What sets The Finance & Accounting Forum for Financial Institutions apart from other industry events is the program – education selected specifically BY professionals from community banks, thrifts and credit unions FOR professionals from community banks, thrifts and credit unions. Feel free to view this year's exciting program below or download a PDF of the program here.

Sunday, June 12
Monday, June 13
Tuesday, June 14

Sunday, June 12
 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Optional Activity: Airboat Adventure*  SOLD OUT!
  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 Pre-Conference Workshops: Positioning Your Balance Sheet in Today’s Rising-Rate Economy* | Validations from Three Perspectives: Management, Modeler, and Auditor*
 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM  Newcomers Reception (by invitation)
 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM  Welcome Reception (Sponsored by IZALE Financial Group)
Monday, June 13
  7:00 AM - 7:45 AM
Continental Breakfast
  7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Keynote Presentation: Unleash Your Inner Rock Star, Greg Schwem, Author, Columnist, Humorist
 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Breakout Sessions
 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Marketplace Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and BMO Capital Markets Beignet Break
 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Sessions
 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Annual Business Meeting and Lunch (Sponsored by BKD, LLP)
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Breakout Sessions 
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM BDO Praline Pause Refreshment Break 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Breakout Sessions
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Happy Hour in the Marketplace Exhibit Hall (Sponsored by Chatham Financial Corp. and Plante Moran) 
Tuesday, June 14
7:15 AM - 8:00 AM  Continental Breakfast
 7:15 AM - 8:00 AM
 Get to Know FMS
 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM  Bank and Thrift Accounting and Regulatory Update | Credit Union Accounting and Regulatory Update
 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
 Breakout Sessions
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM   Breakout Sessions
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM   Awards Lunch (Sponsored by  AvidExchange)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   Dessert in the Marketplace Exhibit Hall (Sponsored by BKD, LLP)
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM   Breakout Sessions
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM   Breakout Sessions
* Not included in registration price.

Program Overview
Topic Key: Finance  |  Accounting  |  Risk Management/Internal Audit  |  Strategic Issues

SUNDAY, JUNE 12: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Airboat Adventure -- $100.00 SOLD OUT!
You may have visited New Orleans before, but you have yet to experience the ecological uniqueness of Louisiana’s swamps quite like this! Join FMS friends and colleagues for a professional guided swamp tour that will explore the deep bayou country unlike never before. Traveling at speeds of up to 40 mph, this Airboat Adventure is half high-speed ride and half tour.  With frequent encounters of egrets, alligators, raccoons, blue herons, muskrats, and nutrias, you will not want to miss this special tour. This adventure package includes:
  • Round-trip transportation to/from The Roosevelt New Orleans
  • A unique adventure through the Louisiana Swamps
  • A professional guide on each boat
Comfortable clothes and shoes are a must, and don’t forget your camera!

Already registered for The Forum, but would also like to attend the Airboat Adventure? Send us an email or call us (1-800-275-1308) to get you registered.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 12: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference Workshop: Positioning Your Balance Sheet in Today’s Rising-Rate Economy -- $275.00
Todd Patrick, SVP - Capital Markets, CenterState Bank

With the Fed finally fulfilling their looming threat to raise rates, should we be convinced that a long term rising rate cycle is definitely upon us? The Fed’s dot plot suggests 100 basis points of further increases in 2016, as they advance rates towards their 3.50% target. However, as rates climb, the global economy appears weak and markets responded by hammering stocks and commodities. 

What does this mean for the US economy and will it be enough to alter the Fed’s intentions to tighten monetary policy? As a financial institution investment portfolio and interest rate risk manager, the outcome and timing of these decisions will have significant impact on both your balance sheet and income statement. 

With so many complex economic questions present, and with investment portfolios already comprising a historically large percentage of financial institution assets, determining the appropriate balance between IRR management and income has become increasingly challenging. During this workshop, Todd will cover the Fed’s likely rate path and its impact on the Treasury curve.  Armed with this information, you will review various investment sectors highlighting the underlying strengths and weaknesses of each. The goal is to uncover hidden value and strategies in the fixed income markets, allowing your institution to strategically position itself for success. 

