Did you attend the CBA 40th Anniversary Convention and Trade Show?  

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CBA 40th Annual Convention Program and Brochure

This year’s convention, held July 18-21, 2018, was packed with education, networking with fellow community bankers, and previews of products and services that make your daily work easier.  The convention marked CBA’s 40th Anniversary, and we celebrated by taking it back to the 70’s! We think everyone would agree that it was a memorable and valuable convention celebrating “four decades of connections.”



Check out these images from the 2018 CBA Convention. It was certainly a Convention to remember! 


Thank you to our 2018 CBA Convention Sponsors:

Bank Financial Services Group (BFS)

ICBA Bancard & TCM Bank
ICBA Securities

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

The Baker Group
Barret School of Banking
Chateau on the Lake Spa & Resort
Community Bankers Webinar Network
Diebold Nixdorf
Farmer MAC
FHLBank Topeka
First Bankers’ Banc Securities, Inc.
MPA Systems, Inc.
Spencer Fane, LLP
S&P Global
UNICO Group, Inc.
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Patrick Dix


Patrick Dix is a veteran news anchor and reporter who manages the SHAZAM Network’s public relations efforts. Patrick serves as the main company spokesman and uses his expertise to lead all social media channels, write articles for trade associations, create press releases for the network and provide media training to financial institutions.

He joined the SHAZAM Network in 2015 after a 25-year career as a broadcast journalist. For the past 16 years, Dix served as the senior news anchor on the No. 1-rated network morning newscast in Des Moines, Iowa. Patrick has been recognized with awards from The Society of Professional Journalists, The William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Midwest Broadcast News Association.

 Dr. Randy Watson

The Future of Education in Kansas

The Kansas State Board of Education (KSBE) is on a mission to redesign school and implement what Kansans have said they wanted – a public school system that excels in giving students the skills they need to succeed. Dr. Watson will speak about the work of the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) thus far in the redesign process and what the future holds for Kansas schools.

Dr. Randy Watson is Kansas Commissioner of Education, providing leadership to the Kansas Department of Education as the state’s chief education officer. The Kansas State Board of Education (KSBE) is on a mission to redesign school and implement what Kansans have said they wanted – a public school system that excels in giving students the skills they need to succeed.  A native of Coffeyville, Kan., Dr. Watson was named an Alumni Fellow at Kansas State in 2015, and was also honored by being named the Kansas Superintendent of the Year.

Bruce Woner

Legal Update

During this update, outcomes and decisions from Kansas cases across 2017 and 2018 will be reviewed—and lessons from these decisions will be uplifted and explained, among other topics.

Bruce has practiced law for over 35 years. His practice is diverse and he routinely leads clients and their supporting professionals in achieving strategic goals, by way of acquisition or sale, litigation or negotiation. Counseling bankers and bank boards, defending banks in litigation entanglements and guiding banks and bankers in their relationship with regulators are where Bruce’s primary efforts are expended. He guided several client banks during 2009 through 2012 in addressing regulatory challenges in the midst of the economic downturn. Besides Banking, Bankruptcy, Business and Commercial Law and Litigation, Bruce also helps many clients with wills, trust and business planning needs.

Bruce is a member of the Board of Directors of Central Kansas, Inc. and the Board of Directors of Central National Bank. Over 100 banks and financial institutions have been assisted across the years by Bruce and his practice colleagues.

Bruce’s family homesteaded in Cowley County, Kansas in 1870; he graduated from high school in Hutchinson; achieved his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas; and earned his law degree from Washburn University. Bruce is currently Co-President of the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas.

Sara Nielsen

The Dark Web – What It Is and Why It Matters

In a world of increasing cybersecurity threats, the dark web poses potential risks as well. Learn more about the nature of the dark web and how it is being used to perpetrate hacks, crime, and other illegal activities.
Sara Nielsen is senior vice president at BankOnIT. Nielsen has served on the management team for a multibillion-dollar asset sized bank. Prior to joining BankOnIT, Nielsen worked over 13 years for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City as a manager in the financial institution Examinations and Inspections Department. Nielsen’s regulatory experience allows her to provide industry education on technology changes, cyber threats and their impact on banks and banking regulation.

