Bank Holding Company Association

About the Bank Holding Company Association

If you are a bank owner, the Bank Holding Company Association is the right organization for you. Whether your ownership consists of a few shares or 100 percent, you will find BHCA membership delivers unique value to bank owners like you.

Mission Statement
The Bank Holding Company Association exists to provide education and business connections critical to the vitality of bank holding companies.

Members receive discounted registration fees on BHCA's annual Spring and Fall Seminars.

The BHCA seminars consistently deliver informative presentations from industry experts, consultants, and analysts. They educate as well as entertain. Break-out sessions give seminar participants the opportunity to go in-depth on very specific topics to bank owners, such as succession planning, tax issues, merger and acquisition preparation, legal/accounting issues and more.

"[The BHCA Seminars] are very affordable conferences with relevant and timely subject matter issues, and have become a very relevant and valuable networking event for me." 

Randy L. Newman, Chairman, CEO & President - Alerus Financial

Get access to other bank owners.

One of the most valuable features of our twice-a-year seminars is the opportunity to visit with other bank owners between scheduled presentations.

It has been said that the more merger and acquisition deals have been initiated at BHCA seminars than almost anywhere else. No other group brings together so many bank owners from across the Upper Midwest.

"The biggest benefit to being a BHCA member is the ability to interact with bank owners and vendors on common topics of interest in formal and informal settings. Members get the benefit of a large peer group of fellow bank owners who have the same challenges."

- Michael J. Finley, President - Janesville Holding Company

Appreciate our regional focus.

With holding company members from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois, the BHCA brings together bank owners, directors and officers with common regional interests, but if you don't want to talk to a competitor, you can always find similarly-situated members from outside your holding company's trade area.

Gain access to regulators. Gain access to experts.

BHCA frequently hosts events featuring representatives from the Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and state regulatory agencies.

Forums permit anonymous questions, as well as opportunities for you to visit directly with regulators.

Join Today!

Annual dues for the Bank Holding Company Association range from $425 to $1,500 per year depending on the size of your organization. To join the BHCA fill out this paper application and return it to us with your payment. Contact us  today if you have further questions. 

To learn more about our Associate membership, click here

Read what members are saying about the BHCA:

Serious, useful education…

"We chose to join BHCA in about 1990, shortly after we formed a new holding company to purchase a divested First Bank System bank in 1987.  We were new at the process and thought that joining BHCA would be a great educational experience. Since that time several of us have managed to attend nearly every seminar.

Ideas we implemented from the seminars include mandatory retirement of both bank and holding company directors, general director responsibilities, audit and compliance committee ideas, and excellent presentations by economists over the years to assist us in funds management. And, of course, there is always the exchange of ideas with fellow bankers.

The seminars are timely, to the point, and efficient. No need to duplicate a convention scenario, we save the golf for the conventions!"

-Gary Paulson, First Holding Company, Park River, N.D.

Making a real impact on your bottom line…

"At the October 2008 seminar, one of the breakout speakers showed that Municipals were under-valued relative to Treasuries. He didn’t give the reasons, which were (1) fear of real estate troubles and (2) nobody was anticipating income to shelter.

Realizing the Fed would be lowering rates to zero sooner or later, that Friday we moved ALL our Fed Funds into Municipals – not longer than five years, and Midwest only. That locked in $70,000 of income per year. For a $40 million bank, that has made the difference. Honest to God true story. Of course, that raises the ante on future BHCA seminars!"

-Douglas Farmer, Golden Oak Bancshares, Holmen, Wis.

Great forum for discussion…

"The Bank Holding Company is an association of like-minded community bank ownership professionals which presents a forum for discussion of similar interests as well as providing a venue for industry sensitive information, education, and dialogue."

-Steven Wilcox, Wilcox Bancshares, Grand Rapids, Minn.

Seminars are ‘must attend’ events…

"The semi-annual seminars conducted by the BHCA have consistently provided me with thoughtful advice on timely topics.  It’s also a great place to visit with old friends and make new ones.  Definitely a “must attend” event!"

-Charles Robasse, Wabasso Bancshares, Inc., Wabasso, Minn.

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