Illinois Bankers Association

Annual Conference: It's Your Show

Important Announcement: The Show Will Go On (Now 100% Virtual)!
August 11-12: Streamed through the IBA's App (Mobile or Web)

The Epitome of Resiliency
The goal of IBA's Annual Conference Committee & Executive Board is to deliver to you the industry's premier event safely and effectively. Their decision to go all virtual (with no in-person attendance) was precipitated by the ongoing COVID-19 safety concerns across the nation, in particular the Branson area.

Illinois bankers have weathered many storms, and each time the industry has come out stronger and better than before. This pandemic has tested our ability to be resilient and fierce in providing quality programming for the industry. With your continued support, the Annual Conference will go on as planned streamed through your preferred viewing device (mobile or desktop). 

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Wednesday, August 11

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Networking

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Opening General Session 

- Parting Address 
C. Brant Ahrens, 2020 IBA Chair and President of Retail and Digital Banking, CIBC


- Resiliency 2.0 Discussion

Moderator: Randy Hultgren, IBA President & CEO


Michelle Gross,Executive Vice President and COO, State Bank of Bement

C. Brant Ahrens, President of Retail and Digital Banking, CIBC

Bill Gleason, President, The Leaders Bank

2:05 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Flash Sessions (Choose from all presentations)

2:35 p.m. - 3:05 p.m. Economic / Interest Rate Update...Deja vu 
Presented by BOK Financial Institutions Group

3:10 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (Choose from all presentations)

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Day 1: It’s a Wrap, Announcements & Awards

Thursday, August 12

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Salute to IBA Leadership: Election and Induction of IBA Directors and Officers

Inaugural Address: 
Michelle L. Gross, 2021 IBA Chair, Executive Vice President and COO, State Bank of Bement

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Regulatory Panel
Moderator: Carolyn Settanni, EVP and General Counsel

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Community Service Awards

10:20 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Flash Sessions (Choose from all presentations)

10:50 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Closing General Session

- Banker of the Year Award
- The Winning Mindset: Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., Speaker, Psychologist and Media Personality 

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Keep Winning: The Conversation Continues

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo

The Winning Mindset
Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo has helped hundreds of clients achieve and exceed their physical and personal goals of happiness, confidence and success. Previous clients include: Coca-Cola, Oppenheimer, Westinghouse, Solo Cup, NBC Universal, Deloitte, UBS, Lincoln Financial and many others. 

Her ability to help men and women unlock their unique personal happiness code has made her America’s most interviewed celebrity psychologist, with over 100 TV and radio appearances on shows like Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, The TODAY Show, Steve Harvey, CNN, and Fox Business News.

Success improves when mindset and actions are aligned. In this presentation, Lombardo takes the audience through a formula to master mindset by applying cutting-edge research in neuroplasticity. Learn specific action tools to optimize your thinking and boost success in your personal and professional lives. Learn how to develop a winning mindset from Shaquille O’Neal’s very own “Head Coach for Happiness.”



2:05 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. FLASH SESSIONS

Lessons Learned from the First Wave of CECL Adoptions
Nicholas Hahn, Risk Consulting Partner, RSM US LLP

Optimizing Your Payments Networks
Larry Pruss, SVP - Project Management, Strategic Resource Management

Strategic Loan Stress Testing During a Challenging Credit Cycle
Steven Schick, CPA, CGMA, Partner, Financial Services Practice, Plante Moran
Tom Siska, Senior Audit Manager, Plante Moran
John Spear, Senior Manager, Risk Management, Plante Moran TBD

Joseph Silvia, Partner, Howard & Howard

3:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Recent Trends in Community Bank Mergers, Valuations and Capital Markets
John Adams, Principal and Head of Investment Banking, Sheshunoff & Co

Executive Briefing on Current Issues and Opportunities for Banks
Robert M. Fleetwood, Partner, Group Co-Chair, Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group
John M. Geiringer, Partner, Regulatory Section Leader, Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group

Common Audit and Exam Findings and How to Avoid Them
Brian Crow, CAMS, Managing Partner & Co-President, TCA® A Better Way
Michelle Strickland, CRCM, Managing Partner & Co-President, TCA® A Better Way


8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Session

The Regulators’ Perspective: Navigating the Supervisory Landscape
Carolyn Settanni, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, IBA

Hilario Gonzalez, Assistant Regional Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Mark Medrano, AVP, Supervision and Regulation, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Christopher J. Newbury, Deputy Regional Director, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Allen North, Vice President, Safety and Soundness Supervision, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Nathan Perry, Associate Deputy Comptroller - Central District, Comptroller of the Currency
Chasse T. Rehwinkel, Acting Director, Division of Banking, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

10:20 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. FLASH SESSIONS

Planning for Asset Growth: How to Grow and Keep on Growing
Tim Eischeid, Partner, BKD CPAs & Advisors

Cybersecurity Threats, Trends and Strategies for Financial Institutions
Matt Janoski, CISA, CISSP, Senior IT Audit Manager, Wipfli
Joel Lego, Security+, MCP, CISSP, Manager, Wipfli

What Should Be on Your Roadmap for Digital Success
Timothy Reimink, Managing Director, Crowe LLP
Nicholas Moore, Manager, Crowe LLP

Become the Best Place to Work: Strategies to Attract, Develop & Retain Talent
Joe Micallef, President, Sales Strategist and Coach, Grow UP Sales & BankTalentHQ

Strategic Risks & Opportunities Unique to Family-Owned Banks
Peter Wilder, Attorney/Shareholder, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Beyond Cash Compensation 
Matt Brei, President, Blanchard Consulting Group

The Marketplace & Sponsors

Sponsors: Your support is truly appreciated! We encourage conference participants to learn more about the sponsors by visiting the Marketplace directory on the Illinois Bankers mobile app.

Annual Conference Sponsors

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Legal Education 

The Illinois Bankers Association is recognized as an accredited CLE provider by the Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois. Attorneys licensed in the state of Illinois will earn 2.25 hours of MCLE credit for attending The Regulators’ Perspective (1.25) and Executive Briefing (1.00) concurrent sessions. 

Continuing Professional Education 

The Illinois Bankers Association is recognized as a public accountant continuing professional education sponsor by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Public accountants licensed in the state of Illinois will earn up to 4 credits of continuing professional education credit by attending the general and concurrent sessions.

Cancelling Your Hotel Reservation

If you already booked a hotel room, you are responsible for canceling your own reservation.

Hilton Branson Convention Center
Phone: 866-442-0959

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