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6th Annual Community Bankers Conference

Produced by the Knowledge Center, an executive conference from S&P Global Market Intelligence

There is optimism and hope in the community banking industry again. Despite the struggles the industry still faces, there are more catalysts for growth and prosperity than we’ve seen in years, punctuated by the recent presidential election and the prospect of reduced regulation for community banks. In addition, interest rates are finally rising, emerging technologies are now more accessible for community banks and continued disillusionment with big banks means community banks can continue to gain market share. Financial technology partnerships make up some community banks’ best performing portfolios. Various forms of capital are available to community banks and M&A is robust among community institutions. Opportunities are on the horizon, so come celebrate with us in New Orleans as we discuss the many opportunities for the future.

Together in panels, networking events and one-on-one conversations, we will discuss what it takes to lead a high-performing community bank of the future, as well as the operational and financial strategies that are working in a variety of markets across the country now. We won’t dwell on the myriad challenges community banks face, but rather we will focus on solutions, strategies and opportunities that will help you thrive in a changing market.

The conference will take place in the culture-rich city of New Orleans at the JW Marriott, located in the Central Business District near the historic French Quarter steps away from celebrated restaurants, live music venues and all that New Orleans has to offer. Take this opportunity to get away from your day-to-day responsibilities and think strategically about your bank, while also enjoying fun networking events with your peers. Your spouse will want to join you!

We offer unparalleled content from the industry’s leading experts, including executives of high-performing banks, so don’t miss this opportunity to get the insights you need to maximize the performance of your bank. Bring your senior management team and board. The conference offers essential education for executives and the setting is a perfect place to host your board meeting before or after the event.

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"It was one of the best programs I have attended.”  

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“Very relevant. Great variety of perspectives on every topic.”


This conference presumes several years of experience working within the banking industry and/or a college-level understanding of the industry structure and economic factors that affect community banks.


Tony Crescenzi
Executive Vice President, Market Strategist and Portfolio Manager
Brian Johnson
Commerce Street Capital
Managing Director
Joshua S. Siegel
StoneCastle Partners LLC
Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer
Keene Turner
Enterprise Financial Services Group
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Guy Williams
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company
Chairman, President and CEO
Chad Kellar, CPA
Crowe Horwath LLP

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Platinum Sponsors

Commerce Street Capital Logo

Crowe Horwath


Gold Sponsor

AML First   country club bank   Common Bond

Cloudflare   derivative path

Reverse Vision      Sandler Oneill


Silver Sponsor

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co   CEIS Review INC

Meridian   ZM Financial Systems

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Brian Hodges at or 434-951-7628.

Downloads & FAQs

2017 Community Bankers Conference Brochure Download our Sponsorship Guide

Who attends?

  • CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and other executives at community banks
  • Board chairpersons and directors
  • Investment banking, legal, strategy, finance and IT advisors to community banks
  • Banking regulators

What is the dress code?

Casual business attire is recommended.

What meals are included?

Your registration fee includes continental breakfasts, lunches and all refreshment breaks. Dinner is also included for Day One of the Conference, as well as cocktail receptions.

Are accommodations included?

We have negotiated an excellent rate at the JW Marriott. The accommodations are not included as part of your registration. To reserve your room at the discounted rate, please call the resort directly and mention the Community Bankers Conference. Additional information about accommodations can be found under the "Event Locations" tab.

Does this program have a 'Satisfaction Guarantee'?

Yes, it's straight and simple. We firmly believe in the content value of this program, and we will refund your registration fee in full if, 1) you rate this program a 1 or 2 (on a five point scale) on the evaluation form distributed at the conclusion of the program, 2) you provide specifics on the evaluation form as to the cause of your dissatisfaction, and 3) you agree to talk with us if we call to discuss how we can improve the program going forward.

What are the terms of registration?

Cancellations for this program are eligible for a full refund, less a $150.00 administrative fee, if received at least 15 business days prior to the start of the program. Cancellations received after that date but at least 5 business days prior to the start of the program receive a credit in the amount of the registration fee, less a $150.00 administrative fee, to attend another Knowledge Center program within 13 months. Cancellations received fewer than 5 business days prior to the start of the program are not eligible for a refund or credit.

Attendee substitutions from the same company may be made at any time. In the event of a cancellation from a group discount, refunds or credits are issued beginning with the most heavily discounted price, minus a $150.00 administration fee. "No shows" - or those who cancel within 15 days of the program - and have registered under the Invoice option, remain liable for the full program fee.

The Knowledge Center reserves the right to cancel/change programs, content, speakers or venue at any time. The Knowledge Center reserves the right to make portions of the program registration information available to program sponsors. The Knowledge Center will not be held liable for any costs incurred by registrant due to individual registration cancellation. In the event that a seminar is cancelled due to inclement weather, faculty cancellation or force majeure, the Knowledge Center will refund the registrant's tuition in full, however the Knowledge Center will not be liable for incidental or consequential out of pocket expenses incurred by the registrant. If you have questions regarding the Knowledge Center's refund, complaint or program cancellation policy, please call us at (434) 951-7786.

Registrant, as an individual person attending a Knowledge Center conference, seminar, or other program, hereby grants permission to the Knowledge Center to use and publish his or her image, likeness, or testimonials collected in connection with the program for advertising and trade purposes in connection with the Knowledge Center’s conferences, instructional, and/or marketing activities.

Continuing Education Credits

12 Hours of Continuing Education Credit
As a participant in the CFA Institute Approved-Provider Program, SNL Knowledge Center has determined that this program qualifies for 12 credit hour(s). If you are a CFA Institute member, CE credit for your participation in this program will be automatically recorded in your CE tracking tool.
14 Hours of CPE Credit
Participants who complete this program qualify for 14 hours of CPE credit (Specialized Knowledge and Applications). Program Level: Intermediate. Delivery Method: Group-Live. The Knowledge Center is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: