Auburn University
Bank Directors' College Raymond J. Harbert College of Business

Bank Directors' College at Auburn University

The 2017 Conference (February 23rd-24th, 2017) has successfully concluded.

Join us February 22nd & 23rd, 2018 for the 8th annual Bank Directors' College.

February 22nd-23rd, 2018

Hosted by the Department of Finance, Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, Auburn University

The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center

Conference qualifies for CPA Continuing Professional Education Units (9 Business Related hours)

Director education is an essential component of good governance and effective compliance practices for financial institutions. It increases the likelihood of retaining good directors, attracting more candidates, and more highly skilled candidates, to serve on the boards of banks and instilling more confidence on the part of regulators and shareholders.

Auburn's 7th annual Bank Directors' College provides training for those considering becoming a bank director, new directors, long-standing directors, de novo bank directors, as well as CEOs and Senior Bank Officers -- Benefits of attending are:

  • Industry experts present up-to-date regulatory, compliance, management and marketing information
  • Summarize important banking industry trends
  • National and regional economic update to prepare your for decisions that will impact your community
  • Educate directors in the basics of community bank directorship
  • Network with bank directors, CEO's, financial and legal experts to learn exemplary industry practices
  • Our goal is to provide information and direction for you to make good decisions in order to protect your assets, increase your profits, retain key personnel, help your community grow and improve your stock value

This 1½ day program will consist of 8 hours of instruction by nationally recognized experts. This executive education program is hosted by the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business at Auburn University and will include faculty and speakers with a mix of academics, professionals, regulators and experienced corporate directors. This event is the perfect way for directors and senior management to come to grips with the shifting ground of risk in banking, the economic environment and the reality of bank safety and soundness. It's also an occasion to compare notes and experiences with other community bank directors.

The conference will be held at The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center.

Barth Want to learn more about the financial crisis from, Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance, James R. Barth?

How about Dr. Barth's take on the banking industry.

Jahera Watch John Jahera, Department of Finance, talk about why you should attend the Auburn University Bank Directors' College.

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Our Goal is to provide information and direction for you to make good decisions in order to protect your bank's assets, increase your profits, reduce personal liability, retain key personnel, help your community grow and improve your stock value.

2017 Schedule 

The conference will start with lunch at 11:15 am, on Thursday February 23rd, and run through Friday at 11:40 pm (box lunch provided).

There will also be a reception and dinner at 5:30 pm Thursday night.

Topics and speakers will be added as acquired.

This event is held at The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center

(Topics and speakers are subject to change)

Day One - Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bank Directors' College

11:15 - 12:30 pm
Registration and Lunch
12:30 - 12:40 pm
Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Bill Hardgrave, Ph.D., Dean
Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, Auburn University
12:45 - 1:35 pm
Session #1: Economic Update
David Altig, EVP and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
1:40 - 2:30 pm
Session #2: Washington, D.C. Update
Karen Thomas, Senior Executive Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy, Independent Community Bankers of America
2:35 - 3:25 pm
Session #3: Current Issues in Employment Law
Kary Bryant Wolfe, Special Council, Banking & Financial Services Practice Group, Jones Walker, LLP
3:25 - 3:40 pm
3:40 - 5:10 pm
Session #4 - Regulator Panel Discussion:
Mike Hill, Superintendent of Banks, Alabama Department of Banking;
John P. Henrie, Deputy Regional Director, FDIC (Atlanta);
Kevin Hagler, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Banking & Finance;
Moderator: Ron Snider, Partner, Business and Banking Practice Group, Jones Walker, LLP
5:30 pm
Cocktail Reception
6:15 pm
Keynote Speaker:
Reginald Hyde, Executive Director of the Cyber Institute at the University of Alabama
Topic: National Cyber Security, Cyber Threats, and Cyber Threats to Banking

