Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Are You on Top of Compliance?

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Are You on Top of Compliance?

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Q An interview with Chris Spellman, co-chair of ABA's Regulatory Compliance Conference Advisory Board, and SVP and chief compliance officer at Morrill & Janes Bank and Trust Co., Shawnee Mission, Kans.

ABABJ: How do you go about the planning process?

Chris Spellman: We began last fall planning the program for this year's conference, which is June 10-13, in Orlando, Fla. Part of the process is a day-and-a-half of brainstorming among the bankers and ABA's staff experts. The advisory board members ate a broad representation of ABA member banks. We share ideas and discuss potential speakers and things we'd like to see. We also develop learning objectives for each session, so that the attendee knows what areas the session will cover. The compliance conference is developed by bankers, for bankers; in fact, almost all the advisory board members will have multiple speaking roles during the conference. The program also is custom-tailored to fit the needs of compliance officers from small, medium, and large banks.

ABABJ: What are the major takeaways for you in attending ABA's Compliance Conference?

CS: I've been attending the conference annually for 25 years. For me, it's often about the content. You learn something new each year you go. The quality of the speakers that we get is impressive. This includes well-known compliance professionals and high-level examiners. It's the best of any national conference. This year, for example, we've got Raj Date, deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as one of our featured speakers. Another valuable takeaway is that you develop a peer network of compliance colleagues at similar-sized and -situated banks that you can stay in touch with through phone calls and e-mail throughout the year. …

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