Dates of Event & Pricing

$549 for ALL 5 Webinars INCLUDING Playbacks*

*Playbacks have no expiration dates..

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019

  • 9:45 - 4:30 pm (Eastern Time)

What Your Registration Gets You

Your incredibly low registration of just $549 entitles you to 3 separate log ins to the entire day-long 5 webinar series that may be used by others in your institution. Your registration also gets you playbacks for ALL 5 SESSIONS, to view at your leisure at NO extra cost, along with all presentation materials.


About the 2019 Community Banking Forum

The Community Banking Forum has been designed exclusively for executive officers and board members of community banks. This event will provide you with information on and insight into current topics that are deeply impacting community banks today. The speakers, topics, and value-added information, combined with the opportunity to network with your peers, make this event one you will not want to miss!

Session 1: The Economy in 2020: Slower Growth and Hopefully No Recession – Dr. Elliot Eisenberg, Graphs and Laughs (9:45 – 11:00 am ET)

Who knew a session on the economy could have you on the edge of your seat and laughing out loud? That’s what last year’s attendees experienced, and we are bringing back the same speaker, Elliot Eisenberg, because of popular demand. Attend this entertaining session and learn about the condition of the overall economy, with an emphasis on all four components of GDP growth; household wealth and finances; default rates on various classes of assets such as auto loans, home loans and credit cards; bank ROA and ROE; trade and tariffs; global economic conditions; and the all-important yield curve. Eisenberg will also discuss our current and future fiscal condition and when the next recession may appear. He will then turn his attention to labor market conditions, wage growth, inflation rates, inflation expectations, Federal Reserve Board policy and the likely path of interest rates. Eisenberg will also focus on residential real estate prices and agricultural conditions and will close by comparing economic conditions in all 50 states and all relevant MSAs.

Session 2: Why the Customer Experience Killed Customer Service – Marcie Bomberg, Wipfli (11:00 – 11:50 am ET)

Customer service is dead. It’s been replaced by how you make your customer “feel.” Are they spreading the word about the extraordinary things you do? We’ll discuss why the storytelling and mapping of your customer touchpoints within every level of your organization is the most critical piece of the success of any of your strategic priorities. How many of us react or respond to customer needs (customer service), and how many anticipate their desires and give them what they didn’t know they wanted (customer experience)? You will learn what the highest performers are doing to turn satisfied customers into raving fans. 

Session 3: I Have to Pay What...? ... – Deborah Marshall, Wipfli (12:05 – 1:00 pm ET)

This is a phrase we are hearing more and more as the need for qualified talent increases and the qualified pool of talent decreases. The competition for talent has significantly impacted compensation strategies and discussions that are happening in the executive suite and around the boardroom. In this session, we will share trends and the competitive realities affecting compensation, identify key components of a total rewards system and mindset and share how you may be able to differentiate yourselves in the market to attract, retain and reward talent.

Session 4 KEYNOTE SPEECH: Solving a Business’s Number One Problem: How to Attract and Keep the Very Best People – Doug Cartland, Doug Cartland Inc. (2:00 – 3:15 pm ET)

I’ve asked a large number of business leaders recently what their number one concern is, that if one thing kept them up at night, what that one thing would be? Invariably, the answer is finding and keeping good people. That’s especially true in this competitive labor market we find ourselves in. Through this keynote, you’ll get the edge on the competition by discovering the key to attracting talent, becoming the employer of choice in your geographic region and hanging on to these valuable and skilled people once you have them!

Session 5: The Dark Web and What Makes It So “Dark” – Mark Scholl, Wipfli and Byron Franz, FBI (3:15 – 4:30 pm ET)

Where does all the data go when there is a data breach? What is the Dark Web? How does it work? How does it impact financial institutions and their customers? We will take away the mystery of this “dark net” and why it creates an ecosystem for cybercrime. 

Event Organizer and Moderator

  • Michael Vesel

    Michael Vesel

    Partner - Wipfli

    As the leader of Wipfli LLP’s financial services practice, Mike Vesel is responsible for the overall financial results, strategic direction, and development of services within the practice, as well as partner and associate development. Mike spends all of his time working with financial institutions. He also oversees Wipfli’s financial institutions trust practice. Mike has extensive knowledge in several financial institution-related industry areas and previously was in charge of the audit and accounting group of Wipfli’s financial institutions practice.


  • Elliot Eisenberg, PhD

    Elliot Eisenberg, PhD

    Chief Economist - GraphsandLaughs, LLC

    Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is a nationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making economics fun, relevant and educational. He earned a B.A. in economics with first-class honors from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a Master and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University. Dr. Eisenberg is the Chief Economist for GraphsandLaughs, LLC, an economic consultancy that serves a variety of clients across the United States. He writes a syndicated column and authors a daily 70-word commentary on the economy that is available at Dr. Eisenberg has spoken to hundreds of business groups and associations, often as keynote speaker, on topics including economic forecasts, economic impact of industries such as home building and tourism, consequences of government regulation, strategic business development and other current economic issues. He has been invited to testify before lawmakers and is often asked to comment on proposed legislation. His research and opinions have been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Bureau of National Affairs, Forbes, Fortune and many other publications. He is a regularly featured guest on cable news programs and talk and public radio.
  • Byron Franz

    Byron Franz

    Special Agent - FBI

    Byron Franz is a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and has worked on national security matters for over 23 years. He currently serves as on FBI Milwaukee’s Cyber Squad, where his job is to raise awareness of cyber and insider threats to business, academia, and state/local governments. He holds a B.A. in Russian and a law degree, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Marcie Bomberg

    Marcie Bomberg

    Senior Manager - Wipfli

    Marcie Bomberg brings over 20 years of experience in executive leadership roles in both banking and private enterprise to her engagements. She has developed a high level of proficiency in leading a myriad of complex enterprise-wide endeavors such as mergers and acquisitions, strategic analysis and implementation, capital planning and innovative product and service development. Marcie is highly sought after for her wide range of experience with advising traditional regulated financial institutions, bank holding companies, community development organizations and FinTech companies. She believes that client satisfaction is best achieved through a holistic approach to client needs, ensuring successful goal fulfillment now and into her clients’ future planning.


  • Doug Cartland

    Doug Cartland

    Founder - Doug Cartland, Inc.

    Doug Cartland helps companies increase profits by improving their leadership skills. Since 1998 Doug has been an advisor to CEOs. He’s an expert in leadership skills and, in addition to his work with CEOs, has successfully trained and coached leaders on all levels. Businesses and organizations in 47 of the 50 United States and 14 countries have come to rely upon his wise advice, counsel, training and coaching. An incredible 82.1% of his business is repeat. In addition, Doug’s weekly Four-Minute Leadership Advisory is widely regarded as the best leadership focused newsletter that exists today. Sign up at
  • Deborah Marshall

    Deborah Marshall

    Senior Manager - Wipfli

    Deborah Marshall is a seasoned human resources (HR) professional with more than 25 years of experience in helping businesses make the most of their “people” opportunities and challenges. Her practical approach has earned her the reputation of being a valuable resource for clients across all industries. Deborah has hands-on experience with the “nuts and bolts” of HR, as well as the big picture understanding of how HR can be a strategic partner.
  • Mark Scholl

    Mark Scholl

    Partner - Wipfli

    Mark Scholl is a partner in the firm’s risk advisory and forensics practice. With more than 30 years of experience, he specializes in all aspects of technology services, primarily for financial institution and health care clients. In addition, Mark has an internal leadership role as the Illinois market leader, responsible for oversight and growth.


CPE Credits Available Upon Completion and Request