- Last week, Bank Director held its 23rd annual Acquire or Be Acquired Conference at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.
- 686 bankers comprised the 1,076 registered attendees — a figure that reflects the participation of 379 financial institutions.
- 24 of our awesome team were on-site hosting this year’s event — all are celebrating what we affectionately refer to as “AOBA Day” by taking today off as a company holiday.
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This has become something of a sharing tradition… a look back at a phenomenal week in Arizona. New this year? The welcome video we arranged to introduce our team to our guests on Sunday morning.
As I shared in a Sunday afternoon post (Trending at Acquire or Be Acquired), the best way to understand this event’s popularity is to look at this picture from Sunday morning at 8:16 AM (e.g. one minute after I turned the stage over to our first speaker, the CEO of KBW, Tom Michaud). Already, we had 900+ in their seats for this 2.5 day program. Let me say that one more time… 900+ in their seats on a sunny Sunday Arizona morning.
So with that in mind, take a look at some of the photos shared by our on-site photographer, Keith Alstrin (Alstrin Photography).
If you’re interested in what is being discussed for the present + future by some of the industry’s most influential executives, I invite you to follow me on Twitter via @AlDominick along with @BankDirector and its @Fin_X_Tech platform. To take a further trip back and see what was being shared with (and by) our attendees at Acquire or Be Acquired, we encouraged the use of #AOBA17. We are excited to do this again next year and hope you’ll save the date!!