By Tyler Nelson, Directors of Communications
Through April 23-25, more than 140 bankers, associate members, and guests from around the state gathered at the Hutton Hotel for the Young Bankers Division's annual Leadership Convention.
The convention continued the emphasis on peer networking for the next generation of industry leaders through an opening reception at Union Common, a PEP financial literacy awards luncheon, and the Chairman’s Reception at Waller Law.
Leadership Convention included a number of event highlights.
Scott Colbert of The Commerce Trust Company discussed the economic outlook for the remainder of 2017, and Impavid Consulting’s Dan LeBreton explained the importance of not waiting on a big moment to inspire through leadership—everything we say and do communicates something.
Roundtable discussion participants talked through key issues and challenges that they face during their jobs.
Following a luncheon address by TDFI Commissioner Greg Gonzales, the Young Bankers Division recognized exceptional bankers and Tennessee banks participating in the Personal Economics Program (PEP), TBA’s financial literacy program for children and adults.
Attendees then heard from Level 5’s Anthony Burnett on loan growth and Lt. General Keith H. Huber on leadership.
Young Bankers Division Chairman Chris Schlueter, FirstBank, closed out the business session with election of Division vice chairman and directors.
The final day included a report from Greyson Tuck, Gerrish Smith Tuck, PC, on a guide to community bank independence. Also Michael Harmon of Waller Law led a panel discussion from Tennessee bank CEOs—Jay England, Decatur County Bank; Roy Harmon, Bank of Tennessee; and Bill Nigh, Synovus Bank of Nashville—about leading the industry into the future.
The event closed with an inspirational speech from Baltimore Ravens and former University of Tennessee football player Morgan Cox. The Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowler shared the importance of cultivating a winning environment.
In a time where the next generation of banking talent ranks as a primary focus for the industry, the TBA Young Bankers Division is as vital and vibrant as it’s been since its inception in 1960. Now is the time to identify the young bank leaders on your team and encourage them to engage in the association and the industry through the Young Bankers Division. Regional Leadership Luncheons will be held around the state this fall, and the 2018 Leadership Convention will be held in Memphis, April 15-17, at The Peabody Hotel.
For more information about becoming involved in the Young Bankers Division, please contact Stacey Langford, slangford@TNBankers.org.