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These exclusive peer to peer groups were created by bankers for bankers to provide open forums for the learning and sharing of ideas. For your convenience, the forums are offered in-person and/or online (subject to change). Session fees can be prorated. Sign Me Up!

Cash Management/Treasury Forum

Virtual - May 26
In an ever-evolving payments environment shaped by changes in technology, competition, policy, and customer behavior, the Cash Management Forum provides a venue to share knowledge and engage in dialogue.

CEO Peer Group Forum

A virtual forum bringing together a diverse group of Illinois bankers
July 13 & October 5, 2021 and February 15, 2022

Running a bank has never been more challenging, and you need all the insight, experience, and ideas you can get. In an age of information saturation when bankers can turn to any number of sources for problem solving, the peer connections and in-depth discussions from these roundtables are powerful tools for Illinois’ top bank executives. 

This forum, tailored for banks and thrifts between $150 to $750 million in assets, provides a facilitated, open medium where ideas, experience, insight and views on many banking and business-related matters can be exchanged with your peers.


Springfield Group: May 7, August 6, December 3
Schaumburg Group: May 21, August 21, December 3
Designed to provide chief financial officers and senior financial managers the opportunity to network in a comfortable and professional environment. Facilitated by RSM US LLP and Plante Moran, the forum helps strengthen important ties with fellow community bank CFOs and financial managers, and examines issues with a fresh perspective. 


July 23
Provides participants with a forum to interact with local compliance professionals, share information about your compliance successes and challenges, and create educational opportunities for compliance professionals to strengthen the industry. 

Education and Trainers

Provides a platform for those responsible for training, learning and talent development, and employee development to exchange ideas freely, brainstorm challenges, and discuss important issues with peers. 

Human Resources

May 13, October 13
Designed to provide HR officers, executives and others overseeing HR functions within their financial institutions an opportunity to share ideas, information, and challenges with fellow human resource officers. Expect a lively, open discussion on employment issues facilitated by the legal and human resource experts. The valuable peer-to-peer interaction is provided at each meeting.


May 14, November 17
Provides a platform and opportunity for Marketing staff to exchange ideas freely, dissect problems and discuss vital issues with peers. You will have the opportunity to discuss industry trends and challenges as well as review a wide-range of developments that affect bank marketing strategies, tactics and results.

Midwest CEO Forum

State Bankers Association Partners: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
Attracting CEOs from financial institutions with $750M+ in assets. This six-state regional Midwest CEO Forum provides instant access to a confidential, best-fit peer group that is sure to form lifelong connections. This forum is designed to curate an inner group of high performing CEOs to discuss industry best practices, issues, and challenges. 

Friday, September 17, 2021 (Virtual) 8:30 – 11:00 CST, 9:30 – 12:00 EST 
Friday, December 17, 2021 (Virtual) 8:30 – 11:00 CST, 9:30 – 12:00 EST 
Friday, April 29, 2022 (In-Person: Chicago) 9:00 – 3:00 CST, 10:00 – 4:00 EST

Senior Retail Banking

February 25, June 28, September 27
Provides a platform for retail banking officers to exchange ideas freely, examine pressing issues, discuss current initiatives and trends with peers in this ever-changing regulatory, cost-conscious and productivity-drive environment. This virtual forum is designed for senior retail officers, retail managers, coordinators responsible for multiple branches/offices, and those who lead the retail banking sales and services efforts.

Small bank ceo

May 13, August 12, November 18 (In-Person at Bloomington Country Club)
Provides chief executive officers with the means to constructively examine pressing issues, exchange ideas and share solutions among colleagues in a comfortable and professional environment.

Technology & Operations

April 23, August 13, November 19
IT and operations officers are constantly challenged by the need to ensure they have up-to-date resources to stay on top of the ever-evolving regulatory, risk management, cost conscious and productivity-driven banking environment.