Annual Convention

2022 MBA Annual Convention
May 11 - 15
Registration Open!


MBA Annual Convention Schedule (tentative)

Newly released! The official theme and MBA Annual Convention invitations are coming very soon. Until then, please use this schedule below to plan your attendance. We have some changes to the event including when the always popular Grand Prize Giveaways are, and we're introducing Breakout Sessions during the General Sessions on Friday. See below for more information and please contact us with any questions!

Wednesday, May 11

2 - 8 pm Registration
6-8 pm Welcome Reception sponsored by FHLB Dallas and Trade Show Open

Thursday, May 12

7:15 AM Sunrise Devotional
7:30 - 8:30 AM Breakfast in Trade Show
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM General Session featuring Thursday keynote and ABA/ICBA Panel
11:30 to 1 PM Trade Show Luncheon
11:30 to 2 PM Trade Show Open
2:00 PM Grand Prize Giveaways-NEW TIME!

6:00- 7:30 PM Trustmark Party and Silent Auction

Friday, May 13

7:15 AM Sunrise Devotional
7:30 - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
7:30 AM FHLB Breakfast RSVP Requested
8:30 - 11:00 General Session: 
      8:30 - 9:15 AM Breakout Sessions-(More Details Below)
          Directors Breakout wit Scott Polakoff
          Management Breakout with Michael Blanchard
      9:30 - 11 AM Scott Polakoff Keynote
12 Noon Golf Tournament @ Raven presenting sponsor Stockett and Thomas
6:00 to 7:00 PM FNBB Cocktail Party
7:00 PM Chairman's Dinner (Past Chairman and Board Only)

Saturday, May 14

7:15 AM Sunrise Devotional
7:30 - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
7:30 AM GSB @LSU Breakfast RSVP Requested
8:30 - 11 AM Business Session
9:30 AM Spouse Reception sponsored by Bank of Anguilla
10:00 AM Spouse Event with Felder Rushing sponsored by Bank of Anguilla
11 am to 12 pm Reception honoring MS DBCF Commissioner Rhoshunda Kelly
6:00 PM Farewell Reception sponsored by Olsen Palmer
7:00 PM Farewell Banquet-Attire: Sunday Best/Dressy. Current and Past MBA Chairs will wear white dinner coats. 

2022 MBA Annual Convention Speaker Bios

Andy Anderson

Andy Anderson, President, CEO, CFO, Director: Andy Anderson has over 38 years of banking experience, all with Bank of Anguilla. He is currently Chairman of the Mississippi Bankers Association (MBA) and has served on the MBA Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Educational Foundation Board, and the PAC Committee. His has served on and chaired the MBA Legislative and Compliance/Audit committees. He serves on the American Bankers Association’s (ABA) Community Bankers Council and has served on the ABA Government Relations Council and Professional Development Council. He currently is Chairman of the ABA Membership Council. He was recently elected to a three year term on the American Bankers Association Board of Directors. He just began serving another term as Chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors Banker’s Advisory Board. He is on the Board of Directors of the Community Development Bankers Association in Washington DC. He serves on the Rolling Fork Visitor Center and Museum Board and is a member of the local Rotary Club. He coached youth baseball for 23 years, high school baseball and softball for 13, and announced both high school and junior high football and basketball games for 23 years. He has been heavily involved in other local and state community activities as well as other industry activities. He is a member of First Baptist Church RF, serving as a deacon. He has served as Youth Committee chairman, Budget Committee chairman, and been involved in numerous other church committees. He has a Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Mississippi and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. He and his wife, Tracye Anderson have two children Ryan and Marlee.

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson is president and chief executive officer of Zions Bank. Founded in 1873, Zions Bank is Utah's oldest financial institution and is the only local bank with a statewide distribution of local branches.

Zions Bank operates locations in communities throughout Utah and Idaho. In addition to a wide range of traditional banking services, Zions offers a comprehensive array of investment, mortgage, and insurance services and has a network of loan origination offices for small businesses nationwide.

A native of Salt Lake City, Scott joined Zions Bank in December of 1990. He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy and economics from Columbia University in New York. He also received a master's degree in economics and international studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Active in community affairs, Scott currently serves on a number of business and nonprofit boards.

