2018 Bank Presidents Seminar
The Four Seasons Biltmore • Santa Barbara, California

CBA’s only program exclusively for member bank presidents and CEOs. Senior leaders of California banks are invited to attend and share in informative sessions to discuss the ever-changing landscape of the financial services arena at the beautiful Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara.

*Please note our new schedule. Board activities will begin on Wednesday, January 10, and regular programming will begin Thursday, January 11. All registered guest are welcome to attend the Dessert and Nightcap Reception on Wednesday evening.

**Please note: the hotel room block at The Four Seasons Biltmore is now SOLD OUT. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please call The Four Seasons Biltmore at (805) 565-8299. Please refer to the “Location” tab for alternative accommodation options.

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*Tentative Agenda, subject to change* Please see our event brochure for full session descriptions. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Banker Benefits Board Meeting
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CBA and Banker Benefits Board Reception and Dinner
Sponsored by Sandler O’Neill + Partners
8:30 p.m. Dessert and Nightcap Reception
Sponsored by The Baker Group
All registered guests are welcome to attend

Thursday, January 11, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

CBA Board of Directors Meeting (Breakfast provided)
Sponsored by Aldrich & Bonnefin 

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Opening Refreshment/Coffee Bar
Sponsored by Interwest Insurance Services, Inc.
10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks & Introduction
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Opening Keynote Speaker (to be confirmed)
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Luncheon, Keynote Speaker and Distinguished Banker of the Year Presentation

The Bottom Line on Fintechs, Gen Y and Branch Transformation, and Why What You’ve Heard is Wrong

     Lee Wetherington
Director of Strategic Insight Jack Henry &
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Facilitated Peer Networking Exchange for Bankers
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman LLP
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions – Series I

     The Renaissance of Studying Deposits

     Preparing Financial Institutions for Faster
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions – Series II

     Incentive Compensation: Practical Ideas for
     Incenting the Right Behavior

     Cybersecurity: What Should Banks Know
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Free Time
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dinner/Entertainment
Sponsored by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, A Stifel Company

Friday, January 12, 2018

7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration Open
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
Sponsored by MJC Partners, LLC
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Economic Outlook

     Dr. Robert Eyler
     President Economic Forensics &
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, NA
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Closing Keynote Speaker
Sponsored by Harland Clarke

Leading Successful Teams
     Tony La Russa
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Luncheon
Sponsored by Vitex, Inc.
12:45 p.m. Conference Adjourns

Scheduled Speakers

Tony La Russa

With three World Series titles and six pennants to his name, Tony La Russa is widely considered one of the best managers in Major League Baseball history, yet the insights he shares are bigger than baseball—leadership qualities and a relentless approach to preparation that inspire greatness in others.


Lee Wetherington

Lee Wetherington is the director of strategic insight for Jack Henry & Associates, where he oversees the development of actionable insight and strategy for the financial services industry at large. He also writes and speaks extensively about emerging trends in fintech, payments and digital banking.


Robert Eyler, PhD

Dr. Robert Eyler is president of Economic Forensics and Analytics, specializing in public policy analysis for firms and governments. He is also dean of the School of Extended and International Education and Professor of Economics at Sonoma State University.



Jeffrey Reynolds

Jeffrey Reynolds is Managing Director at Darling Consulting Group with over 20 years of experience assisting financial institutions in the strategic management of balance sheet risks.



Bill Schoch

William Schoch is President & CEO of Western Payment Alliance, the nation’s oldest and one of the largest regional payments associations. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives to grow the association and provide maximum value to its 1200 members through information, education, and advisory services. Bill was appointed to this position in 2008 and brings over twenty-five years of electronic payments experience.


Joseph Nocera

Joe Nocera is a Principal in PwC’s US Advisory practice and the Cybersecurity Financial Services Industry Leader. He is energized by interacting with people and building new relationships, and is known for helping his clients and team members achieve their goals. He is passionate about understanding the technical challenges of security and translating these into practical business solutions that are achievable in a corporate culture. Joe has developed a broad network of trusted relationships within PwC, the cybersecurity community and his clients. This enables him to assemble a diverse team with the experiences and skills that help prepare his clients in a world of uncertainty.


More speakers coming soon…

Session Descriptions

The Bottom Line on Fintechs, Gen Y and Branch Transformation, and Why What You’ve Heard is Wrong

Fintechs are disrupting banks! Branches are going away! Gen Y hates banks more than dentists! Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. The hype cycles distorting developments in technology and shifts in demographics can lead a bank astray strategically. Falling victim to hyperbole that hardens into “conventional wisdom” can do real damage to banks navigating the future of financial services. Join Lee Wetherington for the bottom line on fintechs, Gen Y, and branch transformation…and learn about the real challenges and opportunities ahead.

Lee Wetherington
Director of Strategic Insight
Jack Henry & Associates

Facilitated Peer Networking Exchange for Bankers

Join us for the opportunity to confer with your industry colleagues about the notable changes for banks that occurred in 2017; and, share your ideas and concerns about what may be ahead in 2018.

In order to encourage robust discussion, groups for this session will be organized by bank asset size.

Julianna Graham
SVP, Strategic Partners
California Bankers Association

The Renaissance of Studying Deposits

Non-maturity growth has been outpacing CD growth since 2009, and many are understandably uncomfortable that tide will turn and see some flow of “core deposits” back to CD’s. Understanding the potential sensitivities to deposits in this rising rate environment is critical to understanding your true risk position – but it’s also very challenging.

