Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM CST
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Embassy Suites - Little Rock 
11301 Financial Centre Pkwy, Little Rock
Little Rock, AR 72211

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Arkansas Community Bankers Association 
Chris Padgett

Arkansas Community Bankers 2017 Bank Management & Directors Conference 

ACB's Annual Bank Management and Directors conference will be held Nov. 8 in Little Rock, AR, at Embassy Suites. As the agenda indicates, our lineup of presenters will provide a tremendous amount of current, cutting edge information for you to take back to your bank and use.  

This year we our honored to have the incoming ICBA Chairman, Scott Heitkamp, ValueBank (Corpus Christi, TX), kick off our event. He will update us on the efforts underway in Washington, D.C. to benefit community banks and the power community banks are exerting on the national level. 

In keeping with our longstanding practice, there is no registration fee for ACB member bankers. And this year, ACB members can receive 5 CPE credits absolutley FREE by attending! 

So, register today to ensure your seat at the 2017 conference.  If you need a hotel room follow,  the Embassy Suites link and be sure to request the $129.00 ACB room rate.

Delivery Method: Group Live
Program Level: Overview
Prerequisites: None
Advanced Preparation: None
CPE Credits Available (1-Finance, 2-Management Services, 1-Regulatory Ethics, 1-Personal Dev.) 5 Total
Course Policies: For more information on refunds, concerns and program cancellation policies, please contact our offices at 501-246-4975 or at info@arcommunitybankers.com. 

Arkansas Community Bankers is a member of the Arkansas State Roster program. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE sponsors through its website

ACB Management & Directors Conference

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


 9:00 – 9:25 Welcome and Introductions

Jim Gowen Jr. - ACB President. President, Merchants and Planters, Newport, AR

Scott Heitkamp - ICBA Chairman - President, ValueBank, Corpus Christi, TX

 9:25 - 10:00 Eric Haar - Vice President, Director of Government and Industry

Relations - FHLB

Legislative Update: Dodd-Frank Reform, Fannie and Freddie and the Future of Housing Finance.

 10:00 - 10:50 Shaun Harms - Executive Director, Bankers Assurance

Compliance Hot Topics. This session will concentrate on the “what to know” compliance and BSA issues that are on the rise from audit and examinations to keep your bank from hitting any roadblocks.

 10:50 - 11:05 Break

 11:05 - 12:00 Jim Reber - President, ICBA Securities

As we approach year end, community bank portfolio managers may have not realized that there are some practical steps that can be taken to make close-out easier, not to mention more profitable. Perched on the horizon is the Federal Reserve and its still-evolving policy on “accommodation removal”. Add to this the market’s expectations which have been sending mixed signals. We will touch on all these topics, providing a roadmap for your year-end preparations. We will also comment on some practical steps to take as you enter the new year of 2018.

 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

 1:00 - 1:50 Stephen Nikitas - Senior Marketing Strategist, Harland Clarke

Tips and new strategies in acquiring new deposit account holders, how to increase share of wallet amongst existing account holders, thoughts for increasing loan acquisition, both from existing customers and acquiring new loan customers. Your take-aways from this session will ensure your financial institution knows how to appropriately identify the prospective customers who will increase the profitability of your institution as well as the initiatives your bank can Implement in order to attract them.

 1:50 - 2:40 Michael Berman, President, Ncontract Cybersecurity and Vendor Management

During this workshop, Ncontracts' CEO, Michael Berman, J.D., discusses the impact of breaches on financial institutions along with regulatory mandates that hold your executives and Board responsible for your vendors' cybersecurity and disaster recovery resiliency.

 2:40 - 2:55 Break

 2:55 - 4:10 Jay Toups, Principal, Retail Management Resources,

The last ten years of banking has seen dramatic changes in customer behavior, increased regulation and the change is only increasing. Where do we go from here as a community banking industry? This final presentation of the day will give insight and provoke some thought to the foundations of moving forward.


  Thanks to the generousity of our sponsors there is

no registration fee for this event!

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