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2023 Program

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2022 Program

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  • Sunday, February 20

  • Monday, February 21

  • Tuesday, February 22

Sunday, February 20

7:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Sponsored by Mass Mutual

7:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Golf Outing – 8:00 AM Shotgun Start
The Desert Springs Golf Club has delighted players of all levels for over 30 years. Challenge yourself on the Palms Course, known for strategically placed sand traps and multi-tiered greens. This 6,761-yard course, par 72 from the back tees, is located conveniently on site at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

OPTIONAL TOUR: Discover the Desert – a Jeep Tour of the San Andreas Fault and Metate Canyon
Experience the desert and explore the San Andreas Fault’s unique geologic features, often referred to as the most tortured landscape on Earth. Guests will explore the Cahuilla Indian Village, the Old Mining Camp and Pioneer Homestead exhibits. This tour offers a true off-road/4 WD experience!

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

First-Time Attendee Reception
This event provides first-time attendees with the opportunity to connect with one another, 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 community banking connections.

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The nation’s core providers are coming to this year’s Conference for Community Bankers. Join your banking colleagues at CoreConnection to hear strategic insights from multiple core providers and engage in one-on-one conversations that could reshape your bank’s innovation strategies. Hear from Frank Bisignano, President and CEO of Fiserv, David Foss, Board Chair and CEO of Jack Henry, and Gary Norcross, Chairman and CEO of FIS as they discuss community banking, strategy, innovation, third-party integration, contracts and more.

  • Rob Nichols, President and CEO 
    American Bankers Association 
  • Siobhan Byron, EVP Universal Banking
  • Frank Bisignano, President and CEO 
  • Gary Norcross, Chairman and CEO 
  • David Bomser, Head of Digital and Core Banking Americas 
    SAP Fioneer 
  • Michael Coghlan, Founder and CEO  
  • David Culbertson, President and CEO
  • Sarah Fankhauser, President and CEO 
  • Dave Foss, Board Chair and CEO 
    Jack Henry & Associates
  • Elizabeth Glasbrenner, Co-Founder, President and CEO 
  • Mike Haney, Head of Digital Core 
  • Jim Joyce, Co-Founder and CTO
  • Kim Kirk, EVP and COO 
    Queensborough National Bank & Trust 
  • Nagaraja Rao, Sales Head 
  • DJ Seeterlin, CIO 
    Chesapeake Bank 
  • Mike Tenpas, President and CEO 
    UFS Tech
  • Paul Waltz, President and CEO

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Networking Reception in the Marketplace
The Marketplace is your destination to mix, mingle and learn what’s new from our industry providers.  

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Opening Reception: Fire and Ice
Join us as we fuse the red desert sunset with a blue, glacial shine. This reception will feature live music, crackling flames, ice sculptures and food that represents the best of both elements. Meet new friends and greet old ones—all where fire meets ice.

Sponsored by ABA Endorsed Solutions

Monday, February 21

7:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Sponsored by Mass Mutual

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Coffee and Conversation

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Welcome Remarks

  • Bryan Bruns, President and CEO, Lake Central Bank & ABA’s Community Bankers Council Chair

ABA Leadership Speaks

  • Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association

The View from the Fed
Federal Reserve Board Governor Michelle "Miki" Bowman delivers prepared remarks on the nation's economic outlook and then joins ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols for a wide-ranging conversation on the state of the economy and current issues facing community banks.

  • The Honorable Michelle Bowman, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System
  • Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association

The Experiential Organization: How the Best Organizations are Winning the War for Talent
Instead of forcing people into outdated workplace practices, the world’s top companies are redesigning work around their people by focusing on three environments: culture, technology and physical workspace. In this session, learn why employee experience is the next big area of investment, what the top companies are doing and how you can go about creating an experiential organization. 

  • Jacob Morgan, 4x best-selling author, founder of FutureofWorkUniversity.com 

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Coffee Break in the Marketplace
Sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

These sessions have distinct focus areas—leadership, operations and finance, technology and innovation, CRE lending and payments.


The State of the M&A Market 
As the economy recovers, there is renewed interest in M&A activity. With stagnant low interest rates and weak loan demand, banks are considering other ways to drive earnings while improving their digital capacity to serve customers. Get insights on pricing, and learn more about the merger of equals and the potential impact of policy and regulatory considerations during this session.

