IBAT’s Annual Convention is a four-day event that takes an in-depth look at key issues impacting the banking industry, specifically those related to community banks. General sessions (often featuring renowned national speakers), learning labs, regulator roundtables and banker-peer resource sharing sessions are offered on the education front. Networking opportunities and entertainment options, including the Chairman’s Tailgate Party, PAC Auction/Dinner and Songwriters’ Late Show, round out the Convention schedule.
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World-Class Speakers (2018)

Kelly McDonald
How to Work With & Lead People Not Like You

Whether you’re working with internal associates or external customers, it’s imperative that you know what motivates people—and what doesn’t. Kelly will discuss the many ways we can be different from one another and how those differences manifest themselves in work situations. She will show how employees can succeed in today’s diverse workplace and identify key ways in which you can effectively communicate, guide, and lead associates and colleagues who are not like you.

Scott Heitkamp
ICBA Update

Scott Heitkamp is immediate past chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America and a past chairman of IBAT. Having served the community banking industry for decades, Scott will provide a unique view of the past, present and future of our industry.

Inquoris “Inky” Johnson
Control the Controllables

Inky Johnson’s dream had always been to play professional sports. In 2006 as a football player for the University of Tennessee, a routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm, daily pain and constant physical challenges. His injury could have crushed his spirit, but you’ll be inspired by his relentless determination. Whether the topic is leadership, teamwork, or perseverance, Inky inspires his audiences to embrace the challenges of life.

Sam Silverstein
The Accountable Leader’s Guide to Change
Sam Silverstein is dedicated to instilling the highest form of leadership in every organization, assisting institutions to transform the way they do business while growing their bottom line and their people. He helps companies create an organizational culture that prioritizes and inspires accountability. Sam writes, speaks and consults with companies, inspiring and challenging their people to think differently to achieve a better result. Sam’s work with entrepreneurs, multi-national companies and government agencies has transformed organizational cultures and driven increased engagement and productivity. He has written numerous books including Making Accountable Decisions, No More Excuses and, most recently, Non-Negotiable.

He is the founder of The Accountability Movement™, which is focused on building powerful communities filled with people and organizations that know their values, live their values and keep their commitments.

2018 Schedule 

Saturday, September 22
1:00-3:00pm Associate Member Networking Event
3:00-6:00pm Chairman’s Tailgate Party 
  Evening Free
Sunday, September 23
7:00-7:30am Devotional
10:45am-12:00pm General Session
 - How to Work With & Lead People Not Like You – Kelly McDonald
12:00-2:30pm Exhibitors Move In 
General Session / Lunch / Stage Demos 
 - ICBA Leader’s Remarks – Scott Heitkamp
 - M&A Panel Discussion –
Curtis Carpenter, Bob Walters, Dory Wiley; Peter Weinstock, moderator
 - Interview with IBAT Chairman Kim King
 - Best of Community Banking Awards
 - Exhibitor Stage Demos

3:30-5:00pm Exhibits
5:30-6:30pm Welcome Reception (with Exhibitors)
  Evening Free
Monday,September 24
7:15-9:45am General Session / Breakfast / Exhibitor Stage Demos
 - Regulator Panel – Bobby Coberly, Charles Cooper, Kristie Elmquist, Caroline Jones, Troy Thornton; Steve Scurlock, moderator
 - Exhibitor Stage Demos

9:45-11:15am Exhibits
11:15am-1:00pm Exhibits Dismantled/Move Out
Concurrent Sessions
General Session / Luncheon 
 - Control the Controllables – Inky Johnson
 - Presentation of IBAT Chairman’s Award
 - Presentation of IBAT President’s Award

Concurrent Sessions
  Coffee Break
3:30-4:45pm General Session 
 - Attorney Panel – Rick Brophy, Sandy Brown, Chet Fenimore, Bruce Toppin, Peter Weinstock; Karen Neeley, moderator
5:00-6:30pm Hospitality Suites
6:30-9:30pm 30th Annual PAC Auction
9:30-11:30pm Songwriters’ Late Show 
Tuesday, September 25
Concurrent Sessions
Concurrent Sessions
General Session / Brunch
 - Annual Meeting
 - New Chairman’s Address – Ronnie Miller
 - The Accountable Leader’s Guide to Change – Sam Silverstein
 - Chris Williston’s Farewell Address

Registration Fees

IBAT Member Before August 10 After August 10
 IBAT Bank/Associate Member $735   $885
 IBAT Leadership Division Member  $695  $845
 IBAT Nonmember Bank $935 $1,035
 IBAT Nonassociate Member $935 $1,035
 IBAT Bank/Associate Member Spouse $495 $595
 Nonmember/Nonassociate Spouse $595   $695

2019 Sponsors

Convention Sponsors 


IBAT Services Inc. Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Piper Jaffray
TIB-The Independent BankersBank
American National Insurance Company
NFP/Equias Alliance, an NFP Company
Whitley Penn
Alston & Bird
Henry & Peters, P.C.
MG Architects
Yennik, Inc. 

2019 Exhibitors 

Bankers Mortgage


Computer Services, Inc.

DEI Incorporated




  John M. Floyd & Associates




McCune Construction Services

MG Architects

 NFP/Equias Alliance, an NFP Company 


Nicola Banking System, Inc.

   PhaseOne Design Builders 


S&P Global Market Intelligence

Strunk, LLC 


Top Flite Financial, Inc.

Visible Equity