Bank Conference in New York City Addresses Lending in a Low Interest Rate Environment
Boardroom Forum on Lending to Address Challenges, Strategies of Loan Growth

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Nov. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bank Director will host its 2nd annual Boardroom Forum on Lending, in conjunction with NASDAQ OMX, on Tuesday, December 4, at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square, New York City. The one-day event, which sold out in 2011, is exclusive to bank board members and senior officers of banks, and will focus on the challenges of loan growth.

"The pace of commercial and industrial loan growth at large and small banks alike has, recently, been relatively strong," says Al Dominick, managing director and executive vice president of Bank Director. "As many CEOs and their boards develop plans for 2013, we are excited to again host this growth-oriented program."

  • However, the economic environment still has been challenging. Interest rates are low, which impacts profitability. Competition is tough. Where can banks look for growth in lending? David H. Ruffin, co-founder of Raleigh, North Carolina-based Credit Risk Management LLC, discusses opportunities for growth in lending.
  • How to become a top-performing bank. Stephen D. Steinour, president and CEO of top performing Huntington Bancshares Inc., a $57-billion asset bank holding company based in Columbus, Ohio, is the keynote speaker for the event. Huntington, which ranked second on Bank Director's 2012 Bank Performance Scorecard, recently shared the story of his bank's rebound in Bank Director magazine.
  • Some banks are easing lending standards for larger companies, while small businesses struggle to access credit. R. Scott Smith, Jr., chairman and CEO of Fulton Financial Corp., a $16-billion asset financial holding company headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, discusses the state of lending and forecasts commercial and consumer lending for 2013.

ABOUT BANK DIRECTOR

Since 1991, Bank Director has served as a leading information resource for the directors and officers of financial institutions. Bank Director hosts a variety of conferences and director-training programs throughout the year designed to increase the effectiveness of directors, focusing on topics like growth strategy, compensation, lending, M&A, and risk. In addition to events, Bank Director reaches the leaders of the institutions that comprise America's $11 trillion banking industry through its quarterly magazine, executive-level research, and its website, BankDirector.com. Bank Director is published by DirectorCorps, and headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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CONTACT: Emily McCormick, (615) 777-8450, emccormick@bankdirector.com
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