Todd’s presentation will provide crucial information on the rate outlook, current risk and value in the fixed income market, and how you can apply these holistically to your interest rate risk management program.  You’ll leave this session with the ability to make confident decisions on positioning your balance sheet in such an ambiguous economic and rate environment. 

Already registered for The Forum, but would also like to attend this pre-conference workshop? Send us an email or call us (1-800-275-1308) to get you registered.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 12: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference Workshop: Validations from Three Perspectives: Management, Modeler, and Auditor -- $275.00
Deb Donaldson, President and CEO, Alpha-Numeric Consulting, LLC

Model risk is defined as the possibility that management decisions based on model results may be compromised if the source data, assumptions, programming, and/or codes are inaccurate.  And, as we grow ever increasingly dependent upon models, regulatory scrutiny also increases. Regulators now expect institutions to have adequate systems of internal controls to ensure the integrity of all elements of their IRR management process, including the adequacy of corporate governance, compliance with policies and procedures, and comprehensive IRR measurement and management information systems.  

Are these controls an integral part of your institution? This workshop will discuss how these internal controls can promote effective and efficient operations, provide reliable financial and regulatory reports, and help your institution meet compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and institution policies.  

Throughout this presentation, Deb will teach you how top-performing institutions get the most out of their asset/liability management process. She’ll also discuss the following key take-aways in detail:
  • What it takes to meet model governance guidelines, develop an effective modeling process, and define accurate and unique assumptions and characteristics within your ALM/IRR model
  • How to validate the model and produce effective results that can translate into strategic ALCO action
  • Review the top 12 modeling mistakes including how to identify them and their impact on the simulation results 
  • Issues and pitfalls surrounding inaccurate, incomplete, or outdated: policies and procedures, exposure limits, theory, modeling systems, data, assumptions, security and change control, ongoing review, stress testing, and EVE/NEV/NII IRR results 
  • Insight from recent exams and tips to help you prepare for your next exam 
Already registered for The Forum, but would also like to attend this pre-conference workshop? Send us an email or call us (1-800-275-1308) to get you registered.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 12: 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Newcomers Reception
By invitation. If this is your first visit to The Forum, this event will help you maximize your time and make new friends! Get tips from veterans on how to map out the learning opportunities that best fit your needs and find ideas on applying your newfound knowledge back at the office.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 12: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception
 (Sponsored by IZALE Financial Group)
Join friends and colleagues to kick off The 2016 Forum at the beautiful Roosevelt New Orleans with this exciting and fun reception featuring live music and delicious culinary treasures!

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MONDAY, JUNE 13: 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome: Sydney Garmong, FMS Chairman

Keynote Presentation: Unleash Your Inner Rock Star

Greg Schwem, Author, Columnist, Humorist

Making a return engagement to FMS, business humorist Greg Schwem is ready to rock.   As a comedian who has opened concerts for stars ranging from Keith Urban, to Celine Dion, to Enrique Iglesias  to (wait for it) KC And the Sunshine Band, Greg has seen how rock and roll is really a business. Like your business.  In short?  Every company and employee has "rock star" potential.  Greg shows you how to achieve that potential in an all-new presentation that combines hilarious comedy, live concert footage and a musical soundtrack featuring everything from classic rock to country to techno.  Topics include "Why Every Office Needs a Keith Richards," "Are you Team Taylor or Team Kanye?," and "Don't Let Your Company Become a Country Song." Rock on!

Greg will also be available in the FMS Booth in the MArketplace Exhibit Hall from 10:30 am - 11:30 am selling autographed copies of his new book The Road to Success Goes Through the Salad Bar.

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MONDAY, JUNE 13: 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Will Rates Rise? Or is This Groundhog Day? Strategies for an Uncertain Rate Environment
Michael Davis, Director of Strategies, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
Topic Area: Finance

The mantra that rising interest rates are inevitable may give pause to some depository investors who feel like its Groundhog Day all over again. Like years past, investors could experience range-bound markets or even lower rates as we move into 2016. While flat-to lower-interest rates is not a base-case scenario, it warrants consideration as many institutions continue to struggle with margin compression. This presentation will outline strategies for both a flat- to lower-rate environment and rising-rate environment to ensure your institution is properly prepared.

