Innovation, Growth Strategy to be Focus of Upcoming Banking Conference

Best-Selling Author Brett King and John Cantarella of TIME, INC. Annouced as Speakers

BRENTWOOD, TENN., March 12, 2013 – The financial industry is evolving at a breakneck pace, with many banks struggling to keep up.  From video tellers, to social media, to expanding in a still-recovering economy, how can banks best plan for growth?

Bank Director’s inaugural Growth Conference opens in New Orleans on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, to explore the strategy, tactics and innovation that lead to organic growth.  Featured speakers at the event include: 

  • Best-selling author and speaker Brett King and Sankar Krishnan, of the Global Client Engagement Banking & Financial Services Practice at Sutherland Global Services, explore what the rise of mobile means for the traditional bank.  Will there be a need for retail banks in the future?
  • John Cantarella, president of the Digital, News and Sports Groups at Time Inc., will close the event by revealing how entities like,, and engage audiences to build strong brands.

Several leaders in the banking community will share their strategies for growth.  These include:

  • Jay Sidhu, chairman and CEO of Customers Bancorp Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the event, revealing how Customers Bank leads the field in core income as it successfully expands in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.
  • Dan Speight, vice chairman and chief operating officer at Atlanta-based State Bank and Trust Company, reveals how banks can leverage business intelligence tools and strategies to measure and manage their organic growth plans. 
  • Richard Hill, executive vice president and chief retail banking officer at Hancock Holding Company, based in Gulfport, Mississippi, examines how banks are using technology to fuel growth.
  • Peter Benoist, president and CEO of Enterprise Bank & Trust and John Lane, CEO of Congressional Bank, with Wayne Gore, senior vice president of BancAlliance, discuss the diversification of products and services, and how this benefits the industry.
  • Peter Crist, chairman of Wintrust Financial Corporation, Kevin Lynch, chairman, president and CEO of Oritani Bank and James McCarley, chairman of ViewPoint Financial Group, discuss with Bank Director editor Jack Milligan the board’s role in growth strategy.

The complete agenda for Bank Director’s 2013 Growth Conference is available online at  For more information on this and other Bank Director events, visit

Since 1991, Bank Director has served as a leading information resource for the directors and officers of financial institutions.  Bank Director hosts a variety of conferences and director-training programs throughout the year designed to increase the effectiveness of directors, focusing on topics like growth strategy, compensation, lending, M&A, and risk.  In addition to events, Bank Director reaches the leaders of the institutions that comprise America’s banking industry through its quarterly magazine, executive-level research, and its website,  Bank Director is published by DirectorCorps, and headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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