  • Christopher Mihok, Director, KBW  
  • Jeff Wishner, Managing Director, KBW

The Total Bank Makeover: A Proven Plan for Growth and Profitability
If your organization is struggling to grow retail, business and customer relationships, you might need a bank makeover. Your entire organization must focus on a new strategy in order to improve. In this thought-provoking session, explore the changes necessary for growth.

  • Dr. Sean Payant, CSO and Sr. EVP, Haberfeld  
  • Jenny Wofford, SVP and Director of Retail Banking, Pinnacle Bank

Operations & Finance

How to Crack the Code of Employee Disengagement
Organizations with engaged employees outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share, and have a 90% better growth trend than their competition. However, engaged employees only make up 36% of the workforce. Learn a proven strategy to turn disengaged workers into a unified, high-performing team—resulting in increased revenue, customer satisfaction, productivity, loyalty and retention.

  • Jill Christensen, employer engagement expert and best-selling author

Technology & Innovation

Building a Technology Road Map
During the pandemic, many banks recognized the increasing importance of being technologically agile and adaptive. Learn how to develop a process to guide decision making on upgrading technology that improves operations, and more efficiently serves customers.

  • Joseph Fain, Banking Industry Partner, Mid-Market Banking Lead, Gartner Consulting 
  • Will Furrer, Chief Strategy Officer, Q2
  • Ben Wallace, Partner, Summit Technology Group
  • Moderator: Chris Richards, EVP and Chief Banking Services Officer, The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, 

CRE Lending

A Conversation with Federal Regulators – Emerging Risks in CRE Portfolios
This panel of federal regulators from the OCC, Federal Reserve Board and the FDIC will provide clarification on pressing issues, and risk management tips regarding expectations for your CRE portfolio as borrowers continue experiencing pandemic-related challenges.

  • Paul Dimapawi, AVP, Community Banking Organizations, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Rae-Ann Miller, Senior Deputy Director, Division of Risk Management Supervision, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • Beth Nalyvayko, Bank Examiner, Commercial Credit Risk, Bank Supervision Policy, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)


Fintech Landscape and Digital Trends
Fintech companies are targeting your payments margins, and digital migration is giving them a head start. Learn how to protect your payments business and stay competitive in a digital-first future.

  • Tony DeSanctis, Senior Director, Cornerstone Advisors
  • Jennifer Wagner, Client Relationship Director, Cornerstone Advisors 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Dessert in the Marketplace
Sponsored by Technisys

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

These sessions have distinct focus areas—diversity and inclusion, operations and finance, technology and innovation, CRE lending and payments.

Diversity and Inclusion

Expanding Access: How Banks Can Serve Justice-Involved Individuals
Building off a groundbreaking ABA Foundation whitepaper released this past fall, this session examines how banks are collaborating with prisons, nonprofits and other stakeholders to expand access to financial services for millions of individuals with criminal records trying to reintegrate into society. Attendees will hear about specific bank programs that are helping this often unbanked and underserved population, while supporting their community in the process. Learn how your bank can help solve this problem and demonstrate a commitment to financial inclusion.

  • Ben Joergens, Financial Empowerment Director, Old National Bancorp
  • Kate Mielitz PhD, AFC®, Special Groups Manager, Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE)
  • Kelli Nielsen, Executive Vice President, Retail Banking and Marketing, 1st Security Bank, Mountlake Terrace, WA
  • Moderator: Peter Cook, Chief Communications Officer, American Bankers Association


Preparing for Long-Term Liquidity and Funding
Does your bank have the right type of liquidity? How much of it is temporary or stimulus related? Are you prepared to weather the ebbs and flows of funding? Can you count on both being there in the future and, if so, at what cost? Get answers to these questions and learn strategies your bank can implement now to thrive when the market environment returns to ‘normal.’

  • Steve Kinner, Senior Managing Director, IntraFi Network
  • Dave Koch, Managing Director, Advisory Services, Abrigo 

Operations & Finance

Ransomware: Prevention and Protection
The reality of a remote workforce has made financial institutions more vulnerable to ransomware and phishing attacks. Learn from cybersecurity and insurance experts how to monitor threats, educate employees and customers and safeguard systems to combat these cyber thieves.

