136th Annual Convention in San Antonio features political and regulatory heavy-hitters

2020 will be one of the most important years in the history of banking, with the industry’s future inextricably tied to the victors of the Nov. 3 presidential election and their views on banking.

The 136th Annual Convention, to be held May 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, is an opportunity for bankers to convene, energize and network as they prepare to amplify their voices and have a say in the future of their industry. Nationally recognized speakers, including heads of regulatory agencies, and political heavy-hitters will be on hand to shed light on the political climate, legislation and regulatory changes. Additional speakers, including the keynote, will be announced in the near future.

Speakers to date include:

Evan Smith, CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune

Evan SmithThe Texas Tribune is a pioneering nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization that covers Texas politics and public policy. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award and 21 national Edward R. Murrow Awards. Smith is also the host of “Overheard with Evan Smith,” a weekly half-hour interview program that airs on PBS stations around the country.

Previously, he spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as the magazine’s editor and a year as its president and editor in chief.

Joseph M. Otting, the 31st Comptroller of the Currency

Joseph M. OttingThe Comptroller is the administrator of the federal banking system and chief officer of the OCC, which supervises nearly 1,400 national banks, federal savings associations and federal branches and agencies of foreign banks operating in the U.S. The Comptroller also serves as a director of the FDIC and member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council.

Prior to becoming Comptroller, Otting served as president of CIT Bank and co-president of CIT Group. He was also president, CEO and a member of the board of directors of OneWest Bank, N.A., and he also served as vice chairman of U.S. Bancorp, where he managed the Commercial Banking Group and served on the bank’s executive management committee.

Robert S. Kaplan, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Robert S. KaplanKaplan has served in his current position since Sept. 8, 2015. He represents the Eleventh Federal Reserve District on the Federal Open Market Committee in the formulation of U.S. monetary policy and oversees the 1,200 employees of the Dallas Fed. Kaplan was previously the Martin Marshall Professor of Management Practice and a senior associate dean at Harvard Business school.

Prior to joining Harvard, Kaplan was vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, with global responsibility for the firm’s Investment Banking and Investment Management Divisions. He is the author of several books focused on leadership and reaching one’s potential.

Rob Nichols, American Bankers Association president and CEO

Rob NicholsABA represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation’s $18 trillion banking industry. Nichols joined ABA in August 2015, following 10 years at the helm of the Financial Services Forum, a non-partisan financial and economic policy organization. Before joining the Forum, Nichols served in the George W. Bush administration as the assistant secretary for public affairs at the Treasury Department.

This year, Nichols was elected to serve a two-year term as chairman of the International Banking Federation, whose members include the national banking trade associations representing every major financial center.

Please check www.texasbankers.com/convention for updates on additional speakers and events.