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Monday, January 31

Learn how to strengthen your strategic thinking skills and encourage it in others with the Bank Management Track. These sessions will focus on building a successful company culture, and best practices to achieve growth both personally and professionally.

Who Attends: Bank Directors, Executive Management, Shareholders, Bankers who would like to further their leadership skills

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8:30 a.m. Breakfast/Registration
9:30 a.m. What is Your Bank's Core Operating System
Jeff Peden, Culture Docs

Workplace culture plays the central role in your organization’s operating system. An effective operating system establishes set of rules and tools that enable all users in that system to communicate information in a format that all can access and understand. What are the essential components required to maximize results across every part of your bank?

10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Managing Climate Change Risk Within the ERM Program
Randy Marsicano, Wolf & Company, P.C.

Climate change is a global threat to every person and every organization. Organizations in every industry will develop different tactics for transitioning to lower carbon economies—and although these transitions may bring heightened risk, failing to adapt prompts even greater risk. Financial institutions occupy a pivotal place in our society as employers and providers of capital to all other industries. To reduce the risk of the negative effects associated with these possibilities, banks and credit unions must evaluate an enterprise-wide risk assessment for present threats and vulnerabilities. During this session, we’ll detail how to identify these risks and locate opportunities for mitigation. From creation to adoption, we’ll discuss what you should do first to get these initiatives running and how to delegate responsibility to team members for proper organization. We’ll also show how you can present these findings to your board, leadership team, employees, and customers to ensure proper procedural implementation.

11:15 a.m. Bank M&A: Competitive Considerations
Madeline O. McElhanon & Robert T. Smith, Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP

With the Department of Justice seeking comments on updates to the current framework for analysis of the competitive impact of bank acquisition proposals, significant changes may be on the horizon. This presentation will review both current rules and proposed changes, with emphasis on the impacts to rural banking markets in Arkansas.

12:00 p.m. Lunch Featuring:
DEI Panel
Featuring: Rev. Cory Anderson, The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation; J.W. Blue, U of A Fort Smith; Gregory W. Fess, Univision Arkansas

1:45 p.m. A Survey of Competition in Deposits and Payments
Trent Fleming, Trent Fleming Consulting

Consumers and businesses continue to look for convenient and secure payment technologies, and a number of companies, some familiar and some new and strange, have popped up to offer this functionality. For many years, the person to person payments market has seen companies leverage banking channels (ACH and debit/credit rails, primarily). Now, new companies, also seeking to make their mark in the payments and financial services space, are seeking bank charters to gain access to payment mechanisms, and funding sources. This session will look at current and future competitive trends, new and emerging technologies, and provide food for thought as you seek to keep up with customer demands for improved technologies.

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m.

M&A: The "Small" Stuff Adds Up!
Amy Pierce, Bank Strategic Solutions

You know the primary areas to target for due diligence. This session will focus on the “small” stuff that can have a huge impact on an acquisition. We will discuss lessons learned from the trenches. You won’t want to miss this session!/p>

4:00 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m. Executive & Director Compensation Trends and Best Practices
Matt Brei, Blanchard Consulting Group

In this session, we will explore current banking industry trends surrounding executive and board of director compensation. We’ll provide current market insights on all areas of the total executive compensation package including base salaries, annual incentives, long-term incentives, benefits and more. We will also provide a general breakdown of the components included in director compensation packages and provide an overview of trends surrounding director compensation. This information-packed hour will incorporate specific data from Blanchard Consulting Group’s surveys and databases that exclusively focus on the community and regional bank market.

5:15 p.m. Trade Show Reception

Matt Brei
Blanchard Consulting Group
Madie McElhanon
Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP

Trent Fleming
Trent Fleming Consulting

Randy Marsicano
Senior Manager
WolfPAC Solutions Group
Jeff Peden
Chief Engagement Officer
CultureDocs, LLC
Amy Pierce
Bank Strategic Solutions
Robert Smith
Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP