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Chairman of ICBA 

PRESTON KENNEDY is Chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), the leading advocacy organization exclusively representing community banks.

President and CEO of Zachary Bancshares Inc., in Zachary, La., Kennedy has served in many leadership roles at ICBA and is chairman of the Executive Committee and the board of directors. He is a member of ICBA’s Policy Development and Nominating committees. He also serves as Executive Committee liaison to the Agriculture-Rural America Subcommittee and the Minority Bank Council. He is past chairman of the Federal Delegate Board and previously served on the Cyber and Data Security Committee. Kennedy was treasurer on ICBA’s Executive Committee in 2014-16 and was an ICBA at-large director in 2011-12. He also served as ICBA’s state delegate for Louisiana.

Kennedy has always maintained longstanding ties to his community. He is a former president of the Feliciana Chamber of Commerce and the Zachary Chamber of Commerce. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Zachary and has served on the boards of small business incubator, Dixie Business Center, and the Lane Regional Medical Center Foundation.

Kennedy attended Silliman Institute, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Louisiana State University E. J. Ourso School of Business and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.

He lives in Baton Rouge, La., with his wife. They have six children and twelve grandchildren.




Tom Keenan is Principal of Keenan & Partners, a Consulting Brokerage and Advisory Firm focused on valuation, transactional brokerage, and capital markets services delivered to the banking industry. Mr. Keenan founded Keenan & Partners in 2010 in order to deliver personal service to a select client base with special attention paid to core beliefs of integrity and excellence.

In these capacities Mr. Keenan’s recent assignments include overseeing engagement, underwriting, valuation, marketing, bid management, contracting, and successful closing of traditional bank real estate, bank deposit liabilities, and whole loan asset sales, with valuation assignments totaling in excess of $2.0 billion and combined transactional volume in excess of $300 million since the founding of the company. Mr. Keenan’s current consulting, valuation, and sale assignments are most recently focused on multi-regional repositioning of client bank branch and administrative facility assets.                                                   

Mr. Keenan received his B.A. from the College of Wooster of Wooster, Ohio and is a graduate of the Gilman School of Baltimore, Maryland. Keenan & Partners is a registered Real Estate Firm, and Mr. Keenan holds active Managing and/or Principal Real Estate Broker licenses in the States of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, for use in all valuation and transactional assignments performed, as well as FINRA Series 7 and 63 Securities Licenses, as an independent contractor of Commerce Street Capital, LLC. Mr. Keenan currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Clackamas County (Oregon) Economic Development Commission. Mr. Keenan resides with his family in Portland, Oregon.





Vernon has a career spanning 25 years in the banking industry as a bank examiner before entering the private sector to hold positions as diverse as Credit Officer, Loan Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer.  He has held leadership roles for many years in trade associations, guest faculty member, and informational speaker.  As an active member of the Compliance Committee for the Mortgage Bankers Association at both the state and national levels, Vernon has been a regular panelist on national legal issues and banking compliance issues for the Association. 


MelaMelanie_Hall2nie Hall  Commissioner, Montana Division of Banking and Financial Institutions Melanie Hall is the Commissioner of the Montana Division of Banking and Financial Institutions. She provides the overall leadership to the Banking Division, which is responsible for the supervision of 49 state-chartered banks and 9 state-chartered credit unions with over 31 billion in total assets. In addition, her division licenses and examines over 3,700 non-bank financial entities including mortgage lenders and mortgage brokers, consumer loan companies, sales finance companies, title lenders, deferred deposit lenders and escrow businesses. In order to protect Montana consumers, the Division regularly assesses the safety and soundness of all state-chartered depository institutions as well as the compliance of all regulated entities according to Montana state law.  Commissioner Hall obtained her B.A. in Economics from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and her juris doctor from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been an attorney in private practice dealing with civil litigation in a wide variety of areas including maritime law, environmental regulation, commercial transactions and class action litigation.


PatrPatrick Barkeyick Barkey, Ph.D. Director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of Montana Patrick Barkey became director of the BBER in July 2008, after serving as director of health care research since April 2007. He has been involved with economic forecasting and health care policy research for twenty-four years, both in the private and public sector. He served previously as Director of the Bureau of Business Research at Ball State University in Indiana for fourteen years, overseeing and participating in a wide variety of projects in labor market research, and state and regional economic policy issues. He attended the University of Michigan, receiving a B.A. (’79) and Ph.D. (’86) in economics.


STEVE BECK, CSP Certified Speaking Pro

Beck Seminars


Steve is recognized as an outstanding Keynote Speaker, Motivator, Instructor and Consultant. His seminars are lively, informative, funny and insightful. His knowledge stems from a 20-year career at Management and Vice President level. His core competencies are in:

  • Customer Service
  • Motivational Leadership
  • Life-Work Balance
  • Goal Setting
  • Time Management
  • Motivating a Sales Group

Steve challenges his audiences to go for it 100%, in their personal life and at work. His message stays with his audience for a long time as he talks about how important the effect they have on others, the importance of setting goals, and being their BEST everyday!

Steve is the author of the book, How to Have a Great Day Everyday! & Leave Your Funk at the Door’ and has plenty of hands-on experience helping businesses, schools, associations and organizations reach and sustain excellence.



     BILL ELLIOTT,  Young & Associates.

Bill Elliott, CRCM

Director of Compliance Education

Bill Elliott has over 40 years of banking experience. As a Senior Consultant and Director of  Compliance Education at Young & Associates, Inc., Bill works on a variety of compliance-related issues, including leading compliance seminars, conducting compliance reviews for all areas of compliance, conducting in-house training, and writing compliance articles and training materials.

During his career, Bill spent 15 years as a compliance officer and CRA officer in a large community bank, and also worked for a large regional bank.  He has been a lender for consumer, commercial, and mortgage loans, and has managed a variety of bank departments, including loan review, consumer/commercial loan processing, mortgage loan processing, loan administration, credit administration, collections, and commercial loan workout.





Dory A. Wiley

President & CEO


Dory A. Wiley, CFA, CPA, CVA is President & CEO of Commerce Street Holdings, LLC, the holding company for Commerce Street Capital, LLC (“CSC”), a FINRA-member broker/dealer and Commerce Street Investment Management, LLC (“CSIM”), an SEC-registered investment advisor. Since co-founding the firm in 2007, his primary focus has been the management and growth of the broker dealer and private investment funds that specialize in financial institutions, retirement plans, institutional portfolio management, and small to midsize buyouts. Mr. Wiley is frequently quoted in the media, and regularly speaks at universities, conferences and seminars regarding corporate finance, portfolio and asset allocation, as well as alternative investments. He is also a frequent contributor on Fox Business News, Fox News and CNBC. He has testified as an expert witness on bank and securities valuations, and written articles for various periodicals.

Mr. Wiley serves on the Boards and Investment Committees of multiple investment funds. Those funds have included SBICs (Independent Bankers Capital Fund), Bank Hedge and Private Equity funds (Keefe Managers, Keefe Partners, Keefe Rainbow Partners, Service Equity Partners, Genesis Partners, and Commerce Street Financial Partners) and debt funds (Commerce Street Income Partners I and II).  He formerly served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (“TRS”), an approximately $130 billion pension fund where he was Chairman of the Investment Committee, Chaired the Alternative Assets Committee and served on Compensation, CIO recruiting, Audit, and Government Committees. During his tenure, TRS went from a bottom quartile performer to the number one ranked public pension fund in the country in its asset size group and is the 5th largest public pension plan in the country.

Mr. Wiley has over 25 years of experience in commercial and investment banking and investment management. Prior to his current position with Commerce Street, Mr. Wiley was President of SAMCO Capital Markets, LLC, which he joined in August, 1996. Prior to SAMCO, he was Vice President and Manager of the Financial Institutions Group at Rauscher Pierce Refsnes, now RBC Capital Markets.