I would like to officially invite all Wisconsin banking executives and industry leaders to join me at the upcoming annual Bank Executives Conference (or "Bank Execs" as many of us call it). This is our association's premier event, featuring invaluable networking opportunities and hours of education and development from nationally recognized speakers and thought leaders.

In the spirit of our conference theme of "Think Different, Act Different, Be Different," for the first time we'll be hosting our event at the Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells on February 3-5, 2020 (Monday - Wednesday). One of the advantages of approaching our normal conference in a "different" way is that this setting is perfect for a more casual networking environment. Networking is always one of the most valuable parts of this event, and we are confident this approach will only enhance your conversations and interaction with others.

An advisory group of our peers has designed an agenda that will provide a unique set of tools, techniques, and tactics for you and your bank's leaders to take innovative approaches to old and new obstacles that are specific to your institution. 

Topics covered by the expert speakers will include the future of payments, transforming your product-centric culture to a consumer-centric one, leading your business to the right fintech products and services to stay relevant, accelerating value creation through analytics, and more. 

I'm also looking forward to the dinner and reception on Tuesday evening, where we will celebrate with the Banker of the Year and enjoy the always-popular Euchre Tournament.

Meloy is CEO of First Business Bank, Madison and WBA Chair.