7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast + Registration
Sponsored by: Bank Compensation Consulting

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
The Dots You Will Need To Connect
Al Dominick, CEO, Bank Director
Mika Moser, Chief Operating Officer, Bank Director
Steve Jobs once mused, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” Given the pace of consolidation taking place in banking today — coupled with newly emerging competitors and evolving regulatory expectations — we offer some of the “new dots” we believe bank executives and board members need to be aware of in order to compete in the future.

8:30 AM – 9:10 AM
Culture Eats Compensation for Breakfast
Douglas L. Kennedy
, President & CEO, Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Todd Leone
, Partner, McLagan
Moderated by: Jack Milligan, Editor-in-Chief, Bank Director
It has been said that culture eats compensation for breakfast, lunch, dinner… and snacks in between. Regardless of size, bank executives and board members exert tremendous influence on the long-term culture and success of an institution.  As such, we explore where banks thrive, get into trouble and have opportunities to change given the experiences of the session panelists.

9:10 AM – 9:50 AM
Regulations, Politics & Crystal Ball Influences on Executive Compensation
Lazaro Barreiro
, Director of Governance and Operational Risk Policy, OCC
Bonita N. Lindberg, SVP, Director of Human Resources, Tompkins Financial Corporation
Susan O’Donnell
, Partner, Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC
Moderated by: Al Dominick, CEO, Bank Director
One thing’s for certain: change is constant in the banking industry. Pending regulations and a new government regime will continue to influence the future of executive compensation programs and practices. What should banks do during this period of uncertainty? What will the future hold? What are best practices regardless of pending regulations? The panelists on this session will provide their perspectives on current and future compensation strategies.

9:50 AM – 10:05 AM
Refreshment Break

10:05 AM – 10:45 AM
Breakout Sessions: Emerging Issues & Trends (select one)
In this first series of breakout sessions, we dive into emerging issues relating to shareholder expectations, compensation strategies and recruiting. These sessions prove valuable for members of a bank’s board looking to become more aware of industry trends and senior executives keen to explore what’s possible.

Breakout I: Keeping Pace with Shareholder Expectations
Daniel Rodda, Lead Consultant, Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC
John Willis, Senior Counsel, State Bank and Trust Company
Moderated by: Susan O’Donnell, Partner, Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC
Shareholders today have increased influence when it comes to executive compensation. Proxy
advisory firms (e.g. ISS and Glass Lewis), institutional investors (e.g. Blackrock, Vanguard) and even private equity firms all have expectations that continue to evolve and impact compensation philosophy, incentive program design and even governance practices. This session shares and contrasts some of these perspectives, discuss how their influence increases as the banks grow and mature, discuss effective engagement strategies and provide practical ideas for everyone to take back to your institution.

Breakout II: Emerging Issues Boards Need to Know for 2018
Lois W. Colbert
, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Todd Leone, Partner, McLagan
It has been said that a role on a compensation committee is similar to the expectations for those on audit. Since the Great Recession, the expectations for the compensation committee have consistently increased each year. With the experience of Wells Fargo being the most recent example, this session explores what committee members should be expected to know as well as what they should expect to challenge management on.

Breakout III: The Workforce of the Future: Compensating for Critical Skills
Lynne Mapes-Riordan
, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Kristine Oliver
, Managing Director, Pearl Meyer
The skill sets required to remain competitive are evolving at a rapid pace. How do banks identify those skills, evaluate current employees and recruit new talent? What does compensation need to look like to attract and retain critical talent? How should incentives be designed to optimize revenues Please join us for a robust discussion on these and other similar topics.

10:55 AM – 11:45 AM
A Look Around the Corner
Gayle Appelbaum, Partner, McLagan
Eric Hosken
, Partner, Compensation Advisory Partners
Donald L. Norman, Jr.
, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Suzanne A. Walker, Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Moderated by: Al Dominick, CEO, Bank Director
In this session, two expert compensation consultants and two leading attorneys in the space share their most relevant, prized advice and counsel to the audience, during a moderated discussion with Bank Director’s CEO, Al Dominick. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Where should a Human Resources Officer focus his/her attention to be pre-positioned for what’s next?
  • What issue should dominate the next compensation committee meeting?
  • What are the issues that no one wants to address even though we absolutely know that one day, it will have vast consequences?

