The Bank Leader Link
By Illinois Bankers Association
Tune into this must-listen podcast that gives insight into the banking world. Each month, industry experts report on timely topics during discussions with the Illinois Bankers Association CEO, Randy Hultgren. Be prepared to hear the links you’ve been missing to become the expert in your field.
2022 Election - Let's Take a Look
Randy Hultgren visits with longtime friend, ABA's Chief Political Strategist Rob Engstrom, and invites Rob to share his extensive perspectives on our country's past political environment and tomorrow's potential landscape. Rob discusses his time working for Speaker Gingrich during the Clinton Administration as well as his current service with the American Bankers Association. Hear his thoughts on our current legislative pulse and what he and Randy anticipate our experiences will be over the next two years.
November 21, 2022
THE Key Benefit and Protection That All Banks Need - Listen Today!
Join our trusted advisors Mike Mahorney, Senior Trust Advisor with the Illinois Bankers Group Insurance Trust, and Adam Walsh, Vice President of the Illinois Bankers Insurance Services, as they engage with host Randy Hultgren in a robust discussion covering our wide array of insurance offerings. Whether you are looking for staff, director, or institution coverage, the IBA offers a solution to make sure that your staff and facilities are covered against all threats and risks.
November 07, 2022
Expert Tips on Navigating Unprecedented Times
Randy Hultgren talks with Brian Liebfried, Managing Director of Client Insights, with Performance Trust. Join them as Brian shares his perspectives on how your financial institution can manage its way through this unprecedented rate environment. Learn how to navigate this along with other pressing, sometimes conflicting, indicators.
October 25, 2022
The Impact of the Community Banker
Randy visits with Dan Watts, 2017 IBA Chair and President of Forest Park National Bank & Trust Company, on his perspectives over his 25+ year banking career. From the development of unused industrial space in his neighborhood to his position on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, Dan provides thoughtful insight into the deep impact banking has in Illinois.
October 10, 2022
Permanently Temporary - How Bank Leaders Navigate This New Technology Space
Join host IBA President & CEO Randy Hultgren as he talks with guest Mike Tenpas, CEO of UFS, a bank technology outfitter, on how community banks can navigate this "in-between space", both from a looking back and looking forward perspective. Mike explains how this is not necessarily a technology topic but more of a leadership topic. If this issue keeps you up at night, this is a podcast for you!
September 26, 2022
IBA Legal Update - CRA Comment Letter, Compliance Resources, and more!
Guest Carolyn Settanni, IBA Executive Vice President & General Counsel, joins Randy to provide an update on our recent CRA Comment Letter. Also, hear about other pressing legislative issues, free compliance resources, and key compliance programs right around the corner!
September 12, 2022
Prepping Your Bank For Our Current Environment
Guest John Behringer, CPA, Partner, National Financial Institutions Consulting Leader, RSM US LLP shares his perspectives on current banking risks. Learn how a strong partner can help your bank navigate these risks and create solutions for your team.
August 29, 2022
Ag Banking Perspectives with ABA's Ed Elfmann, SVP of Agriculture & Rural Banking Policy
Ed touches on a multitude of ag-related topics including the Farm Bill, the ECORA Act, credit union and Farm Credit taxation hurdles, and much more. If you work with ag customers, this is a must-listen episode!
August 15, 2022
Meet Betsy Johnson, 2022-2023 IBA Chair!
We invite you to get to know our new IBA Chair - Betsy Johnson, President & CEO of Solutions Bank, located in Forreston, IL. Betsy provides a birds eye look at her banking career path which ultimately culminated in her serving as the President & CEO. She also discusses her goals for her term as Chair and touches on the IBA's newly crafted strategic plan. And, finally, you will hear a bit about her second favorite (after the IBA!) professional passion - the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin.
August 02, 2022
Everything Legislative in 2022 with guest, Ben Jackson, EVP, Government Relations, Illinois Bankers Association
Tune in to hear the latest on the 2022 campaign projections, current state and federal banking legislative issues, and legislative perspectives in the industry.
June 24, 2022
Outlook for Bank Earnings in 2022 and into 2023 with guest Kent Musbach, SVP, BOK Financial
Outlook for Bank Earnings in 2022 and into 2023 with guest Kent Musbach, SVP, BOK Financial Unrealized loss in the investment portfolio Markets outlook for interest rates and yield curve Loan price lagging Deposit side risks and other higher-yielding options Rate rising environment
May 09, 2022
Cybersecurity with guest Chad Knutson, President, CISO, and Partner, SBS CyberSecurity
Cybersecurity: Chad Knutson, President, CISO, and Partner, SBS CyberSecurity What to expect in the months to come from a cybersecurity perspective Biggest cybersecurity challenges in 2022 Federal Reserve's FedLine Assurance Program How institutions need to stay ahead of cybercrime What keeps Chad up at night Strengths and weaknesses of banks current cybersecurity programs
December 09, 2021
Banker Perspective with guest Mick O'Rourke, President, Signature Bank
Banker Perspective: Mick O’Rourke, President, Signature Bank Relationships with a capital R The Secret Sauce INVEST in Technology Serving your Stakeholders Liquidity, Low Interest Rates, Employment and looking forward to the future.
October 28, 2021
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with guests Cedric Thurman and Leslie Drish, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Cedric Thurman, EVP and Chief Diversity Officer and Leslie Drish, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago What to be thinking about Understanding the why Build DEI Culture Have the conversation
October 13, 2021
Ag Update - Delaney Howell, Trader PhD
Be an Advisor Farmer Misconceptions How to help your customers with a Marketing plan Farmer Succession Planning Political Challenges and more
September 10, 2021
POST-ELECTION REGULATORY CHANGES IN BANKING - John Geiringer, Partner - Barack Ferrazzano
• Changes banks will see from the Biden Administration • Will the bigger challenge be new federal laws or a change in tone from new regulators? • What is on the horizon that banks need to research and be prepared for? • How can banks be prepared for a more active CFPB? • The proposal for a state CRA
March 11, 2021
TECHNOLOGY IN BANKING – Sultan Meghji, CEO & Co-Founder – Neocova
2021 banking technology upgrade suggestions How do banks stay accountable with their cybersecurity? What changes in political leadership could impact banking technology? Where will technology in banking be in a few years? Why bankers should stay optimistic during 2021!
January 21, 2021
NAVIGATING THE WORKPLACE DURING COVID-19 – Hope McAllister, Executive Vice President of Human Relations – Busey Bank
Episode #3: NAVIGATING THE WORKPLACE DURING COVID-19 – Hope McAllister, Executive Vice President of Human Relations – Busey Bank Current COVID-19 updates, and how Busey Bank is keeping employees safe Keeping company culture strong while working remote The importance of mental and emotional health in your employees How can the HR staff at a bank find resources to help guide them through COVID-19 Conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine
December 21, 2020
NEVER EVER GIVE UP! – Matt Feldman, President and CEO – Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
EPISODE 2: NEVER EVER GIVE UP! – Matt Feldman, President and CEO – Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Lessons learned during 17 years at FHLBC Giving back to your community during uncertain times Best advice for bankers to reach success How the IBA and the FHLBC have worked together to serve the banking industry
November 17, 2020
All Things Election! - Tom Gannon, VP U.S. Public Policy – Mastercard
EPISODE 1: ALL THINGS ELECTION! • Can we rely on current polling? • Is the election heading towards being a tight race or a landslide win? • What to watch for on election night? • When will we know the results? • What key races, other than the presidency, should we be watching? • Why exercising your right to vote is important!
October 23, 2020