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8th Annual Community Bankers Conference

April 8-10, 2019
Irving, Texas
Four Seasons Resort and Club, Dallas at Las Colinas

Invest Today. Capitalize Tomorrow.

  • 2019 is a critical year to examine the future of community banks. Community banks enjoyed margin expansion in 2018 with deposit costs repricing more slowly than loan yields. But that is poised to change in 2019, threatening margin expansion and earnings. On the asset side, credit costs remain low, but that’s likely to change as well, as the next economic downturn nears.
  • Don’t miss this essential community banking industry conference, focused on the future of community banks and current issues facing community banks. Community bank executives today need to manage bank balance sheets effectively in the rising rate environment, while also preparing for the next credit cycle. But community banks face an even greater challenge: how to stay relevant in a world of rapidly changing customer preferences. What does community banking in 2025 look like? How can community bank executives invest in the future now, and what investments should they prioritize?  
  • At this year's 8th Annual Community Bankers Conference, we will discuss the here and now, focusing on deposit strategies, optimizing the performance of banks’ core business and preparing for the next downturn. We will then challenge community bank executives to think about the future, how banks can remain an integral part of the US economy over the next decade and how that should inform strategic planning today.
  • In panels, networking events, and one-on-one conversations, we will discuss what it takes to lead a high-performing community bank now and in the future, and ensure community bank executives walk away with solutions for today and vision for tomorrow. Discuss strategy, optimization, and performance while networking with other community bank executives. Celebrate the Top 100 Community Bank winners and learn from the best. S&P Global Market Intelligence offers unparalleled content from the industry’s leading experts, including an exclusive chance to hear from executives of high-performing community banks, including those in the Top 100 Community Banks ranked by S&P Global Market Intelligence.
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Advisory Board

S&P Global Contributor
Ami Myrland serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Capitol Bank in Madison, Wisconsin. Full Bio
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Mr. Chris Nichols has been the Chief Strategy Officer of CenterState Bank since June 12, 2013. Full Bio
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Curt A. Christianssen joined Pacific Mercantile Bancorp and the Bank as Chief Financial Officer effective January 1, 2015, a role in which he had served on an interim basis since December, 2013. Full Bio
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Curtis began his banking career at First State Bank of Morton, Texas (the predecessor institution to City Bank), in 1979 and became Chairman of the Board in 1984. Full Bio
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Fawn Sachleben has been with Citizens Bank of Edmond since April 2016 where she serves as Chief Lending Officer. Full Bio
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Mrs. Crocker has been with the Bank since its origin and serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Full Bio
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Trey Maust, co-founder of Lewis & Clark Bank, brings over twenty years of experience in banking, capital markets and financial services. Full Bio
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Cindy joined Heritage Bank in 1988 and has held a range of executive titles in her more than 30 years with the company. Full Bio

Previous Year Highlights

Download our 2019 conference brochure

2019 Speakers

Interested in speaking? Please email

Additional speakers are confirming their participation. Check back for updates.


Your registration fee includes continental breakfasts, lunches, all refreshment breaks as well as cocktail receptions.

Current clients include any firm that currently subscribes to products/services offered by S&P Global Market Intelligence, excluding other conferences and training classes.

The standard rate applies to attendees who are not bank officers or bank directors of an FDIC-insured financial institution, such as board advisors/observers, investment bankers, correspondent and wholesale bankers (even if part of an FDIC-Insured Financial Institution), attorneys, accounting firms, and other vendors and service providers. S&P Global reserves the right to verify your company profile and adjust your registration rate, if necessary.

    • Registration Fee
    • Standard Rate - Client
    • $1,595 / delegate
    • Standard Rate - Non-Client
    • $1,995 / delegate
    • Community Bankers - Client
    • $595 / delegate
    • Community Bankers - Non-Client
    • $895 / delegate

Spouse Registration

Spouses are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Cocktail Reception. Please contact our support team at or call us at 434-951-7786 if you wish to add this to your registration.

    • Registration Fee
    • Welcome Reception
    • $100 / delegate

Activities: As a prelude to the program, attendees are invited to arrive early on Monday, April 8, to participate in the pre-conference golf tournament. This 18-hole, par-70 course was home to the AT&T Byron Nelson PGA Tournament for many years.

The first 20 bankers to register for golf can play for free.

For all others, a separate fee of $250/person, payable at the time of registration, covers your cart and green fees (rental clubs are available from the resort for an additional charge).

Box lunches will be provided and groupings and tee times will be communicated closer to the event.


Four Seasons Resort and Club, Dallas at Las Colinas

We have negotiated rates at the Four Seasons Resort and Club, Dallas at Las Colinas starting at $295 per night, excluding taxes and fees. This rate is available through March 8, 2019. Upon registering for the conference, you will receive a link to book your room online.

Looking to book before or after the conference? Please call the hotel at (972) 717-0700 for rates. The group block rate can be applied to these nights, based on availability at the hotel.

  • Four Seasons Resort and Club, Dallas at Las Colinas

    4150 North MacArthur Boulevard

    Irving, Texas, 75038


    Phone:+1 (972) 717-0700

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Become a Sponsor

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

  • The 8th Annual Community Bankers Conference is the premier forum at which influential opinion leaders, executives, board members, policy makers and Wall Street professionals put forward their visions and views of the strategic issues facing community banks. This unique conference delivers an audience of senior executives and directors of community banks with asset sizes of $100 million to $10 billion.
  • Becoming a sponsor of this executive conference will provide your company face-to-face interactions with executives eager to discuss and debate the most pressing industry issues and their solutions.
  • With our network of leading banking executives in the industry, we afford you the opportunity to have meaningful conversations at networking and entertainment events in a relaxed environment.
  • Your firm’s brand will be placed on our direct mail, email, website and a variety of other branding options at the event.
  • Take advantage of this opportunity to align your business with a leading brand in the community banks industry, S&P Global Market Intelligence.


Frequently Asked Questions

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The Platts Events mobile app puts conference navigation and networking at your fingertips. Available one week before the event, the mobile app gives delegates :

  • Advance access to the attendee list
  • Live agenda updates and networking activities
  • Immediate access to speaker presentations
  • Essesntial, real-time event details and notifications
  • Upload a profile photo, set up a meeting, amd more

* Platts attempts to secure as many speaker presentations as possible, however some speakers choose not to share their materials. Therefore some presentations may not become available. Additionally speaker presentations for this event are only available for download from the networking mobile app and web link

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