Tennessee Bankers

Credit Conference

February 22 & 23: Omni Hotel Nashville

Early Registration Deadline: February 8, 2018

Hotel Deadline: January 30, 2018

Click here for the full agenda

Click here for the registration form

Click here for the attendee list


As one of Tennessee Bankers Association’s most anticipated events, Credit Conference annually attracts more than 500 commercial loan officers, loan support personnel, and both senior and executive-level management. Here are a few reasons why you should join us.

Hear from the experts.
Our speakers are proven business leaders, strategists, practitioners, and peers.

Learn skills and stay up-to-date.
Trends, new strategies, and innovations in the credit arena happen all the time; to stay up-to-date you need an educational opportunity that equips you with the full range of credit knowledge. This is that opportunity.

Meet and connect with peers from around the state.
When you meet with your peers, you have an opportunity to collaborate, hear new ideas, and validate or change your perspectives.

Team discounts are available for multiple registrations from the same institution.


Hotel Information*

This year’s conference is held at the Omni Nashville Hotel (250 5th Avenue South, 37203). A variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options are within the hotel and right outside the hotel’s front door. TBA has reserved a block of rooms at the Omni Nashville Hotel. The room block deadline is January 30.

We have reached our room block at Omni Hotel which was on a first-come, first-served basis at a special group rate of $239 single/$249 double per night.  We were able to reserve a select few rooms at the Hyatt Place Nashville Hotel (301 3rd Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37201) at a rate of $189.00 per night for the nights of February 21 and 22.  Reservations can be made by calling 615-687-9995 or by clicking this linkYou must request the “Tennessee Bankers Association” group rate.    Overnight self-parking is $32.00 plus tax per night for self parking or $35.00 plus tax per night for valet parking. This rate is only available thru February 14th, 2018 for the limited block of rooms reserved.



Thursday, February 22
8:00 a.m. – Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – Session begins
Noon – Lunch
12:45 – Lunch Speaker
1:45 p.m. – Workshops begin
5:00 p.m. – Reception

Friday, February 23
7:30 a.m. – Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – Session begins
11:00 a.m. – Adjourn


Topics and Speakers

American Politics in a Time of Disruption
Steffen Schmidt, PhD, Professor of Political Science (aka “Dr. Politics”), Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Ten Years Later: The Regulators’ Perspective
Moderator: Justin Cary, Senior Vice President, Southern Bank of Tennessee, Mount Juliet, TN
Panelists: Randall B. Graham, Supervisory Examiner-Knoxville Field Office, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Knoxville, TN
Michael Lee, Commercial Loan Specialist, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Southern District, Nashville, TN
Scott Smith, Credit Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Tony Valentino, Supervisory Examiner, Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions, Nashville, TN

Leadership Skills That Really Work
Joe Scarlett
, President/CEO (Retired), Tractor Supply Company, Nashville, TN

Navigating Through a Fed Tightening Rate Cycle: Strategies to Consider and AVOID!
Frank L. Farone
, Marketing Director, Darling Consulting Group Inc, Newburyport, MA
(Facilitators: Steve Weaver/Kevin Horne)

Challenges from the Cyber Domain: Problems and Solutions Facing the Financial Industry
Steffen Schmidt
, PhD, Professor of Political Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
(Facilitators: Ricky Sample/Wendy Geurin Smith)

Real Estate Valuation in Today’s Marketplace
Eric Collinsworth
, Co-owner, Evolve VCS, Arrington, TN
(Facilitators: Scott Bagwell/Philip Fons)

Gale Force Winds in Agriculture: Weathering the Storm or Riding the Wave
Joey E. Mehlhorn, PhD, Gilbert Parker Chair of Excellence and Professor of Agricultural Economics, The University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN
(Facilitators: Tim Wilson/James W. Kiser)

The Loan Committee’s Role in Underwriting: Lessons Learned
Vince Van Nevel, Managing Director, ProBank Austin, Brentwood, TN
(Facilitators: Terry Todd/Andrew Davis)

Regulatory Guidance on Commercial Real Estate (CRE): Defending Concentrations through Analysis and Stratification
Michael E. Hendren, Senior Credit Officer, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Nashville, TN
(Facilitators: Robert Bradley/Emily Gray)

State and Federal Legislative Update 
Amy Heaslet, General Counsel, Tennessee Bankers Association, Nashville, TN

State Banking Update
Greg Gonzales, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions, Nashville, TN

Pricing and Structuring Loans for Growth and Profitability 
David L. Kemp, President, Bankers Management Inc, McDonough, GA


Legislative Reception

TBA hosts a reception for members of the Tennessee General Assembly to promote one-on-one communication between bankers and their legislators and to encourage banker involvement in the government relations program. This reception immediately precedes the Credit Conference.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
War Memorial Auditorium
301 6th Ave North, Nashville

$50 per person if you register by February 7.

Click here to register, or contact Penny Powlas at 615-244-4871 or 1-800-964-5525.


Graduate School of Banking at LSU Alumni Breakfast

Friday, February 23, 2018, 7:30–8:30 a.m.
Cumberland 1 at the Omni Hotel, Nashville
Pre-registration is required.
Contact Penny Powlas to register at ppowlas@TNBankers.org
615-244-4871 or 800-964-5525


Thank you to our sponsors!

Bankers Healthcare Group, LLC
CEIS Review, Inc.
Crowe Horwath LLP
CRS Data
Elliott Davis, LLC
Financial Products and Services, Inc (Financial PSI)
First National Bankers Bank
Kirkland Financial LLC
Mauldin & Jenkins CPA, LLC
PNC Capital Markets LLC
ServisFirst Bank
Southeastern Commercial Finance, LLC


Who Should Attend

This program is designed for executive and senior management, commercial loan officers, and loan support personnel.


Continuing Education Credit:

Attendees qualify for 9 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit in the area of Specialized Knowledge and Application.

Program Fees

TBA Members / Associate MembersMember SpouseNonmembersNonmember Spouse
Early Registration $525$50$1050$100
Early registration deadline is February 8, 2018
Registration $555$50$1080$100
Day-of-Program $605$75$1130$125

Team Discount

A discount of $25 per person is available for multiple registrations from the same institution, after the initial registration. Only the first registrant from your institution pays the full fee. To be eligible for the team discount, you must register all your attendants at the same time in advance.

TBA Contact

Debbie M. Brickles - dbrickles@TNBankers.org
IOM, Senior Vice President of Education
Tennessee Bankers Association
211 Athens Way, Ste 100 • Nashville, TN 37228-1381
800/964-5525 or 615/244-4871 or www.TNBankers.org

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