Convention 2013 was another banner year for the Indiana Bankers Association, with nearly 500 attendees from 66 banks coming together at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis for three days of education, networking and a deepening of our banking roots.
Events began with a golf outing at the beautiful Brickyard Crossing Golf Course. Picture perfect weather accompanied the participants who enjoyed golf, camaraderie and contests and giveaways from hole sponsors.
Later that day, attendees gathered for a welcome reception in the exhibit hall, where service providers displayed the best of products and services for the banking industry. Shortly after, the full contingent visited the Indiana State Museum for an evening of dining, music, and a chance to view a specially opened exhibit showcasing the history of Indiana.
Monday, Sept. 23, began with a mesmerizing presentation by Gus Whalen, chairman of The Warren Featherbone Foundation, a philanthropic organization with a history that enchants and inspires.
Subsequent presentations delved into issues ranging from value dynamics to enterprise risk management to smart-card payment technology. A panel featuring representatives from the American Bankers Association and Independent Community Bankers of America offered spirited discussion on issues at the forefront of banking.
Monday evening’s silent and live auctions, hosted by the IBA Future Leadership Division, raised nearly $20,000 in support of Indiana BANKPAC. Rep. Woody Burton again played auctioneer for the live auction portion of the evening, while the silent auction featured electronic bidding via cellphone.
The evening concluded with attendees’ exploring the many dining options of our capitol city, followed by the always-popular euchre tournament and the camaraderie of the chairman’s hospitality suite.
Tuesday attendees again convened for an information-packed agenda, with multiple presentations covering regulatory compliance, social technology, board member essentials, online tools and apps, analytics and a lively primer on body language. Additionally we were honored to have as our luncheon speaker Thomas M. Hoenig, vice chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
The closing evening capped off with the Chairman’s Banquet, featuring fine dining and high-energy dance music from Endless Summer Band. IBA Chairman Jim Marcuccilli paid homage to the industry’s roots by recognizing Forty Year Club members and past Association chairmen/presidents in attendance. Amber Van Til, IBA senior vice president-government relations, presented Legislator of the Year awards to two Indiana House legislators: Rep. Tom Dermody, District 20, and Rep. Mark Messmer, District 63.
An evening highlight was a presentation of the Sagamore of the Wabash award, Indiana’s highest honor bestowed by a governor, to Jim Marcuccilli. The award was granted by Gov. Mike Pence and presented by David Mills, director of the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions.
Also at the banquet, Mike Weaver, First State Bank of Middlebury, won the grand prize of a David Yurman® wristwatch and earring set, sponsored by the IBA Service Corp. Richard Belcher, First Federal Savings Bank, Rochester, won the 2013 Indiana BANKPAC sweepstakes 10-day trip for two to Hawaii, sponsored by The KeyState Companies.
And of course throughout the Convention, spouses could take their pick of several activities, including an opening event meet-and-greet, a “Taste Indy” food tour, a walking tour of White River State Park and a “wine and canvas” painting event.
Additionally, business was accomplished at the Monday luncheon. Board elections resulted in the following IBA members to serve as 2014 board leaders:
- Chairman - David W. Heeter, chief executive officer of MutualBank, Muncie;
- First vice chairman - Larry W. Myers, president and CEO of First Savings Bank, Clarksville;
- Second vice chairman - Michael H. Head, president and CEO of First Federal Savings Bank, Evansville.
Also recognized were board members for 2014 who already had been elected by members in their regions. IBA bylaws allow a qualified candidate to serve two consecutive three-year terms, and Karen Miller, president and CEO of The Farmers Bank, Frankfort, was elected to serve a second term representing large banks from Northwest Indiana. Elected for new terms are:
- Greg Maxwell, president, Farmers State Bank, Mentone, as small bank director from the northeast region;
- Archie Brown, president and CEO, MainSource Bank, Greensburg, as large bank director from the southeast region;
- Matt Howrey, president and CEO, North Salem State Bank, as middle-sized bank director from the southwest region.
The board has also appointed Clay Ewing, president of German American, Jasper, to complete the term of Mike Head as large bank director for the southwest region.
Also, serving as president of the Future Leadership Division in 2014, and thereby having a seat on the IBA board of directors, is Lucas White, vice president of The Fountain Trust Company, Covington.
All in all, it was a highly successful Annual Convention, thanks to the support of our banking community. Next year we look forward to returning to scenic French Lick for our Convention, scheduled for Sept. 28-30, 2014. See you there!