2017 AMBA Fall Workshop

August 27-30, 2017 • The Watergate Hotel, Washington D.C.

For over fifty-five years, AMBA has been the exclusive military banking trade association servicing the banking community and our Nation’s armed forces.

AMBA conducts an annual workshop to provide an opportunity for its members, government officials overseeing military banking, federal regulators, banking trade organizations, and other stakeholders to exchange ideas and discuss the latest banking issues affecting the service members and their families.


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Sunday, August 27, 2017 Download Full Agenda PDF Here

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Workshop Registration – Cecchi Foyer
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Welcome Networking Reception – Top of the Gate

Monday, August 28, 2017

7:00 AM – 4:00 PM Workshop Registration – Moretti Foyer
7:00 AM – 7:45 AM Continental Breakfast and Networking – Moretti Foyer
7:45 AM – 4:00 PM Workshop Program – Moretti ABCD
7:45 AM – 8:00 AM
  • Opening Remarks: James Cerrone, Chairman, AMBA & Steven J. Lepper, President & CEO, AMBA
  • Posting of Colors: Randolph-Macon Academy Color Guard, National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance
  • Invocation: John Mitchell, Director, AMBA
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Financial Regulator Panel Discussion
  • Moderator – Mr. Chris Cole, Independent Community Bankers of America
  • Ms. Grovetta Gardineer, Senior Deputy Comptroller for Compliance and Community Affairs, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Ms. Doreen Eberley, Director, FDIC Division of Risk Management, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Mr. Paul Kantwill, Assistant Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of Servicemember Affairs
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Break and Networking – Moretti Foyer
9:15 AM – 10:30 AM AMBA Partner – Legislative Landscape Panel Discussion
  • Ms. Renee Rappaport, Vice President, Congressional Relations, Independent Community Bankers of America (Ret.)
  • Ms. Brooke Goldberg, Director, Military Family Policy/Spouse Programs, Military Officers Association of America
  • Ms. Joyce Wessel Raezer, Executive Director, National Military Family Association
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break and Networking location
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM How to Trick People into Saving Money: Outside the Box Financial Partnerships – Panel Discussion Ms. Nashila Somani-Ladha, Senior Innovation Manager, CommonWealth
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM AMBA Workshop Luncheon: Presentation of America Saves Designation of Excellence Presented by Ms. Allie Vered, Director, America Saves –  Moretti EF
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Military Lending Act (MLA) Panel Discussion
  • Ms. Nessa Feddis, SVP & Deputy Chief Counsel for Consumer Protection and Payments, American Bankers Association
  • Mr. Kareem Dale, Director & Senior Counsel, Discover Financial Services
  • Mr. Ben Olson, Partner, BucklerSandler LLP
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Break and Networking – Moretti Foyer
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Military Banking and Ethics Mr. Kip Morse, CEO, Better Business Bureau Serving Central Ohio
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Day One Wrap-Up, Steven J. Lepper, President/CEO, AMBA
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Bank Liaison Officer Training Breakout Session – Fischer Room
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM AMBA General Membership Meeting (AMBA Regular Corporate Members)
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Break
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Networking Reception – Moretti Foyer
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Banquet Dinner – Moretti CDEF

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

7:00 AM – 4:00 PM Workshop Registration – Moretti Foyer
7:00 AM – 7:45 AM Continental Breakfast – Moretti Foyer
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Workshop Program Moretti ABCD
7:45 AM – 8:00 AM General Session Welcome Remarks, Day Two, Steven J. Lepper, President/CEO, AMBA
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Military Financial Trends
  • Mr. Bud Schneeweis, Military Financial Readiness, FINRA Investor Education Foundation
  • Mr. Sanjay Bhaskar, Director of Business Development, StreetShares
  • Mr. John Bird, SVP, Military Affairs, USAA
  • Mr. Andy Cohen, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Education & Training)
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Break and Networking – Moretti Foyer
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM Military Bank Panel
  • Mr. Jerry Quinn, SVP, Military & Veteran Programs Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Mr. Mike Rowland, VP, Chief Military Liaison Officer, Broadway Bank
  • Mr. Jeff Cathey, SVP Military Bank Overseas/Military Affairs, Bank of America
10:15 PM – 11:00 AM Military Service Aid Societies
  • Mr. Eldon Mullis, Army Emergency Relief
  • Ms. Linda Egentowich, Chief Operating Officer, Air Force Aid Society
  • Ms. Cheri Nylen, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Break and Networking – Moretti Foyer
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM “Why We Serve” Mr. Steve Beres, Vice President, Service Members and Veterans Affairs Manager, Regions Financial Corporation
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM AMBA Workshop Luncheon: Military Departments’ 2016 Distinguished Bank Service Awards Presentation – Moretti EF
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM Break and Networking – Moretti Foyer
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM DoD Military Banking Program Panel Discussion
  • Military Services Banking Panel
  • CPT Christopher Anderson, USA; Mr. Dean Hunstad, USN; Mr. Michael Windsor, USAF; and Mr. David Fuqua, USMC
  • Mr. Bill Hawbecker, Director, DoD Banking and Credit Union Office, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS)
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM The Value of an AFC Ms. Rebecca Wiggins, Executive Director, Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE)
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM AFFN Military Community Support Mr. John Broda, President and CEO, Armed Forces Financial Network & Mr. Patrick Law, SVP, US Bank
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Break and Networking – Moretti Foyer
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Financial Technology Revolutionizing the Marketplace Mr. Dan Peacock, Vice President, Product Strategy, FIS  Mr. Braden More, Executive Vice President, Head of Partnerships and Industry Relations, Wells Fargo Mr. Regis Hadairis, Rocket Mortgage Product Lead, Quicken Loans
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM AMBA Workshop Action Items/Closing Remarks: Jim Cerrone, Chairman, AMBA & Steven Lepper President/CEO, AMBA
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Break
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Farewell Networking Reception –  Moretti Terrace