Building Blocks of Effective Portfolio Stress Testing

John Behringer, Partner, and Nick Hahn, Director, RSM US LLP
Topic Area: Accounting

Stress-testing continues to be an area of focus for regulators, regardless of institutional size. Developing an effective loan portfolio stress testing process begins with establishing specific objectives for the process and assessing the availability and reliability of loan level data. This session will cover regulatory expectations for policies and procedures that govern the process, address key assumptions utilized in the process, and best practices for utilizing the analysis to better manage credit risk within your organization.

ERM: A Practical Approach for Community Financial Institutions

Terry Hoover, Principal, Hoover Consulting
Topic Area: Risk Management/Internal Audit

Enterprise Risk Management has been on the front burner for more than a decade, but community institutions still struggle with implementing an effective program. Too many times, a switch to “ERM” fails to get off the ground or simply becomes a compliance exercise. In this session, Terry will share a methodology and toolset that will enable you to document and implement a simple yet comprehensive ERM program based on your existing management structure, policies, and terminology—eliminating the need to start from scratch.

From Free to Fee: How to Evolve Your Checking Accounts
Scott Richardson, President and CEO, IZALE Financial Group
Topic Area: Strategic Issues

Is “free checking” really free? At the end of 2014, less than 40% of banks offered free checking, which is down from nearly 80% in 2009. Going from “free to fee” can be unnerving, but there are proven strategies that soften fee introduction. During this session, learn what has worked elsewhere, as well as why financial institutions are charging fees, what consumers truly want, and how your institution can meet those wants, while still remaining profitable.

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MONDAY, JUNE 13: 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Marketplace Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and BMO Capital Markets Beignet Break
Join us as we open the marketplace and get a sample of a local treat during this break sponsored by BMO Capital Markets.

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MONDAY, JUNE 13: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Mechanics and Benefits of Integrated Stress Testing
Butch Miner, CPA, CFA, Co-Founder, ZM Financial Systems, and Kort Brown, First Senior First President and Treasurer, BankUnited
Topic Area: Finance

Cash flows are the common denominator for stress testing and balance sheet management in general. As such, it’s important to perfect cash flow modeling for any instrument under any situation. Several types of analyses such as stress tests, forecasts, budgets, and liquidity projections can all be derived from the same information, and organizations can make better risk/reward decisions by having a more comprehensive understanding of potential outcomes. During this session, Butch and Kort will discuss the goals and mechanics of stress testing, and then discuss examples of efficiencies to be gained by following a holistic approach.

The Changing Focus of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
Jean Joy, CPA, Member of the Firm, Wolf & Company, P.C.
Topic Area: Accounting

Given the increase in the number and complexity of estimates, including fair values, within an institution’s financial statements, regulators and auditors are increasingly focused on management’s preparation and review controls related to estimates. Auditors will likely be requesting more detailed information from preparers. This session will provide a better understanding of the controls and documentation relevant to financial statement estimates and discuss what constitutes a management review control.

BSA Compliance Issues: Hot Topics for Financial Institutions
Kenneth Glascock, Director, BKD, LLP
Topic Area: Risk Management/Internal Audit

Are you sure about what BSA compliance issues your institution will face in the coming year? Gain a thorough understanding of the most pertinent BSA compliance issues with this session.  Kenneth will discuss the current BSA/AML/OFAC landscape, including CDD/EDD issues, and will analyze the recent regulatory sanctions by examiner type. And with marijuana legal for some purposes in almost half the states, he will also address the BSA risks of banking the business either directly or indirectly. 

New Bank Earnings Model
Eric Weikart, Managing Director, Cornerstone Advisors, Inc.  
Topic Area: Strategic Issues

As margins continue being squeezed, loan concentration is common practice, delivery redirect is real, and payments can be taken for granted. Now is the time to introduce a “New Earnings Model.” Join Eric as he helps you first identify the break points in the existing earning models, and figure out what your institution can do to fix them. Eric will discuss how to roll up these models to the top level of the institution, as well as discuss what he proposes new key performance metrics should look like and how to emphasize and create value for your institution.

