7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast & Registration
Sponsored by: Bank Compensation Consulting

8:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m.
Al Dominick, CEO, Bank Director
To open this year’s conference, one tailored to the information needs of a bank’s chairman, CEO, Bank Compensation Committee, Bank Nominating/Governance Committee and Human Resources Officer, we highlight where banks are growing, finding talent and successfully fending off competition.

8:10 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
Keynote: Taking Control of Tough Situations
Rhonda Barnat,
Managing Director, Abernathy MacGregor
In this age of instant communications, what can executives and board members do to help their institution come through a tough situation with its reputation intact? We will discuss proven crisis management strategies and an overall structure to help manage the unexpected spotlight and return to normal.

8:40 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Aligning People | Products | Performance
Susan A. Bagwell, EVP, Human Resources, South State Bank
Harold R. Carpenter, CFO, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc.
Denise Devine, Human Resources Committee Chair, Fulton Financial Corporation
Moderated by: Todd Leone, Partner, McLagan
As evidenced by the last few years of bank mergers, the drive to increase both size and scale has become supremely important for many community banks. Consequently, talent acquisition and management need to keep pace with business aspirations. In this session, we look at how high performing institutions align their people with their products in order to drive impressive financial performance.

9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Your Regulatory “Pop Quiz”
Sumitra M. Haddad, Senior Examiner, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
David Nimmo, Compensation Committee Chair, Landmark Bank, N.A.
Susan O’Donnell, Partner, Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC
Sound compensation and governance practices have always been a focus of bank regulators. Evolving guidelines and the recently proposed incentive rules will create new challenges for bank boards and executive teams. This session will highlight the regulatory issues that should be on your watch list. We will pose a series of questions to the audience and a panel of experts including a regulator, banker and consultant who will share tips and best practices to help your institution comply with current and future regulations.

10:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
Refreshment Break
Sponsored by: Executive Benefits Network

10:35 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Topic Breakout Sessions (select one)
In this first series of breakout sessions, we dive into emerging issues relating to talent acquisition, compensation strategies and board responsibilities. These sessions prove valuable for directors looking to become more aware of industry trends and executives keen to hear from their peers.

Breakout Session I: Equity, ISS & Post-Vest Holds: Issues In Today’s Equity Plans
Gayle Appelbaum, Partner, McLagan
Todd Leone, Partner, McLagan
Find out how today’s equity plans are being designed two years into ISS’ new equity plan scorecard approach. And learn about new techniques in equity design which are favorable to both institutional shareholders and the bank’s bottom line.

Breakout Session II: Compensation Strategies for the New World
Kristen A. Johnson, Compensation Committee Chair, United Financial Bancorp, Inc.
Susan O’Donnell, Partner, Meridian Compensation Partners, LLC
The banking industry has changed significantly over the last decade and will continue to evolve. Increased regulations, industry consolidation and technology demands are some of the key drivers that will require banks to adapt their business and compensation strategies in ways some may not even envision today. What are successful strategies for transitioning compensation strategies through mergers, acquisitions and growth? How might emerging regulations impact bank’s ability to compete for talent in the future? What might be the downstream effects of the new regulations on community banks? What tools and strategies should banks be implementing today to prepare compensation programs for this new world?

Breakout Session III: Millennials & Work: Fact Or Fiction?
Kristine Oliver, Managing Director, Pearl Meyer
Suzanne A. Walker, Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
There are many perceptions regarding the attitudes of millennials towards work. Learn the difference between fact or fiction along with how to best attract, motivate and retain the newest generation to the workforce.

11:25 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch
Sponsored by: Compensation Advisors, a member of Meyer-Chatfield Group

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
What You & Your Peers Think
Flynt Gallagher, President, Compensation Advisors, a member of Meyer-Chatfield Group
Mika Moser, Chief Operating Officer, Bank Director
During this 15-minute interactive session, we benchmark the audience’s opinions regarding compensation practices, leadership development, growth plans and talent acquisition.

