During Bank Director’s fourth annual Bank Chairman/CEO Peer Exchange, attendees met in closed-door, off-the-record peer groups for a candid discussion of challenges and solutions focusing on Growth and Risk. The event also included panel sessions with valuable counseling from some respected financial services advisers on topics like risk oversight, management succession, responding to the changing industry landscape, managing the regulators and keys to a productive CEO-board relationship.

The Bank Chairman/CEO Peer Exchange provided participants the opportunity to share best practices with their peers and discuss critical issues facing the financial industry allowing everyone to take away ideas and tools needed to more effectively lead their bank’s board.

Session Highlights Included:
 – State of the Industry
   Ben Plotkin, Vice Chairman of the Board, Stifel Financial Corp.;
   Executive Vice President, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.;
   and Executive Vice President, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods

 – Keynote Address
   Catheen Nash,
President & CEO, Citizens Republic Bancorp, Inc. and
   James L. Wolohan, Chairman, Citizens Republic Bancorp, Inc.

 – Board Succession Challenges
    James W. Cornelsen,
President & CEO, Old Line Bank and Old Line Bancshares, Inc.
    Paul L. Simoff,
Principal, Austin Associates LLC
    Joan Susie, CEO, Bank Director