CEO, Board & Director Programs

Building Strong Boards to Build Strong Banks

Since 1991, Bank Director has consistently supported chairs, CEOs, CFOs, general counsel, presidents and board members of financial institutions nationwide. With this focus, Bank Director created three programs to better serve members of the board, new directors and the CEO to develop strategies to help their bank grow, while demonstrating excellence in corporate governance that shareholders and customers deserve, and today’s regulators demand.  Below is an outline of each of these programs:

An Educational Program for Members of the Board

Bank Director’s annual Bank Services Membership Program combines Bank Director’s extensive online library of director training materials, conferences, our quarterly publication, and access to FinXTech Connect. See details below and click here to Learn More.

Bank Director Online Training Series
To learn when and where you would like, Bank Director presents the Online Training Series and Board Briefs. Developed by industry experts, both of Bank Director’s Online Training Video Series and Board Briefs were specifically developed to strengthen the entire board providing the foundational knowledge and latest information on best practices in all of the critical areas that directors must understand. Learn More.

Bank Director Magazine
As a program member you will receive Bank Director magazine each quarter. Bank Director has a circulation in excess of 20,000 bank directors and senior officers from FDIC insured financial institutions. No other banking publication of any kind reaches as many directors, and no other publication is edited specifically for financial institution board members. View latest issue.

Board & Executive Performance Surveys
Bank Director offers bank boards an independent evaluation of their board’s performance, with the goal of assessing and improving their effectiveness. In addition, bank director also offers a bank executive survey which reviews the skills and training needed to take the executive team to the next level. Learn More.

FinXTech Connect
Built specifically for financial institutions, FinXTech Connect is a curated directory of emerging financial technology companies who are strategically partnering with financial institutions of all sizes. Solutions include lending platforms, payment processing applications, security, data analytics and more! Learn more

Board Structure Guidelines
Built from consultations with three major bank regulators, Bank Director now offers Board Structure Guidelines. The guidelines provide directors with the knowledge to asses and review the overall board and committee structure.  Learn more.

Board Planning Services
To better serve board members and the institutions they support, the Bank Director team is now bringing our over 26 years of industry knowledge and event presentations to the boardroom. Designed specifically for banks, Bank Director will work with your board and/or executive team to develop an agenda, from one hour to a full day, to contribute to your overall planning meeting and/or executive and board retreat. Additional fees apply.

An Executive Program Designed for Today’s Bank CEO
Designed to provide bank CEOs with the tools and resources they need to lead their board and take their bank to the next level in terms of growth, strategy. and industry insight, the Bank Director CEO Executive Program provides exclusive resources designed for today’s bank CEO.  Learn More.

A Certification Program Specifically Designed for Bank Directors

Distinguishing individual board members through a comprehensive training program, Bank Director Certification provides participants with a thorough grounding in corporate governance and important industry issues that greatly enhance the performance of individual directors. Completing the program and becoming a certified bank director sends a clear message to investors and state and federal regulators that the board member takes its fiduciary duties seriously and wants to be a top performing member of the bank’s board. Program requirements include:

Bank Director Online Training Series
Within a year of applying for the Bank Director Certification Program, individuals must complete designated online training courses, which includes 33 online training videos and board briefs focused on the role of the board, audit & risk, compensation, governance and fiduciary responsibilities. Designates (should be designated) courses are labeled through Bank Director’s learning management system, and individuals receive credits as courses are completed. Learn More.

Bank Director Workshop
During the program, participants must complete one of the three Bank Director Workshops offered as part of the Bank Director Certification Program. There are two in person opportunities and also a virtual learning workshop if your schedule precludes you from traveling. The one day in person workshops is are conducted in advance of our Bank Audit & Risk Committees Conference held in Chicago in June, and our Bank Board Training Forum held in Nashville in September.  The virtual workshop includes online learning materials and a schedule of 60 to 90 minute virtual peer exchanges to address questions and provide instruction on the course curriculum. Learn More.

Governance Resources
As part of this program participants receive access to all of the benefits of our Bank Services Membership Program listed above, which includes Bank Director magazine, exclusive content on, access to our in depth research studies, board structure guidelines, new director onboarding resources, and exclusive access to virtual peer exchanges. Learn More.

To apply for the Bank Director Certification Program, please contact [email protected] or call our bank services department at 615.764.4681 for more information.