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MONDAY, JUNE 13: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Annual Business Meeting and Lunch (Sponsored by BKD, LLP)
This annual meeting provides a great opportunity to meet and talk with peers over a lovely plated lunch, and learn more about FMS through agenda items including elections of our board of directors, and organizational business.

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MONDAY, JUNE 13: 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Designing an Effective Liquidity Management Framework and Contingency Funding Plan
Christine Mills, Senior Vice President, McGuire Performance Solutions, A MountainView Company
Topic Area: Finance

Is your institution effectively managing liquidity and contingency funds? Join Christine for this session as she outlines an effective framework for measuring, monitoring, and managing liquidity in today’s volatile economic environment. This includes defining applicable metrics for measurement, establishing an effective early warning monitoring system, and a thorough discussion regarding how to develop a fully compliant contingency funding plan.

Transitioning to CECL: A Timeline
John Closs, EVP, MainStreet Technologies, Inc.
Topic Area: Accounting

From what we know now, there is a chance privately held institutions will have to start calculating their allowances based on CECL as of the first quarter of 2020 and publically held institutions by Q1 of 2019. In this presentation, John will lay out a step-by-step implementation plan including each step that must be taken and how long it is likely to take. John will provide a timeline graphic that includes seven steps to implementing CECL and a “calculator” for institutions to organize the work that needs to be done. 

Top 10 Ways to Improve Skills as an Audit Committee
Joshua Juergensen, Manager, and Todd Sprang, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Topic Area: Risk Management/Internal Audit

Do you feel as though your audit committee is simply “going through the motions?” Does your audit committee need to be reenergized? Governance of financial institutions is at the forefront of many financial institution executives’ minds. Attend this session to discuss a number of opportunities for your institution to improve your audit committee and ensure it is functioning effectively.

Branch Transformation Strategies
Jeffrey Morris, Managing Director and Principal, Austin Associates
Topic Area: Strategic Issues

As younger customers rapidly adopt new self-service technologies, creating a personal experience for each customer has never been more important. Now more than ever community institutions need to effectively manage the costs of acquiring new customers while servicing existing accounts.They must also manage costs across a multi-channel network, which includes traditional branches, ATM networks, on-line and mobile banking platforms. This session will describe strategies for transforming the financial institution to optimize service, revenue generation, and costs across today’s multi-channel delivery network.

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MONDAY, JUNE 13: 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

BDO Praline Pause Refreshment Break

Take a pause from your afternoon sessions and enjoy a little taste of New Orleans during this break sponsored by BDO.

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MONDAY, JUNE 13: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Competing for Loans: How to Win Without Taking Interest Rate Risk
Ben Lewis, Director of Business Development, Chatham Financial, Corp.
Topic Area: Finance

After an unprecedented period of low rates, the Fed has begun “liftoff” from their zero-interest rate policy. With increased uncertainty about core funding for financial institutions and greater demand from the market for fixed rate loans, what tools do you have to meet demand and manage risk? In this session, Ben will compare traditional on-balance sheet interest rate risk management tools to using derivatives. You will also learn how to use both swap and cap derivative strategies to meet market demand while managing the interest rate risk, as well as practical first steps for financial institutions who are considering adding derivatives to your tool kit.

The Impact of M&A Deal Structure on Accounting and Tax
Rick Childs, Partner, and Dave Thornton, Partner,
Crowe Horwath LLP
Topic Area: Accounting

As financial institutions try to mitigate risks in acquisitions, they are working towards the buyer and seller agreeing on price, risk, and ultimately reaching an agreement. This session will cover unique structures that have enabled different acquirers to close the gap between buyers and sellers and “get the deal done.”  Rick will discuss the accounting ramifications of these methods and you’ll leave with deeper insight into cultural and operational difficulties in applying unique deal structures.

