Bank Director’s annual Peer Exchange provides an opportunity for members of a bank’s board to share time and ideas with peers from across the country.  Banking-specific, with board-level issues addressed by industry advisors throughout both days, this Peer Exchange provides a place for those seeking insight, opinions, and perspectives on strategic, risky and potentially expensive issues to collaborate with, and learn from, fellow board members.

*Agenda subject to change.12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch + Registration

1:00 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.
Welcome + Opening Remarks
Jack Milligan
, Editor, Bank Director magazine
Mika Moser, Senior Vice President, Bank Director

1:05 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
How A Strong Board Makes For A Strong Bank
Gayle Appelbaum
, Principal, McLagan
Jeff Green, Partner and National Practice Leader, Financial Institutions, Moss Adams LLP
Steven D. Hovde, President & CEO, Hovde Group, LLC
Stephen M. Klein, Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Moderated by:  Jack Milligan, Editor-in-Chief, Bank Director magazine
At a time when the long-term viability of being a successful bank is being called into question, our commitment to those who believe a strong board makes a strong bank never wavers.  To welcome attendees to Seattle and to this year’s event, we invite leading industry advisers to share their observations on those characteristics that contribute to a strong and successful board of directors — and how this benefits the institution as a whole.

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Growing Your Bank
Steven D. Hovde, President & CEO, Hovde Group, LLC
It has been said that the best acquisition a bank can make is of a new customer.  This presentation illustrates how and where a bank’s board can think about growth — be it organically or via an acquisition.

2:00 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Peer Exchange Instructions
Mika Moser,
Senior Vice President, Bank Director
To allow for a candid, open exchange, attendees will be placed in peer groups based on their bank’s asset size.  Participants will remain in their peer groups throughout the event to cover four topic areas, broadly encompassing growth, risk, legal and team.

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Peer Exchange Session I:  Growing Organically… or Through Mergers & Acquisitions
During this exchange, participants discuss opportunities to grow a bank’s brand, client base and deposit base… be it through acquisition or organic means. 

3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
How The Board Can Protect The Bank
Dan Huston, Partner, Moss Adams LLP
With new and ever-more complex laws and regulations affecting community banks, directors and officers are under unprecedented pressure to perform.  The board, while carrying out traditional fiduciary duties, now has added regulatory mandates in areas as diverse as compensation and risk.  This session provides an overview on protecting the bank while helping it grow.

4:20 p.m. – 5:35 p.m.
Peer Exchange Session II:  Dealing With Today’s Risk
Cybersecurity, technology risks, new regulations – round two of the peer exchanges focuses on the risks facing banks today. 

5:35 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Networking Cocktail Reception

7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast + Registration

8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.
Jack Milligan
, Editor, Bank Director magazine
Mika Moser, Senior Vice President, Bank Director

8:05 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.
Today’s Top Five Legal Issues
Stephen M. Klein,
Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Financial institutions of all sizes face a range of regulatory, M&A and compliance issues.  This session highlights five of the more important ones to be aware of right now.

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Peer Exchange Session III:  Legal Risks & Responsibilities
This session focuses on those legal risks and responsibilities facing bank boards today. 

10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Compensation Strategies
Gayle Appelbaum, Principal, McLagan
Bryan Lemke, Director, McLagan
However a bank desires to grow, the board needs a compensation strategy that fits the culture, business goals and risk appetite.  In this session, we explore issues like incentive compensation, clawbacks and pay ratios to illustrate how various plans can attract, motivate and reward a bank’s team.

10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Peer Exchange Session IV:  Building (and Keeping) the Right Team
The last peer exchange focuses on your bank’s most essential talent.  The conversation dives into how to find, attract and compensate key leaders and staff.

12:05 p.m.
Conclusion of the Peer Exchange