Illinois Bankers Association

Annual Conference: It's Your Show

NEW DATE ANNOUNCED: August 11-14 | Branson Convention Center
A Hybrid Event: In-person and Streamed thru the Illinois Bankers Event app

Host Hotel (If you already booked a hotel room for June, you are responsible for canceling your own reservation.)
Hilton Branson Convention Center
200 East Main Street, Branson, Missouri 65616
Phone: 866-442-0959

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Room Rate: $165 + Applicable Tax
Group Name: IBA Annual Conference
Group Code: IBA2
Check-in: 08-AUG-2021
Check-out: 18-AUG-2021
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Your In-person / All-access Virtual Pass
Virtual bank organizations registering by July 16 receive a special swag bag!

In-Person Registration Fee
Bank Member: $595 per person
Bank Member + Virtual Access: $995 (One in-person registration + unlimited bank virtual access)*
Bank Non-Member / Associate Member: $995 per person
Guest (Spouse/Friend/Outside Directors): $395 per person
Illinois Bankers PAC Experiences Announced Soon
Register two or more paid attendees and receive virtual access for your organization for FREE*

Virtual Only Registration Fee (Per organization)
Member Bank: $995 
Non-Member Bank / Associate Member: $1,395
NOTE: Upon registration, the registrant will receive an all-access pass confirmation email. It will include a sample team message, registration link and a promo code to be shared with the entire team.

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Wednesday, August 11
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Chairman’s Dinner (invitation only)
8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Welcome Mixer

Thursday, August 12
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. IBA Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m.  - 4:30 p.m. Guest Self-Guided Shopping Tour (optional)
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Desserts in Marketplace
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Opening General Session

Parting Address
IBA Chairman C. Brant Ahrens, IBA Chairman and President of Retail and Digital Banking, CIBC
The Winning Mindset
Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., Speaker, Psychologist and Media Personality

2:45 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Flash Sessions
3:20 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Flash Sessions
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Chairman’s Reception in Marketplace

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dinner on Your Own
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Hospitality Suite

Friday, August 13
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the Marketplace
8:00 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. Flash Sessions
8:35 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Flash Sessions
9:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. General Session

2021 Recovery - How Far and How Fast?
Christopher Kuehl, Ph.D., Managing Director, Armada Corporate Intelligence
Illinois Bankers PAC Bank of the Year Announcement

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Illinois Bankers PAC Golf Outing OR PAC Experience (optional)
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Chairman’s Reception in Marketplace
7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Dinner, Banker of the Year, Illinois Bankers PAC Silent Auction, Entertainment

Saturday, August 14
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Salute to IBA Leadership

Election and Induction of IBA Directors and Officers
Inaugural Address
IBA Chairman Michelle L. Gross, Executive Vice President and COO, State Bank of Bement

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
10:30 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Flash Sessions
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Closing General Session

Community Service Awards
Leadership and Accountability When It Matters
Commander Kirk S. Lippold, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Keynote Speakers & Sessions

The Winning Mindset
Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo has helped hundreds of clients achieve and exceed their physical and personal goals of happiness, confidence and success. Previous clients include: Coca-Cola, Oppenheimer, Westinghouse, Solo Cup, NBC Universal, Deloitte, UBS, Lincoln Financial and many others. 

Her ability to help men and women unlock their unique personal happiness code has made her America’s most interviewed celebrity psychologist, with over 100 TV and radio appearances on shows like Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, The TODAY Show, Steve Harvey, CNN, and Fox Business News.

Success improves when mindset and actions are aligned. In this presentation, Lombardo takes the audience through a formula to master mindset by applying cutting-edge research in neuroplasticity. Learn specific action tools to optimize your thinking and boost success in your personal and professional lives. Learn how to develop a winning mindset from Shaquille O’Neal’s very own “Head Coach for Happiness.”

Leadership and Accountability When It Matters
Commander Kirk S. Lippold, U.S. Navy (Ret.) was the commanding officer of the USS Cole when it came under a suicide terrorist attack by al Qaeda in the port of Aden, Yemen, on October 12, 2000. He and his crew distinguished themselves by saving the American war ship from sinking. This event is widely recognized as one of the most brazen acts of terrorism by al Qaeda prior to September 11, 2001.

Commander Lippold’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (three awards), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), in addition to various campaign and service ribbons. 

Using a devastating suicide terrorist attack as a backdrop, he conveys how the principle of integrity created an environment for leadership where his crew felt imbued with a sense of ownership, seizing the opportunity to be responsible for their ship and not just their jobs. Their own sense of personal accountability and leadership proved to be a guiding principle in the crucible of combat. Commander Lippold shares why his "Five Pillars of Leadership" are must-have business tenets for any team.

Chris Kuehl,  Ph.D., Managing Director, Armada Corporate Intelligence Presents

2021 Recovery - How Far and How Fast?

The pace of economic rebound has been faster than anticipated in 2021 and that has been both good and bad news. As the concerns that dominated 2020 start to fade there are new and somewhat familiar concerns regarding inflation, fiscal policy and global growth. The first of the year boomed - what will the end of the year look like?

