Featured Speakers

We are very excited that we have been able to engage the services of some of the best speakers to motivate, educate and entertain our bankers and guests.

Keynote Speaker



Trump's former chief of staff, former chairman of the Republican Party

Join us for an insider’s view of the White House and current political environment from President Trump’s first Chief of Staff. Priebus previously served as the longest-serving chairman of the Republican National Committee in modern history, leading the 2016 political ground-game that played a decisive role in the Trump victory. The 2020 campaign is already underway and a number of challengers are lining-up. Don’t miss this timely and informative session.

Featured Speaker

Shawn Henry


President, CrowdStrike Services and CSO

Join us during general session where Shawn Henry, a former senior FBI official and one of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts, will discuss how Texas banks can be more cyber secure and resilient amidst expanding global threats. As president of CrowdStrike Services, Shawn leads a world-class team of cybersecurity professionals who investigate and mitigate computer intrusions and targeted attacks on computer networks. He retired as FBI executive assistant director in 2012, overseeing all FBI criminal and cyber investigations worldwide, as well as international operations and the FBI’s critical incident response to major investigations and disasters. During his 24-year career, he held a wide range of operational and leadership roles in four FBI field offices and FBI headquarters.

Evening Session: View & Brews Convention Style

Is one of the enduring mysteries of history — the 1937 disappearance of iconic aviator Amelia Earhart — closer to being solved? Join us Thursday evening where Henry will share fascinating details from the investigation into evidence of Amelia Earhart's disappearance, previously featured on The History Channel's Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence.

General Session



Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Jelena McWilliams serves as the 21st chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Previously, she was executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati. Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, McWilliams worked in the U.S. Senate for six years, most recently as chief counsel and deputy staff director with the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and previously as assistant chief counsel with the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. From 2007 to 2010, McWilliams served as an attorney at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Before entering public service, she practiced corporate and securities law at Morrison & Foerster LLP in Palo Alto and Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells LLP) in Washington, D.C. McWilliams graduated with highest honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and earned her law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law.



Commissioner, Texas Department of Banking

Charles G. Cooper was appointed Texas Banking Commissioner by the Texas Finance Commission on Dec. 1, 2008. His career in the banking industry spans more than 45 years and includes senior level positions in both the public and private sectors. As Texas banking commissioner, his responsibilities include the chartering, regulation, supervision and examination of 237 Texas state-chartered banks (as of June 30, 2018) with aggregate assets of approximately $257.8 billion. In addition, the department supervises trust companies, foreign bank agencies and branches, prepaid funeral licensees, money service businesses, perpetual care cemeteries and private child support enforcement agencies. He was elected as chairman of the conference of state bank supervisors in May of 2016 and served a one-year term. Cooper began his career with the FDIC in the Dallas Region. A native Texan, Cooper holds a BBA degree in Finance and Economics from Baylor University and is also a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU.

John Cornyn


U.S. Senator for Texas

First elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002, John Cornyn is the senior senator for Texas, currently serving his third term. From 2013 until 2018, Sen. Cornyn was chosen by his colleagues to serve as the Republican Whip, the second-highest ranking position in the Senate Republican Conference.

A San Antonio native, Sen. Cornyn has served the people of Texas for more than three decades, as a district judge, a member of the Texas Supreme Court and Texas attorney general, before representing the Lone Star State in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Cornyn will discuss his efforts in Washington on issues of importance to bankers, our customers and all Texans.



Army Futures Command

What can bank leaders learn from the way the U.S. military prepares to combat its adversaries and meet the needs of Army personnel in the future? Lt. Gen. James M. Richardson, deputy commander of Army Futures Command, recently headquartered in Austin, will discuss the critical role leadership plays in determining the ever-changing operational environment, emerging threats and evolving technologies that will impact the U.S. Army’s mission and our men and women in uniform.

His strategic insights on the importance of planning and the process by which Army Futures Command approaches its mission have strong applications to the way bank executives can adapt and lead in today’s transformational environment.

John Waupsh


Author and Fintech Expert

Who wants your business? A clear understanding of technology-enabled competitors as well as evolving customer needs are critical factors to 21st Century community bank success. John Waupsh, author of “Bankruption: How Community Banks Can Survive Fintech,” will provide an eye-opening analysis of the current landscape that no CEO or senior bank executive should miss. Learn strategies that enable community banks to deliver multi-platform innovations while providing the trusted customer relationships and personal service that epitomize community banks.



