ABA Forums & Peer Groups


ABA’s forum groups provide an opportunity for bank CEOs to meet throughout the year to benefit from each other’s skills, experience and perspective. These groups meet three times per year in April, August and November. In each group, CEOs from non-competing banks across the state exchange ideas, dissect challenges, and discuss solutions that can improve the performance of your bank and help you grow both professionally and personally.

Benefits of CEO Forums

  • Discuss current banking challenges with your peers
  • Learn about profitable products and services from other bankers
  • Form lasting relationships with non-competing CEOs
  • Increase profits through higher performance
  • Discover cost-cutting concepts
  • Solve your most pressing problems
  • Obtain access to highly respected experts in the field

CEO Forum Details
Our CEO Forum group met virtually during 2020. Our 2021 dates will be finalized shortly and advertised to our membership.

Forum agendas will include topics based on participant input and the current banking environment. The annual cost of membership in the forum is $1,250, and includes all three sessions in 2019. To participate in the forum, please contact Shelley Hildebrand either by email or calling her at (334) 386-5743. The deadline to register is March 1. 

About the facilitator
Karl Nelson is the Founder and CEO of KPN Consulting, an organization engaged in the ALCO, Funding, and Liquidity arena. His career has included senior positions with IDC Deposits and Promontory Interfinancial Network. In addition, Karl served as a senior vice president with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta from 1991 through 2002 where he managed the sales and marketing, strategic planning, and trade association/regulatory outreach efforts and served on the bank’s ALCO. Prior to joining the Home Loan Bank, he was involved for 18 years with various regional banks. Karl serves on the faculties of the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wis. and Boulder, Colo., the Graduate School of Bank Investments & Financial Management in Columbia, S.C., the Financial Managers School in Madison, as well as the faculties of the state banking schools in Florida and Tennessee. He also serves as the chairman for Neighborhood Lending Partners, Inc, a Community Development Financial Institution serving the affordable housing and community revitalization needs for communities in the state of Florida. Nelson is an organizing director and former ALCO chair for a de novo bank in North Carolina and consults regularly with community bank boards and management on business strategies.

Peer Group Roundtables

Bankers 2 Leaders hosts a series of roundtable events throughout the state. Our roundtable events pair seasoned practitioners with attendees to lead thought provoking discussions designed to help attendees solve real world issues. These peer groups are organized by bank department and are currently offered for Human Resources, Marketing and Compliance. The meetings are held throughout the state and are banker-only events. Cost of the event is $50. Fee includes lunch. Questions? Contact Ashley Thomas at athomas@alabama.bank or by calling (334) 386-5736.