ABA National Conference for Community Bankers

February 25-28, 2018 • Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort • Honolulu, Hawaii
 
 
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Program at a Glance

SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 25
MONDAY
FEBRUARY 26
TUESDAY
FEBRUARY 27
WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 28
Registration
Opens
Keynote Speaker:
Mark King, adidas
 General
Session
Industry Provider
Showcase Breakfasts
Pre-Conference Tour:
Pearl Harbor
Deep Dive/Fast-Track
Learning Sessions
Deep Dive/Fast-Track
Learning Sessions
Learning Lab
Sessions

Exhibit Hall
Grand Opening Reception
Lunch
and Learn
Innovation
Showcase

Closing
General Session

Welcome
Reception
​Peer Exchange
Sessions
Networking
Reception
Post-Conference Tour:
Pearl Harbor
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Advance Program

Advance Program

Community banks are transforming — and the industry continues to experience a paradigm shift. With an ever-changing definition of success and survival, the fast road ahead begins with versatility.

Join us at NCCB 2018 — designed by bankers, for bankers — as we map out the steps required to get to community banking's next destination.

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Keynote Speakers

MARK KING, INNOVATION EXPERT, PRESIDENT, ADIDAS GROUP NORTH AMERICA
Lessons in Leadership: Competing with Creativity

Many people in business today are thrown into leadership positions with very little training—and the modern company is a complex blend of generations and collaborative environments. Learn to inspire a workforce of creativity and confidence that consumers deem invaluable. Come to work with big dreams and passionate energy so your people can create things the world has never seen before.


Dewitt JonesDEWITT JONES, FORMER NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER AND VISIONARY
Extraordinary Visions!
In his twenty year career with National Geographic, Dewitt lived the vision of “celebrating what’s right with the world” and embraced an attitude that took him to new heights both in business and in life. Using his own extraordinary photographs as illustrations, Dewitt weaves a visual tapestry of emotion and content that allows you to touch your own passion, balance your head with your heart and be inspired by your own creative potential.


Educational Sessions

 

 Deep Dives

 
These are in-depth sessions exploring a topic featuring high levels of interactivity between presenters or panelists and attendees. The following deep dive sessions will be offered (exact dates and times to be determined):

BECOMING A TOP 1% PERFORMER
Learn the secrets of the highly valuable formula for becoming a top performer. Get a brief look into your expected future environment, and begin identifying what strategies and tactics will be needed at your institution to develop a clear pathway for becoming a Top 1% performer.
  • Speakers:
    • Joe Cady, Managing Partner, CS Consulting Group LLC, San Diego, California
    • Chris Nichols, Chief Strategy Officer, CenterState Bank, Walnut Creek, California

USING DATA AND PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS TOOLS TO IMPROVE COMPLIANCE AND REDUCE RISK
The plethora of new and future regulations require bankers to know beyond a shadow of a doubt if their policies and partners are compliant. Learn how using data and predictive analytic tools and techniques can help you monitor overall enterprise performance and identify issues before and as they develop—improving compliance and reducing enterprise risk.
  • Speaker: John Vong, President, ComplianceEase, Burlingame, California

FINTECH: ACHIEVING BALANCE BETWEEN RISK AND PARTNERSHIP
As the fintech industry continues to evolve, and there is increasing pressure on banks to remain competitive, partnership opportunities continue to emerge. Learn how to manage the risks of banking fintech while successfully forging partnerships that help your bank flourish.
  • Moderator: Lisa Gold Schier, Group Senior Vice President, ABA Endorsed Solutions, Washington, DC
  • Speakers:
    • John Epperson, Principal, Leader of Regulatory and Compliance Solutions, Crowe Horwath LLP
    • Jason Henrichs, Managing Partner, FinTech Forge, Chicago, Illinois

BRICKS, CLICKS AND COMMUNITY BANKS...OH MY!
Learn the five key steps to meet the changing demands of consumers digitally and in the branch. This session will provide first-hand feedback from a growing community bank in Missouri. You’ll return home with tools to help you succeed in today’s digitally focused environment.
  • Speakers:
    • Shawn Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer, Guaranty Bank, Springfield, Missouri
    • Anthony Burnett, Vice President and Customer Experience Director, LEVEL5, Atlanta, Georgia

