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2023 Program 

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  • Sunday, Feb. 12

  • Monday, Feb. 13

  • Tuesday, Feb. 14

  • MDI Partnership Summit

Sunday, Feb. 12

7:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Golf Outing
Hit the links and take in the spectacular scenery on a green that is home to a thriving ecosystem of ponds, wetlands, live oaks and cypress heads. With 18 championship-level holes and a course that serves as a PGA Tour Challenge event site, this full-service golf club has everything you need for a memorable stay in Orlando.
Cost: $345/person

Golf Features

  • Course designed by two-time British Open champion Greg Norman 
  • Upscale, full-service clubhouse with a pro shop, restaurant and bar 
  • All-grass driving range, putting green and practice facility

7:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Registration

8:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Destination Tour: A Taste of Winter Park with Scavenger Hunt 
Split into teams and set out on foot for a photo scavenger hunt. Decipher clues and complete tasks as a team. Following the hunt, continue the fun while you experience progressive dining and drinks at three different locations. The results of the hunt will be tallied, and a winner will be announced at the final stop. Cost: $280/person.

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Destination Tour: “Chopped” Cooking Competition 
One team will set out on a food-related scavenger hunt, while the other team remains in the kitchen to prepare a plate from a basket of secret ingredients, in the style of Food Network’s “Chopped”. The teams must work together to come up with a cohesive dish and then execute it (with the assistance of the Chef) within the given time allotted. Each team will present their dish to a panel of judges. While you’re busy competing, the chefs will be preparing a scrumptious four course meal for all to enjoy. Must be 18 or older to participate in the tour. Cost: $215/person

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

General Session

Keynote: Employee Retention: Addressing the “Great Resignation” and the “War for Talent"As organizations navigate their way through the rapidly shrinking workforce, retention has become the rallying cry in light of the “Great Resignation.” While we all seem to know what employees want, we don’t seem to be giving it to them. Get an expert’s perspective on the issues driving the current “War for Talent” and learn how to fortify your talent infrastructure.

  • Ginny Clarke, Former Director, Executive Recruiting at Google and Holistic Leadership Strategist

3:00 PM – 4:00 pm

Educational Sessions

  • Developing the Next Generation of Leaders
  • Getting Your Employees Engaged

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

First-Time Attendee ReceptionThis event provides first time attendees with the opportunity to connect with each other and network with ABA staff and the CBC Committee. First-timers will receive tips on how to make the most of the conference and make new connections in the community banking network. 

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Opening Reception: The Big Game Tailgate Party
Connect with friends as you watch the Big Game on multiple screens, play your favorite tailgate games and during the commercials enjoy classic toons with a live DJ. 

Sponsored by ABA Endorsed Solutions

Monday, Feb. 13

7:15 AM – 6:30 PM

Registration

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Coffee and Conversation

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

General Session

Keynote: How to Hit the CHANGE Button
Learn the best-kept secrets for initiating, dealing with and leading through change—not only in the best possible way, but also in a way that will lead toward extraordinary engagement, motivation and performance. Transform the way you lead yourself and others toward their goals through rapid and oftentimes unexpected changes. Leave this motivational experience with the best, practical tools for professional and personal growth through challenge and change.

  • Dr. Michelle Rozen, Exceptional Leadership Through CHANGE Expert

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Coffee Break in the Marketplace

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Peer Exchange Sessions

  • CEO Exchange by Asset Size
  • CFO Exchange 
  • Payments Exchange
  • CRE Lending Exchange
  • Board Member Exchange

11:15 AM – 2:30 PM

Guest Program Tour: Chocolate Kingdom
The personal chocolate tour guide will take you on a journey beginning with uncovering the origins of the cacao tree, strolling through the sweet history in a one-of-a-kind-museum, stopping to enjoy the mystical river of chocolate and ending with visiting a made-on-premises chocolate factory. There is plenty of tasting along the way! Learn the art of writing with chocolate so you can decorate your own chocolate piece. Cost: $170/person.

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Power Lunches

Join us for lunch and connect with community banking colleagues from across the country. Learn about innovative new products and services that can take your bank to the next level.

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Dessert in the Marketplace

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Educational Sessions

  • Fostering a Culture of Inclusion, Growth and Development 
  • A Forward Thinking Approach to Lending – How Changes Today are Impacting our Business Model
  • Faster Payments Are Here and Now: RTP and FedNow
  • Outlook on the Economy: Cloudy or Sunny Skies Ahead?

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Educational Sessions

  • From Open to Networked: Automating Your Bank’s Future
  • Tapping Into Alternative Sources for Talent 
  • What's Trending for Debit, Credit and Digital Expectations
  • Meet the Federal Regulators
  • Community Banks and Payments Innovation 

Additional session to be announced

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Innovation Showcase
This fast-paced networking session delivers hard-hitting insights from industry providers in just five minutes. Presenting companies are CFM, CorServ, KlariVis, nCino, Quilo, S&P and Summit Technology Group.