Day Two - Friday, February 24, 2017

7:00 - 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:50 am
Session #5: Finding Capital Funding
Jon Briggs, Managing Director - Investment Banking, Performance Trust Capital Partners, LLC
8:55 - 9:45 am
Session #6: The Practical Board Oversight and Management of IT and Cybersecurity
Cindy Russo, Executive Vice President Operations, AloStar Bank of Commerce, Birmingham, Alabama
9:45 - 9:55 am
9:55 - 10:45 am
Session #7: Corporate Governance and Regulatory Updates
David Wood, CPA, Audit Partner, Porter Keadle, Moore, LLC
10:50 - 11:40 am
Session #8: The Importance of Director and Officer Liability plus Network/ Cyber Insurance
Jason Bosley, Vice President, J. Smith Lanier & Co.
Sam Stern, Senior Vice President, J. Smith Lanier & Co.
11:40 - 1:30 pm
Lunch - End of Conference
Box Lunch provided with dining room available to continue networking.
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2017 Speakers

Hottest industry topics will determine the slate of additional expert speakers. Speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

Click on speaker for more information.

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View the registration page to see the full pricing structure.

Registration fees include all materials, meals, and refreshment breaks. Participants are responsible for making their own hotel accommodations.

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Mailing List

Want to keep up with the Bank Directors' College? Then join our mailing list to be kept up-to-date on where, when, speakers, topics and sponsorship opportunities.

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We have secured a block of rooms at the Marriott Courtyard Auburn. Unfortunetly, lodging at The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center is no longer available

Conference attendees are responsible for lodging reservations.

The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixson Conference Center

The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center

Conference Location

241 S College St
Auburn Alabama 36830
Toll free: 1-800-228-2876

Sold Out as of January 30th.

Courtyard Auburn

Marriott Courtyard Auburn

2420 W Pace Blvd
Auburn, AL 36830
(At I-85, Exit 51) Approximately 4 miles from the confrence venue

If calling direct, mention "Bank Directors' College" when booking.

Conference Rate: $109

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Founding Sponsor

Jones Walker

Jones Walker, LLP is one of the largest law firms concentrated in the southeastern United States, with more than 375 attorneys located in Alabama, Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and Texas. The Banking & Financial Services Practice Group provides financial institutions with comprehensive representation in a wide range of matters including corporate governance, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, tax, employment, problem asset workouts, compliance with federal and state banking laws, acquiring failed institutions from the FDIC, charter conversions, and negotiation and compliance with enforcement actions.

Michael D. Waters
Jones Walker, LLP
1819 Fifth Avenue North
Suite 1100, One Federal Place
Birmingham, AL 35203
Direct Dial: 205-244-5210
Direct Fax: 205-244-5410

Ronald A. Snider
Jones Walker, LLP
254 State Street
Post Office Box 46
Mobile, Alabama 36601
Ph: 251-432-1414 (main)
Ph: 251-439-7548 (direct)
Fax: 251-431-9401 (direct)

Robert L. Carothers Jr.
Jones Walker, LLP
RSA Battle House Tower
Suite 1200 – 12th Floor
11 N Water Street
Mobile, AL 36602
Ph: 251.439.7522
Fax: 251.439.7363


Supporting Sponsors

Porter Keadle Moore, LLP

Founded in 1977, Porter Keadle Moore (PKM) has grown into one of the most respected accounting and advisory firms in the country. PKM currently represents leading corporations, both public and private, in the financial, insurance, technology, biological science and government service arenas, maintaining a strong focus and commitment to our foundation on servicing community banks. At PKM, we provide holistic and growth-driven financial solutions built around understanding clients' business challenges, not just their accounting issues. While developing deep relationships over years of working together, we treat our clients' businesses as if they were our own, providing a positive, accretive experience for both parties.

David Wood
Porter Keadle Moore, LLC
235 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 1800
Atlanta, GA  30303
Ph: 404-420-5668
Cell: 404-502-2357
Fx: 404-588-4222

Greg Jones
Porter Keadle Moore, LLC
235 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 1800
Atlanta, GA  30303
Ph: 404-420-5668
Fx: 404-588-4222



AloStar Bank of Commerce focuses on serving three distinct client bases: core depositors who interact with the bank through its online banking platform; businesses between $5 million and $150 million in revenue who need a variety of commercial lending products; and community banks who benefit from correspondent services. Our correspondent banking services include fixed income investment services, brokered CDs, asset/liability modeling, bond accounting, safekeeping, cash management programs - including traditional and image clearing - and handling overnight funds investment as agent.

