This year’s Annual ABA Convention was held in the City of Angels, otherwise known as Los Angeles! It was at the JW Marriott at LA LIVE, located right across the street from the Staples Center – home of the Los Angeles Sparks, Lakers, Clippers and the Kings.
The conference started off with a musical performance from Kool and the Gang at the opening reception, it was a great way to have a little fun and meet each other before the sessions started the next day.
The ABA Chairman’s Year in Review by John A. Ikard kicked off the presentations of the conference. While this was John’s last speech as Chairman what he said will be remembered for many years to come. He talked about the need to create a culture at the bank and how culture is passed on from person to person and not just from document to document. He encouraged the leaders in the room to let their employees make decisions because as the industry continues to change and online banking becomes more prominent, he reminded the room that you can find banks online but you cannot find community leaders.
Another session that was interesting was titled “Election Outlook” with Paul Begala, a Political Analyst for CNN and Mike Murphy, a Political Media Consultant and Columnist for Time Magazine. They discussed the upcoming presidential election and what the forerunners on each side could mean for the banking community if elected.
Probably the most exciting session though was “Success through Humor and Perseverance” by Jay Leno himself. While his talk was hilarious it was also very motivating to see how he handles and manages his success in his professional life, from being The Tonight Night show host for many years to now having his own show called “Jay Leno’s Garage” about his car and motorcycle collection. Someone from the audience asked him when he knew he had made it and Jay talked about how he could not pick that moment out because he’s always felt fortunate no matter where he’s been.
The Annual ABA Convention this year did not disappoint, we’re always happy to have the opportunity to exhibit there and have wonderful conversations. We look forward to next year in the wonderful city of Nashville!