ABA Chairman

When The Wall Street Journal suggested that community banks cannot compete in the tech era, new ABA Chairman Jeff Szyperski fired back. Szyperski, CEO of Chesapeake Bank in Kilmarnock, Virginia, argues that innovation has long been a community bank hallmark. During the new “Future of Banking” segment of Thursday’s general session, Szyperski will discuss this issue as well as the major community bank priorities he will tackle during his 2019-20 ABA chairmanship.



Chief Political Strategist, ABA

Rob Engstrom is the Chief Political Strategist for the American Bankers Association. Rob oversees ABA’s political engagement operations including the ABA State Association Alliance, ABA’s Voter Education Fund, political action committee — BankPac and grassroots efforts. In 2014, Campaigns & Elections magazine named Rob one of their top 50 influencers, recognition of his extensive campaign experience and influence.

John Holt        Jessica Pelache

John Holt & Jessica Pelache

Future of Banking Task Force

The TBA Future of Banking Task Force was formed to empower Texas community banks with the information and resources necessary to get ahead of the most pressing technology, competitiveness and professional development challenges of the next three to five years.

After meeting in recent months with fintech experts, industry practitioners, academics and regulators, co-chairs John Holt, CEO of NexBank, Dallas, and Jessica Pelache, executive vice president of First National Bank Texas, Killeen, will present the actionable recommendations of the task force, which was comprised of nearly 30 fellow Texas community bankers experienced in bank operations, technology, HR and the customer experience.

Breakfast with the Regulators



Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Robert L. Triplett III is responsible for the divisions of Banking Supervision and Credit, Risk and Reserves Management. He provides executive oversight for the supervision and regulation of bank holding companies and member financial institutions; operation of the discount window, payments system risk and reserves maintenance functions; and research of the banking industry in the Eleventh district. Triplett serves as chairman of the Business Technology Council, a committee representing all business lines in the Federal Reserve System. The council is responsible for working with the System’s chief information officer to establish, prioritize and implement technology across the enterprise. In addition, he chairs the executive technology committee for the Supervision & Regulation function. He joined the Federal Reserve in 1995. Throughout his career he has managed several areas, directed large, complex System projects and served on various committees within the Federal Reserve System. Triplett holds a B.B.A. degree from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.



Deputy Comptroller, Southern District, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Troy Thornton was appointed as deputy comptroller of the Southern District in May 2017. As deputy comptroller, Thornton oversees the supervision of about 400 banks and federal savings associations spread across nine states from Texas to Florida. He is responsible for a staff of more than 400 examiners, and professional and support staff in more than 20 field and satellite offices throughout the district. Thornton joined the OCC in 1985 and spent his early years as an examiner in Lubbock. Over the years, he has held a number of managerial positions in Kansas City, Omaha, and most recently as an associate deputy comptroller in the OCC’s Central District. Thornton is originally from Groom, Texas, and is a 1984 graduate of Abilene Christian University.



Assistant Regional Director, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Nathan Heizer currently serves as an assistant regional director in the Dallas Region of the FDIC, responsible for banks in western Texas and Mississippi. For several years, he served as field supervisor for the Salt Lake City territory, which supervises banks in Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, supervising the nation’s largest industrial banks. Prior to assuming responsibility for the Salt Lake City office, Heizer was field supervisor of the Billings, Montana field office. Heizer joined the FDIC in 1987, serving as an examiner in the Houston and Lubbock field offices during the Southwest banking crisis. He was involved in development of the examination modules now used during examinations and has served as an instructor in many FDIC training classes. He is a graduate of West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas, and graduated with honors from the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1998.

State Savings Bank CEO Roundtable



Commissioner, Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending

Caroline Jones joined the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending in March 2008, and was appointed commissioner June 1, 2014. Caroline currently serves as the board chair of the American Council of State Savings Supervisors, and is a member of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council State Liaison Committee. Her previous experience includes serving as in-house counsel at Guaranty Bank, and in-house counsel at the Farm Credit Bank of Texas. Her main area of practice has been residential mortgage lending. Caroline received her undergraduate degree from Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University and her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. She is a graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program through the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She is also a graduate of Leadership Austin.