2023 Executive Management Conference


The Executive Management Conference begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, and concludes at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8. A tentative schedule follows.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

2 p.m.

Registration Open & Exhibitor Showcase

3 p.m. 

Compliance Hot Topics 

Carol Barnett – Missouri Bankers Association 

4:30-5:30 p.m. 

Trade Show Holiday Cheer Reception

5:30-8:30 p.m. 

Bank Hospitality Events 

individual receptions hosted by:
Central Bank
Commerce Bank
MIB, MIB Banc Services LLC, FBBS

Thursday, Dec. 7

7 a.m.

Registration and Exhibits

7:30 a.m. 


8:30 a.m. 

Call to Order & Welcome

8:45 a.m.

The Economy as Artful Dodger: How Much Longer?

Chris Kuehl – Armada Cl 

Thus far the predictions of imminent recession have been overblown but there are still plenty of risks. What are they and what are the prospects for an economic stumble in 2024? How is the latest “Black Swan” playing out? As usual the banking sector has been placed right in the middle - what does that look like?

9:45 a.m. 

Federal Home Loan Bank Des Moines Update and Overview 

Wil Osborn, Chief Business Officer

 10:15 a.m.

Break & Exhibit Showcase

10:45 a.m. 

A Glimpse of the Future: Three Keys to Success

Trent Fleming, Trent Fleming Consulting              

Join Trent Fleming as he peeks “over the horizon” at some key concepts that will determine the future course of community banking. Relationships will continue to drive our industry, but technology will be critical in delivering the entire experience a customer is looking for. Our first key is data analytics. Establishing policies and procedures that leverage customer data to better serve customers and improve internal efficiencies is a critical step forward. We will discuss what this discipline looks like and who should lead it. Next, building on data analytics, is smart growth -- an approach to growing your bank that seeks to combine multiple techniques into an efficient and sustainable growth model. Finally, we will talk about wealth management. Often overlooked by community banks, wealth management and private banking capabilities are well within your reach. This is about here identifying current and prospective private banking clients and working with them in such a way to maintain a profitable relationship: both from continuing to provide banking products and services and by guiding them as they engage with other financial services opportunities in a way that strengthens your relationship and provides fee income.


Reinvigorating the State Banking Board

Moderator: Jackson Hataway, President & CEO, Missouri Bankers Association

Mick Campbell, Commissioner, Missouri Division of Finance
Harold Miles, President/CEO, Bank of Advance
Jay Knudtson, Executive VP, First Missouri State Bank, Cape Girardeau

12:15 p.m.


  • Recognition of the 2023 Recipient of the Next Generation in Banking Leadership Award
  • Check Presentation to Segs4Vets
  • Vendor Prize Drawings
1:30 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions


Banking in the Age of AI: Unleashing Banking's Potential with Data Preparation
Jeff Bendure, JMARK

As the banking industry enters a new era fueled by artificial intelligence, the question isn’t whether AI will impact your bank – it’s how effectively you can leverage it. Join us for an exclusive presentation by JMARK, accomplished tech innovator and managed IT provider, as we delve into the pivotal role of data preparation in realizing AI’s potential within banking. During this presentation, you’ll gain insights into the strategic significance of data optimization, ensuring its quality and leveraging it effectively to drive innovation. This presentation is your gateway to understanding how AI can elevate your bank’s services, streamline operations and make informed decisions that shape the future of banking.

Survive or Thrive? Framework for Building Stakeholder Value in a Competitive Banking Environment
Brian Battle, Performance Trust

The world is changing faster and faster. This impacts all areas of community banking. The Fed has re-written history on monetary policy, both in size and scope. Fintech and big banks are taking deposits. Loan demand is waning. Cybersecurity is a major threat. Net overhead is rising. What hasn’t changed is that for 95% of community banks, net interest Income is the lifeblood for earnings, enterprise value and sustainability. Bad decisions can create trouble for this quarter, next quarter and years to come. Brian Battle shares a time-tested, strategic decision-making process that will arm your team to make better capital allocation decisions.

2:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m. 

Emerging Mail Fraud Trends
Michael Bruno, Program Manager — U.S. Postal Inspection

This session will focus on common and emerging mail fraud trends affecting community banks and their customers. 

5-6:30 p.m.

Reception Hosted by MBA Associate Members
MBA Foundation Silent Auction
Evening Free

Friday, Dec. 8

7:30 a.m.


8:15 a.m. 

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Supervision Update

Carl White, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

This session will provide an update on current banking conditions in Missouri. Additionally, Carl White will discuss supervisory expectations as regulators and the industry attempt to learn from the recent market stress and managing liquidity in this rising rate environment. The session will cover sources of contingency funding including the Federal Reserve System’s Bank Term Funding Program and Discount Window.

 9:15 a.m.


9:30 a.m.

Spin-Free News of the Day from a ‘Simple Country Pundit’

Chris Stirewalt, Political Analyst, Commentator and Author 

Chris Stirewalt tells it like it is and isn’t afraid to draw on his now-famous ‘Stirewaltisms’ to get his point across. From hammering the “malarkey” unfolding in the Senate as Republicans pushed for a health care overhaul to advising presidential nominees to “suit up and show up,” Stirewalt is known for his singular way of reporting the news: tell-it-like-it-is commentary infused with first-hand anecdotes, hilarious phrasing and smart insight. Humble and larger than life, Stirewalt’s gregarious persona keeps audiences engaged while delivering a succinct overview of our current political climate and a deep dive into issues that matter to his audience now, including analyzing races, breaking down what’s happening on Capitol Hill, taking apart legislative battles and offering a bird’s eye view of what’s to come in politics.

10:30 a.m. 

Conference Adjourns