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The Indiana Bankers Association’s Annual Convention has a tradition of educating, engaging, connecting and inspiring bank leaders from around the state. Each year IBA members gather to share best practices, expand networks and hear the latest and greatest our industry has to offer. This year’s theme was chosen as a way of centering on bank leaders and the growth you seek to better influence your work, your bank and your life. The body of tools, techniques and methods that aid in this is ever-growing. The conference sessions will feature thought leaders and knowledge that best demonstrate the successes, tested solutions and proven results these disciplines can bring. We hope you can join us in French Lick!

General Information


All events for the IBA Annual Convention will be held at the French Lick Resort, located at 8670 State Road 56, French Lick, IN 47432. The French Lick Springs Hotel was established in 1845, and the original current wing was built in 1901. This classic resort hotel has been artfully restored to its original grandeur and features two spas and pools, multiple restaurants, boutique shopping and a full-service casino.


Please register online or complete the registration form (available in July) and return it, along with a credit card or check for all fees payable to: IBA Foundation Inc.
Registration Fees listed are for members. * Golf is only available to Members. Nonmembers pay a surcharge of 100% on the registration fees.

Registration Fees  Early Bird
(ends August 8, 2018)
Regular Registration
Full Registrant $445 $595
Spouse/Guest $250 $345
Sunday Night Dinner Only $135 $135
Monday Only $330 $330
Golf - Bank member (a la carte) * $150 $150
Golf - Associate member (a la carte) *  $195 $195
Exhibit Booth (includes one rep) $1,575  
Additional Exhibit Reps $275  

The fees for members and non-members include:

  • Admission to all educational sessions
  • Admission to trade show
  • Admission to all social functions
  • Admission to all food functions


Registrations canceled in writing on or before August 24, 2018, will receive a refund. After that date, no refund will be given. All cancellations must be made in writing.

Hotel Reservations

Hotel reservations can be made by contacting the French Lick Springs Hotel at 888-936-9360 or online using group code: 0918IBA. The Indiana Bankers Association rate will be available until August 17, 2018. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Hotel Rates

  • Saturday, Sept. 8 — $164
  • September 9-12 — $144

There also is a limited number of rooms blocked at West Baden Springs Hotel. Please use the group code for rates and availability.

Special Needs

The IBA is committed to providing the best education in the best facility possible. To that end, we strive to accommodate any special needs bankers may have while attending our programs. If you require any special accommodations or have dietary restrictions, please indicate so on your registration form.

Golf Tournament
Donald Ross Course at French Lick

Sunday, September 9 - Shotgun Start 10:30 am

Test your game on the beautiful Donald Ross Course at French Lick. Originally constructed in 1917 by world-renowned architect Donald Ross, the legendary course has been home to many regional and national tournaments, including the 1924 PGA Championship. Ross is revered for his links-type courses with deep green-side bunkers and graceful, undulating greens. Each golfer will receive a box lunch at the golf course, and beverages will be available throughout the day. Awards will be presented during lunch on Monday. See you on the fairways!

Wine and Spirits Tasting at the French Lick Winery
Sunday, September 10 – 2:00 PM

Join other IBA member and guest at the French Lick Winery for wine & spirits tasting. Established in 1995, the French Lick Winery has become one of Indiana's premier wine destinations. Tasty treats will be served, along with the guided wine and spirits tasting and the winery will feature live acoustic music throughout the afternoon.

Chairman's Banquet
Sunday, September 9 – 6:30 pm – 9:30 p.m.

This year we are mixing things up a bit and kicking off the convention with the Chairman's Banquet.This year’s convention will kick off with a bang! The highlight of the Convention social activities is the Chairman’s Banquet and this year is no exception. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by an elegant, black tie optional, dinner and recognition of our past presidents and members of the IBA 40 Year Club.

Dinner will be followed by entertainment by Steve Brogan. Steve is one of those rare entertainers who can entertain any audience of any age with his incredible and unique talent. He mixes stand-up comedy, ventriloquism, audience participation, improvisation, along with his astonishing voice manipulations, all to the benefit of comedy-seeking audiences.

The grand prize drawing, a perennial showstopper, will take place at the end of the Chairman’s Banquet. You must be present to win!

Future Leadership Division Silent Auction and Dinner
Monday, September 10 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Future Leadership Division’s annual silent auction is the place to be on Monday evening. You will have the opportunity to bid on treasures such as sporting event tickets, golf items, decorative pieces, sports memorabilia and specialty items. All funds raised will benefit Indiana BANKPAC. Don’t miss this chance for quality shopping, while supporting the PAC that supports Indiana banking.

Euchre Tournament
Monday, September 10 - 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join us on the mezzanine level of the hotel on Monday night for some late-night diversion at the annual IBA euchre tournament. We’ll be playing a progressive tournament with multiple changes in partners, and with each player scoring individually. There will be fabulous prizes for the winners, with guaranteed fun for all who attend.

Grand Prize Giveaway

The grand prize drawing takes place at the Chairman’s Banquet. This year we will dazzle the winner with an incredible piece of jewelry and members must be present to win. To be eligible, you must be an IBA-member banker, a full Convention registrant and be present at the Sunday night Chairman’s Banquet.


  Schedule 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018
10:30 am: Golf Tournament
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Exhibitor Move-in
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Wine & Spirit Tasting, French Lick Winery
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Chairman's Banquet with Entertainment
9:30 pm – Midnight: Hospitality Suite Open

Monday, September 10, 2018

7:30 am – 9:00 am:Breakfast Buffet
8:00 am – 8:10 am: Welcome & Opening Keynote
Damian Mason, Emcee
Becoming a Person of Influence – Erick Rheam

9:20 am – 10:40 am
Change is Coming – Don Musso
Industry Leader Session - Kenneth Burgess Jr., ABA Chairman - FirstCapital Bank of Texas

10:40 am – 11:00 am:Break in the Exhibit Hall

11:00 am – 12:05 pm
Overcoming Banking Obstacles for Marijuana-Related Businesses – Lori Jean, Krieg DeVault LLP
Industry Leader Session - Preston Kennedy, ICBA Chairman-Elect - Bank of Zachary, LA

12:05 pm – 1:35 pm:Luncheon & IBA Business Meeting
1:35 pm – 2:00 pm: Dessert in the Exhibit Hall

2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
The Pursuit of a High-Performance Organization – Brent R. Tilson, TilsonHR
A Mirror to See Next Generation Attack Schemes – Jim Rechel, The Rechel Group

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Cocktail Reception with Exhibitors
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm:FLD PAC Auction & Dinner
8:30 pm – Midnight: Hospitality Suite Open
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Euchre Tournament

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
9:00 a.m.: Exhibit Teardown

9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Is Your Deposit Strategy Wearing a Leisure Suit?  - Becki Drahota, Mills Marketing
Getting a Bang for your Buck – Performance-Based Compensation Strategies – Matt Brei, Blanchard Consulting Group

Noon – 12:30 pm: Lunch & Exhibitor Drawings

12:30 - 1:45 pm
Economic Outlook 2018 - Lindsey M. Piegza, Ph.D., Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.

1:45 pm: Convention Adjourns