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Richard Cordray, Gillian Tett to Provide Keynotes at CBA’s Annual Convention

Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Gillian Tett, London-based assistant editor and columnist with the Financial Times, will be the featured keynote speakers at CBA’s 122nd Annual Convention held May 2-4 at the Hyatt Huntington Beach. 

The annual convention, held in conjunction with the 46th Annual Bank Counsel Seminar, is your valuable opportunity to hear from our dynamic lineup of speakers and sessions.

Early-bird pricing ends Friday, April 12.  CBA’s room block for the event is nearly sold out. Do not delay – make your room reservation by calling the hotel directly, at (888) 421-1442.

Cordray, who addresses only a few banking associations a year, serves as the first director of the CFPB. Prior to joining the CFPB, he served as Ohio’s Attorney General.

Tett, an award-winning journalist, is widely credited with being the first to cover the credit crunch in the mainstream press. 

For more information on Cordray and Tett, please see their bios below. 

For more information on the featured panelists and to see a lineup of speakers and sessions at this year’s annual convention, please visit www.calbankers.com/annualconvention13 or contact Cynthia DeOliver at (916) 438-4401 or cdeoliver@calbankers.com. You can also click here to register.

Keynote Speaker

Richard Cordray
Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Richard Cordray serves as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He previously led the Bureau’s Enforcement Division.

Prior to joining the Bureau, Cordray served on the front lines of consumer protection as Ohio’s Attorney General. Cordray recovered more than $2 billion for Ohio’s retirees, investors, and business owners and took major steps to help protect its consumers from fraudulent foreclosures and financial predators. In 2010, his office responded to a record number of consumer complaints, but Cordray went further and opened that process for the first time to small businesses and non-profit organizations to ensure protections for even more Ohioans. To recognize his work on behalf of consumers as attorney general, the Better Business Bureau presented Cordray with an award for promoting an ethical marketplace.

Cordray also served as Ohio treasurer and Franklin County treasurer, two elected positions in which he led state and county banking, investment, debt and financing activities. As Ohio Treasurer, he resurrected a defunct economic development program that provides low-interest loan assistance to small businesses to create jobs, re-launched the original concept as GrowNOW and pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into access for credit to small businesses. Cordray simultaneously created a Bankers Advisory Council to share ideas about the program with community bankers across Ohio.

Earlier in his career, Cordray was an adjunct professor at the Ohio State University College of Law, served as a State Representative for the 33rd Ohio House District, was the first solicitor general in Ohio’s history, and was a sole practitioner and of counsel to Kirkland & Ellis. He has argued seven cases before the United States Supreme Court, including by special appointment of both the Clinton and Bush Justice Departments. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, Oxford University, and the University of Chicago Law School. Cordray was editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review and later clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy.

Keynote Speaker

Gillian Tett
Assistant Editor and Columnist, Financial Times

Award-winning journalist Gillian Tett is one of the world’s preeminent authorities on capital markets and the role they play in the global financial crisis. She is widely credited with being the first to cover the credit crunch in the mainstream press.

Beginning in 2004, three years before anyone else, she began building a team at the Financial Times (FT) to cover capital markets, correctly anticipating the need to watch an industry growing uncommonly fast. By 2007, a year ahead of the curve, she began issuing her newsbreaking alarms of a looming financial crisis.

In recognition of this work, she won several awards including the UK Speechwriters’ Guild Business Communicator of the Year 2012, Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards 2009, British Business Journalist of the Year in 2008 and the Wincott prize in 2007.

Tett is the author of Fool’s Gold: The Inside Story of JP Morgan and How Wall St. Greed Corrupted Its Bold Dream and Created a Financial Catastrophe, the story of how the world of ‘shadow banking’ was created and then spun out of control. Fool’s Gold is a vital contribution to our understanding of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. She also wrote Saving the Sun, about Japan’s financial collapse in the 1990s. She was Japan bureau chief for the FT during the ‘lost decade’.

Tett is an assistant editor and columnist at the Financial Times. In her previous role at FT, she oversaw global coverage of the financial markets. She writes a regular column for FT. She has a doctorate in social anthropology from Cambridge University, based on research conducted in the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s. She speaks French and Russian and has studied Japanese and Tajik.

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