Acquire or Be Acquired

Widely regarded as the premier event for CEOs, board of directors and executive teams from all corners of the banking sector, our annual Acquire or Be Acquired Conference brings together a hugely influential audience in Arizona the week before the Super Bowl.

With the banking business in the midst of radical change, this annual event surfaces merger opportunities, acquisition trends and financial growth strategies.  In addition, we explore lending, deposit gathering and brand-building tactics.  We talk regulation, FinTech and building franchise value as well.

Please note: we postponed 2021’s AOBA and look forward to hosting #AOBA22 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, January 30 – February 1, 2022.

While we held out hope on bringing business leaders together in Arizona at the end of January, the staggering number of new COVID-19 cases + hospitalizations post-Thanksgiving makes it irresponsible to do so.

While disappointed, we adjusted our focus in order to provide timely & relevant information to the financial industry’s senior-most leadership teams to start the year. We are preparing to roll out a new, board-level, business intelligence package called Inspired By Acquire or Be Acquired: What Officers & Directors Need To Know Now. 

Truly inspired by our Acquire or Be Acquired Conference, this exclusive, time-sensitive digital content becomes available February 4 and remains accessible through the 19th on  In it, we aggregate key topics, trends, statistics and market insight through short-form videos and written content to help men and women get smarter, faster.

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For those interested in 2020 conference highlights, you can read and/or watch some of what I shared about the conference we held at the Arizona Biltmore.

In addition to my opinions, our editorial team posted these articles to during (and following) the event:

If you are interested in reviewing the conference conversations via our social channels, I invite you to follow me on Twitter via @AlDominick@BankDirector and our @Fin_X_Tech platform.  Search #AOBA20 to see what was shared with (and by) the 1,350+ attendees that joined us and bookmark #AOBA22 to stay in the know for next year.

*PS — if you’re interested in checking out what’s changed over the past few years, here are links to stories and videos from January 27 – 29, 2019.  For our 25th anniversary of AOBA, the team welcomed 853 bankers — representing 432 financial institutions — to the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge.