Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM CDT
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Holiday Inn - Little Rock 
3201 Bankhead Dr
Little Rock, AR 72206

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Chris Padgett 
Arkansas Community Bankers Association

Arkansas Community Bankers 2018 CFO/Financial Officers Conference 

The role of the bank CFO, controller, treasurer or cashier is tougher than ever. Financial strategies are continually evolving in an effort to determine the best path for achieving earnings. Whether it is growing your loan portfolio or simply finding new fee income, the challenge to create acceptable ROA and ROE performance is as difficult as we have seen for nearly 20 years. 

The 2018 CFO & Financial Officers Conference is specifically designed to provide strategic insights and critical industry updates you need to lead your bank to success. Our impressive line-up of national experts will provide presentations on regulatory changes, accounting principles, interest rate risk, capital planning, and other relevant topics. Participants will gain a wide variety of information from expert speakers on topics that community bank chief financial officers have repeatedly requested, and return to the bank ready to implement newly found ideas and knowledge.


CFOs, Controllers, ALM Officers, Chief Risk Officers, Cashiers, Treasurers, and Senior Management


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.            Registration 


9:00 – 9:50 a.m.  Peer Analysis – How Does Your Bank Stack Up?

Shawn O’Brien, President, QwickRate

In today’s market of low interest rates and low growth, the ability for a bank to earn an acceptable return on equity is increasingly difficult. Earning a good return, however, should be a critical objective for bank directors and management, both to ensure the bank’s long-term survival and its ability to raise capital to take advantage of opportunities. The best way for management and directors to measure progress toward that goal is to actively track the absolute and relative performance of the bank, both near term and long term.

9:50 – 10:40 a.m.  Secrets Revealed: 10 Things Your Core IT Provider Will Not                               Tell You

Aaron Silva, Founder & CEO, Paladin fs, LLC & Golden Contract Coalition, LLC

When it comes to negotiating and renewing these multi-million dollar relationships once every five to seven years, community banks are at a distinct disadvantage negotiating against their Core and IT service providers – bankers must know what to demand in advance. Suppliers protect these secrets within a team of highly skilled negotiators, contract writers and lawyers who negotiate hundreds of contracts each year with different institutions – never sharing with you what they negotiated differently with any other institution nationwide. This session will take the audience through 10 critical issues and negotiating secrets that bankers should know before they sit down at the negotiating table.

10:40 – 10:50 a.m.        Networking Break

10:50 – 11:40 p.m.  The ALCO Process - Driving Bank Performance

Al Forrester, Founder & CEO, FICast Data Corporation

There is no doubt that our lending program provides the fuel for our banking engine, but it is also true that our ALCO process drives our bank performance. The decisions we make in the ALCO drive our mix of assets, the margins we achieve in those assets, and the capital we need to make this all happen. Our speaker has over 25 years working with bankers on how to best manage this ALCO process and his session will focus on the various indicators that drive how we perform in terms of ROA and ROE metrics. 

11:40 – 12:30 p.m.  Update on New Accounting Standards and Focus on the       Increased Use of Models

Paul Allen, Shareholder, Saltmarsh Cleaveland & Gund

This session will discuss the recent accounting, auditing, and reporting issues, with an emphasis on the impact on community banks.  We will also provide a brief update on the increased use of models including the risks associated with using a model and an overview of the model validation process.

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.          Lunch

1:20 – 2:10 p.m.   What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Managing Technology       Risk

Sara Nielsen - BankOnIT

Cybersecurity threats continue to increase and yet the most often overlooked risk in community banks is technological. If not properly managed, these risks may lead to disruptions in your bank, regulatory criticisms and financial losses to your institution.  This session will address the importance of a strong technology risk management program which will help to ensure that your bank is properly protected in this dynamic risk environment. 

2:10 – 2:20 p.m.           Networking Break

2:25 – 3:15 p.m.  How Banks Should Make the Decision to Buy or Sell & The            Role Capital Plays

Robert Flowers, Partner, Hunton & Williams

Decisions made even before bankers engage with the other side foretell the likelihood for success. This presentation will discuss how to play the negotiating game in the most effective manner for both sellers and buyers.

3:15 – 4:05 p.m.   Investment Strategy & Security Selection for Each Rate       Environment

Jim Reber, President & CEO, ICBA Securities

How many of us have found ourselves investing without a real strategy and living to regret decisions reached without a sound process? Investing in the past few years has taken on a much larger role in our profit picture and having a process that assures consistency as opposed to attempting to bet on interest rates is key to success in the future. This session will focus on a sound process for investing as opposed to the "hot" bonds for today's buyers and will leave you with constructive ideas for investing in the future.

 4:15 p.m.           Q&A - Conference Adjourns

Additional Information

  • Delivery Method: Group Live
  • Program Level: Overview
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advanced Preparation: None
  • CPE Credits Available (2 - Economics, 3 - Finance, 1 - Accounting  and 1 - Information Technology) 7 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