JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge
January 28 – 30, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions


Who should attend the Acquire or Be Acquired Conference?
With over 1,800 industry leaders joining us in 2023, 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 growth and strategy event since 1994. Both bankers and financial executives have attended the Acquire or Be Acquired Conference for the past 30 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 $2,495. 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?
The discounted room block at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge is nearly sold out; however, leisure rates are available. Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 898-4527 or click here to see what is available – and feel free to contact the hotel periodically as we get closer to January 2024 for changing availability. Below is a list of other nearby properties:

Marriott’s Canyon Villas
5220 East Marriott Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85054
*The JW Desert Ridge has a shuttle going back and forth between these two properties on a regular basis. Guests of the Canyon Villas may utilize the amenities, including the pools, at the JW Desert Ridge.

The closest alternative resort style hotel option is below:

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
3.9 miles away

Alternative hotel options nearby:

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Phoenix North – Scottsdale
4575 East Irma Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85054
1.1 miles away

Cambria Hotel – Phoenix
4425 East Irma Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85054
1.1 miles away

Residence Inn by Marriott Phoenix Desert View at Mayo Clinic
5665 East Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85054
1.6 miles away

SpringHill Suites Scottsdale North
17020 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
3.7 miles away

What if I need to cancel my in-person reservation at the conference?
Due to commitments and expenses, all cancellations after December 8, 2023 will be subject to a $450 processing fee. We regret that no refunds will be given after January 5, 2024; 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 [email protected] or call our events department at 877-397-7595.

Is there a guest program?
Yes. The guest rate of $595 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.

How can I sign up for the golf tournament on Tuesday, January 30?
The golf tournament is currently full. If you’d like to be put on the waitlist, please contact our events department by calling 877-397-7595 or emailing events@bankdirector.com.

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: www.nasbaregistry.org. 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 [email protected] for more information regarding this program and on the number of credits awarded for this event.

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