Leadership Conference is the IBAT Leadership Division’s annual flagship event. It provides an opportunity for IBAT members to receive education and leadership development while strengthening the industry through personal connections. This event offers focused leadership training, networking opportunities, and hot topic general and breakout sessions in addition to exhibitor demos. It is family friendly and filled with entertainment opportunities for all, including a golf tournament, kid’s money camp and family fun night. 

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Featured Speakers & Sessions


Joe Serio, Ph.D.
Leadership and Legacy

In this rapidly changing world, it’s difficult to face the vast uncertainty and be confident about the future without getting overwhelmed. On top of that, you may be thinking, “What next?” “What is to become of my business when I want to retire?” “How do I build a legacy that I’m proud of?” “How do I navigate the waters of passing my business along to my children?” This keynote presentation delivers proven tools and techniques that can be applied in a multitude of situations to help you build the most powerful legacy possible.

David Norris

Rethinking Toast: Because the Problem is Never the Problem

What you will learn:

  • Learn to answer the tough leadership questions facing community bankers today.
  • Intentional leadership principles for community bank leaders.
  • Simple thinking strategies that will guard you from the overwhelm, doubt, and worry that accompany leadership.

Chris Williston
Leadership Lessons: An Interview With Chris Williston

With more than 28 years under his belt as President and CEO of IBAT, Chris Williston has seen many ups and downs in the industry we all love. In this one on one conversation, Chris will share his thoughts on leadership, management and the future of the community banking industry.

Ben Utecht
The Champion’s Way: What it Takes to be a World Champion Leader On and Off the Field

On February 7, 2007, I stepped onto the Super Bowl field and into a Hall of Fame huddle with my teammates, including Peyton Manning and our head coach Tony Dungy. We became a world-class offense by creating a culture of champion leadership and dynamic communication. This culture was fueled by four foundational principles that together allowed each player to reach his greatest potential for the benefit of the team in a highly stressful and competitive environment.

After football, I began to realize these championship principles were the backbone for off-the-field success as well. “The 4 Ls”—Listening, Learning, Language, and Love—are foundational in both life and business. The culture our team created around these principles earned us the greatest reward in the game of football: a Super Bowl championship. Like the 2006-2007 Colts, you too can realize your greatest success potential, in life and business, through the perfect practice of “The 4 Ls.”


June 21, 2017
11:30am-1:30pm Associate Member Advisory Council Meeting
1:30pm-5:30pm Leadership Division Board of Directors Meeting
Conference Registration
Exhibitor Tabletop Setup
Associate Member Advisory Council Meeting and Dinner
June 22, 2017
Golf Tournament
10:00am-1:00pm Exhibitor Tabletop Setup
Conference Registration
Exhibitor Tabletops
Connecting Leaders Gathering – meet with other attendees from your region.
Opening General Session: Exhibitor Stage Demos
General Session: Leadership & Legacy – Joe Serio, Ph.D.
Kids Camp
General Session: Exhibitor Stage Demos
Opening Reception with Exhibitors
June 23, 2017
7:30am-Noon Registration
Buffet Breakfast
Hot Topic Breakouts
Refreshment Break
General Session: Rethinking Toast – David Norris
General Session: Leadership Lessons - An Interview With Chris Williston
Changing of the Guard & Awards
Buffet Lunch
General Session: The Champion’s Way – Ben Utecht
Afternoon Free
Hospitality Suites
Friday Night Family Fun: Dinner & Dancing featuring Stoney Larue
June 24 , 2017
9:00-11:00am Optional Succession Planning/Best Practices Workshop
Three Parts of the Stool: Board/Shareholders, Management and Customers

2017 Sponsors 

2017 Exhibitors

Advantage Health Plans Trust
All Covered
The Baker Group
Bank Compensation Consulting 
Catalyst Financial Company
Deluxe Corporation
Fitech Payments
Full Skope
Garland Heart Management Group
Glory Global Solutions

Harper & Pearson Co., P.C.
North Texas CDC
Promontory Interfinancial Network, LLC 
PULSE, A Discover Company
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Top Flite Financial, Inc.
UMB Bank - Investment Banking Division
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