Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST
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Embassy Suites - Little Rock 
11301 Financial Centre Pkwy
Little Rock, AR 72211

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Arkansas Community Bankers Association 
Chris Padgett

Arkansas Community Bankers 2019
Bank Management & Directors Conference

ACB's Annual Bank Management and Directors conference will be held Nov. 5 in Little Rock, AR, at the Embassy Suites Hotel. As the agenda below 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.

In keeping with our longstanding practice, there is no registration fee for ACB member bankers. And this year, ACB members can receive 6 CPE credits absolutley FREE by attending! 

So, register today to ensure your seat at the 2019 conference.  If you need a hotel room follow the Embassy Suites Hotel link.  

Delivery Method: Group Live
Program Level: Overview
Prerequisites: None
Advanced Preparation: None
CPE Credits Available (2-Finance, 1-Management Services, 1-Regulatory Ethics, 1-Information Technology, 1-Personal Dev.) 6 Total
Course Policies: For more information on refunds, concerns and program cancellation policies, please contact our offices at 501-246-4975 or at 

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

Agenda Below  


Bank Management and Directors Conference
November 5, 2019
Little Rock, AR
Embassy Suites


8:00 – 8:30 Registration

8:30 – 8:40 Welcome and Introductions

8:40 – 9:10 University of Arkansas Women’s Basketball Coach - Michael Neighbors

9:10 – 10:00  Cash Flow Whiplash - Jim Reber, ICBA/Vining Sparks Securities

If 2019 has taught us anything, it’s that interest rate projections are dicey propositions. Many, if not most, community banks began the year positioned to benefit from a rising rate environment. After rates fell to multi-year lows, portfolio managers had a new set of bad news/good news dynamics: unrealized gains, and unexpectedly high cash flow. We will examine how bond portfolios have changed in the last year, focusing on securities that have a reasonable chance of performing well in the current rate environment.

10:00 – 10:50 Emerging Employment Issues: Medical Marijuana and Telecommuting as a Reasonable  

 Accommodation - Jeff Starling, Balch & Bingham                

Two-thirds of U.S. states have legalized some form of marijuana use, although it remains illegal at the federal level. What does this mean for HR employees in charge of crafting policy? Regular work-at-home employees has grown by 140% since 2005, nearly 10x faster than the rest of the workforce, or the self-employed, and hiring remotely opens your institution up to a much wider pool of talent. This presentation will look at two growing trends in the employment sector and leave you better prepared to take advantage and to avoid the possible pitfalls associated with each. 

 10:50 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:50 ICBA Washington Update - Chip Bartlett, ICBA Congressional Relations

Chip will present a “Washington Update” on the new Congress, potential bills in the pipeline and an overview of recently passed legislation. An informed banker populace is a strong banker populace.

11:50 – 12:45 Lunch - Sponsored by First National Bankers Bank

12:45 – 1:35 The Evolving Landscape of Cyber Security and Data PrivacyEdward Chang, Travelers

Community banks face cyber risks that are complex and ever changing. It can be challenging for risk managers to stay current on the risks posed by emerging technologies, on evolving cyber threats, and on changes to the regulatory landscape. This presentation will survey the latest cyber threats, from ATM “jackpotting” to ransomware and “cryptojacking,” as well as significant developments in data privacy law over the past year, such as GDPR and the next, new wave of data privacy legislation. Finally, the presentation will also review the latest cyber claim trends and issues in incident response.

1:35 – 1:45 Break

1:45 – 2:35 MBS: The Rules of Engagement - Jamie Moore, First National Bankers Bank

As interest rates wax and wane, MBS investors must remain flexible in their approach, continuously evaluating risk factors in the market.  Does your investment policy restrict your ability to maintain a high performing portfolio? This presentation will review the concepts of duration and convexity, duration evaporation, the High WAC origination phenomenon, outperformers vs. underperformers, managing negative convexity and relative value opportunities across various MBS sectors. 

2:35 – 3:55 Arkansas SBA Update and SBA Arkansas Bank Lender AwardsEdward Haddock, SBA

SBA of Arkansas will provide an update on the latest demographic and geographic SBA lending in the state.  Know where the money is going and how you can leverage this funding to create economic development within your community. With most rural areas stagnate or decreasing, community banks need to utilize every resource to protect the viability of our rural cities and towns.

In addition, SBA will award the Arkansas SBA Lender Awards! Are you one?  

4:00 Adjourn

CPE Credits Available (2-Finance, 1-Management Services, 1- Regulatory Ethics 1-Informmation Technology, 1-Personal Dev.) 6 Total

Thanks to the generousity of our sponsors there is no registration fee for this event!

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