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Networking Lunch
Sponsored By: Compensation Advisors, A Member of Meyer-Chatfield Group

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM
Taking Stock of Where We Stand Today
Flynt Gallagher, President, Compensation Advisors, A Member of Meyer-Chatfield Group
Mika Moser
, Chief Operating Officer, Bank Director
During this interactive session, we gauge the audience’s opinions regarding compensation practices, leadership development, growth plans and talent acquisition.

1:00 PM – 1:40 PM
Creating a Company That Scales
Matt Brei
, President, Blanchard Consulting Group
David Ghegan, Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP
Francis J. Leto, President & CEO, Bryn Mawr Trust
Moderated by: Al Dominick, CEO, Bank Director
One of the biggest issues in an M&A transaction is the successful integration of two cultures. In this moderated panel discussion, we explore how successful acquirers developed a culture, at the board-level, that allowed for the bank to grow through acquisition. Next, we look at how they foster a culture within the combined bank that results in the successful pairings of teams, brands, customers and communities.

1:40 PM – 2:20 PM
The Board’s Role in Leadership Development
Laura Hay
, Managing Director, Pearl Meyer
Alan Kaplan, Founder & CEO, Kaplan Partners
Gail D. Manuel, Director, Compensation Committee, Old Line Bank
Moderated by: Jack Milligan, Editor-in-Chief, Bank Director
Boards consistently indicate that developing a strong bench of leadership talent is a priority. This session discusses key questions boards and Compensation Committees should be asking. What is the board’s role beyond CEO succession planning? How are innovative boards identifying and mentoring the development of next-generation leaders? What is the impact of leadership development and culture business strategy and execution? What role does compensation play?

2:20 PM – 2:35 PM
Refreshment Break

2:35 PM – 3:15 PM
Breakout Sessions: Developing Strategies For Growth & Excellence (select one)
We designed these breakout sessions to help board members and senior executives develop strategies to help their bank grow, while demonstrating excellence in corporate governance that shareholders and customers deserve and today’s regulators demand.

Breakout I: The New World of Commercial Lending
Katrina Gerenz
, Associate Partner, McLagan
Dinna Rivera, SVP, Human Resources Director, United Bank
Commercial lending is still the bread and butter of the community bank, but lender compensation has evolved dramatically since the Great Recession. This session focuses on both pay levels and pay designs for today’s commercial lenders. In addition, learn how regulatory guidance has impacted plan designs for the commercial lender.

Breakout II: New Techniques to Motivate Top Talent
Flynt Gallagher, President, Compensation Advisors, A Member of Meyer-Chatfield Group
As the art of motivating talent continues to be a topic of discussion at a number of institutions, this session explores how to engage your employees on a different level, why this is important and how to structure compensation to complement the bank’s objectives.  We also look at the most common compensation strategies to recruit for your next talent acquisition.

Breakout III: Strategies to Developing an Integrated Compensation & Succession Plan
Kelly W. Earls
, Principal, Bank Compensation Consulting
Employee compensation and succession planning clearly relate to one another.  But the question is how. How can we have confidence our successors will remain with the bank without simply opening our checkbooks? This session explores approaches you can use to create a cohesive plan.

3:25 PM – 4:05 PM
All Business Models Are Not Created Equal
Jay D. Burchfield, Compensation Committee Chair, Simmons First National Corporation
Flynt Gallagher
, President, Compensation Advisors, A Member of Meyer-Chatfield Group
Lee Ann Hesse, Chief Human Resources Officer, The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod
Moderated by: Jack Milligan, Editor-in-Chief, Bank Director
This session will focus on three main factors that are impacting a bank’s business model today, namely (1) the increased use of technology to make the bank more efficient; (2) the continued popularity of online and mobile use; and (3) the changing demographics of a bank’s customer base. Hear from our expert panel, consisting of a Human Resources Officer, a Compensation Committee member and a compensation consultant, as they discuss why all business models are not created equally.

