Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Bankers Converge on Nation's Capital

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Bankers Converge on Nation's Capital

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Bankers converge on nation's capital

Given what's going on in the industry these days, it would be hard to find a better place to hold a meeting for bankers than Washington, D.C. It's home to the federal agencies that oversee financial services. It's the site of congressional battles that are deciding the future of the business. And it's home turf for the American Bankers Association.

Those are a few of the reasons ABA is holding its annual convention there from Saturday, Oct. 14, to Wednesday, Oct. 18. While they attend the conference at the Washington Convention Center, bankers will have the chance to meet with congressmen, regulators, and other government officials, as well as ABA staff, both in their own offices and at the convention center.

Although there are details about the convention program that have yet to be nailed down, we offer a sneak preview of some of the convention events.

General sessions. Cokie Roberts, tv and radio congressional correspondent, will moderate a panel of congressmen at Monday's general session. At the same session, the 1989-90 ABA officers will stand for election. Top government officials have been invited to speak.

The main speaker at Tuesday's general session will be Peter Jennings, anchor and senior editor of ABC News' "World News Tonight." Bank consultant Carter Golembe will moderate a panel of four bankers from various-sized institutions.

Austin Kiplinger, chairman and president of newsletter publisher Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc., will moderate a panel of economists at the general session on Wednesday.

Nuts and bolts. Bankers, consultants, and vendors are putting together a variety of special interest sessions.

Many of these sessions will provide how-to tips on improving profitability and productivity that bankers can apply when they get back to the bank. Several series of these programs, which each run about an hour, will be presented on each convention day. …

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