Michael Blanchard

Blanchard has extensive experience in the human resources field and has conducted or supported over 500 compensation planning, market research, and organizational development projects over the past twenty-five years, with over twenty years specific to the banking industry. Mike has presented to various national and state banking associations including the American Bankers Association, the Bank Director Annual Compensation Conference, and the Western Independent Bankers association on a variety of compensation and board governance topics. With a master’s degree in advanced industrial and organizational psychology, Mr. Blanchard’s experience includes advising clients on assessing total compensation, incentive planning, and performance appraisals.

Scott Polakoff

Scott joined FinPro in 2011 to lead its regulatory practice after serving over 22 years with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (8 years as the Chicago Regional Director) and 4 years with Office of Thrift Supervision as its Chief Operating Officer. From 2009 to 2011 he was a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton as a leader in the core financial services group. Mr. Polakoff has collaborated with top-level agency leadership at the OCC, FDIC, and Federal Reserve, has testified multiple times before the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee, and is a sought-after industry specialist on banking and capital markets.

Rebeca Romero Rainey

Rebeca Romero Rainey is president and CEO of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), the leading advocacy organization exclusively representing community banks. She is one of the nation’s foremost advocates of the community banking industry, with a focus on regulatory reform for our country’s nearly 5,000 community banks. She has met with President Obama and President Trump to discuss issues that are top of mind for community banks.

A third-generation community banker born and raised in Taos, N.M., Romero Rainey is the former Chairman and CEO of Centinel Bank of Taos. Upon graduating from Wellesley College, she returned home to Taos with the dream of continuing her family’s business of running the town’s only local community bank.

Her broader service to the community banking industry began when she joined the board of the Independent Community Bankers of New Mexico, where she served as president in 2007-08. She entered the national stage by becoming active within ICBA and serving on several committees. Romero Rainey also played a key role in the formation of ICBA’s Minority Bank Council and served as its first chairman. Later she was nominated to become a member of ICBA’s Executive Committee, and in 2016, became ICBA chairman.

Romero Rainey has also served on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Advisory Committee on Community Banking and the Kansas City Federal Reserve Community Depository Institution Advisory Council. She has been featured on CSPAN, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, and has testified before Congress, and delivered speeches before the Federal Reserve, OCC and FDIC.

Romero Rainey has a long history of community engagement and collaboration among community stakeholders. She is the co-founder of the Bridges Project for Education, a nonprofit focused on helping first-generation college students. She was also selected as Taos Citizen of the Year in 2009 and has been awarded the New Mexico Governor’s Award for outstanding women.

In addition to graduating from Wellesley College, Romero Rainey holds a degree from the Pacific Coast School of Banking.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers every day.

As a global leader on the future of employment, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers, and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors the weekly USA Today column, "Ask HR."

Mr. Taylor's career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom's Paramount Pictures, Blockbuster Entertainment Group, the McGuireWoods law firm, and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

He is the author of the national bestseller, RESET: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval, which delivers a candid and forward-thinking vision for leaders to reimagine their company cultures in a time of global upheaval and presents data-driven strategies to make the necessary foundational reset of all things work. Immediately upon its release in September 2021, RESET was in the top three of the Wall Street Journal’s list of best-selling hardcover business books. All author proceeds benefit the SHRM Foundation, which is committed to empowering HR as a social force for change.

He was appointed chairman of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and served as a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board during the Trump Administration. He is a Trustee of the University of Miami, Governor of the American Red Cross, and member of the corporate boards of Guild Education, iCIMS, and XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO).

In 2020, Mr. Taylor received the Distinguished Executive of the Year Award from the Academy of Management, and he was named 2021 ALA Professional Society CEO of the Year by CEO Update.

He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

Felder Rushing

Felder Rushing is a 10th-generation American gardener whose colonial and pioneer ancestors settled across the Southeast, bringing many plants with them. Rushing's overstuffed, quirky cottage garden has been featured in dozens of magazines and TV programs - including a cover of Southern Living and in the New York Times; the celebrated garden includes a huge variety of weather-hardy plants along with a collection of vernacular folk art. There is no turfgrass, just plants, yard art, and "people places."

Felder is the international founder of Slow Gardening, a highly satisfying approach that focuses on finding and following personal garden bliss, using all senses through all seasons. It is a guide towards paying better attention to and savoring what you do, and encourages the cultivation of locally-adapted plants grown sustainably and shared with others.


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