REGISTRATION OPEN: WVBANKERS ANNUAL CONVENTION
Registration is open for the WVBankers Annual Convention, July 26-28, at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Beginning with our Opening Night Reception and Dinner on Kate's Mountain and ending with Tuesday's night Annual Banquet & Entertainment, we are committed to providing our attendees a positive educational experience and myriad of networking opportunities that we believe will be time well spent among your colleagues.  We hope to see you there!
 
General Session speakers include ABA President/ CEO Rob Nichols; Jack Shaw, Innovation and Change Management Strategist; and Ron Insana, CNBC Senior Analyst, Financial Journalist. 

Monday and Tuesday morning concurrent breakout sessions will feature presentations from BKD, LLP, Bowles Rice, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, and Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP.
 
Visit our website for more information regarding the Convention Agenda and Registration.
Also, we extend our sincere appreciation to the following companies for their early sponsorship commitments:

Platinum Sponsors: 
Investors Title Insurance/
WV Bankers Title

Gold Sponsors:
Arnett Carbis Toothman
The Baker Group
FHLBank Pittsburgh
Silver Sponsor:
Bowles Rice
Bronze Level Sponsors:
CenterState Bank of Florida
Community Banker's Bank
Friend of Convention:
Bankers Bank of Kentucky
Pacific Coast Bankers Bank






WELCOME!
We are excited to announce ServisFirst Bank recently joined as aWest Virginia Bankers Association 'Endorsed Partner'. ServisFirst offers a turn-key agent card program that allows banks to issue branded credit cards to their retail and commercial customers, helping to promote customer retention and acquisition. Bank customers can choose from two card programs - Platinum Benefits and Cash Back Rewards. ServisFirst also offers a customized purchase card program, which allows your commercial customers to exercise a higher degree of control and monitoring over business expenses. Read the official ServisFirst Bank and WVBankers endorsement press release, here.
 
To learn how ServisFirst can assist your bank, contact:
 
Andrew Barrett
VP Corresponding Banking Officer
Phone: (615) 498 - 8079
Email: abarrett@servisfirstbank.com
WesBanco Celebrates 150 Years

WesBanco Executives rang the Nasdaq closing bell on February 21, 2020 to celebrate WesBanco's 150th Anniversary! 

Watch the "Nasdaq Behind the Bell Interview with CEO Todd Clossin" . Check out the closing bell ring, here.
REGISTER NOW FOR WVBANKERS/ABA'S WASHINGTON SUMMIT
Registrations are now being accepted for the 2020 WVBA/ABA Washington Summit, to be held March 23-25 in Washington, D.C. The largest gathering of banking industry leaders in the nation's capital, the Summit provides an opportunity for bankers across the country to meet with lawmakers, regulators and administration officials to help ensure that banking policy continues moving in the right direction. 

ABA recently announced FDIC Chairman Jelena Williams will be this year's keynote speaker. The schedule for the 2020 program is now available. 

In conjunction with the Summit, ABA also hosts forums for mutual community banks, emerging leaders and women bankers. Register now.

SEMINAR SPOTLIGHT
BRANCH MANAGEMENT SCHOOL SERIES

March 17 & 18, 2020
Four Points by Sheraton
Charleston, WV

More than ever before, today's branch management team is faced with multitude of challenges and opportunities. Successful banks have branch leaders who are focused on motivating and engaging the team, building and increasing loyal customer relationships, mitigating risks through compliance and regulatory adherence, and accomplishing retail banking goals. In essence, the Branch Manager is the business manager.

The receive the Branch Management Certificate, four modules are required; this session will include two modules.

 
Attention Members!!!
To receive your member rate, please make sure to use the WVBankers Member Promo Code: "wvbankers"

March Events:

March 5, 2020
Sam Bowling Conference Center - Charleston, WV

March 10 - 12, 2020
Four Points by Sheraton - Charleston, WV

March 17 & 18, 2020
Four Points by Sheraton - Charleston, WV

April Events:

April 22, 2020
Sam Bowling Conference Center

May Events:

May 5, 2020
Stonewall Resort

May 7, 2020
Stonewall Resort

May 14, 2020
Edgewood Country Club

May 17 - 22, 2020
University of Charleston
A NOTE: Last week, we sent out an email asking members to sign-up for the new registration portal - this is not spam. It only takes three minutes to enroll, follow the instructions below to complete your portal access. If you have questions, please call our office at (304) 343-8838. ADDITIONAL NOTE: The portal doesn't allow full functions when opened in Internet Explorer, bankers would be best to open in Chrome.
Welcome to our new online enrollment portal!
We have created a dedicated hub to manage your contact and bank information, education certifications, enrolled courses, and more. Starting next week, February 21 you will be required to sign into our portal to enroll in our educational events. This portal will allow you to see what seminars/schools you have completed or enrolled in, print invoices, print completion certifications, and update your contact information.
 
To make your enrollment experience easier, please review these instructions and login:

1. First, access the portal by clicking to register for any event.


2. Select the Create an Account link to begin the account creation process.


3. Type in your name, email and password then select create account.

To succeed in today's banking world, bank officers need the wisdom and expertise that comes from perception and insight, an astute ability to discover, discern and decide. It's that kind of knowledge that the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University has been offering to experienced bank officers for over 70 years.

Completion of the program has become a requisite to professional advancement in many banks. Executives at multi-billion dollar financial institutions as well as community banks find that the School's curriculum addresses their educational needs. WVBankers has three scholarships available; one is reserved for a minority or female student and one is reserved for a bank regulator. If you are interested in learning more about applying, please contact Sally Cline, WVBankers President & CEO.

The 2020 session runs May 25 - June 5, 2020. Join thousands of other executives who have attended GSBLSU and have left the school with a new kind of knowledge - one that separates them apart.


SBA Access to Capital Lending Forum
Fairmont, WV 
Wednesday, May 6 
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

This forum is for lenders, economic development leaders, and those involved in West Virginia small business financing. The goal is to meet, network, and find out more about how the SBA 504 loan program can be beneficial with helping small businesses in the Mountain State to obtain access to capital, grow, and foster in West Virginia's economy.
 
Officials from SBA's Office of Capital Access will be in attendance to answer any questions you have of SBA's Loan Guarantee programs. Register here!
   
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