dutton “Landy” , Vice President and Internal Auditor, Summit Bank NA

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Featuring Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association


2:30 - 3:45 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Series 5 (Select from five options.)

5A:  Evaluating, Documenting and Managing Risk Associated with Implementing New Products/Services/Lines of Business (Repeated in 6A)

5B:  Fraud Risk Management Policy and Strategy (Repeated in 6B)
Cyber criminals don’t have a monopoly on fraud…fraud comes in many shapes and sizes and can be internal or external. Banks must guard against becoming too narrowly focused and reactive. Learn how to proactively manage the full spectrum of fraud risk to better anticipate, identify and avoid fraud. 

Linley (Lin) B. Abbott, CISM, Vice President, Operational Risk Manager | FirstMerit Bank
Bill Tucker, CRCM, Director of Compliance and Operational Risk Management
State Bank & Trust Company

5C:  Liquidity Risk (Single Session)

5D:  Managing the Vendor Model Validation Process (Single Session)

The Evolving Role of Internal Audit as the Third Line of Defense  (Repeated in 7B)
Join the experts in a discussion of the current regulatory environment for internal auditors as the third line of defense and the evolution of internal audit processes to an integrated assurance model.

Yolanda "Landy" P. DuttonVice President and Internal Auditor, Summit Bank NA

Christine M. BidzilyaVice President and Audit Manager, Republic Bank 
Christina Patillis, Managing Director, KPMG
Salvatore "Sal" Zerilli, CPA (NJ/NY), CAMSManaging Director, The Mercadien Group 

4:00 - 5:15 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Series 6 (Select from four options.)

Evaluating, Documenting and Managing Risk Associated with Implementing New Products/Services/Lines of Business (Repeated from 5A)

Fraud Risk Management Policy and Strategy (Repeated from 5B)
6C:  Stress Testing - Lessons Learned and New Rules (Repeated in 7A)
Think of a Scenario, and Manage Unforeseen Scenarios!  
(Repeated in 7D)
Scenario analysis is a critical tool to identify and manage emerging risks. This session will cover the scenario development process and engagement model, documentation and validation, linkage to inherent and emerging risks, associated challenges and mitigation, scenario maintenance and use of scenarios for effective risk measurement and management.

6E:  So Much Data - So Little Time!  Data Governance Strategies (Single)

Friday, April 22
8:15 am – 9:15 am GENERAL SESSION
Fostering a Culture of Risk Management:  Key Note Address

Featuring:  Clifford Rossi, PhD., Professor-of-the-Practice and Executive-in-Residence, Robert H. Smith School of Business, 
University of Maryland and Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Radian Group Inc.

Prior to entering academia, Dr. Rossi’s nearly 25 years’ experience in banking and government included senior executive risk management roles at several large financial services companies.  He has been quoted on financial policy issues in major newspapers, appeared on major new programs and he is currently writing a book, Fundamentals of Risk Management for John Wiley & Sons, Inc

9:45 - 11:00 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Series 7  (Select from four options.)

7A:  Stress Testing - Lessons Learned and New Rules (Repeated from 6C)
7B: The Evolving Role of Internal Audit as the Third Line of Defense  (Repeated from 5E)
7C:  How Are You Measuring Reputation Risk?  (Single Session)
It may seem daunting as to how to measure reputation risk.  Our speakers will cover the various activities that should be “in scope” as you measure and monitor reputation risk and help you to improve your own risk program oversight of this important risk factor.  

Joanne T. Campbell, CRCMExecutive Vice President, Risk Management, Camden National Bank​

Gregory Imm, Instructor and Speaker, American Bankers Association, former Chief Compliance Officer, Fifth Third Bank (retired)

Think of a Scenario, and Manage Unforeseen Scenarios!  (Repeated from 6D)

11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Regulatory Update
Hear from senior agency representatives as they outline their hot button risk issues, emerging risk concerns and examination expectations.  We’ll also hear a discussion on what they are seeing in terms of evolving risk management frameworks, governance and reporting practices.

Bethany A. Dugan (Beth)Deputy Comptroller for Operational Risk, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Calvin R. HaginsDeputy Assistant Director for Originations, Supervision, Enforcement, Fair Lending (SEFL), Office of Supervision Policy (OSP), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
James C. Watkins, Senior Deputy Director, Supervisory Examinations, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

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