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Oct. 10 
Banker/Member $450 $500
Non-Member $900 $1,000


Look Who's Attending!

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Charleigh AlbrechtCentennial Bank
Paula ApplegetBank-Tec South
Duncan A. BellingrathSimmons Bank
Derek BowmanSimmons Bank
Nicholas BrownRelyance Bank
Ian BryanSimmons Bank
Britt BurrisConnect Bank
Maret Cahill WicksArvest Bank
Cole CargileUniversity of Arkansas - Department of Finance
José CarrasquilloFirst Community Bank

This event will be held at the Clinton Presidential Center. Should you need a hotel room reservation, a Local Negotiated Rate (LNR) has been reserved for your convenience at the following hotels. The LNR is based on hotel availability, and you are responsible for all hotel room charges plus tax and parking.


Hilton Garden Inn Downtown | (501) 244-0044

Group Rate: $159 | Corporate Account Code: 3197385

Reserve your room online by clicking here.


Downtown Marriott Little Rock | (501) 906-4000

Corporate Rate: $173 and up |Group Code: A5698

Reserve your room online by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 18
5:30 - 7:30 P.M. Networking Reception at the Dust Bowl
Thursday, October 19
8:00 A.M.

Breakfast & Registration 

8:30 - 9:00 A.M.

Welcome from the Emerging Leaders Section
Emerging Leaders Section President
Duncan Bellingrath
Simmons Bank, Hot Springs

Welcome & Updates from the Arkansas Bankers Association
Lorrie P. Trogden, President & CEO
Arkansas Bankers Association, Little Rock

ABA Chairman Jim Taylor
First Security Bank, Rogers

9:00 - 9:45 A.M.

An Update on Banking Trends in Arkansas
Susannah Marshall, Commissioner
Arkansas State Bank Department

9:45 - 10:45 A.M.

The Three Ts of Confidence:
Building Lasting Self-Trust to Achieve Your Dreams

Erik Dominguez
Unexpected change is the new norm, and the pressure to navigate it falls on leaders. As a result, we’ve seen increased anxiety, burnout, turnover, and poor decision-making. Our leaders lack (and leak!) the confidence needed to keep up with the ever-changing workplace. But what if we could train leaders to lead well and, in any situation, simply by improving confidence? What if we could learn the tools to build confidence that lasts and levels up our entire team? During this experience, Erik uses the Three Ts of Confidence to equip new and seasoned leaders to help them build authentic confidence, navigate change, and find balance in an unbalanced world. His high-energy delivery and science-backed content will have you leaving more confident and better equipped to lead at new levels…immediately!

10:45 - 11:00 A.M.

Networking Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00 P.M.

A Conversation with the C-Suite
Moderated by: Jim Taylor, First Security Bank
Brad Chambless, President & CEO
Farmers & Merchants Bank & The Bank of Fayetteville, Stuttgart

Tracy French, President & CEO
Centennial Bank, Conway

Marnie Oldner, CEO
Stone Bank, Little Rock

Cathy Owen, Chairman
Eagle Bank & Trust Company, Little Rock

12:00 - 1:00 P.M.


1:00 - 2:00 P.M.

Legislative Panel Discussion
Moderated by: Justin Allen, Wright, Lindsey, Jennings
Senator Breanne Davis, Russellville
Representative Brian Evans, Cabot
Senator Scott Flippo, Bull Shoals
Senator Clarke Tucker, Little Rock

2:00 - 2:15 P.M.

Networking Snack Break

2:15 - 3:15 A.M.

The Art of Positive Communication
Julien C. Mirivel, Ph.D
University of Arkansas, Little Rock
The way a person communicates matters because it has consequences. When it is done well, communication creates human contact, enables a person to discover solutions, affects who people become, allows people to deepen their relationships, and serves as a source of inspiration and influence. Communicating positively is important because it is a fundamental skill that will affect every person’s personal and professional success. For emerging leaders, mastering positive communication is crucial and will be the difference in creating a positive workplace environment. This invigorating session will inspire all bank emerging leaders to grow as communicators, create high-quality connections at work, and foster a better workplace for all.

3:15 - 3:30 P.M.

2022-2023 Leadership in Banking Academy Graduation
Shannon Heard, Associate Director, Executive Education
University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business
The Arkansas Bankers Association and Walton College Executive Education are partners of the Leadership in Banking Academy, a program created to develop a network of dynamic leaders who can move the banking industry in Arkansas into the future. Those selected gain the necessary skills to motivate, inspire, and lead high-performing teams in their organizations and communities. We are pleased to celebrate the graduates of our inaugural class of this prestigious Academy.

3:30 P.M.

Bill Holmes Leadership Award Presentation
In honor of former Arkansas Bankers Association President Bill Holmes (1949-2018), we proudly present this annual award which recognizes outstanding leadership among the emerging leaders in Arkansas banking.

