Held Sept. 10-11 at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, the 2019 WBA Management Conference & Expo brought together over 150 bankers from over 65 banks for networking and professional development, all in an atmosphere that celebrated community banking.

Attendees braved the early morning rain for a round of golf and a bike tour during the day on Tuesday, Sept. 10, followed by a welcome reception and dinner banquet. During the banquet, Lifetime Service Awards were presented to recognize bankers who have served the industry for 30 and 40 years, as well as one banker who was inducted into WBA's 50 Year Club.

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Jason Henrichs, founder and managing director of FinTech Forge, opened the day with thoughts on creating an innovative culture at your bank through embracing technology, using information your bank already has, and creating more cross-functional teams. Joining the attendees for a lunch presentation was Tom Diehl, president and general manager of Tommy Bartlett, Inc., who shared the history of Wisconsin Dells and how key moments in legislation and actions taken by the Village of Lake Delton and City of Wisconsin Dells have helped shaped the community into the Midwest’s number-one family vacation destination.

In addition to the keynote sessions and nine breakout session options, attendees enjoyed networking with a sold-out exhibit hall full of vendors and conference sponsors. To close the conference, Wisconsin-native Jeff Glasbrenner shared his inspirational story of becoming the first American amputee to summit Mt. Everest.

Missed out on this year’s amazing conference, or just want to reminisce? Click here to go to WBA's Facebook page to view a photo album from the event!

Thank you to this year's Conference Sponsors!

Gold Associate Member Sponsors:

Bankers' Bank
Bell Bank
Boardman Clark Law Firm
BOK Financial Advisors
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
ICBA Services Network
Midwest Bankers Insurance Services 
WBA Insurance Services

Silver Associate Member Sponsors:

Eide Bailly LLP
Plante Moran
Wipfli LLP

Bronze Associate Member Sponsors:

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Bank Compensation Consulting
Executive Benefits Network
Experis Finance
Godfrey & Kahn, s.c.
John M. Floyd & Associates
Northland Securities
Quad City Bank & Trust
SBS CyberSecurity
Spectrum Investment Advisors
The Baker Group
The Payroll Company
VGM Forbin

Conference Sponsors:

Bankers Healthcare Group LLC
Hovde Group
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Smiley Technologies