Cindy Russo
Executive Vice President - Operations
3595 Grandview Parkway, Suite 425
Birmingham, Alabama 35243
Phone: 205-298-6443
Cell: 205-807-1622

Rob Trott
Senior Vice President - Correspondent Banking
12472 Lake Underhill Road #402
Orlando, Florida 32828
407-304-9753 cell


Performance Trust

The Investment Banking Group, which focuses on partnering with community banks across the US, is comprised of investment banking professionals with over 65 combined years of financial services experience. We have completed over 80 bank deals representing over $28 billion in assets; 12 investment advisory deals with over $10 billion in AUM; and 11 insurance agency deals with over $60 million in revenue.

We believe our intensive focus on the issues, trends, and participants affecting the community bank industry are instrumental in helping our clients determine the best possible strategy to address their specific needs.

Our professionals have acquired experience both at large investment banks and at boutiques focused specifically on community banks. We are committed to providing expert advice and superior execution to address any of your financing or advisory needs.

Jonathan W. Briggs
Managing Director - Investment Banking
201 St. Charles Ave, Suite 1412
New Orleans, LA 70170-1410

Gary Svec
Managing Director
Address: 500 W Madison St #450
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone:(312) 521-1000


J. Smith Lanier & Co.

J. Smith Lanier & Co., headquartered in West Point, Georgia, is an employee-owned company that was founded in 1868 and has become one of the oldest and most respected privately owned insurance brokers in the United States. Since 1868, the company has grown from a three-employee local agency to a major regional firm employing over 575 employees in 5 states and 22 offices. J. Smith Lanier & Co. offers commercial and personal lines insurance, employee benefits, surety, aviation and risk control

Jason Bosley
Vice President



Federal Home Loan Bank

As a cooperative, FHLBank Atlanta is keenly focused on helping our shareholder banks succeed. We do this by being a reliable resource of sound counsel and low-cost, customizable funding products many institutions cannot get anywhere else. FHLBank Atlanta advances are designed with flexibility to meet your bank’s specific funding needs. We offer variations of fixed-rate, variable-rate and amortizing advance structures to help you manage liquidity, risk and balance sheet positions in a variety of interest rate environments.

FHLBank Atlanta also offers a variety of products that provide matching funds for the down payments, closing costs, and rehabilitation costs incurred by eligible homebuyers and homeowners. Participation in these products offers our shareholders a way to access a wider customer base and originate new mortgages. Working in partnership with our shareholders, we help make homeownership affordable, local communities thrive, and the U.S. financial system stronger.

Adrian Lang
Senior Relationship Manager, Alabama
Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
1475 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404-888-8472

Travis Hill
Structured Credit Specialist
Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
1475 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404-888-8472


Alabama Small Business Capital

Alabama Small Business Capital is a Certified Development Company (CDC) licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. ASBC is an established administer of the SBA 504 Loan Program. The purpose is to help small businesses secure long-term, below market, fixed-rate financing for the acquisition of land, buildings or extended life machinery and equipment.

Alabama Small Business Capital operates under the umbrella of Florida Business Development. FBDC is the second most active CDC nationwide for the fiscal year ended September 2015. Over the course of the past 26 years the firm has originated over 5,800 small business loans resulting in nearly $8 billion in approved projects.

Angie Sweatman
Alabama Small Business Capital
3120 Frederick Road, Suite K
Auburn, Alabama 36801
Office: 334-275-9700
Cell: 334-318-8064

Ed Hill
Alabama Small Business Capital
2100 Southbridge Parkway, Suite 650
Birmingham, Alabama 35209
Office: 205-414-7475
Cell: 813-598-9949


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