Presented by John Shuster, Captain of the U.S. Men’s Gold-Medal Curling Team
The U.S. men’s curling team made history at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics when they won the first-ever gold medal curling game to feature an American team. But, the story of John Shuster is by no means one of linear progress to victory.
Shuster – a native Minnesotan who won bronze at the 2006 Olympics – was passed over for the 2014 Games in Russia. He didn’t let that stop him. Instead, he did what all great competitors do: Reached down deep, picked himself up, and put together a team of curlers – ones passed over just as he had been.
Called “Team Rejects” by some, Shuster’s team started to win. First, they took the 2015 national championship – defeating all those who made the 2014 USA Curling team. They went on to take fifth in the world championship that same year. In 2016, Team Rejects took the bronze medal in the world championship, and again won the national championship.
The story only got more incredible when they qualified for the Pyeongchang games. During the tournament, the team teetered on the verge of elimination but fought their way back – overcoming curling powerhouse Canada on a four-game winning streak – to the gold-medal match with Sweden. There, Shuster’s shot in the eighth end sealed Team USA’s 10-7 victory over Sweden.
Team Rejects brought home the United State’s first-ever gold medal in curling.
Presented by Jim Reber of ICBA Securities
One of the best examples of efficiencies in community banking is the manner in which managers have altered their investment portfolios over the last three years. The typical securities holdings have evolved since 2016 to take advantage of market inefficiencies, changes in tax code and interest rate guidance. We will review the components of a well-structured investment portfolio and its role in the overall balance sheet. We will also suggest some strategies for improving the risk/reward profile of your securities holdings.
Presented by Neil Falken of CliftonLarsenAllen
Privately-owned/closely-held organizations tend to struggle with the thought of succession planning yet it is the KEY factor in the long-term planning for the company. Without a thoughtful and up-to-date plan the years can pass by quickly and someday it may catch up to us. Additionally, how many people have left your bank because they had no vision communicated to them? We will discuss strategies, ideas, timing, etc. that you will find helpful.
Presented by Erik Therwanger of Think GREAT
Like most people, Erik never dreamed of being in sales. But he found himself selling as he became his wife’s caregiver during her battle with cancer. Erik will teach the mindset he developed to become a top personal producer, sales leaders, and sales trainer throughout the country. Erik will share a new way of selling; a way that is authentic, natural, and encourages high levels of action. His focus creates a shared-dialogue of “sales,” which gets everyone speaking the same language and empowered to take more action. Critical to any successful sales system, Erik will also teach the power of follow-up and how to create a growing network of referrals. You will be empowered to set and accomplish new sales goals as you ignite your sales engine and drive to new levels of success.
Presented by ICBA President & CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey
Rebeca Romero Rainey leads the only national advocacy organization exclusively representing community banks. She is one of the nation’s foremost advocates of the community banking industry, with a focus on regulatory reform for our country’s nearly 5,700 community banks. She has met with President Obama and President Trump to discuss issues that are top of mind for community banks.
A third-generation community banker born and raised in Taos, N.M., Romero Rainey is the former Chairman and CEO of Centinel Bank of Taos. Upon graduating from Wellesley College, she returned home to Taos with the dream of continuing her family’s business of running the town’s only local community bank.
Her broader service to the community banking industry began when she joined the board of the Independent Community Bankers of New Mexico, where she served as president in 2007-08. She entered the national stage by becoming active within ICBA and serving on several committees. Romero Rainey also played a key role in the formation of ICBA’s Minority Bank Council and served as its first chairman. Later she was nominated to become a member of ICBA’s Executive Committee, and in 2016, became ICBA chairman.
Romero Rainey has also served on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Advisory Committee on Community Banking and the Kansas City Federal Reserve Community Depository Institution Advisory Council. She has been featured on CSPAN, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, and has testified before Congress, and delivered speeches before the Federal Reserve, OCC and FDIC.
Romero Rainey has a long history of community engagement and collaboration among community stakeholders. She is the co-founder of the Bridges Project for Education, a nonprofit focused on helping first-generation college students. She was also selected as Taos Citizen of the Year in 2009 and has been awarded the New Mexico Governor’s Award for outstanding women.
In addition to graduating from Wellesley College, Romero Rainey holds a degree from the Pacific Coast School of Banking.
Presented by Sean Snaith, Ph.D., University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness
As the U.S. Economy is now in the longest period of growth in history, what can we expect for the next several years? How have the economic policies of the Trump administration impacted the economy thus far and what can we anticipate going forward? What role have the Tax Cut & Jobs Act and deregulation played in shaping the performance of the economy? Will ongoing trade conflicts and a weakening global economic environment undermine the outlook and how will the Federal Reserve respond? These and other questions will be addressed in this entertaining and informative presentation.
Presented by ICBM leaders:
President & CEO Jim Amundson
Chairman of the Board Lon Rylander
Chair Elect Bernie Gaytko
Submit your questions for Rebeca Romero Rainey during registration and you’ll have a chance to hear her answer at Convention!
Here are excerpts from her bio to help you decide what to ask:
The Intersection of Banking and Legalized Marijuana
Presented by Adam Maier, Stinston LLP
Join Adam Maier, of the law firm Stinson Leonard Street, for an engaging presentation on the evolving topic of legalized marijuana and its intersection with the financial services industry. Stinson’s office in Denver has been working with the banking industry on this issue since the inception of the law in Colorado in 2014. While banking and cannabis has been a significant issue for years, it’s becoming more widespread with cannabis legislation passing in more states. Over 30 states and the District of Columbia permit some form of medical cannabis. There are 10 states and the District of Columbia that permit recreational (or retail) cannabis. A number of other states permit CBD and other lower level cannabis-related activity. This session breaks down recent developments, and key issues facing financial institutions concerning legal cannabis, including the regulatory landscape, recent lawsuits against banks and common pitfalls and other considerations.
ExcheQ – A P2P solution for community banks
Presented by John Peterson, United Bankers Bank; and Mike Bilski, North American Banking Company
The speakers will provide insight on P2P solutions in the marketplace and to introduce a new P2P solution that utilizes the ACH payment rail for settlement call ExcheQ. Developed for community banks by a community banker.
Peer Analysis: How Does Your Bank Stack Up?
Presented by Shawn O’Brien, Qwickrate
High Performing bank boards know the strengths and weaknesses of their own bank and of their competitors’. In today’s market of lower interest rates and slower growth, it is increasingly difficult for a bank to earn an acceptable return on equity. That is why it is critical that management and directors measure progress toward their goals by actively tracking the absolute and relative performance of their bank and their peers, both near term and long term. This session will cover the data that should be regularly analyzed by the board including how to construct a meaningful peer group and the different methods that should be used for peer comparison.
Presented by Erik Therwanger, Think Great
Erik Therwanger will share the leadership techniques that will allow you to transform your people into leaders. Leadership is the art of inspiration, motivation, and empowerment that engage people to perform at the highest levels. Development focuses on creating a cohesive language, develops a unified identity, teaches how to properly delegate and achieve voluntary accountability, teaches us how we communicate, cultivate and collaborate. Leadership is about how we develop the core qualities within ourselves that we model for our team – initiative, taking responsibility, integrity and enthusiasm. During Erik’s service in the United States Marine Corps he learned that they teach this at the recruit level, not just within the highest ranks, and that is why the Marines have such high levels of engagement and achievement of their goals. Erik effortlessly translated these Leadership concepts to business and captured the formula through his visionary book The LEADERSHIP Connection: The Link between Leading and Succeeding.
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Suzy’s message is inspirational for people of all ages and abilities.