Top 5 Compliance Regulations
James Jarrett, Partner, and Chad Gibble, Senior Consultant, Baker Tilly
Topic Area: Risk Management/Internal Audit

Are you familiar with the top five regulatory changes facing your institution in the next 18-months? If not, join James as he discusses RESPA, Regulation Z, and TRID updates, HMDA, FLOOD, social media compliance, BSA and the model validation of BSA/AML software. You’ll leave this session with a solid understanding of what changes to expect, as well as how to audit the regulations and make necessary updates for regulatory changes.

Determining True Interest Rate Risk to Create and Evaluate Opportunities
Gary Svec, Managing Director, Performance Trust Capital Partners, LLC
Topic Area: Strategic Issues

Given the historical and prolonged low interest rate environment, is the decision to prepare for rates costing us more than the benefit they may achieve? What is our true interest rate risk scenario and does asset/liability reporting reflect this? Join Gary as he identifies a methodology to evaluate the cost versus benefit of commonly employed balance sheet decisions and how risk-avoidance strategies may be costing more than the perceived benefit.  He will also discuss a systematic approach to accurately reflect the current interest rate risk position.

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MONDAY, JUNE 13: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Happy Hour in the Marketplace Exhibit Hall (Sponsored by Chatham Financial Corp. and Plante Moran)

Before you set off to enjoy a night out on the town in New Orleans, be sure to join us for an Happy Hour in the Marketplace Exhibit Hall.  This exciting event is the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues, meet our exhibitors, and enjoy some delicious drinks and bites. Plus, you’ll be entered in a chance to win some exceptional door prizes.

5:50 pm: Announcement of Door Prize Winners

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14: 7:15 AM - 8:00 AM

Get to Know FMS Breakfast
Grab some breakfast and join us for an informative session about FMS. Whether you’re a first-time Forum attendee, a new FMS member, or a long-time FMS member simply wanting to get more involved, this is the perfect oppportunity to learn more!  

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

General Session: Bank and Thrift Accounting and Regulatory Update
Robert Storch, Chief Accountant, FDIC
Jeffrey Geer, Deputy Chief Accountant, OCC
Moderator: Sydney Garmong, Partner, National Office, Crowe Horwath LLP

Get updated on recently issued guidance and accounting standards currently in the pipeline during this essential update. Led by regulatory representatives, our panelists will examine the latest accounting issues and discuss how changes in accounting standards are likely to impact your institution. 

General Session: Credit Union Accounting and Regulatory Update
John Nilles, Senior Capital Markets Specialist, NCUA
Matthew Stout, Partner—Financial Services Group, BKD, LLP
Chad Garber, Director, BKD, LLP

If you’re from a credit union, attend this highly informative session to get an update on accounting standards and regulatory issues related specifically to you. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about the latest developments, how they will impact the credit union industry and get answers to all your accounting and regulatory questions. 

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14: 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Balance Sheet Management Strategies for Navigating through a Fed Tightening Rate Cycle 
Frank Farone, Managing Director, Darling Consulting Group
Topic Area: Finance

While the end of the cheapest money is fast approaching, the big question on everyone’s mind is to what degree will rates rise and over what period of time? More importantly, what about the slope of the curve? Join Frank as he explores how a variety of balance sheet management strategies can help make a meaningful difference to your institution’s ALCO. He’ll discuss various loan pricing strategies to grow and maintain balances as well as present the tools you need to ensure your institution is making quality risk/return assessments.

CECL: Understanding its Structure and How it Changes Relative Value in the Investment Portfolio
Ryan Henley, Senior Managing Director, Head of Financial Institutions Strategies, Stifel, and Dan Morrill, Principal, Wolf & Company, P.C.
Topic Area: Finance

The CECL model represents a paradigm shift for calculating loss reserves for a balance sheet. Of note, FASB decisions to date would have meaningful implications for components of the investment portfolio, subjecting them to this new reserve approach. Join Ryan and Dan to explore the CECL model construct and its tangential effects on your investment portfolio decisions. You’ll leave this session with practical details of the CECL model, including its application to the investment portfolio.