We have now passed our cut-off for hotel reservations in our group block at the Watergate Hotel.  We may still be able to work with the hotel and make a reservation for you.  The hotel may still have government rate rooms available also. Please contact Andia Dinesen asap at Andia.Dinesen@ambahq.org to inquire about a hotel room, if you need one.

For government travelers: Rooms will be offered at the Federal Government Per Diem rate to participants traveling on the Federal Government Per Diem. As always, your US government ID must be presented upon check-in in order to receive this rate.

Reservation Guarantee and Cancellation Policy: Any reserved room cancelled less than 7 days prior to arrival will be charged one night room and tax.

Check-In/Check-Out: Check-in time is 3:00 PM and check-out time is 12:00 PM (noon). Early check-in and late check-out will be accommodated based on availability. For late check-outs, please inquire at the front desk on the day of departure.

Hotel Parking Fees (these are the current rates and subject to change):

  • Valet Parking:
    • Event parking $25/day
    • $12 for 1 hour
    • $15 for 2-3 hours
    • $20 for 3-8 hours
    • Overnight Parking: $52/day
  • Public parking garage
    • $36 for 24-hours

The Watergate Hotel

2650 Virginia Ave NW Washington D.C. 20037 Phone: 202-827-1600 Website: www.thewatergatehotel.com

The Watergate Hotel is about 5 miles (approximately 15 minutes) from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), 26 miles (approximately 35 minutes) from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and 27 miles (approximately 70 minutes) from Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI).

Taxi Service: The estimated taxi costs are: from DCA: $30-$40, from IAD: $90-$110, from BWI: $100-$130 for one-way transfers.

The Watergate Hotel Concierge would gladly assist you with making transportation arrangements if needed by calling 844-617-1972. The rates below can be obtained by booking the reservation through the concierge.

SEDAN (3 pax)
Hourly (3 hours min.) $85.00
Transfer- DCA $85.00
Transfer- IAD $170.00
Transfer-BWI $180.00
MERCEDES S-Class(3 pax)
Hourly (4 hours min.) $115.00
Transfer- DCA $170.00
Transfer- IAD $230.00
Transfer-BWI $300.00
8 PAX LIMO No Transfers
Hourly (4 hours min.) $130.00
Transfers upon request, prices vary
Hourly (4 hours min.) $100.00
Transfer- DCA $145.00
Transfer- IAD $195.00
Transfer-BWI $240.00
Taking the Metro From Foggy Bottom Metro Station (Blue, Silver, and Orange lines) 0.4 miles, 5-minute walk
  • Take the escalator to the street level, make a right turn to exit the George Washington University campus
  • Take I Street to New Hampshire Avenue
  • Turn left on to New Hampshire Avenue
  • Cross the street at Virginia Avenue and the hotel is on the right
The 2017 AMBA Fall Workshop has been approved for 11 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) by the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE).Please see Andia Dinesen at the conclusion of the AMBA Workshop for your certificate of completion. Also, you can contact Andia prior to the Workshop with any questions at Andia.Dinesen@ambahq.org

Monday, August 28 – “Women of Washington” 10am – 3pm

Guests will travel to Anna Weatherly Studio to view the hand painted Hungarian porcelain collection Lunch at Centrolina for authentic Italian cuisine Tour of The First Ladies exhibit at Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Cost: $184 (all inclusive price tour, lunch, tax and gratuity) Click here for more info and to register

Tuesday, August 29 – “A Day in Georgetown” 10am – 2pm or beyond

Shopping in Georgetown with a tour and lunch at DogTag Bakery

Cost: $35 (includes transportation and lunch at DogTag) Click here for more info and to register

Register for Companion Program