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Ancillary Receptions (Invitation Only)

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Reception in the Marketplace: Welcome to Seussville 
"It is fun to have fun
But you have to know how.”
Attend our Dr. Seuss gathering
You’ll be sure to say “WOW”!
See balloon art, take photos and so much more
Oh the bankers you'll know on the Marketplace floor.
Networking is great with providers and peers
You might even win some free souvenirs!
Enjoy this reception—a nod to the past.
Come for the fun, and fun and make connections that last.

Tuesday, Feb. 14

7:15 AM – 3:45 PM

Registration

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM

Power Breakfasts
Join us for breakfast and connect with community banking colleagues from across the country. Learn about innovative new products and services that can take your bank to the next level. Breakfast will be served from 7:15 am to 7:45 am.

8:15 AM – 10:00 AM

CoreConnection
Hear success stories from banks that enabled innovation by focusing on “sidecar” strategies, middleware offerings and making great use of API layers. Get updates from the Core Platforms Committee, and delve into all things conversion. 

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Guest Breakfast

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Coffee Break in the Marketplace

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Educational Sessions

  • Examining the Fine Points of Insurance
  • Inflation Strikes Back: The Implications for CRE
  • Management Methods and Best Practices for Mortgage Operations
  • Using Excess Liquidity and Deposits to Generate Earnings
  • Payments Fraud: Prevention and Bank Liability 
Additional session to be announced.

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Spark!
Spark! is your chance to enjoy heartfelt stories from your peers that are fast, fun and focused. These five-minute presentations will surely ignite your inner leader and inspire you in your career.

Sponsored by Q2.

  • Timothy Barnes, President and CEO, Hometown Bank, Corbin, KY 
  • James Christensen, President and CEO, Gateway Commercial Bank, Mesa, AZ 
  • Carlos Fernandez, President and CEO, Pacific National Bank, Miami, FL
  • Michelle Gross, President, State Bank of Bement, Bement, IL 
  • Neil Stevens, President and CEO, Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville, GA  

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Educational Sessions

  • Advancing Economic Inclusion: Harnessing the Power of CDFIs to Promote Economic Opportunity
  • Rising Rates and Managing Your Bond Portfolio
  • Preparing for Data Collection on 1071 Implementation 

Additional sessions to be announced.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Closing General Session

Keynote: Get Gutsy – Harness A Breakthrough Mindset 
Venice “Flygirl” Armour is America’s first Black female combat pilot. She served two tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine. She was also a diversity liaison officer to the Pentagon for Headquarters Marine Corps. After her military service, Flygirl revved up her career in the private sector as an entrepreneur, consultant and author of Zero to Breakthrough, The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter. Learn how to get gutsy, and build a sustainable inner force that results in accomplishing significant goals. 

  • Vernice “Flygirl” Armour, America’s First Black Female Combat Pilot, Former Marine and Cop

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

MDI Partnership Summit Reception (Invitation Only)

5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

A Toast to Community BankingAs the 2023 Conference for Community Bankers comes to a close, take this final opportunity to have those vital in-person conversations with your peers, and the vendors that caught your eye. Lock in your lifelong network, so you can rely on your connections year-round, year after year.

MDI Partnership Summit

February 15
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The inaugural MDI Partnership Summit is designed to bring midsize and regional banks together with MDIs to better serve communities of color and low- to moderate-income communities across the country. Learn more.

Educational Sessions

  • CFO Exchange

  • CRE Lending

  • Human Capital

  • Payments

  • Profitability

  • Technology

CFO Exchange

Monday

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

From Open to Networked: Automating Your Bank’s Future 
In order for community banks to remain relevant in today’s economic environment, it is crucial that organizations deploy modern automated processes through a networked technology stack, allowing bankers to drive timely, accurate and competitive decisions. Get real-life examples of how, by combining artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, technology tools and analytics, banks are able to increase both front- and back-end efficiencies to generate meaningful insight.

Tuesday

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Examining the Fine Points of Insurance
Insurance can be confusing. Gain an understanding from bank insurance experts on such concerns as changes in the renewal process, negotiation strategies, contract lengths and exclusions, as well as how inflation might affect property insurance. Learn how to ensure adequate coverage that aligns with your bank’s risk level, and ways to prevent void contracts.

  • Dan Healy, Partner, Anderson Kill
  • Mike Read, VP, ABA Insurance Services

Tuesday

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Rising Rates and Managing Your Bond Portfolio 
Regardless of the interest rate environment, a thoughtful and disciplined investment process should lead to more consistent and predictable earnings from the fixed-income portfolio. In this session, hear real-life examples that show how the portfolio management process works, how to avoid common pitfalls and review performance results to assist your institution in building its own investment framework.

