ST. LOUIS - Bankers, academics, regulators and policymakers will gather in St. Louis next week to discuss the latest in community banking research, as well as the issues facing the community banking sector, at the second annual community banking research and policy conference hosted by the Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). The conference, “Community Banking in the 21st Century,” will be held Sept. 23-24, 2014, at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
The proceedings of the conference will be webcast live via the St. Louis Fed’s website at stlouisfed.org/live starting at 8 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday, Sept. 23.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard will open the conference, followed by remarks from CSBS President John Ryan and Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell.
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George will give the morning keynote address.
The first day of the conference will also feature the presentation of research papers that were submitted and selected for this year’s conference. The research will be presented in three sessions, with each session featuring a panel discussion and Q&A led by both a moderator and a community banker. The day will conclude with an evening keynote speech from Rebeca Romero Rainey, chair and CEO of Centinel Bank, Taos, N.M.
The second day of the conference will kick off with the release of the results from the 2014 Community Banking in the 21st Century national survey of more than 1,000 community bankers from across the country, as well as the summaries of community banker town hall meetings that were hosted by state bank commissioners this spring and summer.
The surveys provide data that help quantify the challenges facing community banks while the town halls capture what's most on the minds of today’s community bankers, including the impact of the new regulatory environment, the changes being wrought by fast-changing technological advancements and the growing cybersecurity threat.
A panel discussion on “The Future of Community Banking,” will follow the release of the survey data and the town hall summaries.
The panel will be comprised of industry experts and thought leaders in this space and will include Trey Maust, co-president and CEO of Lewis & Clark Bank, Oregon City, Ore.; R.H. (Hank) Seale III, founder and chairman, Q2, and founder and chairman, CBANC Network, Austin, Texas; Joshua Siegel, managing partner and CEO of StoneCastle Partners, LLC, New York, N.Y., and Tim Zimmerman, president and CEO, Standard Bank, Monroeville, Penn.
The discussion will be moderated by Lamont Black, assistant professor of finance, Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University, Chicago, Ill.
Other featured speakers, moderators and panelists will include:
• Julie Stackhouse, St. Louis Fed senior vice president of banking supervision, credit, community development and learning innovation;
• Michael Stevens, CSBS senior executive vice president;
• Richard Brown, chief economist and associate director for regional operations, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Washington, D.C.;
• Ken B. Cyree, Ph.D., Dean /Frank R. Day Mississippi Bankers Association Chair of Banking, University of Mississippi School of Business Administration, and director, Mississippi School of Banking;
• Candace Franks, CSBS chairman and Arkansas Commissioner of Banks;
• Pat Hickman, chairman and CEO, Happy State Bank, Happy, Texas;
• Andrew Meyer, senior economist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis;
• Heidi Mandanis Schooner, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.;
• Mark Schroeder, chairman and CEO, German American Bank, Jasper, Ind., and
• David C. Williams, president and CEO, Upper Peninsula State Bank, Escanaba, Mich.
The complete conference agenda, as well as summaries of the research papers, can be found at: www.stlouisfed.org/CBRC2014. Author and speaker presentations will also be posted as part of the live webcast.