Bankers turned out in record numbers to the Wisconsin Bankers Association Executives' Conference Feb. 8-10 in downtown Milwaukee. The conference featured presentations from experts and speeches from state-wide political candidates, but most of the bankers simply seemed to appreciate the opportunity to commiserate. WBA Chairman Ron Slater, Bankers' Bank, Madison, said all bankers need to realize that when one bank is attacked by the media or the politicians, they all suffer. The public doesn't differentiate between the big banks and the small banks or any size in between. They simply hear the word bank and that is the impression that stays with them. All the bank bashing has made the industry vulnerable to competitive threats from other industries. WBA officials called the attendance of 465 bankers and guests a "modern day" record, all the more impressive considering 14 inches of snow fell during the three-day meeting, causing two of the featured speakers to cancel.
Bankers size up challenges at WBA exec's conference Tom Bengtson Northwestern Financial Review; Mar 1-Mar 14, 2010; 195, 5; Docstoc pg. 14 Reproduced with permission of
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