Mike Schlappi

When Mike Schlappi takes the floor, a dazzling smile greets you.Then, you notice the wheelchair.If ever a man was defined by what he can do, instead of what he cannot do, it is Mike Schlappi. This Hall of Fame athlete, Gold Medalist, World Champion, MBA, CSP, businessman, husband and father of five will entertain you and inspire you to take on and overcome your own limitations. Following a tragic accident as a teenager, Mike has proven that just because “you can’t stand up, doesn’t mean you can’t stand out”!

"I saw that Mike Schlappi is speaking at the convention.  I heard him speak before and he is great!  We need to encourage everyone to remain for his talk.  I don't believe anyone will be disappointed and everyone will be inspired by his message." Danny Domingue of Farmers State Bank in Church Point

Preston Ash

Preston Ash is an advisor with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, working in the Bank’s industry outreach function.  In this capacity, he oversees the Dallas Fed's Banking Conditions Survey and collects data from financial institutions CEO's within the Eleventh Federal Reserve District for use in monetary policy deliberations.  Ash has written numerous articles on topics related to community banking and speaks often on developments in the economy and technology. His work has been cited several times in Congressional testimony and also in leading news and intelligence platforms such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, SNL Financial, and JD Supra. Ash also currently serves as a member of United Way’s Financial Technology Advisory Committee.

Trent Fleming

A 30-year industry veteran, Trent Fleming is widely recognized as an expert in many areas of banking technology, operations, and strategy. Over the years, he has helped hundreds of banks make wise, strategic decisions about the optimum use of their management and technology resources.

As a consultant, Fleming was a pioneer in the introduction of check imaging technology to the community bank markets. More recently, he has replicated that success with other emerging technologies, including Internet Banking, Remote Deposit Capture, and Mobile Banking. Fleming’s ability to assist banks in training employees and educating customers about the benefits of products and services results in a positive experience as emerging technologies are introduced.

He has consulted with banks on matters as diverse as strategic planning, business continuity, and operational efficiency. His background includes correspondent banking, regulatory compliance, and industry experience as a sales operations executive with two large banking software vendors.

Mr. Fleming’s presentations on technology, management, and strategy consistently get the highest marks from his audiences. He serves on the faculty of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, and the Advanced Banking School at Penn State. He regularly contributes articles to industry publications, and publishes a newsletter and blog at www.bankinginsights.blogspot.com Trent holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Christian Brothers University.

Jelena McWilliams, FDIC Chairman

Jelena McWilliams was sworn in as the 21st Chairman of the FDIC on June 5, 2018.  She serves a six-year term on the FDIC Board of Directors, and is designated as Chairman for a term of five years. Ms. McWilliams was Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary for Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio.  At Fifth Third Bank she served as a member of the executive management team and numerous bank committees including: Management Compliance, Enterprise Risk, Risk and Compliance, Operational Risk, Enterprise Marketing, and Regulatory Change. Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, Ms. McWilliams worked in the U.S. Senate for six years, most recently as Chief Counsel and Deputy Staff Director with the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and previously as Assistant Chief Counsel with the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. From 2007 to 2010, Ms. McWilliams served as an attorney at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, where she drafted consumer protection regulations, reviewed and analyzed comment letters on regulatory proposals, and responded to consumer complaints. Before entering public service, she practiced corporate and securities law at Morrison & Foerster LLP in Palo Alto, California, and Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells LLP) in Washington, D.C.  In legal practice, Ms. McWilliams advised management and boards of directors on corporate governance, compliance, and reporting requirements under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  She also represented publicly- and privately-held companies in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, strategic business ventures, venture capital investments, and general corporate matters. Ms. McWilliams graduated with highest honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. in political science, and earned her law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

Gene Marks

For the past twelve years Gene Marks has written on startups, the economy, public policy, technology and workplace issues for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, Entrepreneur and The Guardian. A Certified Public Accountant and former Senior Manager at KPMG, Gene has run - since 1994 - a highly successful ten person financial and technology management consulting firm near Philadelphia and speaks regularly to business groups nationwide on issues and trends affecting them. He also frequently appears on MSNBC, Fox Business, Sirius Radio, WABC Radio and CNBC. Gene is the author of six best-selling books on business management including In God We Trust, Everyone Else Pays Cash and The Small Business Book of Lists.

Dr. Raphael Bostic, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Raphael W. Bostic took office June 5, 2017, as the 15th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is responsible for all the Bank's activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. In addition, he serves on the Federal Reserve's chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). Bostic worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors from 1995 to 2001, first as an economist and then a senior economist in the monetary and financial studies section, where his work on the Community Reinvestment Act earned him a special achievement award. He served as special assistant to HUD's assistant secretary of policy development and research in 1999. He was also a professional lecturer at American University in 1998. Bostic was born in New York City in 1966 and grew up in Delran, New Jersey. He graduated from Harvard University in 1987 with a combined major in economics and psychology. He earned his doctorate in economics from Stanford University in 1995. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which covers Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The Bank has branches in Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, and New Orleans.