Alan Deines

The Robbins Banking Institute Rundown … (And, What’s
Coming Next)

Alan Deines is the first director for the Robbins Banking Institute, shaping and implementing the Institute’s curriculum and teaching a variety of banking courses. He has more than 37 years of banking experience and has worked with hundreds of banks, from Wyoming to Illinois and from South Dakota to Oklahoma. Challenges he has addressed include regulatory problems, management issues, mergers, acquisitions, and technology issues. His experience also includes time in Siberia and eastern Russia advising on issues related to Russia’s economic collapse in the 1990s, and later as an advisor in the Republic of Georgia, Yemen and Iraq. Deines will discuss the history of the Robbins Banking Institute, why it was formed, the curriculum and what’s coming next.

Mike Burke

Overview for Skimming
and Card Cloning

Across the country, skimmers and the cloned cards they produce are costing banks millions of dollars as a result of fraudulent transactions, re-issued cards and damaged reputations. Mike will help you identify internal and external skimmers with real world examples to show you exactly what to look out for.

Mike Burke joined the SHAZAM Network in 2016 with more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and homeland security. His expertise helps SHAZAM’s clients enhance their security measures and ensure regulatory compliance. While in law enforcement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office recognized him for outstanding service and meritorious acts. After leaving law enforcement, he developed, implemented and taught a thriving criminal justice program at Iowa Central Community College.

Following 9/11, Burke served as founding director of the Iowa Central Homeland Security Training Center. He has served as a member of Iowa’s Education and Training Advisory Council (EdTrac) and the Homeland Security Training Council.

Tina Giorgio

How to fit Faster Payments into your Strategic Plan

Giorgio will cover emerging solutions, revenue opportunities, and why faster payments are a must for any bank’s strategic plan and future success.

Chrystina (Tina) M. Giorgio is president and CEO of ICBA Bancard. A former community banker with 25 years of experience, Tina served in senior leadership roles for nearly two decades at $4.7 billion Sandy Spring Bank in Maryland, most recently as senior vice president.

Giorgio has served on several boards and committees with the Federal Reserve and other organizations. She holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Maryland University College and completed graduate work at the BAI program in Operations and Technology Management for Banking and Financial Services at Vanderbilt University. She is currently pursuing an MBA from UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management. Payments are moving faster than ever. The Federal Reserve has set a goal of faster payments ubiquity in the United States by 2020.

Michelle Bowman (Miki)

The State of Banking in Kansas

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

Michelle “Miki” Bowman – a fifth-generation banker from Council Grove, Kansas – was confirmed by the Kansas Senate as the State Bank Commissioner on Jan. 31, 2017. She joined Farmers & Drovers Bank as Vice President in 2010. Her previous experience includes working for Senator Bob Dole in Washington, DC and serving as a counsel to the US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight. In 2001, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as an executive at the Federal Emergency Management Agency and, upon its establishment, at the Department of Homeland Security as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Policy Advisor to Secretary Tom Ridge.

R. Scott Heitkamp

ICBA Update

R. Scott Heitkamp is immediate past chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), the only national advocacy organization that exclusively represents community banks.

President and CEO of ValueBank Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas, Heitkamp has served ICBA and the community banking industry for decades. He serves on the Executive Committee and the Federal Delegate Board and is chairman of the Nominating Committee. He is Executive Committee liaison to ICBA’s Safety & Soundness Committee and serves on the Policy Development Committee.

Heitkamp was an at-large director and ICBA’s state delegate for Texas. He was a past chairman on the ICBPAC Committee and served on the Bank Services Committee.

Heitkamp is a previous chairman and current member of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas. Heitkamp has served as chairman of the Driscoll Hospital Development Foundation board of directors, is a current member of the board of directors of the Texas State Aquarium, is previous chairman of the San Patricio County Economic Development Corp., and is past president of the Aransas Pass Rotary Club. Heitkamp is also past president of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas Leadership Division and past advisory director of the Texas Tech University Banking School.

Heitkamp is a graduate from Texas Tech University, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in nance.

He lives in Corpus Christi, Texas, with his wife. They have two children.




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