A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty, has wasted thirty years of his life.
Muhammad Ali certainly spoke the truth when he shared this thought in 1975 — and he makes a compelling case for attending an event like tomorrow’s Bank Board Training Forum at the historic Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN. Personally, I made it into Nashville yesterday morning and with a few unexpected minutes on my hand, found myself engrossed in our inaugural issue of Bank Director magazine from 1991. To open the magazine, our first editor opined “gone are the days when a bank could afford to stack the board with a compliant group of community leaders whose board membership was little more than a public badge of professional achievement.” Just as true then as now!
While there are a number of banking conferences happening across the country over the next few weeks, this is the only one I know of that caters to an audience of key decision makers committed to the concept a strong board makes for a strong bank. The curriculum, developed by industry experts and spearheaded by our editor, Jack Milligan, provides some 120 attendees with both foundational knowledge and the latest information on best practices in all of the critical areas that directors must understand. From growing the bank to protecting its assets, attracting and compensating the right team to getting current with accounting, regulatory and legal requirements, I know we’re in for a spirited day and half.
If you’re curious to see what we have planned, here’s a link to both BankDirector.com’s event page and also a special piece authored by my friend and colleague Jack entitled “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You.” As he makes clear, curiosity has no age.