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PERSPECTIVE...It's All About How You LOOK at Things

There is a lot to be said about Tradition and Traditional Banking. Truth be told, bankers hours ended decades ago and the days of making a profit from the spread are long gone. 

Too often, we find ourselves looking at the world in the same old way...when what we need is a NEW PERSPECTIVE. Henry David Thoreau once wrote, "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." So true!

Rapidly changing paradigms in consumer behavior, technology, payment systems, the regulatory environment and non-bank competition demand that traditional banking executives...

Join us for the OBL/ILFI Joint Convention in Asheville as we explore the world of banking through a new lens. 

Check Out The Bios On Our Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Former FBI Special Agent Christopher Tarbell

He was the Case Agent in the tracking and arrest of two of the most infamous figures in cyberspace - Sabu, of the hacktivist group Anonymous (and at one point the most influential hacker in the world), and Dread Pirate Roberts, the man behind the deep web's infamous Silk Road - "the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the internet." In connection with the Silk Road case, Tarbell seized more than $150 million in Bitcoins, the largest such seizure in history. He was also involved in seizing the Eastern European operators of a multi-million computer botnet that distributed malware and facilitated millions of dollars' worth of online advertising fraud. A former member of the FBI's preeminent Cyber Crime Squad, he is the man about whom even the most notorious cyber criminals have nightmares. Dubbed "The Eliot Ness of Online Crime" by Newsweek, he was the lead investigator on a number of cutting edge cyber cases that spanned multiple countries and continents. A 16-year law enforcement veteran, Tarbell is currently a director with strategic advisory and consulting firm Berkeley Research Group, LLP.

Jill Castilla, President and CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond Oklahoma

Jill is the recipient of American Banker’s “Community Banker of the Year,” The Journal Record’s “Most Admired CEOs in Oklahoma” and Bank Director’s “Most Innovative CEOs in Banking.” She has also led the bank to win countless awards and recognitions, including back-to-back recipients of American Banker’s “Top Team” in 2014 and 2015.

Jill is responsible for leading and managing the day-to-day operations of the $250-million asset, 116-year-old community bank. Citizens Bank of Edmond leads in innovation, social media, financial technology and small business relationships in the industry.

Jill has served our country in the U.S. Army and Oklahoma Army National Guard. Prior to joining Citizens Bank, she worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and with a community bank in Minnesota. She is the 4th generation of ownership and management at Citizens Bank. Her academic background includes a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Graduate School of Banking. Jill is a distinguished alumna of Hawaii Pacific University. She and her husband of 22 years have three children.

Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball

As the managing editor of the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ authoritative, nonpartisan newsletter on American campaigns and elections, Kyle is a frequently cited expert on American politics who has appeared on CNNFox NewsMSNBCPBS NewsHour and Comedy Central's The Daily Show. His book on Ohio's presidential voting history, 
The Bellwether, was released in June 2016.

He also serves as the Center’s communications director and is based in Washington, where he manages the Center’s DC office.

Before joining the Center for Politics in 2011, Kyle served as director of policy and research for former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and as a reporter, editorial page editor, and political columnist at newspapers in Northeast Ohio. He is a 2006 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, where he also served as editor of the university’s student-run newspaper, The Post.

Meridith Elliot Powell, Author, Business Coach & Business Growth Expert - The C-Suite Network

Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare, and finance.  Meridith worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table. Meridith is a Certified Speaking Professional ©, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers, and a member of the prestigious Forbes Coaching Council.

She has a cutting-edge message, rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge. She is the author of four books, including Winning In The Trust & Value Economy (a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards) and her latest Own It: Redefining Responsibility – Stories of Power, Freedom & Purpose about how to build cultures that inspire ownership at every level to create profits at every turn. Meridith writes, speaks and is passionate about helping her clients understand everything they need to know about how to make this economy start working for them.

High energy and highly interactive, Meridith’s keynotes, workshops and innovative coaching programs help leaders and business owners learn the new rules of success today, including how today’s economy has changed, how that has changed today’s customers and employees, and specifically how that impacts your business.

In her highly engaging keynote-speaking sessions, Meridith shows her audiences how to attract more business, retain top talent, and leap into position to win in this new economy. No walking on coals, no breaking boards, just real-life strategies you can put into place first thing Monday morning.

Interested in becoming an event Sponsor or Exhibitor?

Showcase your solutions this fall as an exhibitor in the Finanical Services MarketPlace or enhance your visibility as a Convention sponsor. To find out how you can get involved with us this year, click the link below to access our Exhibitor & Sponsor Brochure & Contract. 

Save these Dates!

Convention Start-End Dates
October 12-15, 2017

Early Bird Discount Deadline
Friday, September 8, 2017

Hotel Reservation Deadline
Friday, September 8, 2017

Registration Deadline
Friday, October 6, 2017

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Hotel Information

The Omni Grove Park Inn is SOLD OUT! Reserve your hotel room today at our overflow property listed below:

Convention Room Rate

With a history of serving guests for over a century, the Omni Grove Park Inn is a blend of Southern hospitality, rich heritage and all the conveniences a modern traveler requires.

  • 513 luxurious guest rooms
  • 18-hole Donal Ross designed championship golf course

  • 43,000 sq.ft. subterranean spa - be sure to schedule your appointments in advance!

  • Multiple casual and formal restaurants with a wide array of cuisine

  • Three indoor and outdoor tennis courts

  • Sports Complex featuring racquetball, yoga, aerobics and health and wellness programs

  • Two retail promenades

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