Kicking Off 30 Years of Acquire or Be Acquired

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When it first debuted in 1994, Acquire or Be Acquired focused largely on bank M&A. The conference has since expanded to bring bankers a wide array of content exploring all of their growth options. The 30th annual event will highlight themes including customer experience, talent and CEO succession, organic growth and technology partnerships. Laura Schield, Bank Director’s chief operating officer, and Bank Director President Michelle King kick off the festivities in Phoenix ahead of Day 1.


Michelle King


Michelle King is president of Bank Director and FinXTech. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the strategy and financial performance of the company. Michelle joined Bank Director in 2011. She is focused on leading the company’s business development, bank services efforts, marketing, public relations and branding. This includes efforts to reach senior bank executives and board members along with corporate clients and prospective clients. In addition, she frequently meets with CEOs, chairs of the board, c-level executives and members of the board to provide services and support to these officers and directors. Michelle is a member of the Bank Director board and serves on the Executive Committee.


Laura Schield

Chief Operating Officer

Laura Schield is the chief operating officer of Bank Director and FinXTech, and has served in numerous roles with the company since her start in 2010. Her primary focus is overseeing the day-to-day operational functions of the company. She is responsible for leading the planning and production of conferences and events, handling all aspects of human resources and managing the teams responsible for data, circulation, accounting and finance. She also integrates and implements new projects as the company continues to grow. Laura is a member of Bank Director’s board of directors and serves on the Executive Committee.