The 2022 Regional Bank Conference is open to financial institutions with an asset size of $250 bn. USD or less, regardless of geographic location. This special conference, designed by fellow regional bankers, will cover topics of interest to this group of banks and allow an open exchange of views amongst fellow attendees.
Join us in-person on November 2 in Houston, Texas. For those who cannot participate in-person, the sessions will be recorded and available to view on-demand.
Interested to attend but not sure if your institution qualifies? Contact [email protected] to find out.
Learn how advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) can create efficiencies in transactional trade and compliance reviews.
Senior Vice President, Global Strategy
Hear direct from corporate clients on the benefits, and shortcomings, of working with regional banks (vs fintechs or global banks) and their expectations from banks given the new way of doing business.
Senior Vice President & Manager, Enterprise Letter of Credit Operations
Executive Vice President & CFO
CECA Supply & Services
Huntington National Bank
Advisor to the CEO
Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Global Advisory Group
Huntington National Bank
Expanding traditional trade transactions into working capital lending and discounting bankers' acceptances.
Lender Account Manager
Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
Daniel J. Pische
National Director of Trade Finance , Office of International Trade
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
A discussion on trends and innovative initiatives happening in the FX space.
Vice President, Global Payments
Vice President, Financial Institutions
Currency Exchange International
Vice President, Global Banking
First National Bank of Omaha
Is the work done once goods are shipped? This session will uncover the complications and challenges faced once shipment is out of US soil with special focus on challenges regional banks face with delivery of trade products across the globe compared to global banks, and potential solutions corporates expect from their banks.
Gerardo Gutierrez-Olvera Cabrales
Managing Director & Head of Trade Finance and International Treasury Services
Director, Trade and Capital Markets
Director, Risk and Asset Management, Global Programs
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
Senior Vice President
The adoption of ISO 2022 for cross-border payments and reporting has transformative potential. It can help to boost operational efficiency, reduce risks, enhance customer experience and enable the development of new and innovative products and services. Whilst it isn’t mandatory for all banks on SWIFT to adopt ISO 20022 by 20 November 2022, there are several steps that all institutions receiving cross-border payment and reporting messages (CBPR+) need to take to be able to receive ISO 20022 messages as from this date. In this session you will hear about how community readiness is progressing, what steps need to be taken to ensure readiness and how the relationship Management Application (RMA) is evolving.
Global Head of Payments & PMI Go to Market
ISO 20022 Global Program Expert
This is your opportunity to ask your outstanding questions from today’s sessions. This is an open forum to discuss pressing industry issues you have been yearning to ask your peers and subject matter experts in a small group setting. Attendees will break into smaller groups for an interactive conversations on various topical areas.
Vice President & International Banking Manager
Vice President, Global Banking
First National Bank of Omaha
05:30 - 06:30 PM
Unwind and connect with fellow Regional Bank Conference and with International Trade Conference attendees.
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Ashley Allen, Vice President and International Banking Manager for Arvest Bank, graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Master of Business Administration, in addition to holding a Bachelor’s in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma. Ashley thrives on providing technical advice for payment risk mitigation and coaching those new to international trade on best practices. She is experienced in all aspects of international banking and trade finance, including import and export commercial letters of credit, international and domestic standby letters of credit, documentary collections, and foreign currency advisory services. Ashley maintains a CDCS certification (Certified Documentary Credit Specialist) from the International Chamber of Commerce. Actively involved in the community, Ashley serves as Treasurer of the Oklahoma District Export Council, which utilizes business experience in support of the Nation’s export expansion effort. In her personal time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, reading, and traveling.
Gabe Amundson is a Director in Cargill’s Trade and Capital Markets (TCM) business group. He joined Cargill in 1999 and has held various roles within the company including his current role managing relationships as part of TCM’s Risk Investors Group. His primary focus is working with partners interested in supporting Cargill’s trade finance activities including banks, non-bank investors, and ECA’s.
Mike Barbary is a commercial technology attorney specializing in contracts, IP, and data licensing. Mike has built his career supporting technology companies' efforts to deliver solutions to market, drive adoption, and build revenue across client organizations while maintaining the highest standards of trust and partnership. As a front office executive, Mike is responsible for building long-term relationships with customers, negotiating enterprise software deals leveraging AI, machine learning, and other emerging technologies. Mike is passionate about helping industry stakeholders digitally transform their global trade businesses, harnessing the power of data, automation, and machine learning to unlock operational efficiency and reduce regulatory risk.
