Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM CDT
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Crowne Plaza - Little Rock 
201 S Shackleford Rd
Little Rock, AR 72211

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Arkansas Community Bankers Association 
Chris Padgett


Arkansas Community Bankers
2020 CFO/Financial Officers Conference


Postponed due to health considerations.  Watch for re-schedule details.

The constant change in the community bank CFO’s environment — regulatory, legislative and accounting — is creating very real challenges and burdens. In the shifting landscape of the financial services industry, CFOs are confronted daily by situations that call for a range of expertise. The importance of reliable tools and techniques is critical to bottom-line performance. Learning how to manage all critical aspects such as financial performance, investment analysis, reporting requirements, risk management and capital and funding requirements can positively influence your bank’s profitability.

This conference will help you stay current on the issues affecting you by covering asset/liability management, regulatory changes, investment portfolios and other relevant topics. In addition to the impressive line-up of industry experts, the program allows for extensive peer interaction and resource sharing.

Who Should Attend

CFOs, Controllers, Investment Officers, Chief Risk Officers, Cashiers, Treasurers, Asset Liability Management Officers and Senior Bank Officers



8:00 – 9:00 a.m.               Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.             The ALCO Process - Driving Bank Performance
                                          Al Forrester, Founder & CEO, FICast Data, LLC

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. This session will focus on the various indicators that drive how we perform in terms of ROA and ROE metrics.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.            Fending off Disaster: The Role of Vendor Management
                                          in Business Continuity Planning

                                          Michael Carpenter, Risk Solutions Architect, Ncontracts

Do your critical vendors have well written, executed and tested business continuity plans? If they don’t — or if you don’t know whether they do — your financial institution may not be nearly as prepared to weather a disaster as it thinks. This session will explore the link between vendor management and business continuity planning (BCP) to show why it’s not enough for FIs to develop internal business continuity plans. Join us as we delve into these two regulatory hot topics, arming your institution with strategies and tools for uncovering vendor BCP vulnerabilities and fortifying your own business continuity plan.

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.            Networking Break

11:15 – 12:15 p.m.            Mergers & Acquisitions Update

                                           Robert Flowers, Partner, Fenimore Kay Harrison & Ford

Consolidation in the financial institutions sector remains robust and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Understanding current trends in pricing, structure, and mitigation strategies will lead to a more effective and efficient transaction process. This presentation will focus on those current trends in pricing, structure, and mitigation strategies, as well as touch on several “pitfalls” of which to be aware in the M&A process. 

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.              Lunch 

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.                Deposit Gathering Strategies & Liquidity Management
                                           David Still, Promontory Interfinancial Network

The long-awaited rising interest rate environment is here, deposit betas are increasing, and liquidity trends are beginning to pose serious challenges for banks. In this session, learn about these trends and how they may impact your institution from both regulatory and funding perspectives. And more importantly, learn how to better navigate regulatory challenges, manage liquidity in a challenging environment, and use diverse funding strategies to reduce risk and minimize overall cost of liabilities.

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.                Networking Break

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.                ERM Implementation - A Five Step Process
                                           Jeff Rigsby, Founder & CEO, CB Resource, Inc.

Implementing an effective Enterprise Risk Management (“ERM”) process has become one of the most significant challenges facing community banks today. Some of the main hurdles include, but are not limited to: getting buy-in from the boardroom to the front line, effective integration throughout the organization, and using a sustainable systems approach to ERM implementation and reporting. This session is designed to lay out a proven approach to ERM implementation and integration highlighting how to Identify, Measure, Monitor and Control Risk.

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.                 A New Decade of Investment Securities
Jim Reber – President ICBA Securities

From an investment management stand point the “teens” were characterized by active monetary policy and record-low yields. Attendant to that were volatile cash flows and an evolution of new investment products as well as the adoption of some off-balance sheet strategies. As the new decade begins, we will review the recent past and discuss some of the newer securities sectors and popular strategies for community banks.

Session Description TBD

4:15 p.m.                           Conference Adjourns


Additional Information

  • Delivery Method: Group Live
  • Program Level: Overview
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advanced Preparation: None
  • CPE Credits Available (2- Economics, 3- Finance and 1- Management Services) 6 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