In an atmosphere positively charged with new ideas, opportunities and inspiration, more than 3,000 people attended the 2010 National Convention and Techworld in Orlando, the largest gathering of community bankers anywhere. More than 60 workshops and peer discussions covered a range of timely and essential business topics for community bank executives and directors, from preparing for bank exams to tapping government-guaranteed lending programs. Much of the buzz and national news during the March convention was generated by high-powered speakers who addressed general-session assemblies. Preaching to the converted, Comptroller of the Currency John Dugan called for bank examiners to take a more balanced approach. John Bowman, acting director of the Office of Thrift Supervision, proposed having one regulator exclusively for community banks and thrifts and another for complex commercial banks.