When I was still running my community bank in Missouri, it was always important to me to find a way to get away for a week in March to attend ICBA’s National Convention and Techworld. The annual convention offers community bankers an opportunity to come together for the largest community banking event in the world.
This year, on the heels of a crippling financial crisis, a relentless battle over Wall Street reform and now new regulatory battles, it is more important than ever for community bankers to gather among their own to network, gain perspective and just enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow community bankers. Everyone needs to get away and among “family” from time to time. And ICBA is a family.
The 2011 ICBA National Convention and Techworld is on pace to break registration records. Scheduled for March 20-24 in San Diego, this year’s convention will again feature top industry speakers, nationally known leaders and valuable educational workshops. The number of registrations to date is a testament to the value of ICBA’s convention and the resilience and spirit of community bankers.
This industry has been through a lot these past few years, and I look forward to seeing as many community bankers as possible in what promises to be a great week in San Diego.
Will you be there? I certainly hope so.