12:45 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.
The Changing Face of Directorship in Banking
Susan Ancarrow, Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP
Cathy Cox, Director, United Community Banks, Inc.
Laura Hay, Managing Director, Pearl Meyer
Moderated by: Naomi Snyder, Editor, Bank Director
The profile for directors is changing as banks bring on new talent. Learn how institutions are addressing new expectations in governance, determining the skills needed in the boardroom and changing pay for board service.

1:35 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.
The Measurements You Really Need
Michael Blanchard, CEO, Blanchard Consulting Group
Matt Brei, President, Blanchard Consulting Group
M. Theresa Schwartzer, EVP, Human Resources, Univest Corporation 
Moderated by: Jack Milligan, Editor-in-Chief, Bank Director
Compensation proves a powerful communication tool that will, more than anything else, underscore what an institution and its leaders truly value. For those developing effective programs and policies, we lay out the various tools, techniques and philosophies being put into practice by banks.

2:25 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Refreshment Break

2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Topic Breakout Sessions
However a bank desires to grow, the board needs a compensation strategy that fits the culture, business goals and risk appetite. This series of breakout presentations focuses on myriad topics and trends that are best described as timely and relevant.

Breakout Session I: Retail – A Dynamically Changing Environment – How Have You Changed?
Barb Archer, Vice President, Compensation Manager, Union Bank & Trust
Katrina Gerenz, Principal, McLagan
Learn how changes in the marketplace to the retail footprint have impacted people, processes and pay. Hear about the shift to the universal banker, branch optimization and how productivity and pay have entered the dynamic of the branch footprint.

Breakout Session II: Succession Planning For All Levels At Your Institution
Douglas P. Faucette, Partner, Locke Lord LLP
Steven J. Marlow, Managing Consultant, Bank Compensation Consulting
Many banks learn the hard way the importance of having a plan in place before disaster strikes. Learn the basics for setting your bank up for success, should the unexpected occur.

Breakout Session III: The Hot Issues In The Bank’s HR Department
Lynne D. Mapes-Riordan, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Susan M. Smith, EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Investors Community Bank
What did 2016 mean for the HR professional’s effort to stay abreast of all the changes in laws, regulations, court cases and best practices? What might have passed through the cracks and how would you know? This session will review 2016 and all of the final efforts of the Obama administration to complete their agenda in the employment arena. It will highlight the movements at the state level that have expanded civil rights to more groups of people. Though not strictly an employment law or regulation, how do you deal with legalized marijuana in many states? This session will also discuss those challenges that HR faces when the bank is involved in a merger or an acquisition.

3:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Point-Counterpoint Debate
Gayle Appelbaum, Partner, McLagan
Flynt Gallagher, President, Compensation Advisors, a member of Meyer-Chatfield Group
Donald L. Norman, Jr., Partner, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Suzanne A. Walker, Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Moderated by: Jack Milligan, Editor-in-Chief, Bank Director
During this lively, interactive and informative point-counterpoint debate, we engage the audience discussing how to find, attract and compensate key leaders and staff. Based on real-time audience feedback, panelists relay frank assessments regarding compensation program design, performance metric selection, pay for performance alignment and talent/leadership strategies.

4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
A CEO’s Hottest Topics
Gerard Cuddy, President & CEO, Beneficial Bank
Kent Ellert, CEO, Florida Community Bank
Christopher J. Murphy, III, Chairman & CEO, 1st Source Bank
Moderated by: Scott Petty, Managing Partner, Financial Services, Chartwell Partners
Before incentive programs can be determined, staffing needs are addressed and a succession plan is developed, a CEO needs to articulate a vision and communicate key priorities to his or her team. To conclude today’s presentations, we explore what is capturing the attention and imaginations of bank CEOs today.

5:20 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.
Day One Closing Remarks
Mika Moser, Chief Operating Officer, Bank Director

5:25 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Networking Peer & Guest Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by: Hovde Group, LLC

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.
Welcome Back
Jack Milligan, Editor-In-Chief, Bank Director
Mika Moser, Chief Operating Officer, Bank Director
A bank’s most valuable asset is its people, and the focus of the second day of this year’s program takes a closer look at succession planning and talent development by identifying several key takeaways from Bank Director’s annual Bank Executive & Board Compensation Study.