  • Lisa Micciche, AVP, ABA Insurance Services 
  • Moderator: Paul Benda, SVP, Risk and Cybersecurity, American Bankers Association  

Technology & Innovation

Innovation and Integrating Fintech into Your Core
ABA’s Core Platforms Committee works with core providers to push for advancements in offering ancillary services based on a bank’s specific strategic focus—and for digital offerings that best serve customers. During this session, gain insights from committee members on how best to position your bank for technology integration.

  • Jaime Manriquez, EVP, CIO and CISO, Santa Cruz County Bank
  • Trey Maust, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Lewis and Clark Bank
  • Greg Petersen, SVP and CIO, Community Bank and Trust 
  • Moderator: Debbie Whiteside, SVP, Endorsed Solutions, American Bankers Association 

CRE Lending

State of the CRE Industry Markets
Get an economic overview of commercial real estate markets including vacancy, occupancy, rent growth, appreciation, over build, cap rates, and supply and demand. Gain insight that is essential to managing your CRE portfolio, bank and business models and the impact in your regional markets.

  • Brian Bailey, CRE, Valuation, Financing and Regulatory Policy Expert, Federal Reserve Board of Atlanta


The “How” for Community Banks and Real Time Payments
Bankers know the “why” for adopting real time payments. Hear the “how” from both The Clearing House, and a community banker who has already launched on the Real Time Payments Network (RTP). Get your bank up to speed on the benefits and business cases of receiving and originating instant payments. Learn what your bank needs to do to integrate this new product into your operations.

  • Keith Gray, VP of Strategic Partnerships, The Clearing House  
  • Steve Kenneally, SVP, Payments, American Bankers Association  
  • DJ Seeterlin, CIO, Chesapeake Bank

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Innovation Showcase
This fast-paced networking session delivers hard-hitting insights from industry providers in just five minutes. Get a quick overview from these companies: fTLD (.BANK registry), Glia, KlariVis, nCino, Pannos Marketing, Promontory MortgagePath, Q2 and ServisFirst.

  • Moderator: Luanne Cundiff, President and CEO, First State Bank of St.Charles, MO

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Discuss industry issues, solutions and strategies with your colleagues during these facilitated sessions. Share what has and has not worked for your bank, and hear the same from your peers.

  • $1Billion and More in Assets
    • Facilitator: Bret Maggio, Sr. Account Executive, Abrigo 
  • $500 Million–$999 Million in Assets 
    • Facilitator: Jeremy Goss, CPA, Partner, BKD CPAs & Advisors
  • $250 Million–$499 Million in Assets
    • Facilitator: Kelly Earls, JD, CPA, Principal, Bank Compensation Consulting 
  • Up to $250 Million in Assets
    • Facilitator: Will Furrer, CSO, Q2

Board Member Peer Exchange
The best boards strike a balance between aligning with management on common goals, and communicating difficult issues. Regulators expect boards to go beyond their traditional bounds of oversight—are you prepared? During this session, directors and trustees will speak with peers from banks from a range of asset sizes about the issues that matter most.

  • Facilitator: Debra Cope, Editor-in-Chief, ABA Banking Journal Directors Briefing and President, Cope Financial PR Inc.

CRE Lending Peer Exchange
Catch up on the latest industry trends, and exchange best practices with other commercial real estate lending professionals from banks and communities of all sizes. Together, discuss these important questions:

  • How are you strategically approaching the need for loan growth in your CRE portfolio? Have you tightened your credit box, maintained it or expanded it in 2022?  
  • Who is your competition today, and how do you successfully compete to prevent payoffs out of your portfolio?
  • Facilitator: Sharon Whitaker, VP, Commercial Real Estate Finance, American Bankers Association

Payments Peer Exchange
Take part in the power of collective conversation, and take this opportunity to learn how other banks handle their payments business.

  • Facilitator: Edward Gross, VP, Endorsed Solutions, American Bankers Association

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Reception in the Marketplace: Winter Olympics
We’re bringing the fun of the Winter Olympics to our desert oasis. Together, we’ll support unity and excellence in sport, and in community banking. Join us for décor and food of Olympic proportions, and compete in games to win coveted prizes. Mingle with peers and exhibitors in our own Olympic village, and make memories to last a lifetime.

Tuesday, February 22

7:30 AM - 3:45 PM

Sponsored by Mass Mutual

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Connect with community banking colleagues from across the country while learning about innovative new products and services that can take your bank to the next level.