Unal Baysal has been with SEBA Holdings since 1995. Prior to joining SEBA, Unal was SVP & Deputy Chief Credit Offider with Charter National Bank Houston for 10 years.
Kalyani Bhatia is the Global Head of Payments & PMI Go To Market in Business Development at SWIFT. Her team of payment and payment market infrastructure experts execute the SWIFT Strategy through data driven prioritization, standardized programmes and global expertise. She is responsible for supporting global business product programmes including gpi, ISO20022, transaction management, SWIFT GO and Instant payments. Kalyani is on the US Advisory Board for Women In Payments and is the Co-Sponsor of the Race & Ethnicity Chapter at SWIFT. Prior to joining SWIFT in 2020, Kalyani spent 18 years at Deutsche Bank, holding senior positions in technology, product and client implementations & service. Her expertise lies in running large global change initiatives supporting global transaction banking. She also has experience in the oil & gas, automotive and retail industries delivering systems as a technical consultant with Price Waterhouse LLP.
Marcos is Global SPOC (single point of contact) on the Go To Market team at SWIFT, based in New York. He supports global adoption of the ISO 20022 Cross Border Payments and Reporting messages as part of SWIFT’s ISO Adoption Programme. Marcos works closely with banks and other financial institutions, promoting and supporting innovation of the end user’s payment experience, harmonizing systems/schemes and refining efficiency of operations. All with the goal of helping to achieve the SWIFT Strategy of Fast and Frictionless Payments.
Since 2015, Rita Carleton has been the Director of Risk and Asset Management in the Credit Programs Division of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). She and her staff are passionate about FAS’s mission to support U.S. agricultural exports. They are responsible for analyzing and underwriting country risk and foreign bank risk for two commercial export credit guarantee programs: GSM-102, a short-term trade finance program, and the Facility Guarantee program. They are also responsible for reviewing U.S. banks for program participation. Ms. Carleton has spent her professional career in different capacities all within USDA. She is originally from Michigan (Detroit and the surrounding area) and graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in public policy. During her free time, Ms. Carleton loves to read and take walks and hike.
Bill Glassford is a Senior Vice President in International Banking for Zions Bancorporation. His professional career began in Washington, D.C. where he was engaged in trade policy and trade promotion activities for the federal government. He left government service for a banking career which included 10 years managing offices in in Manila, Taipei, and Hong Kong. Later he ran North American trade finance offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland, New York, and Vancouver, B.C. Over a career spanning 4 decades in banking, he has been associated with all aspects of international banking including trade finance, international private banking, correspondent banking, and commercial credit.
Gerardo Gutierrez-Olvera joined BANORTE 6 years ago as Managing Director, responsible for Trade Finance and International Business. BANORTE is the second largest bank in Mexico, and the only one among the 6 largest banks in the country that is managed locally without any influence of foreign head offices. Gerardo joined Banorte in 2013 after more than 20 years of comprehensive and substantial experience in the local and international banking arena with Banco Santander and Bank of America, working for those institutions in Mexico, New York City, Madrid and the Asia-Pacific region based in Hong Kong, with main focus on the development, management and sales of products and business lines related to trade & receivable finance, international treasury services, corporate banking, financial institutions and correspondent banking.
Mr. Chris Johnson is the Vice President of Sales for CXI, responsible for all business, agent and partnership relationships at CXI. Mr. Johnson has been with the company since 2007 and has extensive experience in providing international payment and foreign currency exchange services to financial institutions and corporations in the USA. He continues to execute on CXI’s goal to deliver technology-focused, system integration solutions to modernize inefficient, manual environments. Additionally, Chris exemplifies CXI’s positive company culture within the Executive, Sales and Relationship Management teams to create a proactive team environment that emphasizes CXI’s Customer First positive client experience.
Allan Matamis is Senior Vice President and Manager of the Enterprise Letter of Credit Operations team at Zions Bancorporation. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations, processing, and delivery of all trade products for Zions Bancorporation and is in charge of three processing centers: Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Houston where he is permanently based. He joined ZB in May of 2019 and has 40 years’ experience in international banking. Before joining ZB, Mr. Matamis was Director of Trade Services, Payments Servicing and LC Operations at CoBank, ACB in Colorado and has been the Vice President and Manager of Export Letters of Credit at Deutsche Bank AG, New York. Mr. Matamis also worked for Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, CSFB, JP Morgan Chase, and Bank of America. He is a member of the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) Regional Bank Council, the Southeast and West Coast Letter of Credit committees
Luis Noriega, CICP, has more than 25 years of experience in risk, credit product and relationship management roles in commercial banking and is a lender account manager for the Office of Small Business (OSB) at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. In this role, Mr. Noriega works with more than 50 delegated authority lenders across the United States in support of U.S. exporters. He can be reached at https://grow.exim.gov/luis-noriega . Learn more at exim.gov.