8:05 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.
Transformative Forces Reshaping Banking
Steven D. Hovde, President & CEO, Hovde Group, LLC
In this session, we focus on the industry trends, operating conditions and areas of potential opportunity for those banks attending this annual conference.

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Topic Breakout Sessions
In these breakout sessions, where we encourage questions from attendees, we focus specifically on a variety of topics that are important to the entire audience.

Breakout Session I: 280G, Post-Termination And M&A—A Strategic Overview
Christian Chandler, Partner, Hogan Lovells
Bryan Lemke, Director, McLagan
In today’s M&A environment, how officers are treated in a change-in-control agreement is often an overlooked area. While this is displayed for public companies in the post-termination payment section of the proxy, this has been changing dramatically over the past few years. Learn how the influence of institutional investors and today’s mergers have impacted these important compensation considerations.

Breakout Session II: BOLI: A Bank’s Swiss Army Knife To Enhance Shareholder Value
David Fritz, Managing Partner, Executive Benefits Network
Pat Marget, Managing Partner, Executive Benefits Network
This session is designed to highlight the many current uses of BOLI banks utilize as they continually strive to be strategic with capital. New BOLI purchases have tripled since 2009 and over 3,000 banks nationwide own this valuable asset. Learn about the many advantages and uses BOLI can bring to your bank.

Breakout Session III: The Age Of Alignment: Strategy-Driven Compensation
Andrew K. Strimaitis, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Greg Swanson, Managing Director, Pearl Meyer
Compensation can be a key driver of fulfilling your bank’s business and leadership strategies. Learn how to use the various components of compensation to support your strategic objectives and take the bank to the next level.

9:50 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
Refreshment Break

10:05 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
For this final series of breakout sessions, each presentation identifies a specific pressure point impacting banks looking to strengthen their teams and offers practical suggestions for addressing them.

Breakout Session I: Top Ten Section 409A Mistakes in Employment & Severance Agreements
Lois W. Colbert, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Suzanne A. Walker, Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code imposes complex rules that often apply to employment and severance agreements. The penalties for violating these rules are severe and generally fall upon the executive or other service provider. This presentation will address key Section 409A mistakes found in employment and severance agreements as well as opportunities for avoiding or correcting these mistakes. This topic is of particular interest at this time due to increased merger activity in the banking industry and the IRS’ focus on Section 409A compliance during company audits.

Breakout Session II: Incentivizing Your Team to Maximize Your Values
Flynt Gallagher, President, Compensation Advisors, a member of Meyer-Chatfield Group
The acquisition, development and retention of bank executive talent is key to the survival and prosperity of community banks. This session explores issues plaguing the banking community and offers insight about obtaining and maintaining the executives necessary to provide the appropriate leadership and expertise.

Breakout Session III: The Personal Side Of M&A
Steven D. Hovde, President & CEO, Hovde Group, LLC
Not all transactions fail for financial reasons. This session will cover real considerations you should take into account to ensure a successful deal.

11:05 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
How to Help High Potential Talent Grow Your Bank
Robert DiCosola, EVP, Human Resources/Training/Management, Old Second Bancorp, Inc.
Matthew Rusnak, VP, Director of Compensation & Performance Management, Bank of North Carolina
Catherine M. Scarlett, EVP, Chief Ethics & Human Resources Officer, NBT Bank
Moderated by: Jack Milligan, Editor-in-Chief, Bank Director
Many lament that the “talent bench” in banking has never been thinner than it is today. True, it may make sense to recruit outside the bank for a complex new line of business or risk management position. However, to wrap up this year’s program, we highlight how banks of different sizes can get their teams smarter and stronger regardless of resources by looking at the market trends in terms of skills being sought and pay being made.

11:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Concluding Remarks
Jack Milligan, Editor-in-Chief, Bank Director

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