Events : Acquire or Be Acquired Conference

Frequently Asked Questions

A note about the 2021 Acquire or Be Acquired Conference
2021 tested all of us in ways we never imagined. It seems a new challenge awaits us at every turn. While we planned to host business leaders in late January, the CDC recently warned that December 2020, and January & February 2021 might be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation. Accordingly, we postponed the 27th annual premier banking event for CEOs, senior executives and board members until January 30 – February 1, 2022.

What is Bank Director doing between now and the 2022 Acquire or Be Acquired Conference?
In the near term, Bank Director is putting together a new digital board-level intelligence package – Inspired By Acquire or Be Acquired – found exclusively on The content will be made available on February 4 – February 19, 2021.

This by no means replaces the annual conference; however, by aggregating the type of leadership issues one would find at a conference like Acquire or Be Acquired into short-form segments, we clearly (and concisely) bring the best of the professional services world to life, allowing you and your board team to plan for the road ahead. At a high level, the information provided addresses complex challenges facing officers and directors. Some segments reflect conversations designed to take place in the boardroom; while others reflect real-time data business leaders might base short-term performance goals off of.

Should we see travel become a possibility in the spring or summer of 2021, we will consider hosting small groups of bank CEOs and chairs to gather safely. Please refer to our events listing for updates and additional information.

Who should attend the Acquire or Be Acquired Conference?
With over 1,300 industry leaders joining us in 2020, this annual event is created specifically for those executives leading U.S. financial institutions, specifically Chief Executive Officers, Chair of the Board, Board Members, Presidents, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Risk Officers, Chief Compliance Officers, Chief Technology Officers, Chief Marketing Officers, Heads of Retail, Heads of Lending, Heads of Strategy and Senior Management of financial institutions.

Why should I attend the Acquire or Be Acquired Conference?
Bank Director’s Acquire or Be Acquired Conference has been widely regarded as the financial industry’s premier bank M&A and growth event since 1995. Both bankers and financial executives have attended the Acquire or Be Acquired Conference for the past 26 years to get advice from knowledgeable speakers through no-nonsense interactive sessions that help them explore a variety of growth options. Year after year, this conference addresses the most critical and timely issues facing banks.

How much does the in person conference cost, and what does this fee cover?
The standard individual registration rate for bankers is $2,295. This fee includes all conference activities, materials, meals and beverages at the event site. This price does not include travel or hotel accommodations.

Where can I register for the Acquire or Be Acquired Conference?
You may register online or call our events department at 877-397-7595.

Where can I find more hotel information?
There is a discounted hotel room rate available for conference attendees at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge until Thursday, January 6, 2022 or until all rooms are reserved. Please click HERE to reserve your room online, or contact the hotel directly at 800-835-6206 and mention “Bank Director” to receive the discounted rate of $399/night for a standard room. Should you need to cancel your hotel reservations, you must do so 7 days prior to your scheduled check-in date to avoid a one-night room and tax fee. Rooms are limited, so please book early!

What if I need to cancel my in-person reservation at the conference?
Due to commitments and expenses, all cancellations after December 10, 2021 will be subject to a $300 processing fee. We regret that no refunds will be given after January 7, 2022; however, substitute participants are welcomed. DirectorCorps, Inc. assumes no liability for any nonrefundable travel, hotel or related expenses incurred by registrants. For more information regarding refunds, to register, concerns and/or program cancellation policies, please email or call our events department at 877-397-7595.

Is there a guest program?
Yes. The guest rate of $395 covers Sunday lunch and all receptions. If a guest would like to attend the sessions, please register them as an attendee. A guest is a spouse, significant other or friend who is not in a financial services occupation. A co-worker (even a spouse co-worker) or an associate within the financial services industry is not considered a guest and should register as an attendee.

The guest program fee does not include participation in Tuesday’s golf tournament. Guests interested in playing with attendees in the golf tournament can sign up based on space availability. The additional fee for guests to play golf is $205 and includes a boxed lunch; however, it does not include rental clubs or other expenses.

How can I sign up for the golf tournament on Tuesday, February 1?
The golf tournament is free to all registered conference attendees, but pre-registration is required. To register for the golf tournament, contact our events department by calling 877-397-7595 or emailing Golf clubs and shoes can be reserved for an additional fee at the attendee’s expense.

Is CPE credit available for this conference?
DirectorCorps, Inc., the parent company of Bank Director, is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. 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: Visit their information page for CPE learning objectives, program levels, prerequisites, recommended credits and complaint resolutions.

All of Bank Director’s education programs are classified as “Basic” program level with no pre-requisites or advance preparation required for participation in these events. All events fall under “Group-Live” delivery method. At the event, attendees will be required to keep a time sheet, and attendance at sessions will be monitored in order for attendees to receive the appropriate number of credits and a certificate of completion following the event. Please contact Bank Director at for more information regarding this program and on the number of credits awarded for this event.

For more information, please email or call our events department at 877-397-7595.