DBA Digest for May 13, 2022

Together Again!

Delaware Bankers Association Celebrates127th Annual Meeting

(l to r) New DBA Chair, Dominic Canuso, receives congratulations from outgoing Chair, Tom Forrest at the 2022 DBA Annual Dinner

(l to r) Keynote speaker, Mark Lally, with U.S. Senator Tom Carper

Dominic C. Canuso, EVP & CFO, WSFS Bank, was elected the Chair of the Delaware Bankers Association (DBA) on May 12th at the DBA’s 127th Annual Meeting at the duPont Country Club in Wilmington. The DBA also elected and installed: Tarrie Miller, President & COO, County Bank, to the position of Chair-Elect. 


Other Members of the DBA Board of Directors are Past Chair: Joe Westcott, Market President, Delaware, Capital One; Directors at Large: Caroline H. Dickerson, Chief Executive Officer & Treasurer, Commonwealth Trust Company; Matthew Parks, VP, Investments, CRA & Retail Banking, Discover Bank. Directors: Diana Clift, Head of Legal, Barclays; Jason Gaughan, Consumer Card Product Executive, Bank of America; James Hutchinson, Senior Vice President, Market Executive, PNC Bank, N.A.; George Kern, Regional Director, Bessemer Trust Company of Delaware; Lisa P. Kirkwood, Senior Vice President, Regional Vice President, TD Bank; Isabel Pryor, Chief Administrative Officer & SVP; Key National Trust Company of Delaware; Meg Rafalli, Group Vice President, Head of Family Wealth/Delaware Wealth Market Executive, Wilmington Trust; Joel Schiller, SVP Chief Risk Officer Artisans’ Bank; Shelley Waite, Head of CCB Collections, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Mark Lally, the CEO of First State Compassion, delivered the keynote address. After a 20-year career in law enforcement, Mark trailblazed Delaware’s medical cannabis industry, creating industry-leading procedures and policies while focusing on delivering the best products and services to thousands of patients every month.

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support...

Platinum Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh. Gold Sponsor: Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor. Silver Sponsors: Connolly Gallagher LLP; Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.  Bronze Sponsor: McCollom D’Emilio Smith Uebler LLC. Wine at Dinner Sponsor: Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, P.A. Reception Sponsors: CAPCO; Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP; Santora CPA Group; Weiner Benefits Group. Bank Sponsors: Bank of America; Bryn Mawr Trust Company of Delaware; Capital One; Community Bank Delaware; Discover Bank; First Citizens Community Bank; JPMorgan Chase & Company; M&T Bank; PNC Bank; US Trust Company of Delaware; Wilmington Trust;

WSFS Bank.

Women Connect Retreat - May 26th!
Kickoff the Memorial Day weekend at the Hyatt Place in Dewey Beach and enjoy a refreshing mind and body morning, inspirational keynote, sit down lunch, and early happy hour! The Women Connect Network serves as a catalyst to engage, empower and connect women in the Financial Services Industry.

Sponsorships are available! Join these prestigious sponsors: Wilmington Trust; M&T Bank; Bank of America; The Bryn Mawr Trust Company of Delaware; Delaware Community Foundation; Pinion; County Bank; U.S. Trust Company of Delaware; and, Wilmington University! Email Corinne Stayton for sponsorship information.
Information and Registration
Business Writing Workshop - On-Line - May 25th
Corporate communicators value this highly interactive workshop designed to resolve two of the biggest written communication challenges: writing more effective documents while following a more efficient process. Practical, lively exercises help increase skills in Paragraph Performance from introductions to conclusions, Sentence Sense, Word Wisdom, and Format Force. A review of practical grammar and punctuation rules is included. Documents and messages will look, sound, and feel more professional!

Workshop Objectives: 
• Identify varied audiences and purposes for writing;
• Polish rough edges of writing style in paragraphs, sentences, words, and format;
• Write more effective documents while following a more efficient writing process; and
• Apply course concepts to actual writing samples.

Cost: $199/per person ($249/non-members)

Northern Trust Webinar, Monday, May 16: Expert Insight on Recent Volatility

Join Northern Trust for a special Market Insights webinar to break down recent market volatility. Their experts will share insight and perspective on what is driving turbulence in the equity and bond markets and what it means for your portfolio.


  Date: May 16, 2022,  2 p.m. ET

Duration: 60 minutes



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.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Webinar -  Advancing Homeownership Opportunity to Narrow Racial Disparities - May 17

Sign up for Federal Programs to Advance Homeownership Opportunity to Narrow Racial Disparities. During this virtual event, you will learn about the latest federal programs and plans to advance racial equity in the housing sector. Hear from leading housing policy experts about new and emerging strategies for reducing disparities in housing access and ways that stakeholders can leverage federal programs locally. This event is co-hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Urban Institute, and the Penn Institute for Urban Research.

Tuesday, May 17, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.


Potter Anderson - Labor & Employment Law Seminar & Networking Breakfast - May 18

Over the last two years, Covid-19 has gone from being a public health emergency that has impacted virtually every facet of our lives to a fact of life. As we adjust to the “new normal,” now is a good time for employers to take a fresh look at their workplaces through a refocused lens.

Please join Potter Anderson attorneys, Jennifer Brady, Kathleen McDonough, Jen Buckley, and Clarissa Chenoweth-Shook for an in-depth review of some of the most significant labor and employment law developments impacting employers today. Wednesday, May 18, 2022, DuPont Country Club.  Registration and Networking Breakfast - 7:30 a.m.; Seminar 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.


Financial Institutions - Are You Ready? An Overview of Breach Threats, Notification Requirements, and Litigation Risks-Webinar, May 19, 3 p.m.

Financial institutions of all sizes need to be mindful of and ready for the breach related threats that they face. Additionally, constantly evolving legal requirements and obligations to notify regulators and customers of security incidents, including a new notification requirement went into effect for banks on May 1, 2022, pose compliance challenges. Litigation and enforcement actions following cybersecurity incidents are on the rise and can provide insights as well as cautionary tales for financial institutions. Join us for our webinar where we will discuss ways to make sure your organization is ready.

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Grit Talks Presents A Conversation with

Tony Allen, May 18

Tony Allen is the Chief Executive Officer of the nation’s most diverse, contemporary Historically Black College & University (HBCU). With a clear mission to increase educational access and opportunity for all, Delaware State University is a comprehensive research institution with a $140 million budget and a $27 million research portfolio.

Grit Talks are a quarterly speaker and networking event featuring interesting local leaders answering seven questions in twenty minutes. Talks will be held in person at The Mill’s Theatre N and virtually at a link to be provided. In-person networking will begin at 8:00 am and the talks will begin promptly at 8:30 am followed by Q&A. 

Date: May 18, 2022

Time:  8:00 Networking

8:30–9:15 a.m. Talk, Followed by Q&A

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Greg Koseluk at greg.koseluk@debankers.com