3:45 P.M.



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Keynote Speakers

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Erik Dominguez

Erik Dominguez is a communication and confidence expert with over 25 years of experience teaching thousands of individuals from all walks of life how to speak up for themselves.

As an immigrant who grew up between two cultures and mixed messages, his first-hand familiarity with communication fears fueled him to learn and share the mindsets and tools to be seen and heard. His team-oriented approach is centered around a philosophy that everyone has a unique story. He believes everyone can share their minds and hearts with confidence, power, and — yes — a LOT of fun!

Erik is also a professional member of the National Speakers Association and a Certified Virtual Presenter.

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Julien C. Mirivel, Ph.D.
Professor – Speaker – Author
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Dr. Julien C. Mirivel is Professor of Applied Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, an author, and a professional speaker. Originally from Paris, France, he is “among the founding scholars in the emerging field of positive communication” and an award-winning teacher and scholar. In 2013, he was named a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at UA Little Rock. Julien has published in the most rigorous journals in the field of communication and is the author of three books on positive communication: The Art of Positive Communication: Theory and Practice and How Communication Scholars Think and Act: A Lifespan Perspective. His newest book, Positive Communication for Leaders: Proven Strategies for Inspiring Unity and Effecting Change was just released in July 2023. Dr. Mirivel has delivered hundreds of keynotes, trainings, and workshops on how to communicate effectively. His writing has been featured in CEOMagazine, HRMorning, ChiefExecutive, Training Industry, and more. He is a TEDx speaker whose mission is to inspire individuals and groups to communicate more positively at work and at home. In 2022, he founded the Positive Communication Network. For more information and resources, please visit


Featured Speaker

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Susannah Marshall
Arkansas State Bank Department

Susannah Marshall was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to be the 22nd Commissioner of the Arkansas State Bank Department. Ms. Marshall’s appointment began October 1, 2020. On June 30, 2023, Governor Sanders reappointed Ms. Marshall to a four-year term as Bank Commissioner. On August 11, 2023, Governor Sanders appointed Ms. Marshall to additionally serve as Arkansas Securities Commissioner. Ms. Marshall will serve as the 19th Arkansas Securities Commissioner.

Ms. Marshall has served the department since 1995. She began her Bank Department career as a Commercial Bank Examiner in 1995, and in 2003 was promoted to Financial Analyst. In 2005, Ms. Marshall was promoted to Financial Analyst Supervisor, a position she held until her appointment as Deputy Bank Commissioner in 2007. Ms. Marshall served as Deputy Bank Commissioner for 13 years until her appointment to Bank Commissioner in 2020.

As Bank Commissioner, Ms. Marshall is responsible for the regulation, supervision and examination of Arkansas state-chartered banks, bank holding companies, a trust company and Arkansas Capital Corporation. As of June 30, 2023, the agency supervised 73 state-chartered commercial banks with total assets over $155 billion.

As Securities Commissioner, Ms. Marshall is responsible for oversight of the securities industry, non-depository mortgage lending industry, money services industry, state-chartered credit union industry, and state-chartered savings and loan industry in Arkansas. The Securities Commissioner manages agency operations to ensure the Department carries out its core mission of protecting the well-being of Arkansas citizens through effective investor education and the administration and enforcement of the various statutory Acts under its jurisdiction.

Commissioner Marshall is a trustee on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Teachers Retirement System, a member of the State Board of Finance and a member of the Arkansas Financial Education Commission. Ms. Marshall also serves on the Board of Directors for the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and on various committees within the organization, including Chairman of the Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

On April 1, 2023, Ms. Marshall was re-appointed by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors to serve on the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s State Liaison Committee. The two-year appointment will run through March 31, 2025.

In 2011, Ms. Marshall was recognized by Arkansas Business as one of the 40 under 40 Honorees and earlier this year was named as one of the 100 Women of Impact in 2023 by the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and Soiree magazine.

Ms. Marshall earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1994 and is a 2002 graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, Dallas, Texas. During her tenure with the Bank Department, Ms. Marshall obtained the designations of Commissioned Senior Examiner and Certified Examination Manager.


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C-Suite Panel

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Brad Chambless
President & CEO, Farmers & Merchants Bank & The Bank of Fayetteville, Stuttgart


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Cathy Owen
Chaiman, Eagle Bank & Trust Company, Little Rock


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Tracy French
President & CEO, Centennial Bank, Conway


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Marnie Oldner
CEO, Stone Bank, Little Rock


Legislative Panel

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Senator Breanne Davis


Clarke Tucker Image

Senator Clarke Tucker
Little Rock


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Representative Brian Evans


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Justin Allen, Moderator
Wright Lindsey Jennings, Little Rock


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Senator Scott Flippo
Bull Shoals


Foundation Life Insurance of Arkansas
Quattlebaum Grooms and Tull PLLC
Wright Lindsey Jennings