Wednesday, August 30, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM CDT
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Clinton Presidential Library
1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR  72201

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown
521 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201(501) 975-9800
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Chris Padgett 
Arkansas Community Bankers Association 501-246-4975 


Arkansas Community Bankers
2023 Bank Management & Director's Conference


We look forward to seeing you at the Clinton Presidential Library. 

CPE Credits will be availble.  

Arkansas Community Bankers
Bank Management and Director’s Conference
Wednesday, August 30, 2023


9:00 – 9:30         Registration

9:30 – 9:45         Welcome and Introductions

9:45 – 10:35       Faster Payments - Patrick Dix, SHAZAM

Faster Payments: Opportunities, challenges, and the conversations you should be having right now. For the last few years, the term “faster payments” has been talked about as the industry tried to define a new set of payment rails. Now, with the rollout of FedNow, the challenge falls to your institution. How will you be using faster payments?  When will your cardholders and merchants become senders and receivers? This session will outline progress on the development of the faster payments, challenges in defining how “faster” will impact your bottom line, and key decisions your bank will have to make to ensure it is up to speed.

10:35 – 10:50    Break

10:50 – 12:00    Inflation, the Fed, and Balance Sheet Management - Kamal Hosein, Stifel Managing Director   

With the velocity of interest rate changes and loan/deposit levels, managing the balance sheet’s exposure to liquidity, interest rate and credit risk continues to be paramount. This session will explore aggregate industry sensitivities across these risks, decompose the review into peer ranges, and draw parallels for how other institutions may react. Commentary throughout will include references to peer activity, regulatory and accounting developments, and finally relative value opportunities in investments, loans, funding and derivatives.

12:00 – 1:00       Lunch - Sponsored by FNBB

1:00 – 1:30         Commerce Secretary, Hugh McDonald     

The Arkansas Commerce Secretary will outline the state's strategic vision for economic development and highlight initiatives aimed at attracting new businesses, fostering entrepreneurship, and creating job opportunities. The secretary will discuss key sectors, investment incentives, infrastructure projects, and collaborative partnerships, emphasizing Arkansas' commitment to driving sustainable growth and improving the quality of life for its residents.

1:30 – 2:20         Arkansas Economic Update - Mervin Jebaraj, Director, Center for Business and Economic Research at University of Arkansas

Insights into the current economic landscape of the state, including trends, opportunities, and challenges.

2:20 – 2:30         Break

2:30 – 3:20         National Economic Update - Katheen Navin, Senior Business Economist – Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Federal Reserve will provide an in-depth analysis of the current economic landscape, emphasizing its implications for community banks and the challenges we face. Offer strategic insights into interest rate trends, regulatory policies, and emerging risks, empowering community bankers with valuable knowledge to navigate the dynamic financial environment effectively and foster sustainable growth.



CPE Credits Available (2-Economics, 2-Specialized Knowledge)

Delivery Method: Group Live
Program Level: Overview
Prerequisites: None
Advanced Preparation: None
CPE Credits Available: 

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 Roster of CPE Sponsors, #139323. 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 www.nasbaregistry.org


                        Thanks to our generous sponsors!!


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