4:05 PM – 4:55 PM
The CEO’s Perspective
David P. Mansfield, CEO, The Provident Bank
John Sorrell, President & CEO, Core Bank
Charie Zanck, CEO, American Community Bank & Trust
Moderated by: Al Dominick, CEO, Bank Director
As the industry transitions, where are the opportunities – both to help others and to grow one’s business? While some simply focus their CEO’s evaluation on whether the bank made its numbers that year, doing so is insufficient. This session looks at the panelists’ opinions on a variety of topics such as strategy and vision, leadership, innovation and technology, operating metrics, risk management, people management and external relationships.

4:55 PM – 5:00 PM
Closing Remarks
Al Dominick, CEO, Bank Director

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

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Only The Strong Survive
Jack Milligan, Bank Director
One of the biggest challenges for a bank’s leadership team today is creating a workplace environment for innovation, creativity and collaboration. Those that successfully adapt to changing customer expectations and employee aspirations stand to benefit significantly in the years to come. To kick off the second day of this annual event, we highlight how some banks are embedding new cultures and behaviors to stand out in our highly competitive industry.

8:15 AM – 8:55 AM
It Is A Great Time To Be A Banker
Steven D. Hovde, Chairman & CEO, Hovde Group, LLC
In this session, we focus on industry trends, operating conditions and areas of potential opportunity for those banks attending this annual event.

9:05 AM – 9:45 AM
Breakout Sessions: Compensation & Recruitment Strategies (select one)

Breakout I: Diversity & Inclusion – More Than Just a “Check the Box” Initiative
Mary F. Allen, SVP & Director, Employee Relations, New York Community Bancorp, Inc.
Anthony J. Rose
, Chief Administrative Officer & Executive Vice President, Dime Community Bancshares, Inc.
Suzanne A. Walker
, Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
This session addresses WHY diversity is good for business and HOW banks can implement an
impactful diversity and inclusion initiative. In addition, the panelists share the good, the bad and the ugly of the “voluntary” self-assessment process.

Breakout II: Regulatory Update
Christian Chandler
, Partner, Hogan Lovells
Bryan Lemke
, Principal, McLagan
Compensation regulations for the banking industry have been ever-present and ever-changing in recent years, and many boards have been challenged to stay abreast of how and when their bank is likely to be impacted. This session educates attendees on the current state of various proposed regulations as well as any possible changes on the horizon. We also discuss the finalized CEO Pay Ratio rules, which will impact public banks beginning with 2018 proxy statements. What does HR need to know in order to complete the calculation and disclosure, and what are the key awareness points for directors?

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Refreshment Break

10:00 AM – 10:40 AM
Managing Disruption & Compensating for Innovation
Travis Engebretsen
, Vice President, Strategy, Seacoast Bank
David Seitz
, Managing Director, Pearl Meyer
Toni Walsh, EVP & Head of Human Resources, Country Club Bank
Moderated by:
Mika Moser, Chief Operating Officer, Bank Director
Banks are experiencing disruptive market forces which are fundamentally changing how they interact and attract customers and recruit talent. How are banks addressing new competitors, technologies and a changing workforce? How do banks move from reacting to disruption to innovating and creating new market opportunities? How can compensation play a role in supporting these solutions? This panel of distinguished professionals will share their vision and insight into key strategies for banks.

10:40 AM – 11:20 AM
Insight from Bank Chairmen
F. Rusty Elsner, Chairman, ACNB Bank
Anthony J. LeVecchio
, Chairman, LegacyTexas Bank
Moderated by:
Jack Milligan, Editor-in-Chief, Bank Director
The role of a chairman varies from bank to bank.  Some grew up in the institution while others bring in an outsider’s perspective. To wrap up this year’s event, we invite the perspectives of several chairmen from strong performing banks to share what they’ve learned over their careers, reflect on what’s been discussed during this year’s conference and provide a platform for them to offer practical advice to strengthen the dynamic between members of a bank’s board and the institution’s key personnel.

11:20 AM – 11:25 AM
Closing Remarks
Jack Milligan
, Editor-in-Chief, 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. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island was unharmed by the recent hurricane.  The property is in full working order and we look forward to welcoming participants to this year’s Bank Compensation & Talent Conference.