2021 Community Banking Virtual Conference Continues Wednesday

The second day of the ninth annual Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference continues Wednesday, September 29, 2021, from 1-4 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Darrin Williams, CEO of Arkadelphia, Arkansas-based Southern Bancorp Inc., will kick things off with this year's community banker keynote speech. The conference is being livestreamed and can be viewed via this website's homepage

Following Williams will be the student team winners of the 2021 CSBS Case Study Competition, who will present their findings. The team, from the University of Tennessee at Martin, is comprised of Benjamin Beard, Seth Bishop, Refugio Palacios, Savannah Pham and McKenzie Reagor.  John Clark, interim director, Horace and Sara Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking, University of Tennessee at Martin served as the faculty adviser and TriStar Bank, based in Dickson, Tenn., was the team’s community bank partner. The team's paper is available to read via the CSBS website, as is the paper of the second-place team from the University of Arkansas and the paper of the third-place team from Southeastern Louisiana University.

The conference’s second round of concurrent research paper discussions will follow with Research Paper Session 3 focusing on "Unintended Effects of Oversight," and Research Paper Session 4 focusing on "The Effect of Bank Supervision on Credit Allocation."

The conference will then wrap up with a panel discussion on "The Future of Commercial Real Estate," with John Buran, president and CEO, Flushing Bank, Uniondale, New York; Robert DiChiara, Regional Manager, Division of Insurance and Research, FDIC; Jim Edwards, CEO, United Bank, Griffin, Georgia and Joanne Kim, president and CEO, Commonwealth Business Bank, Los Angeles, California. Brian Sullivan of the FDIC's Office of Communications and host of the FDIC Podcast, will moderate the discussion.

More details - including all speakers, bios and exact session times - can be found via the conference agenda.

Questions? Please e-mail conference@communitybanking.org.

If you are unable to join the livestream, the video of the entire conference will be posted on the conference website at a later date.