• 2020 Virtual Regional Bank Conference
  • October 19, 21 & 23, 2020
  • Virtual Conference
Monday, October 19
08:00 PT / 11:00 EDT / 16:00 BST         
Welcome & Introduction — Day 1
  • Brian Gordon
  • Senior Vice President & Manager, International Banking
  • Commerce Bank
  • 08:10 PT / 11:10 EDT / 16:10 BST         
    BAFT Initiatives Update
    Get updates on the latest initiatives BAFT is working on your behalf, and learn how you can be more involved.
    Speaker
  • Tod Burwell
  • President & CEO
  • BAFT
  • 08:25 PT / 11:25 EDT / 16:25 BST        
    Unintended Consequences: The Fate and Folly of the Reduction of RMA Relationships
    While SWIFT’s original mission, dating back to the 1970s, was to provide a common language for international financial messaging, much has changed since then, causing us to re-examine the whole concept of correspondent banking. Many significant global events have occurred over the past 20 years, creating intense regulation and compliance requirements. Fast forward to today, where large volumes of RMAs have become too expensive and cumbersome for many global banks to maintain, with the impacts being felt across the board for importers, exporters, US regionals, and global banks. Collectively, we’re tasked with finding a more efficient solution to sustaining the necessary SWIFT correspondent relationships needed to support and grow cross-border trade with the hope of increasing the US share of the global marketplace. We will explore some creative ideas and solutions to address how the market needs a different approach.
    Speakers
  • Brian Gordon
  • Senior Vice President & Manager, International Banking
  • Commerce Bank
  • Amy Sahm
  • Senior Vice President & Manager, International Group
  • Fulton Bank
  • 09:10 PT / 12:10 EDT / 17:10 BST        
    Stretch Break
    09:20 PT / 12:20 EDT / 17:20 BST
    Solution Showcase featuring TickTrade: Digital Payments & FX Self-Service
    This session will focus on the types of automation and value that a modern payments and FX platform can bring to your international business.
    Presenter
  • James Cook
  • Managing Director, Payments Products
  • TickTrade
  • 09:35 PT / 12:35 EDT / 17:35 BST
    The Global Payments Landscape
    Join this session for a comprehensive overview of the payments landscape globally, how it all works, and what you can and cannot access as a US regional bank. We will hear about what fintechs are doing to leverage their capabilities and reduce payment friction in an environment where regulatory and compliance considerations need to be front of mind for banks. Ken will also talk about what other payment systems/networks to keep an eye on that are encroaching on the traditional payments space.
    Speaker
  • Kenneth Wong
  • Head, Global Transaction Banking Product Strategy and Innovation
  • TD Bank
  • 10:20 PT / 01:20 EDT / 18:20 BST
    Wrap-Up — Day 1
  • Brian Gordon
  • Senior Vice President & Manager, International Banking
  • Commerce Bank
  • 10:25 PT / 01:25 EDT / 18:25 BST
    Virtual Networking
    Attendees can interact in real-time just by joining a table in the conference's virtual lobby. Real-time, face-to-face interaction makes virtual networking feel natural and fun in Remo. To optimize your networking experience, please make sure to test your system ahead of time. Test system compatibility here.
    Wednesday, October 21
    08:00 PT / 11:00 EDT / 16:00 BST
    Welcome — Day 2
  • Tom Beube
  • Regional Bank Council Co-Chair, BAFT
  • Senior Vice President & Director, International Services, Wintrust Financial Corporation
  • 08:05 PT / 11:05 EDT / 16:05 BST
    Best Practices for FX Forward Offering
    This session will explore best practices and framework for offering FX Forwards including legal, regulatory, and risk considerations. We will explore policies requirements, onboarding clients, trade execution, and ongoing monitoring to manage credit, market, and counterparty risk.
    Speakers
  • Rachel Parks
  • Senior Counsel & Compliance Officer
  • Derivative Path, Inc.
  • Michael Salerno
  • Vice President, Global Banking
  • First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO)
  • 08:50 PT / 11:50 EDT / 16:50 BST
    Solution Showcase featuring Derivative Path: Using DerivativeEDGE to Manage Regional Bank Needs
    This session will delve into the DerivativeEDGE FX platform's functionality to assist regional and community banks with managing their FX programs and cross-border payments, and be a system of record for customer onboarding, trade execution and capture, and ongoing monitoring to control credit, market, and counterparty risk
    Presenters
  • Cesar Hernandez
  • FX Product Manager
  • Derivative Path, Inc.
  • Chris Slusher
  • Head of Sales and Structuring
  • Derivative Path, Inc.
  • 09:05 PT / 12:05 EDT / 17:05 BST
    Stretch Break
    09:15 PT / 12:15 EDT / 17:15 BST
    Updates from SWIFT - Universal Confirmations and the GPI Roadmap
    Learn about the benefits and differences between the tools available to satisfy SWIFT Standards Release 2020, which includes the Basic Tracker and GPI. In addition to the Basic Tracker, the panel will discuss GPI and its benefits, implementation requirements, and the current roadmap.
