mbaBanking is the award-winning official publication of the Michigan Bankers Association. Articles cover banking-related topics ranging from the latest trends and technology to community outreach efforts to new banking rules and regulations.

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  • Help Hope Make a Comeback by Alex Perry, BEST Keynote Speaker
  •  What to Do When You Hit Send Too Soon by Alex Perry, BEST Keynote Speaker
  •  Rising Interest Rates May Shut Some Community Banks out of FHLB Funding by Peter Blick, PCBB, BEST Conference Sponsor
  •  Is Your Net Interest Margin a Hostage to the FOMC? By Todd Taylor and Omar Hinojosa, Managing Partners, HUB | Taylor Advisors
  •  Empowering Community Banks by Bryan Neizelt, BCU Mortgage Services, a division of Merchants Bank of Indiana, BEST Conference Exhibitor
  •  Your Employees Want to Organize. Now What?  By Richard Warren and Danielle Mason Anderson, Miller Canfield
  • And more! 


  • Thank you for Backing the MiBankPAC By Alex Morris
  • Robert A. Fisher - Making A Difference By Alyssa Bouchard
  • Banking For Beginners By Stephanie Fisher
  • The Horizontal, Embedded 2023 Technology Plan By Terence Roche, Cornerstone Advisors, MBA Service Corporation Endorsed Partner
  • Tribute to Donald B. Jeffery Sr. By Alyssa Bouchard
  • Current State of Banking By Alyssa Bouchard
  • Workforce Diversity By Jim Perry, Market Insights
  • And more!



  • HSAs, an Opportunity for Mutual Benefit By Steve Christenson, EVP, Ascensus
  • Advantage or Privilege?By Alonzo Kelly, Executive Coach, Professor, 3x Best Selling Author and Radio Host, Keynote Speaker Bank Management & Directors Conference
  • Battle Ready: Cost of Funds Strategies to Win the War By Achim Griesel and Dr. Sean Payant, Haberfeld Bank Management & Directors Conference Exhibitor and Speaker
  • Bet on Michigan! Team Michigan Supporting Economic Opportunities for Businesses Big and Small  By Quentin L. Messer, Jr., MEDC, Economic & Business Outlook Speaker
  • Meet the 2022 Economic Impact Award Recipient Representative Diana Farrington
  • is now Michigan.BANK By Alyssa Bouchard, Vice President, Communications, MBA
  • Turn On and Turn It Up: Maximize Your MarTech By Lisa Nicholas, Vice President, Strategy, Financial Services, Vericast, MBA Service Corporation Endorsed Partner
  • For Community Banks, the Sun Also Rises - Solar Tax Credit Investments are Now More Accessible By Josh Miller, CEO, KeyState Renewables, MBA Service Corporation Endorsed Partners
  • Are You Thinking Strategically? The Bank Management and Directors Conference Recap


  • How to Combat the Challenges of Working Remotely by Stephanie Fisher, MBA
  • SWOT-ing at The Crisscrossing Crypto Crackdown by Compliance Alliance
  • The New Cyber Risk Environment for Financial Institutions by Ahmed Al-Tawil, AON Financial Institutions Practice
  • The Evolution of Cyber Threats by Jake Allen, IT Resource
  • Essential Cybersecurity Best Practices by SBS Cybersecurity 
  • And more!

  • 136th MBA Annual Convention: Lighting the Way to New Insights, New Ideas
  • You Only Get One Shot by Konrad Raclawski, AVP Branch Manager, ChoiceOne Bank, Perry Schools of Banking Class President
  • Your MBA Primary Voter Guide
  • Get to Know Jerome Schwind, MBA Chairman, President, Isabella Bank
  • Primary Relationships or Bust  By Ryan Harby, StrategyCorps
  • Diving into Digital Crypto Currency: What You Need to Know About Crypto By Matt Herren, CSI
  • The Battle for Deposits is Heating Up: Are you Ready? By Achim Griesel and Dr. Sean Payant
  • 5 Tips to Fit Professional Development into a Busy Work Schedule By Debbie Peterson, Keynote Speaker | Leadership & Career Coach | Create MORE Success with Less Sacrifice in Leadership & Life! 


  • Congratulations to the 2022 Financial Literacy Award Winners By Alyssa Bouchard, Director of Communications and Public Relations
  • Mercantile Bank Awarded the 2022 Innovator of the Year – Grand Valley State University (GVSU) TRIO Upward Bound Financial Empowerment Program By Alyssa Bouchard, Director of Communications and Public Relations
  • Banking on Justice: Leveraging Interest Rates for Growth and for GoodBy Jennifer S. Bentley, Executive Director, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • 2022 Banker of the Year Timothy Jewell By Alyssa Bouchard, Director of Communications and Public Relations
  • Kudos to Tim
  • Beneficial Ownership Rule—The Great UndoBy Deborah L Crawford, President of Gettechnical Inc.
  • The 4 Cs of Great BankersBy Mark Trinkle, Chief Growth Officer, Anthony Cole Training Group


  • C-PACE a Creative Economic Tool for Economic Development, by Todd Williams, President & General Council, Lean and Green Michigan;
  • Things That Go Bump in the Night: What Will Keep Compliance Officers Awake in 2022, by Compliance Alliance;
  • Onboarding - Good or Bad - is Defining Your Culture, by Joe Spivey, Learning and Development Manager, Diversity Officer, Shazam;
  • 7 Steps for Prospecting & Building Relationships, by Jeni Wehrmeyer, COO/CMO Anthony Cole Training Group;
  • Using Your Home Court Advantage to Grow Branch Market Share: 4 Practical Tips, by by Jinida Dorsey and Jim Heide, Dorsey & Company, Strategic Consultants to Management;
  • The Banking Big Two: Cybersecurity and Resilience, by Krystal Rennie, Communications Manager, Adlumin Inc;
  • Compensation: Be Proactive. Be Intentional. By Julia Johnson, Director of Organizational Performance, Wipfli, LLP.



  • Make Professional Development Your New Year’s Resolution by Stephanie Fisher, SVP, Education, MBA
    Economic Outlook 2022 by George Mokrzan, Ph.D., Huntington National Bank
  • Top Bank Risks for 2022 by Julie Knudson
  • What's on the Way for Bank Marketers in 2022 by Mark Gibson, Capitol Performance Group 
  • Thank You for Banking the MiBankPAC
  • Compensation Issues to Consider During M&A by Michael Blanchard and Matt Brei, Blanchard Consulting Group
  • Tips for Recruiting a Diverse Workforce by American Bankers Association
  • Crain’s Notable Women in Banking
  • And more! 


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