Cultivating Customers – Strategies for Growing Your Producer Relationships
The recent jolts that shook the U.S. economy have many farmers looking to their community banks to deliver bold solutions. They’re looking to address concerns about future income levels, access to capital, the impact of uncertainty over trade, tariffs and government support. Is your bank prepared? Building on a recently published ABA white paper, this session examines how the secondary market is helping bankers rise to these challenges.

  • Patrick Kerrigan, VP, Business Development, Farmer Mac 
  • Jodi Massanet, Relationship Manager, Farmer Mac

Curating the Right Digital Experience
Following a year of global change, the shift to digital banking for a surge of customers has created an exciting opportunity for banks to shift, too. One of the most challenging obstacles many institutions are still working to overcome, however, is providing the personalized and reliable customer experience digitally that was once in-person. In this session, you’ll learn how to develop a customer experience based on your consumers’ needs, how to discover and work with the best third-party partners, and the importance of prioritizing design and ease-of-use in your digital platforms.

  • Chris Cox, Chief Operating Officer, Apiture

How Digital Lending can be used to Improve Client Relationships
If your community bank fears the ways that digital integration might take away from customer relationships, you’re not alone. Join this conversation on the importance of digital lending, and how it can actually help your customer relationships flourish.

  • Darren Hecht, SVP of Business Development, Biz2X

Exploring The Next Frontier in Business Account Opening
40% of financial institutions rate their business account opening processes as “somewhat or very poor.” A majority say legacy processes limit their ability to grow. Join MANTL to discover a first-of-its-kind account-opening solution, and learn best practices for improving operational efficiency by balancing automation and human touch. Informed by proprietary research, this session explores what businesses expect, and the role technology plays in maintaining relationships.

  • Doug Doucette, Enterprise Account Executive, MANTL

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Coffee Break in the Marketplace
Sponsored by Revation Systems Inc.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Guest Breakfast

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Investing in Innovation: Successful Community Bank and Fintech Partnerships
This timely panel discussion will outline trends in venture capital funding, and how community banks can benefit from strategic capital investments. Learn how ABA is advancing the industry through its investment in Canapi’s Fund II, how Canapi approaches fintech investment, and key factors for community banks to weigh when considering venture investment.

  • Luanne Cundiff, President and CEO, First State Bank of St. Charles, MO 
  • Chip Mahan, Chairman and CEO of Live Oak Bank Wilmington, NC, and Managing Partner, Canapi Ventures
  • Rob Morgan, SVP, Innovation Strategy, American Bankers Association
  • Moderator: Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association

Economic Forecast
In this entertaining and informative presentation on the economy to come, Dr. Eisenberg will discuss how GDP will perform, what interest rates will do and how the labor market will behave. Learn how much firms will spend, how the residential housing sector and overall real estate will perform and how a whole host of other economic variables are bound to impact the economy this year—and why.

  • Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., Internationally acclaimed economist

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

These sessions have distinct focus areas—leadership, operations and finance, technology and innovation, CRE lending and payments.


Successfully Implementing Your Strategic Plan  
Research has shown that 90% of businesses fail to reach their strategic goals – primarily due to execution, and not the plan itself. In this session, gain a better understanding of the mistakes that management teams make during the strategic planning process. Review best practices, and discuss ways to be more agile during unexpected market changes.

  • Charles Christy, Principal, Christy Consulting

Focusing on ESG
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues continue to gain the attention of customers, investors and community leaders. Discover the most important ESG efforts on which community banks should focus. Learn to integrate these efforts into your bank’s strategic plans and initiatives based on your bank’s mission and priorities, and the expectations of key stakeholders, including regulators.

  • Rob McDonough, Director, ESG and Regulatory Initiatives, Angel Oak Capital  
  • Shan Hanes, President and CEO, Heartland Tri-State Bank
  • Moderator: Joe Pigg, Senior VP and Senior Counsel, ESG and Mortgage Finance, American Bankers Association  

Operations & Finance

Expanding Your Borrower Base through SBA Lending Programs
Many banks supported small businesses in their communities during the pandemic by partnering with the SBA to offer PPP loans. The SBA also offers other lending programs that offer security, favorable rates and terms, and the opportunity to expand your borrower base. Learn about the benefits and requirements of participating in the 7(a) and CDC/504 loan programs, including having a sound risk management system.

