Join your fellow bankers for the largest networking banking event in Wisconsin

Join the largest gathering of Wisconsin bank executives for a celebration of our industry from Feb. 3-5, 2020 in Wisconsin Dells. Attendees will continue to benefit from informative speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, and entertainment although there will be new and “different” approaches throughout the event, all designed to enhance Wisconsin’s biggest banking event of the year.

“Think Different. Act Different. Be Different.” is the theme for the conference. The event will offer a unique set of tools, techniques, and tactics for you and your bank’s leaders to take innovative approaches to old and new obstacles alike that are specific to your institution.

In the spirit of the conference theme, the event will be hosted at the newly expanded Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Featuring state-of-the-art event technology, larger meeting and exhibiting rooms, and a more casual atmosphere conducive to networking, the Kalahari embodies the idea of changing things up to enjoy greater results.

Back by popular demand, the conference will kick off the afternoon of Monday, February 3 with networking peer group meetings for c-suite bankers (CEO, CFO, CIO/CTO, CERO, COO), followed by opportunities for dinner with WBA Associate Members. 

A “different” option of the day is our first-ever Innovation Alley. This is a part of our exhibit hall and was created to allow technology companies to demonstrate the latest and greatest in the FinTech space, where customer experience, data & analytics, regulation technology, and security are some of the technologies that will be on display. 

On Tuesday, the very first session encourages attendees to “Think Different” as Duncan Wardle, a 25-year veteran of Disney, focuses on how to think more audaciously to solve big and small challenges that lead to extraordinary results. Following this presentation, Lee Wetherington, Jack Henry & Associates, Inc., tackles the topic of fintech in a completely different way… Everyone has heard a lot about fintech. What is it? Why have it? The truly unanswered question is ‘How do I lead my community bank to the right products and services to stay relevant?” That’s the practical insight Wetherington will offer attendees.

The afternoon general sessions will dive into the future of payment systems as well as accelerating your bank’s value creation through analytics. The last session of the day will feature former Wisconsin Badger Jake Wood, Cofounder and CEO of Team Rubicon. Attendees will benefit from hearing Wood’s journey from college football's largest stadiums, to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, to the founding and development of America's fastest-growing disaster response organization, the highly acclaimed Team Rubicon.

After sessions wrap up for the day, attendees will enjoy the Chairman’s Dinner, featuring the Banker of the Year Celebration, and a reception featuring a casino and (back by popular demand) the WBA Euchre Tournament. Additionally, dinner speaker Charlie Cook, The Cook Political Report, will share his take on the politics of the day including reporting on the Iowa Caucus which is being held at the same time as our conference. 

This year’s Bank Executives Conference will conclude on Wednesday with economist Anirban Basu providing his take on the current state of the economy. Attendees will also hear the amazing story of Richard Montanez. Montañez, a janitor for PepsiCo’s Rancho Cucamonga plant, took notice of a mistake on the Cheetos production line in 1976 and turned it into a life-changing snack idea. Today, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is a billion-dollar business, a cultural phenomenon, and proof that—no matter how different you appear—anyone can make a difference and accomplish their dreams. His amazing journey captures how developing a solid foundation of diversity and inclusion in today’s business environment can ultimately drive external success.

To find out more about the 2020 WBA Bank Executives Conference or to register online, please visit