Auditing the Key Models Used by Your Financial Institution
Toby Lawrence, President, Lawrence Advisory Services
Topic Area: Risk Management/Internal Audit

Financial institution management is becoming increasingly more reliant on models to help them manage and price their products and services, as well as make multiple key decisions. Join Toby as he discusses the audit procedures to models used by many financial institutions. He will also discuss best practice recommendations and derive sources of information to evaluate the reasonableness of the major assumptions or factors used by management in the models.

A Strategic Approach to Mergers and Acquisitions
Jamie Sumner, Chief Analyst, and Kyle Kuster, Senior Analyst, Seifried & Brew, LLC
Topic Area: Strategic Issues

Whether an institution is looking to expand market share, consolidate competition, prepare for succession, or expand product offerings, a succinct process for recognizing merger and acquisition opportunities will produce a reliable and consistent analysis for consideration by the board. This session will explore how community institutions can think strategically when considering opportunities in the mergers and acquisitions market. Jamie and Kyle will examine different motives for mergers and acquisitions and how these motives will dictate the identification, pro forma, and evaluation processes within the overall analysis of potential acquisition activity.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Evolution and ALM Modeling: The Road to Nirvana?
Tom Farin, Chairman of the Board, FARIN Financial Risk Management
Topic Area: Finance

Ev•o•lu•tion, noun, is defined as the gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form. If ever there was a word to describe asset/liability modeling today, evolution is it! Presenting a framework that incorporates real business needs, like capital planning, with daily activities like loan and deposit pricing, Tom will simplify the roadmap to a holistic system that considers all risks concurrently.  Additionally, Tom will discuss the critical role of capital planning, balancing data needs and model design, and the cross risk assumption development.

Implementation of the Lease Accounting Proposal
Chris Ritter, Partner, and Ryan Abdoo, Senior Manager, Plante Moran
Topic Area: Accounting

The lease accounting proposal has been outstanding for some time now but progress slowly continues. This session will bring you up-to-date with the status of the proposal and provide insight regarding how the standard could impact your institution. You’ll leave with a thorough understanding of the proposed standard and the accounting for leases moving forward.

Cybersecurity Threats, Trends, and Strategies for Financial Institutions
Mark Scholl, Partner, Wipfli LLP
Topic Area: Risk Management/Internal Audit

As more targeted cyber espionage continues, attacks have become blended, involving combinations of physical, technical, and social engineering techniques. With the growing threat vector for cybercrime, FFIEC and interagency guidance related to cybersecurity awareness is sure to be the focus for your upcoming IT examinations. Ensure your institution is doing what it should to mitigate cyber threats and meet regulatory expectations with this session. Mark will discuss the roles and responsibilities for developing and implementing a cybersecurity strategy, as well as provide resources for assessing and improving your preparedness.

Strategically Using the Loan Portfolio to Manage Risk and Optimize Profitability
Jerry Hubbard, President and CEO, FTN Financial Capital Assets Corp
Topic Area: Strategic Issues

Many financial managers remain unaware of the liquidity and utility of their existing loan portfolio, assuming that their loans are not eligible for secondary market transactions. Join Jerry to explore how institutions can significantly improve their balance sheet performance using this often overlooked tool. Jerry will discuss case studies that illustrate how large segments of investment grade loans, in most portfolios, can be utilized to address the many common balance sheet challenges that institutions face today, such as NIM compression, IRR, liquidity and regulatory scrutiny.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14: 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Awards Lunch
 (Sponsored by AvidExchange)
Network with fellow attendees and celebrate the success of the FMS community during this fun awards lunch.

TUESDAY, JUNE 14: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Dessert in the Marketplace Exhibit Hall
 (Sponsored by BKD, LLP).
Wind down from an exciting program after lunch where you can relax and network with colleagues in between morning and afternoon sessions. Dessert will be served in the Marketplace Exhibit Hall where winners of the FMS Social Champion game and the coveted Passport to Prizes will be announced at 1:50 pm.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Putting the “Strategic” in Risk Management
Danny Baker, Vice President, Market Strategy, Fiserv, Inc.
Topic Area: Finance

In the post-crash world, many institutions have to expand into new, less familiar, or higher-risk strategies to grow profitably, often increasing exposure to operational and financial risks. As challenging operating conditions persist, many institutions are also trying to reduce spending on control functions as a way to lower their overall operating costs. This session will offer tools to build sustainable stress tested growth strategies, provide insight on which performance metrics will help you maximize profitability and returns, and offer regulatory compliance advice. 

