The CEOnly and CFOnly Networks have been part of the WBA since late July, and on October 13 the informal peer networks hosted their first group meeting since the transition. Held at the Crowne Plaza in Madison, the meeting included the traditional welcome reception—held the evening prior—as well as special guest speakers from the law firm Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. The speakers gave attendees a summary of the banking landscape, covering hot topics such as M&A updates, credit unions in the M&A space, charter conversions, regulatory updates, staffing issues, and shareholder management. Of course, the capstone of the event was the breakout networking sessions where attendees engaged in peer-to-peer discussions and idea-sharing.

For this first meeting, CEOnly and CFOnly non-members were invited to participate on a complimentary basis to discover the advantages of the networks. These informal networks are exclusively for Wisconsin bank CEOs and CFOs, respectively, and offer a space for unparalleled peer communication. In addition to three networking events each year, members also enjoy other benefits. WBA is continuing the network services members have come to expect, including question-and-answer emails and networking events. With the Q&A emails, members are able to submit question for their peers to WBA staff, who then distribute the question anonymously to the rest of the network. After all answers have been compiled and any identifying information removed, staff distributes a follow-up email to the entire network.

Interested in joining one of the networks? Membership in the CEOnly and CFOnly Networks is separate from your WBA membership, but WBA member bank CEOs and CFOs may join on a complimentary trial basis by emailing me. Membership invoices for 2018 will be sent out by December 1, 2017, at which point the complimentary membership period will end.

Still have questions about the CEOnly and CFOnly Networks? You are welcome to contact me at 608-441-1203 or via email.