  • Robert Perry, Principal, ALM First, Dallas, TX

CRE Lending

Monday

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

A Forward-Thinking Approach to Lending
The economic climate, alternative loan types and changing trends in office space and retail utilization have had a significant impact on the CRE industry. Learn innovative approaches to CRE lending that adapt to these dynamic trends.

  • Lacy Cross, SVP, Commercial Banker, Movement Bank, Asheville, NC 
  • W. Andrew Holden, CCIM, Division President Park National Bank, Louisville, KY 
  • Moderator: Kraig Sutherland, SVP, Chief Lending Officer, 1st State Bancshares, Farmington, MO

Monday

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Meet the Federal Regulators 
Join the federal regulators to explore the top issues facing banks today, and into 2023. Learn how to approach your next regulatory exams for asset quality and discover the issues that face banks in their exams.

  • Carmen D. Holly, Lead Financial Institution Policy Analyst, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation 
  • Pete Martino, Senior Examination Specialist, Division of Risk Management Supervision, FDIC
  • Beth Nalyvayko, Bank Examiner, Commercial Credit Risk, Bank Supervision Policy, OCC 

Tuesday

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Inflation Strikes Back: The Implications for CRE
CRE is not immune to inflation, as increased expense growth is affecting NOI, and Fed actions to combat inflation are increasing interest rates. Increasing interest rates and slowing or negative NOI growth will have an effect on CRE valuations and the coming wave of loan maturities, as inflation strikes back. 

  • Brian Bailey, CRE Supervisory, Regulation and Credit Division, Federal Reserve Board of Atlanta

Tuesday

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Preparing for Data Collection on 1071 Implementation 
Join our expert panelists for a discussion on how to begin preparing to address data collection and fair lending implications on loans to small businesses, as we wait for the CFPB to adopt regulations and publish a final rule on 1071. Early preparation will be key as we discuss ways to guide your financial institution as it relates to 1071 data collection.

  • Anurag Agarwal, President, RiskExe
  • Patti Joyner, CRCM, President & Founder, Financial Solutions
  • Kitty Ryan, SVP & Senior. Counsel, Fair and Responsible Banking, Regulatory Compliance & Policy, American Bankers Association

Human Capital

Sunday

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Developing the Next Generation of Leaders 
Identifying, training and investing in the next generation of leaders are key measures in ensuring the future prosperity of your bank, while providing retention, engagement, mentoring and growth opportunities for high-potential employees. Hear insights from the one of the program leads on Chick-fil-A®’s  Leadership Development Program, an integral component of the company’s success. Grooming leaders at every level is at the root of the restaurant’s ability to deliver a consistently high-quality customer experience. 

  • Andre’ Kennebrew, Director, Lifeshape; Former Senior Principal Program Lead, Leadership Development Program, Field Operations, Chick-fil-A

Engage Your Employees 
In addition to compensation and benefits, employees want a sense that their work has purpose and contributes to the bank’s overall mission and bottom line. Hear from bankers who’ve fostered a culture of engagement, while improving operations. 

  • Harold M. Horvat, President, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Centreville Bank, West Warwick, RI
  • Neil Stevens, President and CEO, Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville, GA 
  • Moderator: J. Timothy “Tim” O’Rourke, CCP, Managing Director, Pearl Meyer 

Monday

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Fostering a Culture of Inclusion, Growth and Development 
An inclusive workplace culture benefits both employers and employees by promoting productivity, collaboration and innovation, and engagement, retention and professional development, respectively. In this type of culture all employees are accepted, valued and treated with respect, while having the opportunity to contribute and grow. Hear purposeful, concrete ways to foster an inclusive workplace culture that leads to increased efficiency and new ideas to help your business thrive in an increasingly competitive marketplace. 

Monday

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tapping Into Alternative Sources for Talent 
Where are you looking for the new talent you hope to hire at your bank? Join us to learn about workforce development programs that can help you hire mothers and other caregivers, former military personnel and other non-traditional employees. These programs are scalable for banks of all sizes, and they support employees who are onboarding after time away from the workforce or a career in another industry, or following a successful career in the military.

  • Markeia Johnson, Assistant VP and Primis Works Manager, Primis Bank, McLean, VA 
  • Sheryl McDevitt, VP, Talent Management, Mascoma Bank, Lebanon, NH
  • Catherine Nestrick, Senior Director, Women’s Leadership Initiative and DEI, American Bankers Association
  • Laura Newstead, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank

Payments

Monday

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Faster Payments Are Here and Now: RTP and FedNow 
Faster payments in the form of The Clearing House Real Time Payments® network has been in place for years. The FedNow platform will go live in mid-2023. Banks need to provide an option for customers to receive faster payments, or else they will move to a bank where they can. Your bank needs a strategy and plan to generate revenue through originating faster payments. Hear the strong business case for adopting the FedNow Service and The Clearing House’s RTP® network. 

