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JoJo Adams is a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group at Jones Walker.  He focuses his practice on discrimination, harassment, and other employment-related litigation. JoJo has extensive experience in employee and supervisor training related to workplace conduct issues and litigating wage-and-hour collective actions. He also has experience in unfair labor practice litigation against unions and in collective bargaining negotiations. JoJo also provides daily employment advice to clients in public and private sectors and has drafted numerous employment agreements and covenants not to compete.


Emily Barr was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2016 and joined Watkins & Eager in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, she served as law clerk to the Honorable David C. Bramlette III, United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. During law school, Emily was casenote/comment editor of the Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board.

Brit Boatright with StructureFirst is a 26-year bank veteran as well as a licensed real estate professional holding the distinguished CCIM Designation since 1999. The personal highlight of his extensive banking career was the development and execution of a highly successful strategic development plan for a new eight-branch network in the Nashville Marketplace while serving as the Nashville Area President for FirstBank. This exciting endeavor allowed him the unique opportunity to combine his passion for building highly successful banking teams with his passion for real estate development, which is what ultimately led him to StructureFirst. Brit is actually a former client of the principals of StructureFirst and saw first hand the benefits of working with this team of highly talented professionals.

Phil Buffington, Partner in the law firm of Adams and Reese LLP, has been practicing since 1984.  He has extensive experience in representing financial institutions, including representation in regulatory matters, corporate governance, commercial law, mergers and acquisitions and securities law.  

Paul Carrubba, Of Counsel in the law firm of Adams and Reese LLP.  His primary focus is on Banking Law and legal issues dealing with payment system laws and regulations and bank operations issues.  He serves as a litigation consultant and expert witness in matters dealing with banking procedures.   He has over 47 years of experience in the financial services industry as a bank operations manager, consultant, and attorney.  He is the author of six books on banking and banking law.

Michael Carter is with Strategic Resource Management and has more than 15 years of executive technology leadership ranging from early-stage start-ups to international organizations, with a career in financial services stretching over 25 years. He was the CMO for the S1 Corporation and served in several management roles at ACI Worldwide.  As an executive vice president at SRM, he serves as a subject matter expert on digital banking strategies and trends. 

Carol Dodgen is the owner of Dodgen Security Consulting. Since 1998, her company has been providing services for businesses, financial institutions, and government entities to include training, ATM lighting inspections, and security assessments. Before forming her company, Carol served as the security training officer for Compass Bank. She earned her Master's Degree in Criminal Justice and spent several years as an adjunct criminal justice instructor. Carol is a nationally recognized speaker who has provided training for over 100,000 corporate, manufacturing, utility, law enforcement, and security personnel over the past 26 years. Carol earned her CPD (Crime Prevention Designation) and provides instruction on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), Workplace Violence Prevention and Response, Robbery Prevention and Response, and Personal Safety. Carol has recently produced several video and e-learning training programs.

Chris Finnegan currently serves as an Assistant Regional Director for the FDIC’s Dallas Region, a position he has held since April 2009. Chris, who has 20 years of regulatory experience, oversees the Consumer Compliance, Fair Lending, and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) examination functions in six of the Region’s eight states, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Texas, which includes oversight of nearly 500 financial institutions ranging from small rural community banks to large multi-billion dollar regional institutions.

Trent Fleming has helped hundreds of banks make wise strategic decisions about the optimum use of their management and technology resources for more than 35 years.  As a consultant, Fleming was a pioneer in the introduction of check imaging technology to the community bank markets.  More recently, he has replicated that success with other emerging technologies, including Internet Banking, Remote Deposit Capture, and Mobile Banking.  Fleming’s ability to assist banks in training employees and educating customers about the benefits of products and services results in a positive experience as emerging technologies are introduced.

Bret Herbert is Senior Vice President of Project Management at SRM (Strategic Resource Management), an independent firm that helps financial institutions identify cost savings and new revenue potential in their contractual relationships. Before joining SRM in 2012, Herbert served as the Technology Practice Manager for Sheshunoff Consulting + Solutions in Austin, TX. Prior to that, he also held the position of Director of Technology Operations for a $1 billion multi-state bank holding company in the Southeast.