This session will address the critical role deposit assumptions play in risk models, and the best practice approach of how to develop and defend those assumptions. Going beyond the academic nature of the practice of deposit studies, we will review some of the most recent impact the rising rate cycle has had on deposit pricing and stability, the outlook for the months ahead in the face of FOMC uncertainty, and how utilizing deposit data to your advantage can pay significant dividends.

Take-aways/Learning Objectives:

  • Deposit trend observations to date
  • Expectations if the tightening cycle continues
  • How to utilize data to improve your understanding and management of depositor  behaviors
  • Targeting “stickiness” factors at the customer level to improve deposit stability
  • How the understanding of deposits should shape your asset strategy

Jeffrey Reynolds
Managing Director
Darling Consulting, Inc.

Preparing Financial Institutions for Faster Payments

How do banks stay up to date on the newest trends in payment processing as we move to a cashless society? Less than 25 percent of in store purchases will be made with cash in 2018 and mobile payments will double in 2018 to $720 billion. Today, trends in the payments ecosystem are a lot like fashion: what’s hot one year, likely won’t be the next. Join this informative session to learn about the latest trends that are driving payments today and how you can stay ahead of the curve.

Bill Schoch
Chief Executive Officer
Western Payments Alliance

Incentive Compensation: Practical Ideas for Incenting the Right Behavior

Incentive is defined as: Reward or promise of payment that encourages a person to take a certain action, behave better or work harder.  Learn how banks are avoiding unethical compensation practices and creating practical incentive compensation plans that reward employees and meet the bank’s strategic initiatives. Join this interactive discussion and take away practical tips for your bank’s compensation planning.

Speaker to be confirmed

Cybersecurity: What Should Banks Know Today?

In the ever-changing area of cybersecurity, how can CEOs plan for the unexpected? What strategic issues should they and their team be thinking about to anticipate the next data breach, hack or security intrusion.

Shawn Connors​
Partner, Cyber Products & Solutions Leader

Leading Successful Teams

Tony La Russa details the keys to his successful leadership—before, after and especially during the game—which can be applied at every level to help your team realize new heights of professional performance. Having inspired extreme loyalty from his players, he reveals the seldom-heard stories of why believing in each player’s ability, even when others did not, provided the platform for them to obtain amazing come-from-behind victories. La Russa has proven that studying the facts relevant to your business allows you to trust your instincts and is a powerful strategy that can lead to great achievement.

Tony La Russa

Who Attends

CBA member bank presidents and CEOs, by invitation only


Early Bird Registration Fees through December 19, 2017

CBA Member Bank                 $995

Accompanying Spouse Fee   $495

Regular Registration Fess after December 19, 2017

CBA Member Bank                 $1,345

Accompanying Spouse Fee   $495


If you have any registration questions, please contact:
Colette Warner
Administrative Coordinator
(916) 438-4418


The Four Seasons Biltmore
1260 Channel Drive
Santa Barbara, California 93108
(805) 969-2261 [Front Desk]

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Accommodations - 

Please note: the hotel room block at The Four Seasons Biltmore is now SOLD OUT. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please call The Four Seasons Biltmore at (805) 565-8299. Please refer below for alternative accommodation options.

Important Note: the Four Seasons has a 21-day cancellation policy and requires a fully non-refundable deposit of all nights’ room and tax to secure your reservation. Should you need to cancel, your cancellation must be received with 21-days prior to your confirmed arrival. Your confirmed reservation and the above cancellation policy will be provided in writing, via email, to you from the Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore.

Since last year’s Bank Presidents Seminar and going forward, optional use of the Coral Casino Beach & Cabana Club along with its athletic club facilities, pool and café are subject to a daily additional charge of $200 per day. However, all participants and hotel guests may still dine at Tydes Restaurant (located inside the Club).  If interested, please confirm club reservations and daily pricing at the Biltmore front desk.

The Biltmore still maintains a heated pool, spa and fitness facility located on the grounds of the resort, at no additional charge. Confer with the front desk for operational hours.



Alternative Options for Accommodations

Please note: The CBA does not have a negotiated room rate at the following hotels.

Montecito Inn
1295 Coast Village Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
(805) 969-7854

The Fess Parker, Santa Barbara Hotel
a DoubleTree Resort by Hilton
633 East Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 564-4333

Kimpton Canary Santa Barbara
31 West Carrillo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 884-0300

Sponsorship Information

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, contact the CBA events staff: Rosemary Mignano 916-438-4435


Why sponsor:

  • Maximize your company’s brand awareness and increase your market position

  • Gain direct access to CBA member banks and institutions in an exclusive environment

  • Raise your profile above your competitors

  • Learn about the issues confronting today’s financial service leaders and gain valuable insight into potential solutions

  • Match your exposure needs, regardless of your budget

  • Shape or reinforce a positive perception of your company with California’s bank executives

  • Support the California Bankers Association, the largest non-profit banking organization serving the California financial services industry

Spouse Program

More Details Coming Soon…


The following airlines have flights to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport: Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines and American Airlines. Please consult your preferred travel search engine or provider for best airfares. CBA does not have a designated airline for this event.

Parking / Transportation

The resort offers complimentary day valet parking. Self parking surrounding the property is $19 per night, per vehicle and overnight valet parking is $31 per night, per vehicle.

If you are flying, you may use the Santa Barbara, Los Angeles or Burbank airports. The Santa Barbara Airport is approximately a 20-minute drive to the Four Seasons Biltmore. CBA has selected Budget car rental as the designated rental car company for the Bank Presidents Seminar. To obtain the promotional rate, call (800) 826-2090 and refer to CBA ID #U051957.

Special Dietary / Physical Needs

Any attendee with special dietary or physical needs should indicate so on the registration form.


Business Casual Attire during the day programming.

Cocktail Attire in the evening at the receptions and dinners.