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This year’s convention is a true Minnesota gathering of community bankers. We’re bringing all the things you love about ICBM’s convention – great education, inspiring speakers, golf, fun and networking with peers, and support for community bank advocacy – to the lakeside in beautiful Bemidji. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone from a member bank can attend. 
  • Associate members interested in attending are encouraged to contact Greg McCurry at 651-789-3980 or at GMcCurry@icbm.org. ICBM offers attractive sponsorship packages that include registration. 


All Sessions: Business Casual

Evening Activities: Resort Casual 

Friday Night PAC Auction: Come dressed in a tropical-inspired dress with flowers in your hair or bust out a Tommy Bahama shirt!

Preliminary Program:


All Day – Activities available in Bemidji and Walker. See all the fun things you can do!  

11:30 am – Golf Tournament at Tianna Country Club, Walker, MN. (1 pm shotgun)

3 pm – 4 pm – Dragon Boat Experience. (Details below.) 

7:00 pm – Welcome Reception at The Tavern on South Shore

Golf with the Gold Medal Curling Team!

Join Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner, and Team Captain John Shuster of the 2018 Gold Medal Curling Team for Golf and a Reception!

You can leave from Minneapolis at 8 a.m. and arrive in Walker for the golf tournament at around 11:10. This is a great way to break up the drive, get some exercise, and enjoy all that convention has to offer. 

The tournament will be played at the Tianna Country Club. Learn more on the Golf Tournament page

Not a golfer? Join our Dragon Boat Experience!

The 14th Annual Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival is July 31 – August 3. The event has agreed to allow ICBM Convention attendees to experience paddling a dragon boat. 

When: Thursday, August 1st from 3 – 4 pm 

What: Dragon Boat racing is fun, fast-paced and currently the fastest growing water sport in the nation! Secure your spot in a boat for a hands-on experience to see what all the hype is about. An experienced steersman for the festival will provide instruction on dragon boat terms and techniques and then take you out on the water to give you a glimpse of what the racers experience. A dragon boat can fit up to 20 paddlers and 1 drummer (someone to keep the beat while you paddle, of course). All equipment is provided for you and no experience is necessary. This special opportunity is only open to ICBM participants.

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All Day – Activities available in Bemidji. See all the fun things you can do!  

8:15am – 9:15am: General Session: A Journey to Gold: Building a Team for Ultimate Collaboration

10:15am – 11:15am: Breakout Sessions:

  • Track 1: The Changing Landscape of Community Bank Investing
  • Track 2: Succession = Success. Where is your Bank at in Succession Planning?
  • Track 3: Dynamic Sales Combustion: Creating the Engine for Transformational Sales Results


11:45am – 1:15pm: Awards & ICBA Address Luncheon

1:30pm – 3:10pm: Round Table Discussions

  1. Health Care vs Health Insurance, Armbruster Employee Benefits         
  2. Preparing for CECL: It Won’t Be as Bad as You Think, CliftonLarsenAllen           
  3. 4 Ways Branding Impacts Your Bottom Line, Cooks Bay Marketing      
  4. Ag Industry Overview, Gislason & Hunter 
  5. Have you lost your site?, HTG Architects  
  6. ADA Website Accessibility, VGM Forbin   
  7. Cyber and Financial Institution Bond Insurance, Travelers         
  8. Fintech and Innovation Trends, ICBA Bancard

3:30pm – 4:30pm: General Session: 10 Years After The Great Recession: An Outlook for the U.S. Economy

6:30pm – 9:00pm: PAC Auction



All Day – Activities available in Bemidji and Walker. See all the fun things you can do!  

8:00am – 8:45am: General Session: ICBM Business Meeting and State of the Association

9:00am – 10:00am: General Session: Get to know Rebeca Romero Rainey, ICBA President & CEO

10:20am – 11:30am: Breakout Sessions:

  • Track 1 – Marijuana Banking and a P2P Payments Platform Designed for Community Banks
  • Track 2 – How to Track Your Performance Compared to Peers
  • Track 3 – Leadership


11:50am – 12:4 pm: Lunch & General Session: Believe in Yourself by Sunshine Suzy

OPTIONAL EVENING EVENT: You’re invited to join the city of Bemidji in celebrating at the Dragon Boat Festival to watch the boat races and in the evening for live music, food and beverages. (This is not a ICBM Planned event)

Convention Sponsors:

Convention Program Committee

Stephanie Forbes, SHAZAM, Program Chair 

Tiffany Baer Paine, Security Bank USA

Neil Falken, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Karen Ramola, New Market Bank

Mark Toombs, First State Bank of Rosemount

Jenn Spartz, Woodland Bank

Brook Weise, First Community Bank

Questions? Contact Patti Coles at pcoles@icbm.org or 651-789-3987

Unless specifically stated on registration materials, the deadline to receive a refund for your registration is two weeks before the conference, subject to $50 administrative cancellation fee. Cancellations received 14 days or less prior to the event will not be eligible for a refund.

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