Frequently Asked Questions

Who should engage and gain access to the content Inspired By Acquire or Be Acquired?
Inspired by Acquire or Be Acquired lines up with “What Officers & Directors Need to Know Right Now.” This exclusive content available for 15 days on, aggregates current topics, trends, statistics and market insight for the senior most leaders of the banking industry. For instance,

  • If you are the CEO of a private company, you might be interested in the path to going public;
  • If you are the CEO of a public company thinking of acquiring another, you might be interested in pricing expectations;
  • If you are thinking fintech in 2021, we show how and where cloud-based technology companies are a smart bet;
  • If you are on the board, this helps you get current on issues like valuation and discover new growth opportunities;
  • For those working with banks, insight from bank CEOs on a variety of strategic issues;
  • For investors, analysts and trend seekers, we surface why banks intend to invest in certain areas; and
  • For senior bank leaders, provide real-world insight on how industry experts approach issues like culture, strategic planning and navigating challenging times.

The focus of our business intelligence package starts with the CEO of a bank. The issues presented touch on a number of key business leadership issues appropriate for a senior team to discuss, and the board to debate.

When is the content made available?
The exclusive intelligence package is made available on Thursday, February 4 – Friday, February 19, 2021.

What does the content include?
Unlike a digital conference, this board-level intelligence package does not require daily log-ins or excessive time in front of a computer monitor. Over a two-week period, we encourage users to explore the types of leadership issues one would find at a conference like Acquire or Be Acquired. In short-form segments, we clearly (and concisely) bring the best of the professional services world to life in a format both familiar and respectful to our audience. Each presentation includes a 20-30 minute video and provides supporting information which includes written content, in the form of white papers, articles and/or research reports.

In addition to the content package, Bank Director hosts “live” virtual sessions to allow participants to ask questions of industry leaders. Mark your calendars for the following presentations:

Monday, February 8 | 11:00 AM – Noon EDT
Ask Me Anything – A Live Q+A With KBW’s Tom Michaud
Al Dominick, CEO, Bank Director
Thomas Michaud, President & CEO, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., A Stifel Company
In this live Q+A, Bank Director’s CEO, Al Dominick, facilitates an hour-long conversation with the CEO of KBW, Tom Michaud. The two talk about avenues for growth in 2021, the challenge of staying relevant and the type of competition banks now face. In addition, the two welcome questions from officers and directors, especially those pertaining to M&A, fintech and today’s market conditions.

Tuesday, February 9 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
How Best To Deal With 2021 Credit Uncertainties
David Ruffin, Principal, IntelliCredit, A Division of QwickRate
After 2020’s pandemic-induced uncertainties about our bank’s credit quality, 2021 will require bankers to take proactive steps to both quantify and manage the credit after-shocks of COVID-19, including identifying hotspots in variously impacted subsets of our portfolios. In other words, writing our own risk profile script – before the regulator, or peer, does it for us!

Wednesday, February 10 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
M&A in the Aftermath of COVID
Justin Evans, Senior Vice President, Stephens, Inc.
Ted Rosinus, Managing Director, Stephens, Inc.
Frank Sorrentino, Managing Director, Stephens, Inc.
Scott Studwell, Managing Director and Head of Depository Group, Stephens, Inc.
M&A in the aftermath of COVID-19 should, and will, be different. While the near-term interest rate environment will produce environmental pressures, COVID has likely led to systemic changes to bank M&A. Have tangible book value earn-back thresholds changed? Should baseline cost savings be different? How should you think about credit marks? Do MOEs make more, or less, sense? What role should technology play in assessing your target market? Are core deposits more important in a post COVID world? This presentation explores these topics, and more.

How can I connect with my peers and industry experts?
Beginning Thursday, February 4, 2021, all registered users can engage directly with their constituents through Peer-to-Peer Messaging as well as Make Meetings directly with speakers and industry experts via the online platform. This feature remains available until Friday, February 19, 2021. In addition to the timely presentations, Bank Director is hosting two opportunities for you to engage with your peers during Virtual Peer Exchanges. Each of the below peer exchanges are included in your registration – however you must indicate your participation when completing your registration. Space is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note: in order to participate in the peer exchanges registration must be completed by Monday, February 8, 2021.

Future of M&A | Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
Sponsored By: Raymond James Financial Inc.

Strategic Planning for 2021 | Wednesday, February 17, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
Sponsored By: Performance Trust Capital Partners, LLC

How much does the online Business Intelligence Package cost?
The standard individual online rate is $1,595.

Special bank services member rates and group rates are available. To receive the special member rate and to inquire on how to join Bank Director’s Bank Services Membership Program, please email or call Bank Services at (615) 777-8461 or [email protected].

Where can I register for the online content Inspired By Acquire or Be Acquired?
You may register online at or call our events department at 877-397-7595.

How can I receive a Current Market Pricing Report for my bank?
Receive a complimentary Current Market Pricing Report, courtesy of Hovde Group. All registered participants are eligible to receive a customized report for their financial institution based upon recent activity in the industry. Please email Kirk Hovde, Head of Investment Banking, at [email protected] to request a Current Market Pricing Report for your bank.

Is CPE credit available?
DirectorCorps, Inc., the parent company of Bank Director, is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

All of Bank Director’s education programs are classified as “Basic” program level with no prerequisites or advance preparation required for participation in these events. This event falls under “Group-Internet” delivery method. During the event, attendees will be required to keep a timesheet and attendance at sessions will be monitored through our website login, in order for attendees to receive the appropriate number of credits and a certificate of completion following the event.

For more information and to register, please email [email protected] or call our events department at 877-397-7595.