Bank Holding Company Association


Executing for Excellence is the theme of the 2018 Bank Holding Company Association Spring Seminar, set for Monday-Tuesday, May 7-8 at the Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis near the MSP airport and the Mall of America. This seminar promises to be an outstanding event for networking and education aimed at bank owners, directors and senior managers at community banks and their holding companies.

When it comes to running a successful organization, it is all about execution. Many of us have detailed strategic plans, bound in three-ring binders, sitting on a shelf. These plans don’t do much good without execution. No plan is worth anything if people don’t implement! So this seminar is about execution – not just talking about excellence, but actually taking the steps to achieve it.

And to make our point, we are bringing in someone who knows how to execute and has four championships to prove it – Cheryl Reeve, the general manager and head coach of the WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx basketball team. During the 2017 season Reeve coached the team to a 27-7 record. She is 195-77 over eight seasons making her the most successful WNBA coach in that time frame.  Reeve will be speaking after dinner on Monday, May 7. Reeve is a real winner, leading a very successful organization to excellence on the court and off.

Several outstanding industry consultants will help us define our execution strategies. Scott Hildenbrand, principal and chief balance sheet strategist for Sandler O’Neill, will offer a 2018 roadmap for maximizing opportunities and avoiding potholes. Hildenbrand sees what’s going on in a lot of banks and will draw on the best of his experience to offer insights for success. David Kemp, president of Bankers Management, Inc., will present “The Five Characteristics of a High Performing Bank.” David spoke to the BHCA a few years ago, winning off-the-charts fabulous reviews on evaluations. Like Hildenbrand, Kemp also is in a lot of banks and sees what works and what doesn’t. He’ll share the best of his experience and answer your questions.

Jerry Kissell, a partner at RSM US, will describe the details of the recently passed tax law. His information will help bankers make the most of their efforts in the coming year. With the right planning, the new tax law will help you maximize your bank’s earnings.

One of the highlights of the seminar is likely to be a panel of innovative bankers we are assembling to share insights into high performance banking. Our panel is made up of Brian Johnson, president of Choice Financial in Fargo, N.D.; Steve Daggett, president of Midwest Bank, Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Kevin Forristall, chief financial officer of TS Banking Group in Treynor, Iowa. These are three very successful organizations and these outstanding bankers are going to give us a glimpse of how they do it. Not only are these bankers leading organizations that know how to execute for excellence, but they are positioning their banks to be long-term players in the future. They are leveraging the current environment to make the most of their franchises.

Our luncheon on Tuesday features Michael Gregory, deputy chief economist and head of U.S. economics for BMO Capital Markets. Gregory will survey the economic and political landscape, emphasizing information relevant to community bankers across the Upper Midwest. His analysis will help bankers with their asset/liability planning through the end of the year and into 2019. This luncheon presentation would be an excellent event for all bank directors to take in, so please invite your directors even if they can’t make the rest of the seminars. Note that we have set up a Tuesday lunch event only registration.

Our Executing for Excellence seminar also include four breakout sessions addressing fundamental bank issues with hands-on counsel. And, don’t forget about the outstanding networking opportunities presented by this seminar. Historically, some of the best education takes place during conversations in the foyer between sessions.

You’ll find a paper registration form on this website or you can register online. Plan to invite colleagues and peers. Don’t delay, register today.


 Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis 

 3200 E. 81st Street. 

 Bloomington, MN 55425

 The Hyatt provides ideal accommodations. For overnight hotel reservations, contact the hotel   directly at 952-922-1234, or click here to book your room online. 

 The room rate is $172 per night if you book by Monday, April 23. 

DINNER THEATER A LA CARTE                        

Complete your seminar experience with dinner at The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and see The Broadway Musical: Newsies. More information at the bottom of the agenda


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