- Professor James Olson recounted his and his wife's 30 year experience as CIA agents, including the trials of coming out from undercover to friends and family.
- Motivational speaker Chip Eichelberger explained that reevaluating your daily routine and taking care of yourself is just as important, if not more so, than taking care of your business. Getting "Switched On" involves working smarter, not harder, and success starts with how engaged you are and how well you respond to adversity.
- John Buhrmaster, ICBA's Immediate Past Chairman, updated attendees on ICBA's regulation policy efforts in Washington. He also outlined past successes and gave notice on future regulatory battles, such as the proposal to reduce Fed stock dividends paid to banks as part of a plan to fund the Highway Trust.
- Speaker Jeff Havens capped off general session events with his entertaining and educational presentation on understanding the differences between "Matures", "Baby Boomers", "Generation X", and "Generation Y" (commonly known as "millennials"). He showed that the older generations are not really as unbending as they seem, and the newest generations are not lazy or unengaged, merely isolated in a global world caused by the advent of the internet. Havens then suggested ways that the generations can meet each other halfway.
- The Regulators' Panel breakout session featured Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Iowa Regional Director Jeff Jensen, IA Superintendent of Banking Jim Schipper and FDIC Regional Director James LaPierre, back to answer questions on the current state and future of the regulatory landscape. Schipper also gave a report on banking and economic conditions in Iowa.
- SHAZAM's Senior VP of Marketing Dan Kramer and Senior PR Manager Patrick Dix showed us the dos, don't dos, and NEVER dos in their breakout session on trends in data breach responses.
- ICBA Marketing VP Chris Lorence gave a breakdown of "thought leadership"--the uses of social media, types of thought leaders, and the steps to get started on creating or improving your bank's social media program. Lorence also mediated a discussion panel during a breakout session including Kaley Fleig, VP of Operations & Compliance with Iowa State Bank & Trust - Fairfield and Joleen Fleming, Senior VP at First Citizens National Bank in Mason City.
If you attended Convention this year you know how valuable an event it is, and if you weren't there, you shouldn't miss another one! Save the dates July 13-15, 2016 and join us next year for our 45th Management Conference and Annual Convention for first-class education and entertainment!
Click here for a list of this year's honorees and Golf and Fishing tournament winners. And THANK YOU to all of the 44th Annual Convention sponsors--we appreciate your support!