A “PATH” to Understanding Federal Tax: 2016 Update of Federal Tax Laws
Jeffrey Ring, Principal, BerryDunn
Topic Area: Accounting

From accounting methods to income tax credits, federal tax laws are constantly changing. Throughout this session, Jeffrey will review key provisions of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH) and other recent tax legislation that may impact your institution. Jeffrey will provide you with key industry insights, as well as timely strategies to address recent tax law updates to prepare you for accounting, reporting, and operational issues that may arise as you implement and update your procedures.

Vendor Lifecycle Planning: How to Meet Regulatory Requirements
Mike Crofts, Attorney at Law, Maple Street, Inc.
Topic Area: Risk Management/Internal Audit

From selection to termination, regulators want you to develop a vendor plan that addresses exactly how you select and manage vendor relationships throughout the entirety of the vendor-lifecycle. And while may have spent time and effort developing your strategic and operational plans, have you applied those plans to your vendor relationships, as well?  Developing a vendor plan ensures that your vendor risk is both thoughtfully and thoroughly considered.  Gain all the tools needed to build a successful vendor plan that meets all the regulatory requirements by aligning your vendor management program with your strategic plan.

Best Practices for a CFO: Lessons Learned from the Field
Bill Goedken, CEO, idea5, Inc.
Topic Area: Strategic Issues

Want to know what best practices credit union and bank CFOs are employing in today’s market? With the turmoil in the financial markets, technology and regulatory changes, and generational expectations, changes are taking place at financial institutions that have many board members not able to keep pace. This session examines the observations of hundreds of financial institution best practices and what the “C level” group needs to do to keep the board not only informed – but engaged.  

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Applying Behavioral Economics to Banking
Dan Geller, Ph.D., Behavioral Finance Scientist, Analyticom
Topic Area: Finance

Behavioral economics is a relatively new discipline that combines behavioral psychology with economic principles. The capital markets sector of the financial industry has already adopted behavioral economics principles in its models, and now is the time for the financial institution industry to leverage this knowledge. This session will explore how to forecast demand for deposits using behavioral finance as a predictor, how to identify potential shortfall in liquidity based on changes in economic conditions, and how to spot changes in consumer financial behavior before it’s too late.

Risk Management/Internal Audit Roundtable Discussion 
Roundtable: Liliana Miranda and Jeff Willoughby, FMS Risk Management/Internal Audit Advisory Council Members
Topic Area: Risk Management/Internal Audit

What audits do you outsource? How many FTE auditors do you have? Are you a paperless audit shop? What are your regulators asking auditors for? If you’re an auditor or risk manager, you know these questions all too well. Join FMS Council Members from our Risk Management/Internal Audit Council, as they discuss these questions and much more in this small group open format. This unique roundtable session will facilitate peer discussion on the toughest issues that auditors and risk managers’ face on a daily basis.

What’s Your Institution Worth?
Richard Trauger, Managing Director, The Kafafian Group, Inc.
Topic Area: Strategic Issues

Community financial institution CEOs are continually asked by their board of directors “what is our institution worth?” Join Richard as he provides framework for current valuation themes and metrics, explores valuation from a market, income and asset approach, as well as discusses the increasing level of interaction of these approaches. This session will also highlight emerging trends and themes in valuation, such as how fair value accounting and asset approaches are aligning to impact valuations, how non-financial factors impact valuations, and the unique challenges and considerations faced by today’s CEO.  

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 The Financial Managers Society, Inc. 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. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to: The National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37219-2417. Web site: www.nasba.org

  • Level: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advance preparation: None
  • Field of Study: Accounting, Auditing, Finance, Management Advisory Services and Taxes
  • Earn up to 16.5 hours of CPE credit. (Up to 13.5 hours for the concurrent sessions and 3 hours for the pre-conference workshop.)
  • Instructional Mode: Group-Live

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