Illinois Bankers Association

Special Activities and Reception | IBA Annual Conference


Opening Reception with Exhibitors | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

This evening’s reception offers the first opportunity to visit our extensive Exhibitor Showcase and learn about the latest products and services to help increase your bank’s bottom line. There will be plenty of hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Hospitality Suite | 9:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Nobody does hospitality like the IBA! After enjoying dinner in the Music City, gather in the Grand View Terrace for a nightcap and dessert in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.


Culinary Tour at Belle Meade | 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

To know the South is to know its food. Indulge your senses as you explore the deep roots that make the Southern Table renowned throughout the world. You will get a tour of the 1853 Mansion, participate in cooking Southern food classics in the original plantation kitchen, explore the South’s largest smoke house, and survey the family herb garden. Guests will also enjoy a wine tasting at the Belle Meade Winery and lunch in the 1800s Carriage House.

Chairman’s Reception with Exhibitors | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 After a busy day hearing the latest from our industry experts, join your friends and colleagues in offering congratulations to outgoing Chairman Micah Bartlett and extending a friendly welcome to incoming Chairman Daniel Watts.


Nashville PAC Crawl | 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Experience the best of Nashville as part of the inaugural PAC Crawl! Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and see rare footage and memorabilia from performers such as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Glen Campbell. Afterwards, we will visit one of Tennessee’s famous distilleries and sample authentic Southern bourbon and whiskey. Later, nearby shops will be explored, including Antique Archeology, the store featured in The History Channel’s American Pickers. Lunch will be furnished to all participants.

ILLINOIS BANKPAC Golf Outing  | 11:30 a.m. (bus departure) / 1:00 p.m. (shotgun start) 

From tee to green, no matter your skill level, you’ll be inspired by the beauty that surrounds you at Gaylord Springs Golf Links. The course has consistently been recognized among GolfWeek’s best courses in Tennessee. Carved from the banks of the meandering Cumberland River, the Scottish links-style, par-72 layout offers 18 holes bordered by limestone bluffs and wetlands. Regardless of your score, you will have a great time networking with friends and supporting ILLINOIS BANKPAC! Bus transportation, box lunch and beverage cart service will be provided.

Taste of Nashville | 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 

Banker of the Year Award, ILLINOIS BANKPAC Silent Auction and Country Music Superstar Aaron Tippin 

The conference concludes with sumptuous Music City fare like Southern BBQ Tennessee Pork and Biscuits, Twister Alley Shrimp & Grits and other one-of-a-kind cuisine options stationed throughout the ballroom. Before placing closing bids for the popular ILLINOIS BANKPAC silent auction, we’ll have the announcement of the prestigious Banker of the Year Award followed by a private concert by country legend Aaron Tippin. Known as "The Hardest Workin' Man in Country Music," Tippin swings by the IBA Annual Conference during his “25 Years” nationwide tour that began in February. With hits like “Kiss This,” “That’s as Close as I’ll Get to Loving You,” “Ain’t Nothing Wrong with the Radio,” and the patriotic smash, “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly,” you’ll remember this chart-topping night forever!


Mobile bidding for silent auction items will begin on Monday, June 12, and end at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, June 23.

The success of this event is largely dependent upon your prize contributions as well as bidding on items. “Bid early and bid often” is the auction mantra! Please consider donating an auction item. This is one way to help ILLINOIS BANKPAC even if you aren’t able to attend the conference – although we hope you will! Your personal and/or bank contribution to this year’s auction increases our ability to support state and federal office holders and candidates with views and positions that support our industry. 

Suggested items include:

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Autographed Memorabilia
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Luxury Sporting Event Suites
  • Gift Baskets (wine, chocolate, pasta)
  • Electronics (iPad mini, iPad, pedometer)
  • Jewelry (local artist or jeweler)
  • Sporting Event Tickets (football, baseball, hockey)
  • Artwork (local artists)
  • Cash - Let Us Do the Shopping!

All proceeds from this fundraising event go directly to ILLINOIS BANKPAC, the Political Action Committee of the Illinois Bankers Association. 

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