FROM CALM WATERS TO RAGING RIP TIDES: RIDING THE WAVES OF THE AG AND MORTGAGE CREDIT CYCLES
While economic business cycles often steal the headlines, credit cycles have proven to be far more impactful to individual sectors and the overall economy. Get a look at two recent lending cycles in two industries, agricultural and residential mortgage lending, for a dive deep into the origins and effects of changes in credit availability.
  • Speakers:
    • Curt Covington, Senior Vice President, Farmer Mac, Washington, DC
    • Brittany Kleinpaste, Vice President, Research, American Bankers Association, Washington, DC

THE POWER OF CORE EVOLUTION
Core banking systems today are commonly called “legacy systems,” insinuating they are well past their prime in today’s market. However, many have been modernized or transformed over time. In this presentation, hear about the performance and experience benefits current systems bring in and how they are changing to meet today’s technology demands.
  • Speaker: Susan Griffin, Strategic Initiatives Analyst, Jack Henry & Associates, Charlotte, North Carolina

TACKLING THE BANK SECRECY ACT: HOW CSBS IS FACILITATING REGULATOR-INDUSTRY DIALOGUE
Over the last year, CSBS and state examiners have received questions about how to stay in compliance with the BSA while providing marijuana-related-businesses (MRBs) with bank accounts. CSBS is developing two public-facing tools to assist industry and examiners with this effort. See a demo of both tools followed by Q&A.
  • Speakers:
    • Jami Flynn, Director, Conference of State Bank Supervisors, Washington, DC 
    • Amanda Holcombe, Senior Analyst, Conference of State Bank Supervisors, Washington, DC
    • Matt Lambert, Director of Supervisory Processes, Conference of State Bank Supervisors, Washington, DC

THE FUTURE OF RETAIL BANKING
Study the four key dynamics—and related success factors—that banks must consider in order to remain relevant with consumers in the future: responsiveness, adaptive service, payments security and knowing your customer. These dynamics should not be considered separately; rather, it is their confluence that is powerful, and that defines what consumers will expect and demand.
  • Speaker: Jodie Brinkerhoff, North American Lead, MasterCard Innovation Labs, New York, New York

TRANSFORMING FOR GROWTH: STRATEGIES FOR COMMUNITY BANKS
Community banks are facing an unprecedented combination of headwinds, and staying profitable requires particular deftness to balance external pressures and internal costs. Learn to navigate the regulatory and compliance space, as well as strategies for leveraging data, customer insights and analytics to drive profitability, reduce costs and ultimately thrive and grow.
  • Speakers:
    • Pratyush Lal, Managing Director, US Lead–Performance Analytics, FTI Consulting, Marietta, Georgia
    • Stella Mendes, Managing Director, Bank Governance and Regulation Practice, FTI Consulting, New York, New York
    • Jim Wrynn, Senior Managing Director, Global Lead–Governance and Regulation, FTI Consulting, New York, New York

THE BIG ECONOMIC TRENDS AFFECTING BANKING
Can GDP growth exceed 3% consistently?  Is technology helping or hurting productivity? Can job growth consistently exceed 2.5 million a year? What will the Fed do this year and what is driving its decisions? Are demographics keeping interest rates low? And will China’s huge debt create a worldwide recession? Learn the details of the big economic forces that will affect banks in the next year and across the next several decades.
  • Speaker: James Chessen, Chief Economist, American Bankers Association, Washington, DC

ATTRACTING. RETAINING AND ENGAGING EMPLOYEES
People quit people, not companies. A recent study states that 87% of people are present in the workplace but not engaged, and it costs about 20% of an employee’s annual salary to replace them. Learn to attract and retain the right employees, from entry level to the executive ranks, across multiple generations, and build a positive culture that reinforces engagement and retention.
  • Speaker: Debby Davis Skipp, Certified John Maxwell Trainer and Regional Sales Manager, DCI, Annapolis, Maryland

FINANCIAL REGULATORY REFORM IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
During his campaign, President Trump expressly stated that his team would be working to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act and replace it with new policies to encourage economic growth and job creation. Hear about the financial regulatory changes that have been enacted and what changes may be in store, whether these changes will be effective, and what such reforms will mean for community banks.
  • Speakers:
    • Matthew Dyckman, Counsel, Goodwin Procter, Washington, DC
    • William Stern, Partner, Goodwin Procter, New York, New York

