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Community Bank Directors to Meet at 145th Assembly for Bank Directors in Quebec City – September 1-4

March 2017

Dallas, Texas—March 2017– the SW Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) Foundation will convene its 145th Assembly for Bank Directors at the historic Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, September 1-4, 2017. Bank directors and their spouses from throughout the United States are expected to participate in a program that includes social media maven Monika Baraket, balance sheet expert Jim Clarke, legal authority Jeff Gerrish, accounting ace Debbie Scanlon, cybersecurity expert Kevin Streff, M&A authority Dory Wiley and regulations and bank investments pro Dale Sheller.

"Director training has become a top priority at community banks nationwide," SWGSB Foundation president S. Scott MacDonald, Ph.D., said. "The Assemblies for Bank Directors is the go-to industry leader for bank board education – and has been for five decades. This Assembly will address 'Rising to the Industry's Greatest Challenges.' Our faculty – all industry insiders – have crafted their presentations in answer to the many questions directors are asking about their role in a new presidential era. The 145th 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 "Fighting the Tide: Ten Ways to Stay Independent in a Consolidating Environment" (Gerrish); "Regulatory Hot Topics and the Examination Process" (Sheller); "How to Develop a Successful Social Media Strategy to Supercharge Prospecting, Networking and Sales" (Baraket); "Cybersecurity 101 – Board Basics" (Streff); "Balance Sheet Management: How Do We Deal with Uncertainties?" (Clarke); "Directors Don't Need to Know Accounting, Do They?" (Scanlon); and "The Banking and Credit Outlook" (MacDonald). There will be workshops on "Bank Investments in a Low Interest Rate Environment" (Sheller) and "The Current M&A Environment: Where Is the Value?" (Wiley).

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

About the SW Graduate School of Banking Foundation

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 60 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 ( 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 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

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