    Speakers
  • Alina Topala Lanoha
  • Director, Treasury Product Management
  • First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO)
  • Daniel Lynch
  • Global Payments Innovation Manager, Americas
  • SWIFT
  • 10:00 PT / 01:00 EDT / 18:00 BST
    Wrap-Up — Day 2
  • Tom Beube
  • Regional Bank Council Co-Chair, BAFT
  • Senior Vice President & Director, International Services, Wintrust Financial Corporation
  • 10:05 PT / 01:05 EDT / 18:05 BST         
    Birds of a Feather – Open Forum
    This is your opportunity to ask questions that were still outstanding from Monday and today’s sessions. This is an open forum to discuss pressing questions and issues you’ve been yearning to ask your peers and subject matter experts in a small group discussion. Attendees will break into smaller groups for an interactive conversation on the following topics: RMA, Payments and FX.         
    10:45 PT / 01:45 EDT / 18:45 BST
    Virtual Networking
    Attendees can interact in real-time just by joining a table in the conference's virtual lobby. Real-time, face-to-face interaction makes virtual networking feel natural and fun in Remo. To optimize your networking experience, please make sure to test your system ahead of time. Test system compatibility here.
    Friday, October 23
    08:00 PT / 11:00 EDT / 16:00 BST
    Welcome — Day 3
  • Lelia Savory
  • Regional Bank Council Co-Chair, BAFT
  • Senior Vice President & Product and Services Manager, International Department, First Horizon Bank
  • 08:05 PT / 11:05 EDT / 16:05 BST
    Successfully Managing EXIM & SBA Working Capital Programs
    With the challenges of the current credit environment, many regional banks have been looking further at the EXIM and SBA export loan programs as a way to support new and existing customers. This panel will begin with an overview on the EXIM Bank Working Capital Loan Guaranty program and SBA Working Capital Guaranty Program. Following the update, the discussion will pivot to best practices for managing the various internal resources necessary to administer the EXIM and SBA programs successfully. This panel is designed to help regional banks understand the role that the EXIM and SBA export programs can play within their institution and how it can serve as a compliment to their existing Trade Finance services.
    Moderator
  • Daniel Pische
  • Senior Vice President, Trade Finance
  • First American Bank
  • Panelists
  • Alale Allal
  • Regional Trade Finance Manager - Office of International Trade
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Doug Kemper
  • Director, International Banking
  • Washington Trust Bank
  • Mario Ramirez
  • Director, Business Credit
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
  • 08:50 PT / 11:50 EDT / 16:50 BST
    Solution Showcase featuring Finzly: Driving Expansion and Revenue Growth in International Banking
    At Finzly, our mission is to deliver modern, user friendly experiences that help drive customer adoption and revenue growth in FX and Trade Finance. Our session will demonstrate how our highly scalable, cloud managed and hosted platform puts innovative regional banks in a position to compete and win by maximizing the insourced revenue opportunity, growing international customers and combating competitive threats.
    Presenter
  • Brian Anderson
  • Vice President & Product and Industry Expert, FX
  • Finzly
  • 09:05 PT / 12:05 EDT / 17:05 BST
    Stretch Break
    09:15 PT / 12:15 EDT / 17:15 BST
    In-house or Outsource: What’s Right For My Trade Department?
    Evaluating options when starting a trade services department or considering changes to an established process? In this discussion you will hear from an outsource partner bank as well as a regional bank that offers an internal trade service department. We will touch on what considerations should be included when evaluating whether to outsource or manage trade in house, what are the benefits and drawbacks to each, and which internal partners should be involved in the decision.
    Moderator
  • Kristin Kyle-McQuesten
  • Vice President & Trade Finance Manager
  • Banner Bank
  • Panelists
  • Dina Aaby
  • Senior Vice President & International Banking Manager
  • INTRUST Bank
  • Joon Kim
  • Global Head, Trade Finance Product and Portfolio Management
  • BNY Mellon
  • 09:55 PT / 12:55 EDT / 17:55 BST
    Wrap-Up — Day 3 & Closing Remarks
  • Mark Garfield
  • BAFT, Chair
  • Head, Global Financial Institution, Zions Bancorporation
  • 10:00 PT / 13:00 EDT / 18:00 BST
    Birds of a Feather – Open Forum
    This is your opportunity to ask questions that were still outstanding from Wednesday and today’s sessions. This is an open forum to discuss pressing questions and issues you've been yearning to ask your peers and subject matter experts in a small group discussion. Attendees will break into smaller groups for an interactive conversation on the following topics: EXIM/SBA, In-House/Outsource and SWIFT gpi.