Industry Experts to Speak at 149th Assembly for Bank Directors in Vancouver – September 12-15, 2019

July 2019

Dallas, Texas—July 2019— the SW Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) Foundation will convene its 148th Assembly for Bank Directors at the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, September 12-15, 2019. Bank directors and their spouses from throughout the United States are expected to participate in a program that includes legal eagle Chet Fenimore, renowned bank consultant Kelly Karns, industry expert Steve LeFever, top economist Edmond Seifried, compliance expert James Cummings, Jr., corporate governance authority Richard Leblanc, and strategic planning expert Scott MacDonald.

"Bank director training has become key in community banking success stories," SWGSB Foundation president S. Scott MacDonald, Ph.D., said. "We take special care to make sure our programs reflect boards' latest concerns. And this Assembly is appropriately entitled, 'What’s Ahead for the Community Bank Director.' Our faculty are eager to address the many issues facing directors now and to share the solutions they’ve devised for competing effectively. The 149th Assembly for Bank Directors will provide a complete overview of what lies ahead and what key steps must be taken to ensure a solid, highly profitable future."

The Assembly will cover a number of important topics, including "Strategic Steps Bank Boards Need to Take Now to Stay on Top" (Fenimore); "Do You Manage Your Vendors or Do They Manage You?" (Karns); "Banking the Independent Business" (LeFever); "Economic Essentials for Community Bankers" (Seifried); "Best Governance Practices for Community Bank Directors" (Leblanc); "Protecting Our Financial System: The Treasury's War" (Cummings); and "Current Scorecard for Community Banking - How Are We Doing?" (MacDonald). There will also be workshops on "Does Your Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)/Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Compliance Program Need a Tune-up?" (Cummings) and "So You Want to Buy a Bank? What's First?" (Fenimore).

For Assembly registration and other information, please write, call, or e-mail: SWGSB, SMU Box 214, Dallas, Texas, 75275; (214) 768-2991; The SWGSB website is Registrations can also be made directly online at


Established in 1957 at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, the Graduate School of Banking has become one of the top banking educational institutions today. It is a professional school for bank officers, regulators, and others holding management positions in the financial services industry. SWGSB – celebrating 62 years in professional leadership development – meets two weeks annually over three years, bringing into focus and augmenting these managers’ on-the-job experience. Emphasis is placed on financial management, leadership development, and strategic planning. The graduate school’s sponsoring partners include the Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas bankers associations, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, and Southern Methodist University.

At the forefront of disseminating information about the latest bank management strategies, the SWGSB educational experience also includes an interactive website ( and leading technology initiatives, such as its proprietary BankCEO and Loan Simulation computer programs. The SWGSB Foundation conducts the prestigious Assemblies for Bank Directors, a series of annual seminars and workshops held throughout the United States, Canada and off shore for bank board members and senior officers. It partners with the American Bankers Association (ABA) to conduct the ABA's Foundational Commercial Lending School and the Advanced Commercial Lending School. SWGSB and SWGSB Foundation are headquartered at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business, one of the top business schools in the world.

Those interested in attending SMU's Graduate School of Banking—or in learning more about the school and other SWGSB Foundation programs—may write, call, or e-mail: SWGSB, SMU Box 214, Dallas, Texas, 75275; (214) 768-2991; The SWGSB website is Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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