DBA Digest for August 27, 2021
Business Writing Workshop - September 15th
On-Line 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Time equals money in the work world, so creating clear documents quickly that can be understood easily is crucial. Join Linda Comerford, Comerford Consulting for this rewarding on-line course via Zoom, September 15th: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Just $199 per person for DBA members! ($249 for non-members)

Workshop Objectives: After attending this course, participants will benefit from increased ability to:
  • Identify varied audiences and purposes for writing;
  • Polish rough edges of their writing style in paragraphs, sentences, words, and format;
  • Write more effective documents while following a more efficient writing process; and
  • Apply course concepts to their actual writing samples.
2021 FDIC Director's College! Registration Now Open!
Registration is now open for the 2021 FDIC Director's College, September 24 live on the Zoom Webinar Platform, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The FDIC Director's College provides ongoing education on current topics of bank supervision to bank directors, senior officers, corporate secretaries, and board advisors. The course is designed to help directors and trustees, both new and experienced, stay abreast of the ever-changing regulatory environment.

This year's agenda includes: Risk Identification and Assessment; Effectively Identifying and Monitoring Cybersecurity Risks; Conversations with Regulators; Economic Update; and, Guidance for New Directors. Follow the link below to register. Registration is $299.00/per person. We would like to extend a discount of 15% for ten or more registrants and a 10% discount for 5-9 registrants. To take advantage of this group rate, please reach out to Corinne Stayton corinne.stayton@debankers.com .
2021 Delaware Trust Conference October 19 & 20!
In Person - Live Streaming - On-Demand!
Wealth Management Professionals get ready for the most convenient conference experience! Attend the 2021 Delaware Trust Conference in person at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, or via live stream on your computer, tablet, or phone. And all sessions will also be available for on-demand viewing after the conference! Earn up to 18.0 CLE Credits, Including 2.0 Ethics Credits! All the sessions feature the stellar line-up of the nation’s top trust, legal, and wealth management experts for which the Delaware Trust Conference is known. The All-Access Pass is only $995 for DBA Members!

  • Follow the link below for agenda and registration information!
Mid-Atlantic CEO Forum - November 7-9
The Mid-Atlantic CEO Forum, an Event for Bank CEOs and Senior Leadership, will bring together bankers and industry partners for sessions with nationally recognized speakers providing relevant and timely content geared specifically to bank CEOs and other senior leaders. The Forum will be held November 7th through 9th at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Follow the link below for full agenda and registration information.
Jenifer Jurden is a Cartoonist from Wilmington who has graciously provided her Planet Jurdy cartoons for the DBA Digest. Jurdy® is her other-worldly "Hero of Happyness" whose cartoons bring levity to humans worldwide.
73 Richards, Layton & Finger Attorneys Named in The Best Lawyers in America
Seventy-three Richards, Layton & Finger attorneys have been named in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The firm is also ranked first in Delaware in three practice areas: Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Commercial Litigation, and Securitization and Structured Finance Law. Read the full list of honorees via the link below.
43 Young Conaway Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers in America, with 2 Attorneys Further Recognized as Lawyers of the Year (Wilmington, DE) and 4 Associates as Ones to Watch
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP is pleased to announce that 43 attorneys were identified by their peers for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Read the full list of honorees via the link below.

14 Connolly Gallagher Lawyers Listed in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®
Fourteen lawyers from Connolly Gallagher LLP were selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in Wilmington, Delaware. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from thousands of eligible attorneys. Read the full list of honorees via the link below.
5 GF&M Attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022
Gordon, Fournaris & Mammarella, P.A. is pleased to announce that five of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, a prestigious legal peer-review publication that recognizes the top 6 percent of lawyers in private practice in the nation. Read the full list of honorees via the link below.
McCollom D’Emilio Smith Uebler LLC attorneys Matthew D’EmilioThomas Uebler and Kathleen Murphy have been honored by The Best Lawyers in America. D’Emilio was recognized for his work in trust and estates, Uebler was recognized for his work in trusts and estates litigation, and Murphy was recognized for her work in corporate and fiduciary litigation. In addition, Uebler was recognized as the Lawyer of the Year for trusts and estates litigation in Wilmington, Delaware.
32 Morris Nichols Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2022
The Best Lawyers in America has released its 2022 edition, listing thirty-two attorneys from Morris Nichols. The results are based on peer-review evaluations from more than 66,000 eligible attorneys. Read the full list of honorees via the link below.
Best Lawyers in America Names 33 Morris James Attorneys in 2022 Rankings
Morris James is proud to announce thirty-three of the firm’s attorneys were recognized as Best Lawyers® in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The methodology, utilized for more than 30 years, is based exclusively on a peer-review survey process in which thousands of leading attorneys confidentially evaluate the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Read the full list of honorees via the link below.
Santora CPA Group Announces Three Promotions

Santora CPA Group, a Newark-based Certified Public Accounting and Consulting firm, is pleased to announce that:
Melanie Pokorny (above left) has been promoted to Supervisor. She joined the firm in September 2016. Melanie is a graduate of Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting (2015) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (2016). She is a member of the AICPA and DSCPA.
Anthony Apostolico, CPA (above center) has been promoted to Senior Accountant. He joined the firm in August 2018 after an internship during the summer of 2017. Anthony is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Finance. He is a member of the AICPA and DSCPA, as well as the Delaware Contractors Association’s Young Executive Committee, and the firm’s Social Committee.
Riley Ballard, CPA (above right) has been promoted to Senior Accountant. She joined the firm in October 2018 after an internship during the summers of 2016 and 2017. Riley is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting (2017) and a Master’s Degree in Accounting (2018). She is a member of the AICPA and DSCPA.

Sign Up Now! Two On-Line Courses:
Fundamentals of Commercial Banking; and,
Analyzing Repayment Sources!
The Delaware Bankers Association & Delaware Financial Education Alliance has partnered with Andy Keusal with Keusal Learning LLC to offer two new online Breaking into Banking videos:

  • Breaking into Banking 101: Fundamentals of Commercial Banking - ten learning modules, over 5 hours in total content

  • Breaking into Banking 201: Analyzing Repayment Sources - nine modules covers topics including how to analyze income statements, balance sheets, collateral, and risk rating.

Each module includes a video lesson and a multiple-choice self-check. Many of the lessons include exercises/case studies for learners to work through that are related to a sample company outlined in the course’s Reference Guide.

Get the full details, including an introductory video at the link below.
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