  • Keith Gray, VP Strategic Partnerships, The Clearinghouse
  • Moderator: Stephen Kenneally, SVP, Payments, American Bankers Association  

Monday

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Community Banks and Payments Innovation 
How are innovative community banks setting payments strategy and approaching payments differently from other banks? Three bankers will share their strategies to reduce friction points for customers by taking a page from fintech’s playbook. Learn how a new payments strategy can help your bank meet both its own financial needs and create better customer experiences. 

  • Christopher Richards, First EVP/Chief Banking Services The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank
  • DJ Seeterlin, CIO, Chesapeake Bank 
  • Julieann Thurlow, ABA Chair-Elect; President and CEO, Reading Cooperative Bank

What's Trending for Debit, Credit and Digital Expectations 
Learn more about the debit and credit card payment trends and influences that are in-market and on the horizon. Discuss digital and physical card payment developments including digital wallet innovation, cardless transactions, P2P developments and Buy Now Pay Later programs. Learn how to engage with cardholders to generate revenue growth, stronger and more profitable consumer connections and operational savings. 

  • Steve Sievert, Vice President, Marketing, Discover Debit 

Tuesday

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Payments Fraud: Prevention Tools and Tactics
Every security step to reduce payments risk and combat crime triggers innovation by criminals. Hear expert insights into the newest tools and methods for detecting payments and check fraud. Discuss strategies and tactics to reduce risk and mitigate fraud across the various payment types. 

  • Paul Benda, SVP, Operational Risk and Cybersecurity, American Bankers Association 
  • Devon Marsh, APRP, Senior Director, ACH Network Administration, Nacha
  • Peter Tapling, Managing Director, PTap Advisory, LLC 

Tuesday

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Payments with Commercial and Consumer Success
How do blockchain, payments hubs, network optimization and other capabilities enable bankers to compete in a quickly evolving payments ecosystem? This session will delve into the consumer and commercial payments landscape with a focus on fintech, real-time payments, regulation and blockchain. Attendees will gain insight into the tools and opportunities that can help banks adapt to this ever-changing environment while minimizing regulatory impacts on growth.  

  • Tony DeSanctis, Senior Director, Cornerstone Advisors
  • John Venzon, Managing Director, Cornerstone Advisors 

Profitability

Monday

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Outlook on the Economy: Cloudy or Sunny Skies Ahead? 
As the world crawls out of the pandemic, it is facing serious economic headwinds—higher inflation and rising interest rates, a major correction in stock prices and threat of recession. Are we headed for a hard crash or soft landing? Will the Fed be able to tame inflation? How will geopolitical issues affect the economy? Hear prospective 2023 forecasts and reflections on key economic indicators from leading economists both within and outside of the banking industry. 

  • Simona Mocuta, Chief Economist, State Street, Boston, MA 
  • Dana M. Peterson, Chief Economist, The Conference Board 
  • Moderator: Sayee Srinivasan, Chief Economist, American Bankers Association  

Tuesday

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Management Methods and Best Practices for Mortgage Operations 
This session will provide you with a top ten list of strategic initiatives that all bank mortgage divisions should be implementing in 2023. These specific and actionable suggestions will help you and your team focus on what will increase revenues, control costs and better manage risk, not only in 2023—but for every year thereafter. 

  • Michael D. McAuley, Principal, Garrett McCauley 
  • Patrick Ervin, EVP, Independent Bank, Troy, MI

Tuesday

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Using Excess Liquidity and Deposits to Generate Earnings 
On the heels of the Paycheck Protection Program, banks sat on higher than normal levels of liquidity. This session will feature strategies employed to generate earnings while balancing the risks associated with the potential return to normalized deposit levels considering the current interest rate environment.

  • Robert Biggs, DW Managing Director, Fixed Income Strategies Group 
  • Sal Inserra, Financial Services Audit Partner, Crowe
  • Dana Litman, Executive Vice President and CFO, Quantum National Bank, Suwanee, GA 
  • Matthew A. Switzer, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Primis 

Tuesday

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Advancing Economic Inclusion 
Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) play an essential role in mobilizing investments in low- to moderate-income communities. Learn from community development executives about the opportunities to support, uplift and partner with CDFIs to spur greater economic investment and resources to financially underserved communities. Hear about the topics affecting the CDFI industry, the benefits and opportunities of partnership, and learn real examples of how partnerships can enhance your community mobilization and financial inclusion efforts.

Technology

Additional sessions to be announced.
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