  • John A. Miller, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Capital Access, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)  

Technology and Innovation

Tapping into Digital and Crypto Currencies 
The recent rise of virtual currency has pushed the value of Bitcoin and all cryptocurrencies to a market cap of more than $2.6 trillion. Customers are jumping on the bandwagon, and approaching their banks for access. Get a primer on the most prevalent currencies, both digital and crypto, and learn about the opportunities and risks of tapping into these markets.

  • John Collins, Partner, FS Vector 
  • Patrick Sells, CIO, NYDIG 
  • Moderator: Brooke Ybarra, VP, Innovation Strategy, American Bankers Association

CRE Lending

Managing Assets Out of the Pandemic into 2022
This session will address how banks are managing the credits that continue to struggle into 2022, and are not performing at pre-pandemic levels. Learn how to work with your borrower, and rely on techniques accepted by the Federal Regulators.

  • Jim Donnelly, EVP and Chief Commercial Officer, Bangor Savings Bank
  • Nathan Kingman, RMA-CRC, CRCM, Unicon Financial Services, Inc. 
  • Alex Stefani, EVP and Chief Credit Officer, Luther Burbank Savings Bank   


Cultivating and Keeping More Card Transactions
Big marketing budgets from big banks are getting your customer’s attention -- and a share of their wallets. How can a community bank without those resources be competitive? Join this panel of experts on credit and debit card transactions, technology and infrastructure to discover what customers want most from their card relationships, and how community banks can cleverly deliver. 

  • Celeste Schwitters, SVP, Head of Community Accounts, Visa 
  • Steve Sievert, VP, Debit Marketing, Discover 
  • Ann Valentzas, SVP B2B and Product Marketing, Mastercard
  • Moderator: David Keenan, SVP, Card Products, Fiserv   

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

POWER LUNCHES (RSVP Required) or Lunch on Your Own
Connect with community banking colleagues from across the country while learning about innovative new products and services that can take your bank to the next level.

The Future of Banking: Reinventing the Customer Experience Through Digital Growth 
As we progress into 2022, financial institutions are focusing on how to build, cultivate and manage customer relationships in today's digital-first world. Join this session to hear experts from nCino explore the retail and commercial trends shaping the future of banking, the need to transform the role of the branch, how financial institutions can create value for customers in a digital environment and the importance of facilitating the entire customer journey.

  • Josh Wauchope, Regional Vice President, nCino

The War for Talent: Recruitment and Retention Market Update Strategies
What are your key priorities for 2022? What about attracting and retaining key employees? Competition for top talent is strong. In this interactive session, learn new strategies and tactics needed to build, retain and develop your bank’s talent as you prepare for the next few years.

  • Trey Deupree, Senior Consultant , NFP Executive Benefits 
  • Vince Sotelo, Executive Benefits Director, Retirement Division, Protective Life 
  • Mel Martin, President and COO, First National Bank of Oklahoma 

10 Negotiating Commandments You Should Never Break
In negotiations against major technology vendors, “splitting the difference” can mean unknowingly leaving millions on the table, and obligating your institution to long-term risk. Most bankers can strike a winning loan deal, but when it comes to technology contracts, the territory poses more challenges. Expert negotiator Aaron Silva shares real-world insights into the negotiating philosophies and tactics vendors often use on banks. You will leave this session armed with the 10 Negotiating Commandments to live by.

  • Aaron Silva, President and CEO, Paladin

Open Finance: Embracing the Future of Digital Banking
As the banking industry embraces its digital future, it will be more important than ever to nurture the relationships that serve as the backbone of financial services. Soon, consumers and small business owners access to their financial data, and the ability to leverage it as they see fit. Join this session to discuss how to drive innovation with open finance, allowing banks to capitalize on the benefits.

  • Dan Kahn, Global Open Finance Lead, Plaid

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

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.

