Welcome from Jim Beveridge & Kevin Smith
The management team at Bankers Online have asked us to coordinate the 25th Annual Bank Security Conference. Based on feedback from the 2018 evaluations, we've moved the conference to May to avoid conflicts with year-end reports and the holiday season. We've also changed our location to San Antonio, TX, which was the overwhelming choice of our previous attendees as the preferred conference destination. As a result, the 25th Annual Bank Security Conference will be held on May 14-16, 2019 at the Riverfront Marriott Hotel, which is just steps away from the beautiful San Antonio River Walk and everything this wonderful city has to offer. The Central time zone also makes it easier for our east and west coast followers to participate remotely by streaming the sessions into a conference room for multiple attendees. And, perhaps best of all, we've held the price to the same as last year.
As always, we started with a review of prior evaluations, and we've developed a solid, comprehensive program to help you meet your annual training requirements. Above all, the line-up this year will help you prepare for those difficult annual Board report questions and improve your Bank's overall Security Program. The 25th Annual Bank Security Conference is designed for anyone associated with bank security and every attendee stands to gain valuable insight into the issues we all face today. Our program is filled with new professional speakers, many of whom are leaders in their respective disciplines, and it is designed to address the training needs of security officers, investigators, fraud analysts, security operations personnel, and even auditors.
It was clear that everyone enjoyed the professional speaker line-up we had for 2018, so once again we have spared no expense to ensure that you will receive timely information from subject matter experts throughout the country. When you look at the agenda and speaker bios, you'll agree that we have assembled an outstanding group of speakers in an effort to make this conference the premier bank security training program available today. Sessions have been extended to allow for adequate Q&A, and our streaming process has been modified to make remote participation more user friendly.
As always, we will be offering pre-conference sessions for both rookies and veteran bank security personnel. The Bank Security 101 all-day pre-conference session is an excellent program for new investigators, fraud analysts, or anyone who has recently been appointed to the role of Bank Security Officer. At the same time, we have two outstanding sessions for seasoned personnel. Michele Stuart, a world-renowned investigative expert, will offer a three-hour session on Open Source Investigations, and Dr. Tau Braun, a recognized expert on workplace violence, will discuss causes and solutions to this growing phenomenon that is plaguing the financial services industry.
For the Wednesday and Thursday conference, you again have a choice to attend in person at the Marriott Rivercenter, or you can attend via live streaming audio and video right in your own office. If you want, you can have your entire staff participate for one simple price! And you have the ability to access any of the sessions (from the entire 2-day conference) again for 30 days after the conference. This is an excellent opportunity to meet multiple training requirements. Think how easy it will be to answer the next examiner's question of, "When and what type of formal training has your security team received since your last examination?"
Director, Bank Security Conference
Editor, Bankers' Hotline Newsletter
P. Kevin Smith, CPP
Director, Bank Security Conference