Guest blog by Christina M. Bennett, CMP, IBA Vice President-Meetings & Events
Preparations are now being made for the 2013 Indiana Bankers Association Mega Conference, scheduled for May 13-15 at the Indiana Convention Center. If you haven’t experienced this event in the past, I urge you to come check it out. Last year we attracted more than 1,200 attendees, and we often tout that Mega is the largest state bank trade association meeting in the country.
The Mega Conference is primarily education-based, with some social events mingled in. This year we are featuring added emphasis on compliance. While we have been offering a Compliance Track for years, with recent increased focus on compliance (compliments of Dodd-Frank), compliance is making an appearance in the Marketing Track, Directors Track and even in the Trust Track.
However by no means is Mega totally compliance-centric. For our Tuesday keynote, for example, I am excited to welcome back Lee Wetherington. A technology futurist, Lee is one of the highest-rated speakers ever to appear at IBA events. He never fails to give audiences something to think about and, with mobile technology increasing exponentially, I cannot wait to hear what he predicts for the future.
I am also eagerly anticipating our Wednesday keynote address. Ken Schmidt, a nationally recognized brand-building consultant, was instrumental in the successful turnaround of Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Ken will be challenging us to consider what we are willing to do differently in our businesses and to take steps to implement positive change.
Speaking of change, the exhibit space for this year’s conference will be dramatically different. We are moving out of our former hallway space to a traditional exhibit hall. This move affords us more classroom space — which we desperately needed — and offers the side benefit of accommodating a larger array of exhibitors. Tasty snacks and other enticements will be encouraging you to visit the exhibit hall. An added bonus will be a tradeshow game featuring fabulous prizes, including iPads and other electronics.
The main reason I encourage you to join us for Mega is that it truly is your event. Topics and speakers are carefully vetted by our dedicated Mega planning committees; it is this banker input that ensures the quality of the Mega experience. We also are indebted to our service providers, who provide the financial support that makes Mega possible.
Please join us for the 2013 IBA Mega Conference. Information is available on the IBA website or by calling 317-387-9380. See you in May!