  • Don’t Let Adversity Define Your Path – The Value of Friends 
    Andrew Anderson, President and CEO, CFO, Bank of Anguilla, MS 
  • Oregon, My Oregon 
    Linda Navarro, President and CEO, Oregon Bankers Association, OR 
  • It All Started on a Farm 
    Brian VanFosson, President and CEO, Citizens Bank of Rogersville, MO 
  • Lobstering In the Florida Keys 
    Karen Sharp, President and CEO, First State Bank of the Florida Keys, FL 
  • Peaky Blinders 
    Lillous Shoemaker, President, Magnolia State Bank, Bay Springs, MS 
  • Q2 Snowball Giving Challenge 
    Bruce Dragoo, Solutions Consultant | Q2 Culture Engagement Lead – Lincoln

Sponsored by Q2

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

These sessions have distinct focus areas—diversity and inclusion, leadership, operations and finance, technology and innovation, CRE lending and payments.

Diversity & Inclusion

DEI and Community Banks: Values, Commitment and Conversations
Join a riveting session on how values, commitment and authentic conversations have a role in diversity, equity and inclusion for community banks.

  • Karen Partee, CFMP, EVP and CMO, Texas Bank and Trust, Longview, TX
  • Moderator: Naomi Mercer, SVP, DEI, American Bankers Association


The Cure for Stupidity: Using Brain Science to Explain Irrational Behavior 
Economists tell us that given the opportunity, people will behave rationally. However, we see people acting irrationally every day. What would the world look like if we could cure the stupidity around us? In this session, based on Eric M. Bailey’s bestselling book, learn how to find that freedom from frustration.

  • Eric Bailey, President and CEO, Bailey Strategic Innovation Group

Building Your Leadership Pipeline 
As bank consolidation increases and fierce competition for top talent is on the rise, identifying and grooming the next generation of bank leaders is proving to be vitally important to the success of community banks. During this moderated panel discussion, learn how rising bank leaders are uniquely recruiting, retaining and developing high-performers with leadership potential as an integral component of their succession planning strategy.

  • Nicole Almeida, ABA Emerging Leaders Council Vice Chair, and SVP and Chief Diversity Officer, BayCoast Bank, Swansea, MA 
  • Blair Jernigan, SVP, Member Engagement, North Carolina Bankers Association, Raleigh, NC 
  • Loni Meiborg, SVP, Organizational Development, Fortifi Bank, Berlin, WI 
  • Moderator: Jenny Wofford, SVP and Director of Retail Banking, Pinnacle Bank, Athens, GA and Vice Chair of Emerging Leaders Council, American Bankers Association Chair-Elect, Leadership of Georgia Bankers Association 

Technology and Innovation

Devising an Innovation Strategy
An innovation strategy will help your bank implement new ideas and technologies that align with your business objectives. Learn how to devise the right strategy, and how to define and measure progress. Hear from community bankers who have successfully done so, and see how you can do the same.

  • Bryan Luke, President and CEO, Hawaii National Bank
  • Jaime Manriquez, EVP, CIO and CISO, Santa Cruz County Bank
  • Julieann Thurlow, President and CEO, Reading Cooperative Bank
  • Moderator: Lisa Gold Schier, Senior Vice President, Endorsed Solutions, American Bankers Association 

CRE Lending

Remote or In the Office: How to Develop the Best CRE Team 
Learn how banks are managing the changing work force and the challenges facing commercial lending teams. Our panel will review the top staff development programs among both commercial and sales teams. Get an overview of non-monetary compensation, and approaches for creating training and development programs reflective of today’s hybrid work environment.

  • Stephanie M. Adkins, EVP and Chief Lending Officer, The Bank of Princeton 
  • Emily Gray, SVP and Senior Credit Officer, Hardin County Bank
  • Kraig Sutherland, SVP and Chief Lending Officer, First Community Bancshares 
  • Moderator: Greg Sims, Managing Director, Real Estate Banking, CrossFirst Bank, Kansas City, MO


Debit Cards: Post-Pandemic Playbook 
How will successful banks build a post-pandemic debit program strategy? To stay competitive with the future of debit, community banks must offer multifaceted options. Join this session to learn just how.

  • Steve Sievert, VP, Debit Marketing, Discover

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


Paying it Forward: The Return is Priceless
All of us have the power to make an impact on someone’s life, positively or negatively. Our words and our actions are powerful. How we treat others not only affects them, but also shapes us. When you use your unique power to help others, they benefit, and you end up learning about yourself. Join this session to learn more about this incredible phenomenon.

  • J.R. Martinez, New York Times best-selling author, wounded U.S. Army veteran

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

A Toast to Community Banking
As the 2022 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.

Sponsored by the Council of Federal Home Loan Banks

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