PACB’s 138th Convention concluded on September 28 to high acclaim. The Association hosted more than 350 individuals dedicated to the advancement and betterment of the community banking industry in the Commonwealth. There was an air of excitement throughout the event and bankers used it to reenergize their entrepreneurial and visionary spirit through interaction with other industry leaders, providers and expert presenters…all who clearly recognize the importance and promising future of community banking.
The four-day event offered more than 13 hours of educational curriculum instructed by highly respected industry consultants, providers and bankers from across the Nation. The educational program was supported by interactive networking events, an exhibition filled with the “who’s who” of financial services providers, entertainment, and tours of the magnificent Rocky Mountains.
The educational sessions and networking events offered bankers the opportunity to exchange ideas and visions that stimulated their thinking, while challenging them to evaluate new community banking strategies.
Thank you to the exhibitors and corporate sponsors that provided exceptional support of the Convention through financial commitment and exposing bankers to state-of-the-art products, services and strategies that will assist in the growth and development of the community banking industry. Without their support, the Convention, as it is designed, could not continue. Bankers and the PACB Team salute them!
The exceptional Broadmoor venue presented participants a relaxing atmosphere to mix business and pleasure. Groups of financial professionals were often spotted sitting down in a quiet outdoor space engaging in “out of the box” strategic conversations that are sure to lead to greatness! Also spotted were friends and colleagues taking walks around the grounds, enjoying a tour, sitting by a fire pit late into the evening and just enjoying being together and being bankers.
Thursday & Friday were the perfect kick-off to Convention 2015. The PACB Board met and discussed issues and strategies for 2016 before spending the evening networking under the stars, making s’mores, listening to great music and reconnecting with friends and colleagues. Thanks to Performance Processing for the generous sponsorship and ongoing support.
Friday started with a time to recognize the service of past chairs during a lovely luncheon overlooking the golf course. 2014-15 PACB Chair Andy Hasley and his wife Darlene were also recognized for their dedication to the Association and the industry. What a great event!
Friday’s educational sessions were outstanding! Keith Brannan, BancVue, engaged the crowd with how to win over Gen Y. Craig Dismuke, Vining Sparks, provided insights into the economy and what bankers can expect in 2016. Kevin Blair, New Ground, challenged the audience to look for new retail strategies that mesh with the digital world.
Friday evening, convention delegates gathered in the Exhibit Hall to learn about exciting products and services offered through convention vendors and sponsors. The entire Convention delegation greatly appreciated the vendors’ support!
Saturday morning provided time to visit with our vendors and sponsors. The delegation then convened for PACB’s Annual Meeting. Andy Hasley eloquently addressed his peers discussing his pivotal year as PACB Chair and then welcomed newly elected Chair Terry Foster. Terry shared his vision for PACB moving forward and expressed his utmost thanks to Andy for his exemplary service. The association’s business was conducted, the 2015-16 officers and board members were presented. Nick DiFrancesco gave his passionate comments and recognized Community Service and FirstPac award winners. The top awards were distributed to Community State Bank of Orbisonia, Washington Financial Bank and Altoona First Savings Bank respectively.
The session concluded with presentations from two outstanding speakers – Rebeca Romery Rainey, ICBA Vice Chair, and Jill Castilia, President and CEO, Citizens Bank of Edmond. These women are national shining stars for community banking and exemplify the true essence of what it means to be a community banker.
The afternoon was packed with concurrent sessions covering the most crucial topics for bankers and directors. Saturday evening, delegates interacted with local wildlife, networked with exhibitors, laughed, danced, and dined.
Sunday was a day to celebrate fellowship and rejuvenate the spirit within. Nearly 200 Convention delegates met for an early morning fellowship breakfast. Past PACB Chairman Dennis Cirucci provided a testimony of his faith and documented how divine intervention blessed his family and saved his daughter. The PACB choir performed two inspiring selections and FHLBank Pittsburgh’s Vincent Moye lead the worship. It was an amazing morning and a wonderful time to reflect on the ways that banking has given so many people excellent lives.
Sunday afternoon, a host of convention attendees participated in fabulous tours of the Royal Gorge Route Railway, United States Air Force Academy and the Garden of the Gods. Others played golf, sat by the pool, took a hike and experienced the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. The weather was beautiful and the company spectacular.
The concluding day of the convention began with three breakfast programs. CEO and Directors breakfast sessions were sponsored by SR Snodgrass, Luse Gorman, Stevens & Lee and Griffin Financial. The spouses also gathered together to see old friends, make new ones and expand communication between themselves and PACB.
The remainder of Monday morning was packed with educational sessions. The rooms were full and the presentations were superb. Some of the subjects included, Brand Profitability and Performance, Cybersecurity, CECL, Enterprise Value Creation Approach to M & A, Fraud Prevention, D & O Liability Insurance, Executive Compensation and ALM/BSA to name a few.
PACB would like to thank all of this year’s speakers for their excellent educational presentations. Without them, our Annual Convention could not be such a huge success year after year!
Monday evening the convention culminated with the annual Gala Dinner and dancing. Both outgoing and incoming chairs addressed the delegation to share their warm wishes and thanks to the PACB and its membership.
Additionally, three individuals were inducted into the PACB Hall of Fame: the late Brent L. Peters, Frederick E. Schea and former PACB comptroller, Shirley A. Regan.
It was a magical evening and an impeccable conclusion to a successful Convention!
Well that’s a wrap! See you in 2016 for PACB’s 139th Annual Convention. Next year, we will be meeting from September 22-24 at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
This recap can be found featured in the November 2015 issue of Transactions. Not a subscriber? Visit the Transactions page on this website or call PACB at 717-231-7447 to start receiving the magazine.