Tom Hinkel has been with Safe Systems, Inc. since 2005, most recently as Director of Compliance. Hinkel holds a BA from Illinois Wesleyan University, an AA in computer programming, the GSEC security certification from the SANS Institute, the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designation and the Certified in Risk and Information Security Controls (CRISC) designation from ISACA, the Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA) and Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) designations from The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP) designation from the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI), the Certified Third-party Risk Professional (CTPRP) designation from the Shared Assessment Group, and the Cybersecurity Advisory Services Certificate from the AICPA. Hinkel is also an instructor for the Southern Operations School of Banking.

Scott Jones, Partner in the law firm of Adams and Reese LLP. He began his practice as a litigator and has over a decade of experience advising banks and other clients on risk-minimization and best practices for avoiding litigation. He now advises banks throughout the United States on payment systems and bank operations, including emerging payments, treasury management, wire transfers, ACH, Internet banking, and mobile banking.

Rhoshunda Kelly is the Acting Commissioner for the Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance. She has over 15 years of regulatory experience. She began her career with the Department as a field examiner with a specialty in information technology. After 10 years in the field, Kelly assumed the role of Review Examiner. In 2013, Kelly was promoted to Director, Bank Supervision and was appointed as Deputy Commissioner in December of 2014. Kelly grew up in Reform, Mississippi, and graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration with an emphasis in Banking and Finance. She is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and is an honor graduate of the American Bankers Association Graduate Trust School. Kelly is a Certified Public Manager, Certified Examinations Manager, and a Certified Information Systems Examiner.  

H. Dwayne Martin became a U.S. Postal Inspector in 2002 after working as a patrol officer and field training officer with Hattiesburg Police Department and a patrol shift Lieutenant with the University of Southern Mississippi Police Department for 10 years. He has been a Dangerous Mail Investigations (DMI) Specialist that responds to and clears suspicious and/or hazardous mailings for over 17 years. Inspector Martin covers all of central and South Mississippi for any matters or investigations involving the U.S. Mails and/or the U.S. Postal Service. Inspector Martin obtained a M.S. in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Steve Otto joined the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (Bank) in 2006 as Director of Member Sales. He was promoted to Vice President in 2007 and 1st Vice President in 2016.  Mr. Otto has more than 20 years of banking experience. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Otto held various senior management positions with First Horizon, SouthTrust Bank, Empire Funding and Bank One.

Tyler Raborn is the founder and CEO of Raborn Media, L.L.C, a full-service marketing firm. He’s been married to Amanda Raborn for 8 years, and they have 3 rambunctious children—5-year-old Ann Brees, 3-year-old Breck, and 2-year-old Isla Claire. During his time at Raborn Media, Tyler has merged creativity with cost efficiency to produce a ROI-centered culture. Through creative storytelling and a business-minded approach, Raborn has helped a variety of businesses and organizations achieve their goals. 

Jackie Rolow is Executive Vice President and Chief Talent Officer at SHAZAM!.  Jackie’s energy and supportive personality will inspire you to make your workplace a destination for the best talent in your industry. She has a gift for empowering employees to find their passion and creating a stronger and more effective working environment. Jackie brings expert HR perspective on strategic change, the constantly evolving legal and regulatory issues surrounding human resources, and effective goal setting to her highly engaging presentations.

Johnny Sanders is employed at BKD, LLP and has more than 25 years of information technology (IT) experience. The majority of his experience was acquired during active duty in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a system administrator on Novell and Windows platforms as well as an information security officer.He focuses on cybersecurity, IT audits, system security, policy, procedure, business continuity and disaster recovery reviews and electronic banking review testing for financial institutions and institutions of higher learning. 


A partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP, Peter’s practice focuses on corporate and regulatory representation of financial institution and financial service franchises. During the past several years, Peter has devoted substantial time to strategic planning, bank compensation and defense of enforcement matters, including concerning fair lending and BSA. He is Practice Group Leader of the Financial Institutions Section. He has counseled institutions on more than 300 M&A transactions, hundreds of securities offerings, including over a dozen IPOs, and capital planning, over 50 de novo banks and hundreds of administrative and other enforcement actions.  He was a guest lecturer for Harvard’s Kennedy School of Public Policy in Beijing, China in 2017.