Connecting Leaders Conference is 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 kid’s camp and family fun night. 
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Dave Martin

Like many in the banking industry, Dave Martin was an accidental banker. After early careers as a radio morning man, marketing director for an oilfield industry supplier, and a stretch working in the finance department of a university research facility, Dave was recruited by a friend to join a bank. Specifically, he was hired to run that institution’s first in-store branch location.

Two decades and stints as senior bank executive and trainer/consultant later, Dave's core beliefs about banking remain intact. Banking remains a people business, and organizations with good people win.

Dave Martin has become one of the most prolific writers in the banking industry. His columns and newsletters are read in thousands of financial institutions each month. His keynote presentations, seminars, and podcasts have an authenticity and humor that brings teams of all sizes and seniority levels together.

Clint Robertson

Born and raised in Texas, Clint Robertson holds a business degree from Texas Christian University and a law degree from Southern Methodist University. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs has allowed Clint to found a wide variety of small businesses; and, as a business attorney and CPA, he has advised countless others in their entrepreneurial ventures.

Whether stringing miles of barbed wire on the family farm as a kid, structuring large commercial deals, or swinging a hammer on his own renovations, Clint’s true business love has always been real estate. He carries both a contractor’s and a broker’s license to cut out the middleman and keep him close to the action.

Clint lives for his family. He met Sandy, the love of his life, in college. Sandy has given him three incredible boys and years of sacrificial support, love, and understanding as he has pursued his ventures. Clint credits providential intervention for his family’s deliverance from the real estate crisis of 2008 as he was led, at the height of his construction business, to uproot and move his young family to Idaho.

Luke Caldwell

Luke grew up in Boise, Idaho. Even as a young man Luke had a passion for the artistic things of life.  His talents have allowed him to express creativity throughout real estate and design. As a former professional musician, Luke’s travels allowed him to hone his eclectic and fresh design sense with a global perspective that is expressed with warmth on a wide variety of home styles and various projects. He is most satisfied in his craft when he can re-purpose or redeem a space or home for a new and beautiful purpose.

Luke and his wife Miranda have two biological children and have adopted four more. Luke’s joy in experiencing transformation is not limited merely to renovations, but he and Miranda find their true life’s calling in joy of their growing family through adoption.

It was Luke’s heart for adoption that led him to realize his purpose as a designer and real estate investor. The high costs associated with adoption required a much greater outlay than a musician in ministry could ever fathom paying.

Rick Rizenbergs

Through a management career that spans over 30 years, Rick Rizenbergs has a track record of driving business and building high functioning teams and sales organizations that have achieved impressive growth across a number of vertical markets. A lifetime student of leadership, Rick’s secret to success has been his ability to attract, develop and motivate passionate leaders. 

Throughout his career, Rick has been honored for his business growth and leadership. He has been recognized as Manager of the Year 5 times spanning 3 different companies, including Siemens Medical Manager of the Year, North American.  

Currently residing in Fort Worth, Rick is married and the father of four children.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time at his lake house in Heber Springs Arkansas, reading, boating and playing golf with friends and family. 


Wednesday, June 24
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
IBAT Leadership Division Board Meeting
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Conference Registration
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Tabletop Setup
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Associate Member Advisory Council Meeting
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
IBAT Leadership Division Board Dinner
Thursday, June 25
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Registration
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. General Session: Dave Martin
10:30 a.m. – 12noon
Exhibitor Tabletops and Networking
12noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Buffet
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Kids Camp
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
3:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Free for Family Afternoon
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Hospitality Suite
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Family Night at the Aquarium
Friday, June 26
7:30 a.m. – Noon
Conference Registration
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 
Breakout Sessions
7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Exhibitor Tabletops
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
General Session: Rick Rizenbergs
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
General Session: Boise Boys
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Free for Family Afternoon
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Hospitality Suite (Sponsored by JMFA)
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday Family Fun Night