#AOBA17 – final conference intel
By Al Dominick, CEO of DirectorCorps (aka Bank Director and FinXTech) | @aldominick
- 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).
The main entrance to the conference
Charging stations galore
Blessed to have great weather throughout this year’s event
Talking with 2 great CEOs – Chip Mahan (LiveOak) and Steve Steinour (Huntington)
Jack moderating a CEO panel
Mika trying to keep up with Rick Child’s love of music
The team in its Sunday finest
Do not dare me to wear shirts like this
Our controller, Ryan, and me rocking one of two outfits
What a great venue, even greater team to work with
I made it through 18 this year!
Pro tip: avoid the cactus
That’s one spicy meatball Michelle
No time for the lazy river this year
Jack holding it down with Emily’s support
The view of the lobby before everyone showed up
A packed house throughout
Who is that man in the shadows? Oh yeah, its me…
This year’s keynote, Richard Davis (Chairman and CEO of US Bancorp). Tremendously inspiring!
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!!
A fun departure from my recent posts in order to share pictures with various members of my team from the first ninety days of 2016. As the weather warms and New Year’s resolutions (remember those) yield to Spring routines, I am very proud that my colleagues at Bank Director continue to navigate their days with curiosity, optimism and yes, I hope a sense of humor. FWIW, there are three cultural values that drive the way we work:
Make others successful
The most powerful word we use is “WE”
Individual ownership supports collective responsibility
So as I reflect on individual efforts and the time spent crafting memorable experiences that occur online, in-person and/or in print, some of my favorite photos from the start of the year reflect the team dynamic I am so proud of.
Room set for 935 attendees at the Arizona Biltmore
Setting up for Acquire or Be Acquired
Robert is amazed that we’re in Arizona for AOBA again
The classic car auction at the Arizona Biltmore was a nice touch for this year’s AOBA
On sale at AOBA setup
On display during AOBA setup
Team Bank Director out on the golf course
Mika and me at the Breakers
Lucy and me at the Breakers
Breakfast at our Chairman/CEO Peer Exchange
Mika and Jack holding it down
My sister, Suzanne, with a surprise appearance at Nasdaq
Ringing the closing bell with some of our friends
Closing bell ceremony on March 1
FinTech Day at Nasdaq on March 1
Michelle and Lucy welcoming folks to NYC
Moderating a discussion on the value of colorful socks vs creative pocket squares
Bill King and Kelsey’s Dad showing up in NYC
Appreciating Nasdaq’s hospitality
three of the four guys represented here (sad?)
Throwing on the pastels in Arizona
One of my favorites, Michael Shepherd
Braving the cold and snow right before AOBA (1 reason we hold it in AZ each year is to escape this type of wintry mix!)
Someone’s getting their laps in at the Breakers before our Chairman/CEO Peer Exchange (any guesses?)
The Breakers – home to this year’s Chairman/CEO Peer exchange
moderating the Seidman Panel series
post-Keynote Q&A at AOBA
Al Dominick (that is me above) is the President & CEO of Bank Director, a privately held media & publishing company designed around strategically important business issues that a CEO, executive and/or board member(s) need to know — and be prepared to address. An information resource to the financial community since 1991, we publish Bank Director magazine, host conferences like “Acquire or Be Acquired,” conduct board-level research, provide board education & training programs, run BankDirector.com… and recently launched FinXTech.