JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge
January 26 – 28, 2025
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend the Acquire or Be Acquired Conference?

With over 1,800 industry leaders joining us in 2024, 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?

Since 1995, the Bank Director’s Acquire or Be Acquired Conference has been widely regarded as the financial industry’s premier bank growth and strategy event. Bankers and financial executives have attended the Acquire or Be Acquired Conference for 30 plus years to get advice from knowledgeable speakers through no-nonsense interactive sessions that help them explore various growth options. This conference addresses the most critical and timely issues facing banks year after year.

How much does the in person conference cost, and what does this fee cover?

The standard individual registration rate for bankers is $2,595. This fee includes all conference sessions, 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.

What if I need to cancel my in-person reservation at the conference?

Due to commitments and expenses, all cancellations after December 6, 2024, will be subject to a $450 processing fee. We regret that no refunds will be given after January 3, 2025; however, substitute participants are welcome. 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 at the JW Marriott. If a guest would like to attend the sessions, please register them as attendees. All guests must have a name badge to be admitted to these events. 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 or pickleball tournaments. Guests interested in playing with attendees in either of those tournaments can sign up based on space availability. The additional fee for guests to play golf is $205 and the additional fee to play pickleball is $50. Both of these fees include a boxed lunch; however, it does not include rental clubs or other expenses.

How can I sign up for the golf tournament on Tuesday, January 28?

The golf tournament fee is $150 for all registered conference attendees. Pre-registration is required for participation. Rental clubs and shoes are available to participants at their expense through the Wildfire Golf Club. The cost is $90 plus tax for rental clubs and rental shoes cost $35 plus tax. Please indicate your club and shoe needs when registering for the conference online. If you register and are no longer able to participate, you must cancel prior to January 3, 2025 to get a full refund. To register for the golf tournament, please call our events department at 877-397-7595 or email [email protected].

Is there an alternate activity for attendees and guests not interested in the golf tournament?

Registered conference attendees can register to play pickleball on Tuesday after the conference concludes. The additional fee for attendees to play pickleball is $25. Registered guests interested in playing pickleball with attendees may sign up based on space availability. The additional fee for guests to play pickleball is $50. If you register and are no longer able to participate, you must cancel prior to January 3, 2025 to get a full refund. To register for the pickleball tournament, please call our events department at 877-397-7595 or email [email protected].

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.

What is the policy for audio & video recordings at the conference?

Audio and/or video recordings of the presentations made at this conference are expressly forbidden unless advance written consent has been obtained from both Bank Director and the presenter(s) to be recorded. Bank Director may conduct audio and/or video recordings during a session. Bank Director owns the rights to all such recordings.

What is your suitcasing policy?

Suitcasing is the act of soliciting business by non-exhibiting companies during the event or in the other public spaces, including another company’s booth, exhibit hall or a hotel lobby. It is Bank Director’s event management’s objective to do everything legally possible to protect its exhibitors and bank attendees from suitcasing.


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