 

 Fast-Track Learning

 
These are short presentations that explore a single idea and offer practical tips. The following fast-track learning presentations will be offered (exact dates and times to be determined):

HOW MACHINE LEARNING IS TRANSFORMING CORE BANKING FUNCTIONS
Machine learning has the potential to revolutionize many core banking functions for community banks. Hear how artificial intelligence can bridge the gap between detecting and responding to cyber threats, automate and reduce the effort involved in managing ever-changing regulatory compliance requirements, and enhance the underwriting and data verification process for lending.
  • Facilitator: Will Furrer, Chief Strategy Officer, Q2, Austin, Texas

HOW COMMUNITY BANKS GROW AND COMPETE WITH DIGITAL LENDING
With the right solutions, you can seamlessly implement digital lending strategies that drive customer engagement, enhance the customer experience and increase business. Hear about industry trends and technologies that are shaping the digital lending landscape.
  • Speaker: Chris Rentner, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Akouba, Chicago, Illinois


 

 Learning Labs

 
These are more in-depth sessions that blend expert instruction with case studies and peer learning. The following learning labs will be offered (exact dates and times to be determined):

A SURVIVAL GUIDE TO A MERGER OF EQUALS
What is a merger of equals and what are the unique opportunities and challenges they present? Learn the process from real-world scenarios involving the mergers of two community banks, from initial pre-merger interactions between willing parties, to the social, cultural and operational challenges, to the closing of the transaction and the integration of the businesses.
  • Moderator/Facilitator: Robert Kafafian, President and CEO, The Kafafian Group, Parsippany, New Jersey
  • Speakers:
    • Walter Dwyer, President and CEO, Marlborough Savings Bank, Ayer, Massachusetts
    • Brittany Kleinpaste, Vice President, Research, American Bankers Association, Washington, DC
    • Charles Petersen, President and CEO, Biddeford Savings Bank, Biddeford, Maine

COACHING EMPLOYEES FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS
As a business leaders, wouldn’t you like to have dedicated, effective and loyal employees who love what they do and communicate their enthusiasm to your customers? A great leader knows how to bring out the best in others. Learn how to coach your employees to achieve peak performance, know the essential ingredients of great coaching and gain insights on how to uplift those who work for you.
  • Facilitator: Annabel Chotzen, Consultant and Corporate Trainer, Honolulu, Hawaii

THE  HIDDEN ECONOMICS OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media has evolved from merely an online communications medium to a credible business tool for community banks, with qualitative and quantitative benefits. Gain insights on ways to grow revenue and reduce marketing costs, while enhancing your brand and building a positive digital presence.
  • Facilitator: Ryan Bell, Chief Product Officer, Gremlin Social, St. Louis, Missouri


 

 Peer Exchanges

 
These are facilitated sessions that enable attendees to exchange ideas and best practices with peers on the latest hot topics. The following peer exchanges will be offered (exact dates and times to be determined):

CEO PEER EXCHANGES BY ASSET SIZE (BANKERS ONLY)
Discuss the latest challenges, issues, solutions and strategies with colleagues during facilitated sessions.  Feel free to bring examples of what has worked in your bank—and what has not.

BOARD MEMBER PEER EXCHANGE (BOARD MEMBERS ONLY)
Directors and trustees will have the chance to speak with peers about the issues on their minds, with experts providing materials for reflection and a guided discussion.

DEVELOPING YOUR LEADERSHIP PIPELINE
Ensure your bank has successors on hand ready and willing to fill new roles in the C-suite and management ranks. Share ideas with your peers on what strategies have helped align and cultivate leaders for these crucial roles.
  • Facilitator: Paul Sims, Principal, Guided Solutions, Nashville, Tennessee

REDUCING COSTS AND PROMOTING GROWTH THROUGH EMPLOYEE STOCK OWNERSHIP PLANS
Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) can supplement a bank’s existing employee benefit plan, promote growth and create shareholder liquidity. Exchange ideas with fellow bankers and share best practices for optimal administration, and learn considerations for transitioning to an ESOP.
  • Facilitator: Jeffrey Gerrish, Chairman of the Board, Gerrish McCreary Smith, Memphis, Tennessee


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