Mark your calendars for
Wednesday-Friday, September 15-17, 2021
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, Vail


Independent Bankers of Colorado's Annual Meeting & Industry Update
Virtual Event
Friday, September 25, 2020, 9:00 a.m.-Noon


Calling All Superheroes!! 

Each year, we look forward to connecting with you, sharing our vision for the future, and celebrating our accomplishments. Based on current state and local guidelines, continuing COVID-19 uncertainty, and your health and safety, for the first time in 47 years, the IBC officers and board of directors have decided to pivot to a live, virtual, abbreviated meeting schedule. This was an extremely difficult decision, but a necessary one.

We remain committed to representing your interests and serving you and Colorado’s community banks and will offer complimentary education sessions throughout the remainder of 2020.

Thank you!
We have received an immeasurable outpouring of support for you and the IBC from the following firms and companies that have already committed to go above and beyond this year despite the absence of a full-fledged convention!
Annual Meeting & Industry Update Sponsors
  • Bankers’ Bank of the West – IBC legacy partner
  • ICBA
  • ICBA Network Services
  • Bell Bank
  • Bank Compensation Consulting
  • Travelers
  • Eide Bailly LLP
  • Fortner, Bayens, Levkulich & Garrison LLC
  • Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
  • FHLBank Topeka
  • Crowe
  • Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson LLP
  • Moss Adams LLP
  • Gill Capital Partners
  • BluePoint ATM Solutions
  • Preferred Lending Partners
  • Golden Eagle Insurance
  • Computer Services, Inc. (CSI)
  • Spry
  • PCBB
  • March Networks
  • Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
  • Stinson

2019 Convention Recap - Your Golden Ticket!

Community bankers from across Colorado, as well as numerous associate members and vendors from around the country attended our 46th Annual Convention—Your Golden Ticker! Our Annual Convention took place in September at the beautiful Vail Marriott Mountain Resort.

More than 190 bankers representing 51 banks were in attendance! It was a fabulous gathering and our more than 300 guests had a marvelous time. We appreciate the support of our community bank members, associate members, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors!

We thank the following dedicated IBC Board and Convention Committee Members for their assistance in helping plan our Annual Convention: Chuck Johnston, North Valley Bank; John Sneed, FMS Bank; PJ Wharton, Yampa Valley Bank; Jay Rickstrew, Alpine Bank; Bud Hollenkamp, BKD, LLP; Angie Weed, The Eastern Colorado Bank; Ed Merritt, Jr., The Dolores State Bank; Tony Thompson, Alpine Bank Basalt; Joan Lawson, Farmers State Bank of Calhan; Ashley Burt, Gunnison Bank & Trust; and Ernie Panasci, Stinson LLP.

The Eagle Vail Golf Club proved to be a fun and challenging course for our golfers. It was a fabulous day packed full of sunshine and fun! A number of events were sponsored at the tournament. Four teams mastered the course with enough skill (and luck) to win the tournament:
Flight One
First Place Second Place
Tracy Peterson, Bell Bank Randy Younger, First National Bank of Hugo/Limon
Jeff Restad, Bell Bank Ernie Panasci, Stinson LLP
Shawn Eidson, INTRUST Bank, N.A. John Sneed, FMS Bank
Quinton Smith, INTRUST Bank, N.A. Spencer Aberle, iHELP Private Student Loan

Flight Two
Mark Magnone, Legacy Bank John Podvin, Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson LLP
Mitch Brown, Legacy Bank Kyle Heckman, Flatirons Bank
George Pendleton, Legacy                Tom Cladis, Gill Capital Partners
  Jeff Benson, Bankers' Bank of the West

Our Opening Reception kicked things off Wednesday evening. Forty-two exhibitors filled the exhibit hall and 30 outstanding sponsors supported our 46th Annual Convention. Everyone enjoyed great food, lively conversations, and so much more!

Megan Harmon, IBC President and COO and Branch President, The Eastern Colorado Bank, called IBC’s 46th Annual Business Meeting to order Thursday morning. Megan announced and welcomed Mike Van Norstrand as IBC's new Executive Director. Megan also recognized Barbara Walker, former Executive Director, IBC, for her dedicated service.

Under our By-Laws, President-Elect PJ Wharton, CEO and President, Yampa Valley Bank, succeeds Megan as IBC President for the 2019-2020 term. Congratulations PJ! Megan now serves as Chairman of IBC. IBC Board and Active Member Banks unanimously approved Quentin Leighty, Chief Financial Officer and Branch President, The First National Bank of Monument, to the position of IBC President-Elect for the 2019-2020 term. Congratulations Quentin!

We thank Rebeca Romero Rainey, ICBA CEO and President, for her pointed, timely, and passionate ICBA federal legislative update.

The results of the IBC’s District Director Elections were announced. The following board members were successfully reelected to serve an additional three-year term: District A, Tom Ogaard, President, Native American Bank, N.A., and District B, Randy Younger, President; First National Bank of Hugo/Limon. With the election of Quentin Leighty as our new President-Elect, this leaves a Director vacancy in District C to be filled.

We bid Ed Merritt, Vice Chair, The Dolores State Bank, a fond farewell. Ed served twice on IBC's Board of Directors representing District D, first from 1995-1997, and again from 2014-2019. Ed also served as a member of IBC's Convention and Government Relations Committee. He also served as a Director of IBC Education Foundation from 2011-2013. Ed is a second generation community banker. The Dolores State Bank opened for business on January 5, 1959. Ed's father, Dr. E.G. Merritt, and three other local business men, founded the bank. We thank Ed for his proud community banking family legacy and for his nine years of commitment and service as an IBC Director. Volunteering to fill Ed's vacancy is Joe Martinez, Chief Lending Officer, San Luis Valley Federal Bank. We welcome Joe to the board!

