I recently had the privilege of speaking to the seasoned banking professionals at the Arkansas Bankers Association Mega Conference in Little Rock, AR. I always jump at the opportunity to network with bankers across the US. Community bankers are beyond resilient in their efforts to make their client’s and prospect’s lives easier. After all, community banks have the ability to compete because they know their clients, they know their communities, and they simply can just make things happen! It is inspiring to see how these, sometimes competing, financial institutions come together and share best practices with one another.
Despite the nonstop buzz around Chicago, my third Baker Hill Prosper is now under my belt. So many things have changed. The industry, technology, regulations, compliance, growth strategies, consolidation, and finally, rising interest rates. Yet some things haven’t changed at all.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin for a week in January, Super Bowl in frigid Minneapolis, March madness and broken brackets, a week frozen solid in Rochester, New York, a bitter cold St. Patty’s, half a foot of snow on Easter (courtesy of Mother Nature and her cruel April Fool’s joke), sweaters and umbrellas at The Masters. “Cummon’ man!” It’s been a long Winter and even a longer Spring!