Daniel Pische serves as the National Director of Trade Finance within the SBA’s Office of International Trade in Washington, DC. As Director, Daniel is responsible for the design and delivery of SBA’s export loan programs and oversight of SBA’s national staff of Export Finance Managers. Prior to joining the SBA, Daniel worked at First American Bank for over 15 years where he led their Trade Finance Division and served as a member of the bank’s Senior Loan Committee. Daniel served on Department of Commerce’s Trade Finance Advisory Council during the second charter term and continues to serve as the SBA’s ex-officio representative where he assists with recommendations on improving access to Trade Finance for small and midsized exporters.
Mr. Michael Salerno is the Vice President of Global Banking at First National Bank of Omaha where he manages a diverse portfolio of corporate and correspondent bank customers. He consults with trade and treasury management professionals to help define, create, and implement effective trade finance, global payments and international risk management solutions. Mr. Salerno specializes in providing foreign exchange and international payment solutions for financial institutions. He is the Treasurer for both the Nebraska District Export Council and the National Association of District Export Councils.
Raised in The Woodlands, Rami Touma has been a resident of Texas since immigrating to the state as a toddler in the late 1970’s. Rami attended the University of Houston, studying International Marketing, and started working in the oilfield industry in 2000 first working for Conestoga Supply pipe company in Dubai UAE. In 2002 he and Maher Touma founded CECA Supply & Services Inc. as an US exporting company with a focus on American made oilfield products destined for North Africa. Our business interests are in Algeria, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco.
Paul Warfield’s current role is to expand and grow product offerings within global trade products and global treasury services. He joined Huntington National Bank in June of 2021 and has more than 30 years of international banking experience working with trade services, trade finance, foreign exchange, and correspondent banking. Throughout his career he has been focused on looking for innovative solutions and technology enhancements that provide regional banks with competitive solutions. He is an active member with BAFT working on various committees and is past co-chair of the Regional Bank Council and past Board Member.
Katherine Zaveri is Vice President of Global Payments at StoneX, where she specializes in helping banks, international NGOs and corporate clients deliver funds to the developing world. Prior to joining StoneX in 2015, Katherine began her career in finance working under Ray Dalio at Bridgewater Associates. In 2019, she was selected for the BAFT Future Leaders Program, where she co-authored a whitepaper on the future role of banks in correspondent banking. Katherine has lived and worked throughout Central and South America and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
We are excited to host fifth annual BAFT Regional Bank Conference, taking place November 2, in conjunction with the 2022 International Trade Conference in Houston, Texas. This is the conference by regional bankers for regional bankers. BAFT is offering a limited number of sponsorship opportunities exclusively to Solution Provider Members, providing your organization the opportunity to showcase your industry knowledge and expertise with your target audience.
Premier Sponsor – 2 MORE AVAILABLE (Currency Exchange, StoneX Group)
Hosted Evening Reception/Social Hour – SOLD OUT (Finzly)
Workshop Sponsor (BAFT Members Only) – 1 MORE AVAILABLE (TradeSun)
Interested in sponsoring the 2022 Regional Bank Conference?
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The 2022 Regional Bank Conference will be held November 2 at the Amegy Tower in Houston, Texas. The conference venue is within walking distance of Uptown Houston, The Galleria Mall, and numerous hotels and restaurants.
Amegy Bank Headquarters
1717 West Loop South
Houston, Texas, 77027
There is not an official block of rooms being held for this event. Hotel reservations are the responsibility of attendees and should be made directly with the hotel. Below is a list of hotels that are in close proximity to the Amegy Tower.
Drury Inn & Suites Houston Near the Galleria
1615 West Loop S.
Houston, TX 77027
+1 (713) 963-0700
Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria
1750 West Loop S.
Houston, TX 77027
+1 (713) 960-0111
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Houston Galleria Area
1625 West Loop S.
Houston, TX 77027
+1 (713) 355-3440
The Post Oak Hotel
1600 West Loop S.
Houston, TX 77027
+1 (844) 386-1600
The St. Regis Houston Hotel
1919 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77027
+1 (713) 840-7600
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