Thank you to everyone who participated in the CBA of Kansas Annual Convention and Trade Show happening July 10-12, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kansas. We hope everyone enjoyed the opportunity to hear from leaders in community banking while making connections with fellow bankers.

Check out these images from the 2019 CBA Convention! 

Thank you to our 2019 CBA Convention Sponsors:

Bank Financial Services Group

ICBA Bancard/TCM Bank
ICBA Securities

Bankers’ Bank of Kansas
Bankers Healthcare Group
Financial Management Services, Inc. (FMSI)
Fitech Payments
Harland Clarke

The Baker Group
Community Bankers Webinar Network
FHLBank Topeka
Hyatt Regency Wichita
Spencer Fane, LLP
S&P Global
UNICO Group, Inc.
Windsor Mortgage Solutions

View Our 2019 Convention Speaker Lineup:

Rich Bratten


Rich Bratten and Bank Financial Services Group has been an endorsed partner with CBA for almost 20 years. Chances are you have met and seen Rich around Kansas or at a CBA event. Rich has many talents and has agreed to partner with CBA again by agreeing to emcee at this year’s convention.

Eric Cook

Community Banking and the Amazon Effect

Nationwide, consumers and small businesses use Amazon for instant gratification. (Hey Alexa…). It’s no surprise that the need for speed and the expectation of ubiquity has spread to every industry, even banking. Learn five ways your bank can begin to change its culture to communicate and deploy a successful Amazon-like experience.

Bruce Woner

Legal Update

Outcomes and decisions from Kansas cases across 2018 and 2019 will be reviewed. The lessons to be taken from these decisions will be explained, in addition to other topics of interest to community banks.

Ryan Kuhns

Farmer Mac’s Perspective on Current Conditions in the Ag Economy and Key Factors to Keep an Eye On

During this session Ryan will discuss how trends in the farm economy have impacted farmer’s financial conditions, as well as key factors affecting farmer and lender credit decisions.

Tim Kemp

The State of Banking in Kansas

Tim will discuss the financial condition of State Banks in Kansas as well as challenges and opportunities facing the banking industry.

Kevin Tweddle

The Future of Banking

How are community banks changing the way they do business to account for the digital transformation occurring in the banking industry today? We will discuss why community banks are looking to fintech’s for assistance and the best practices for successful fintech partnerships. We will focus on what the future of banking looks like, how emerging technologies will play a role in the bank going forward, personnel challenges and more. We will highlight the growing competition in the space and provide resources to assist with the innovation and fintech partnership process.

Marci Penner & WenDee Rowe

Exploring the Nooks and Crannies of Kansas.

Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe went on a four-year statewide journey to research for a Kansas guidebook. They will share some of the interesting, yet lesser known, places of the state with you through pictures and stories.

Jim Reber

The Changing Landscape of Community Bank Investing

One of the best examples of efficiencies in community banking is the manner in which managers have altered their investment portfolios over the last three years. The typical securities holdings have evolved since 2016 to take advantage of market inefficiencies, changes in tax code and interest rate guidance. We will review the components of a well-structured investment portfolio and its role in the overall balance sheet. We will also suggest some strategies for improving the risk/reward profile of your securities holdings.

Preston Kennedy

ICBA Update

Preston L. Kennedy is chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA). He is the President and CEO of Zachary Bancshares Inc., in Zachary, Louisiana. Kennedy has served in many leadership roles at ICBA. He also serves as Executive Committee liaison to the Consumer Financial Services Committee. He lives in Baton Rouge, La., with his wife and serves on many community organizations and boards. They have six children and twelve grandchildren.


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