7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast + Registration

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
First-Timer + Member Breakfast
Bank Director welcomes first time attendees and our bank services members to this year’s annual Bank Audit & Risk Committees Conference.  During the breakfast, first-time attendees and members receive an overview of what to expect over the day and a half event.

8:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Al Dominick, CEO, Bank Director
Just as banks need to develop their risk capabilities, skills and talents, so too do officers and directors have both an opportunity and the responsibility to stay abreast of various trends and topics. To open this year’s program, we highlight the key issues to be addressed throughout the conference.

8:10 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
On Headwinds and Tailwinds…
Steven D. Hovde
, Chairman & CEO, Hovde Group, LLC
As we start this year’s conference, we focus on the industry trends, operating conditions and areas of potential opportunity for those banks attending this annual event.

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Emerging Issues Shaping Board Oversight
Christopher Allen
, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Jerry Miller, Partner, Wipfli LLP
Officers and directors at big banks, regional institutions and community-based banks need to address myriad regulatory and economic challenges while confronting various risks and working to identify where a bank might create competitive advantages. In this session, we explore those issues shaking up banking today.

9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Refreshment Break

10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The Changing Political Environment & What It Means to Banking
Stephen E. Allis
, Principal in Charge of Government Affairs, KPMG LLP
Robert Dye, SVP, Chief Economist, Comerica Bank
Moderated by: Al Dominick, CEO, Bank Director
With a new administration in the White House, fundamental changes are on the horizon. Learn how these shifts in the political environment will affect your bank and the financial services industry as a whole.

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.
Keynote: The Digital Transformation of Banking
Greg D. Carmichael, President & CEO, Fifth Third Bancorp
This session presents an insider’s look at the transformation of banks in the Information Age, from how technology has shaped the way banks operate to the digitization of the customer experience.

11:50 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch
Sponsored by: Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Building the Best Bank
Jennifer Gemma, Director, U.S. Governance & Program Oversight, BMO Financial Corp.
Syed Raza
, SVP and AML Officer, Texas Capital Bank
Moderated by: Eric Holmquist, Managing Director, ERM National Practice, FIS
In this session, attendees will learn from an interactive, TV-talk-show-style, expert panel about how to transform defense into offense using best practices to build a high performing bank with operational excellence that grows shareholder value.

2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Topic Breakouts (select one)

Breakout I: Key Credit Trends
Shannon O’Donnell
, SVP, Senior Credit Administrator and Chief Risk Officer, AuburnBank
David Ruffin, Director, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
This session focuses on how Audit Committees and Risk Committees alike should be preparing for future changes in credit trends.

Breakout II: Managing Compensation Risk
Gayle Appelbaum
, Partner, McLagan
Todd Leone
, Partner, McLagan
Howard H. Nolan, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Bridgehampton National Bank
This session focuses on how to manage both the risks and the rewards of employee compensation.

Breakout III: Hiring a Chief Information Security Officer: Money Well Spent?
David McKnight
, Senior Manager, Security and Privacy, Crowe Horwath LLP
As a community bank, should you hire a CISO (Chief Information Security Officer)?

2:50 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Refreshment Break

3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Topic Breakouts (select one)

Breakout I: A Primer on the Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) Standard
Kevin Brand, Financial Services Advisory Manager, Crowe Horwath LLP
This session focuses on what Audit and Risk Committee members need to understand about the new Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) standard.

Breakout II: Emerging Interest Rate Risks
Steven D. Hovde
, Chairman & CEO, Hovde Group, LLC
Eric Sprink, President & CEO, Coastal Community Bank
A rising tide might lift all ships, but not all banks will benefit equally from the expected rise in interest rates over the next few years. This session will provide board members with the necessary information to understand their own bank’s exposure to higher interest rates from a risk management perspective and also how their balance sheets should be positioned to actually profit from a rising rate scenario.

Breakout III: Strengthening Board Oversight on Compliance Culture
Lynn McKenzie
, Partner, KPMG LLP
J. Terry Strange, Audit Committee Chair, BBVA Compass Bancshares, Inc.
Corporate culture is an important consideration for boards and Audit Committees, especially in terms of strategy and compliance. Overseeing a bank’s corporate culture can be a difficult prospect for non-executive directors, especially those with limited exposure to much of the financial sector and limited ways to influence the culture.

4:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Point/Counterpoint Debate On Emerging Issues
Dennis Gustafson
, Financial Institutions Practice Leader, Armfield, Harrison & Thomas, Inc.
J. Bruce Hildebrand
, CFO, First Financial Bankshares, Inc.
Salvatore Inserra
, Partner, Crowe Horwath LLP
James R. Stewart, Chief Risk Officer, Midland States Bancorp, Inc.
Moderated by: Al Dominick, CEO, Bank Director
In this session, we pose statements relating to the financial disclosure process; the link between culture and how a financial institution performs and executes its strategy; and today’s regulatory, strategic and economic challenges.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Networking Peer + Guest Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by:  Hovde Group, LLC

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m.
Bank Board Composition Trends
Jack Milligan
, Editor-in-Chief, Bank Director
Mika Moser, Chief Operating Officer, Bank Director
With board composition continuing to be a hot topic, we open today’s program with a look at the type of people that banks are recruiting in order to build effective, experienced and diverse boards of directors.

8:10 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
The FBI’s View on the Future of Banking
Eric Brelsford, Special Agent, Chicago, Federal Bureau of Investigation
How does a cyber intrusion occur? What are the three most common intrusions and what precautions should be taken by both the bank and you personally? During this session, hear from a highly decorated veteran with the FBI to receive answers to these questions and find out what you should expect from the FBI if an intrusion occurs at your institution. 

8:40 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
The Board’s Growing Role in Cybersecurity
Brian Browne
, Principal, Mazars USA LLP
The board has a growing role in cybersecurity oversight, and in this session, we discuss a handful of cybersecurity oversight practices to provide insights into how organizations are overseeing cyber risk.

9:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Topic Breakouts (select one)

Breakout I: Must-Have Strategies to Attract and Retain Key Officers & Millennials
Harry L. (Trey) Deupree, III, Consultant, Equias Alliance
With increasing competition for talent, how can banks attract, retain and reward key officers? In this session, learn about various practical short-term and long-term strategies to minimize risk in compensation plans. Hear about the various tools that your bank can use to recruit and keep key talent, including millennials who are projected to comprise more than 50% of the workforce by 2020.

Breakout II: Launching (and Overseeing) an Investigation
Thomas L. Danielson
, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen
Ryan Merryman
, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen
Nathan Perry, Assistant Deputy Comptroller, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Generally, bank boards launch investigations when claims relate to financial irregularities, a government enforcement matter or allegations are made against senior management. In this breakout, we look at how to initiate, and subsequently oversee, such an investigation.

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Refreshment Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.
Topic Breakouts (select one)

Breakout I: Implementing ERM at Your Community Bank
Tim Kosiek
, Partner, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Mark A. Nelson,  Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, Alerus Financial, N.A.
At a time when mobile payments, API banking, location based offers and digital wallets are changing the “face” of banking, this breakout session looks at how and where banks under $1Bn might implement an Enterprise Risk Management program.

Breakout II: How Do You Know If Your Risk Appetite Is “Right?”
Jennifer Burke
, Partner, Crowe Horwath LLP
This session focuses on developing a risk appetite statement first – and then managing and measuring to make sure it still “fits.”

11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Innovation Comes At A Price
Thomas E. Bennett, Jr., Chairman & Co-CEO, First Oklahoma Bank
Brandon Janosky, Director, Detalus
Jimmie Lenz
,  SVP, Predictive Analytics, Wells Fargo, Wealth and Investment Management
Tracy A. Zepeda, Senior Vice President & Chief Retail Officer, Opportunity Bank of Montana
Moderated by: Mika Moser, Chief Operating Officer, Bank Director
Banks need to be able to deploy, change and adapt their people, processes and technology in support of the compliance activities to address continually changing environments. In light of that, this banker panel will discuss how their institutions evaluate their partners.

12:05 p.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Mika Moser
, Chief Operating Officer, Bank Director


For more information and to register for the 2017 event, please email [email protected] or call our events department at (877) 397-7595.