Next up – Recognition Luncheon! PJ Wharton, President, IBC, recognized Barbara Walker, former Executive Director, IBC, for her 20+ years of service, vision, stewardship, and leadership. In addition, IBC's Board created and unanimously approved a resolution of appreciate recognizing Barbara's service, outstanding achievements, dedicated service, vision, stewardship, and leadership. IBC members, officers, and directors expressed their tremendous gratitude to Barbara!

Mike Van Norstrand recognized Cody Allen, Assistant Vice President, The First National Bank of Las Animas, and Jared Houghton, Vice President, Bank of Colorado, Basalt, as the recepients of the Darryl Biggerstaff Scholarship awards. Cody and Jared were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement at The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. Based upon first and second year projects and exam grades, Cody and Jared were the top performing Colorado community bankers! Cody and Jared will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward their final year at The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. Congratulations Cody and Jared!

In addition, Mike also recognized the recipients of the IBC’s $1,000 High School Senior Scholarships. Each awardee receives a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Lauren Spady, sponsored by GNBank Eads, is the recipient in the bank customer category and is attending Otero Community College. Dawson Roesch, sponsored by McClave State Bank, is the recipient in the bank employee category. Dawson was elected to serve as an Future Farmers of America officer and asked that his scholarship be deferred until 2020. IBC was more than willing to do so. We wish Lauren all the best in her academic endeavors.

Thursday afternoon concluded with 12 outstanding breakout sessions.
  • Capital Planning for the Current Environment by Christian Otteson, Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson LLP; and Adam Keefer and Caspar Bentinck, both of Sandler O’Neill + Partners;
  • Building a Modern Payment Strategy - What to do now and why by Jennifer Geis, Jack Henry
  • Hold on to your breaches - let's talk about Cybersecurity by Anne Bennigsen, Bankers' Bank of the West
  • The Ebb and Flow of Investment Portfolio Liquidity by Jim Reber, ICBA Securities/Vining Sparks;
  • Bank M&A: What Can You Negotiate Other Than Price to Enhance Value by Adam Fiedor and Michael Richter, GLC Advisors & Co.
  • Legislative Update: Cannabis and Industrial Hemp by F. John Podvin, Jr., Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson LLP
  • Bank Executives - What's Your Cyber Responsibility by Nick Podhradsky, SBS Cybersecurity
  • Infamous GM Bankruptcy Case by Perry Glantz and Lucas Schneider, Stinson LLP
  • Data Analytics - What's with all the hype? by Jennifer Geis, Jack Henry
  • Getting Your Bankers to Stop Selling Products and Start Building Relationships by Ted Rosen, Expert Business Development
  • Frantic about Fintechs no more! by Anne Bennigsen, Bankers' Bank of the West
  • CIS Controls, the Building Block of Organizational Cybersecurity by Rachael Schwartz, CSI
Our Thursday evening events were splendid! Attendees had a grand time visiting with vendors and bidding on silent/live auction items during our reception. A special thank you to Randy Younger, First National Bank of Hugo/Limon, for being our auctioneer. We couldn’t have done it without you! Because of your generosity, we were able to raise more than $3,500 for the IBC’s high school student scholarship competition. Thank you to everyone who donated and purchased items!

After a delicious dinner attendees were entertained by Michael and Amy Pickering. Their dueling piano routine was fun and engaging! IBC's manly men absolutely did not disappoint!

The day began with an outstanding innovative bank panel comprised of:
  • Sherry Waner, First Southwest Bank
  • Mark Frank, Sacred Cow Consulting, and
  • Krista Morgan, P2B investors
We thank Anne Benigsen, Bankers’ Bank of the West, for serving as moderator.  

Scott Friedman, Celebrate!, had the honor of concluding our convention. Scott’s high-energy Lessons Learned from the World's most Admired Organizations presentation provided effective ways to engage employees, improve team performance, and raise productivity. In his entertaining, interactive, content-rish session, attendees learned how to create a culture of innovation and celebration leading to more innovative, authenic, responsive employees!

Thanks to Our Exhibitors!
AccuSystems LLC
The Baker Group IBT Apps
Bank Compensation Consulting Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA)
Banker's Bank of the West IiHELP Private Student Loan
BKD CPAs & Advisors, LLP The James Paul Group
Colorado Housing and Financial Authority Kasasa
Convergint Technologies MG Architects
Cook Security Group Moss Adams
Crescent Mortgage Preferred Lending Partners
CSI Promontory Interfinancial Network
Deluxe Strategic Sourcing Purview IQ
Eide Bailly S&P Global Market Intelligence
Expert Business Development SBS Cybersecurity
Federal Protection, Inc. Securitas Electronic Security
Federal Reserve Bank Securities America
Gill Capital Partners Spry
Golden Eagle Insurance Travelers
The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado
Harland Clarke
ValueTec Financial Equipment
West Gate Bank Mortgage

Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors!
Willie Wonka and Legacy Partner       Chocolate River ($2,500-$3,749) Continued
Bankers' Bank of the West Eide Bailly
  Fortner Bayens Levkulich & Garrison, P.C.
Charlie Bucket ($5,000-$9,999) Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Alpine Bank Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson
Bell Bank Travelers
Crowe LLP  
FHLBank Topeka Gobstopper ($1,000-$2,499)
ICBA Colorado Lending Source
ICBA Services Network IBT Apps
  ICBA Securities
Oompa Loompa ($3,750-$4,999) iHELP Private Student Loan
Deluxe Strategic Sourcing INTRUST Bank, N.A.
Chocolate River ($2,500-$3,749) SBS Cybersecurity
Bank Compensation Consulting SHAZAM
BKD CPAs & Advisors  
D.A Davidson