Flash Sessions & Concurrent Sessions


2:45 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. FLASH SESSIONS

Lessons Learned from the First Wave of CECL Adoptions
Nicholas Hahn, Risk Consulting Partner, RSM US LLP

Optimizing Your Payments Networks
Larry Pruss, SVP - Project Management, Strategic Resource Management

3:20 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. FLASH SESSIONS

Strategic Loan Stress Testing During a Challenging Credit Cycle
Steven Schick, CPA, CGMA, Partner, Financial Services Practice, Plante Moran
Tom Siska, Senior Audit Manager, Plante Moran
John Spear, Senior Manager, Risk Management, Plante Moran TBD

Joseph Silvia, Partner, Howard & Howard

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

The Regulators’ Perspective: Navigating the Supervisory Landscape
Carolyn Settanni, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, IBA, Moderator
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR)
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (FRB)
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) - Invited
Federal Reserve Bank of STL (FRB) 

Recent Trends in Community Bank Mergers, Valuations and Capital Markets
John Adams, Principal and Head of Investment Banking, Sheshunoff & Co


8:00 a.m. – 8:25 a.m. FLASH SESSIONS

Planning for Asset Growth: How to Grow and Keep on Growing
Tim Eischeid, Partner, BKD CPAs & Advisors

Cybersecurity Threats, Trends and Strategies for Financial Institutions
Matt Janoski, CISA, CISSP, Senior IT Audit Manager, Wipfli
Joel Lego, Security+, MCP, CISSP, Manager, Wipfli

8:35 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. FLASH SESSIONS

What Should Be on Your Roadmap for Digital Success
Timothy Reimink, Managing Director, Crowe LLP
Nicholas Moore, Manager, Crowe LLP

Become the Best Place to Work: Strategies to Attract, Develop & Retain Talent
Joe Micallef, President, Sales Strategist and Coach, Grow UP Sales & BankTalentHQ


9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Executive Briefing on Current Issues and Opportunities for Banks
Robert M. Fleetwood, Partner, Group Co-Chair, Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group
John M. Geiringer, Partner, Regulatory Section Leader, Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group

Common Audit and Exam Findings and How to Avoid Them
Brian Crow, CAMS, Managing Partner & Co-President, TCA® A Better Way
Michele Strickland, CRCM, Managing Partner & Co-President, TCA® A Better Way

10:30 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. FLASH SESSIONS

Strategic Risks & Opportunities Unique to Family-Owned Banks
Peter Wilder, Attorney/Shareholder, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Beyond Cash Compensation 
Matt Brei, President, Blanchard Consulting Group

Illinois Bankers PAC Events


Details announced soon.

The Marketplace & Sponsors

Details announced soon.

Continuing Education Credits

Details announced soon.

The Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel - Book Your Room!

To expedite your reservation – BE SURE TO:

  1. Click on the link to access the Hotel Reservation Link (The link pre-populates your group code)
  2. Select the Room Type offered in the Quick and Easy Reservations for Attendees or Click “Book a Room” Link
  3. To edit your stay for the conference click the “Edit Stay” hyperlink
  4. Make reservations as soon as possible.  The special room rate will be available until Friday, July 23, 2021, or until room block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

If you would like to spend additional days in Branson either before or after the meeting, the group rate could be offered and is BASED ON AVAILABILITY.  Select “Edit Stay” hyperlink to check availability.

The Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel Official Link and Phone Reservation:

Group Name: IBA Annual Conference
Group Code: IBA2
Check-in: 08-AUG-2021
Check-out: 18-AUG-2021
Hotel Name: Hilton Branson Convention Center
Hotel Address: 200 East Main Street, Branson, Missouri 65616
Phone Number: 866-442-0959

Reservation guidelines:
To secure a guest room reservation, a major credit card will be required. Reservations cancelled within 48 hours of arrival will incur a charge for the first night’s Room/Tax charge.

Check-In/Out Time:
Our check-in time is 4 PM; check-out time is 11 AM.  All guests arriving before 4 PM will be accommodated as rooms become available. Hotel bellmen can arrange to check baggage for those arriving early when rooms are unavailable and for guests attending functions on departure day. 

Early Departure Fee:
If a guest checks out prior to the guest's reserved checkout date, the Hotel will add an early check-out fee to that guest's individual account (currently, one night’s Room/Tax).   Guests wishing to avoid an early checkout fee should advise the Hotel 48 hours prior to day of arrival.  

Parking Options/Fees:
Guests of the hotel can either park at our Self-Parking Garage for $15/Day for unlimited in & out privileges, or Valet Park for $25/Day for unlimited in & out privileges.  Guests will check into the Hotel prior to selecting their parking options. We have (6) Complimentary VIP Valet Parking Passes held aside for your VIP / Staff. 

Incidental Hold on Credit Card:
Guests that provide their own credit card for Incidentals, will have an authorized hold of $50/day on their credit card account.  If no Incidental charges are made during time of stay, anticipate 3 – 5 days post check-out before authorization hold is released.  Discourage use of debit cards, as release of funds may take longer.

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