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August 13, 2021

Your 2021-2022 Guide to Financial Institution Events

Samantha Hubay

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Samantha Hubay

Your 2021-2022 Guide to Financial Institution Events

It’s annual convention, trade show, and expo season!

We so appreciate the opportunity to come together, network, and learn from one another this year. If you’re thinking about attending an upcoming financial institution event, bookmark this post!

We’ve compiled essential information for some of the best conventions the industry has to offer, including:

Click on your preferred event from this list to jump to that section, or start reading from the top!



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Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers Annual Convention

This year’s convention will feature educational sessions and plenty of networking opportunities with your fellow attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors. New services and products will also be presented at the convention, giving you the chance to network with innovators in the industry and begin building fresh relationships.

You can read more details and check out the agenda in the registration booklet. Click here to access it!

Convention Dates & Location

September 16-18, 2021 | Scottsdale, Arizona

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort
7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

The reservation deadline date is August 15, 2021. To make a reservation, please call the Fairmont directly at 480-419-3155 or click here to access PACB’s Convention lodging web page. 

Registration Pricing & Details

The pricing structure for this year’s convention is as follows:

Banker/Director/Associate Members
Regular Convention Registration: $1,425
Includes 1 ticket to Chairman's Reception and to Denim and Diamonds Gala

Spouse, Guest, or Children 18+
Regular Convention Registration: $850
Includes 1 ticket to Chairman's Reception and to Denim and Diamonds Gala

Children Under 18
Regular Convention Registration: $350
Includes 1 ticket to Chairman's Reception and to Denim and Diamonds Gala

Regular Convention Registration: $2,300


Electronic Merchant Systems (EMS) will be exhibiting at Booth 17. Stop by our booth to learn about our Payment Partnership program and how a connection with EMS can serve your financial institution!


“The educational programs and events which await you at this year’s 144th Convention are informative and enjoyable, while the resort itself is extraordinary in terms of amenities, scenic splendor and the opportunities it affords to network and socialize in-person among PACB’s community banking family.”

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Community Bankers of Michigan Annual Convention and Expo

CBM’s 2021 annual convention and expo will inspire you to lead with courage, build trusting partnerships, and reach new heights in banking! Come together in Traverse City and enjoy the opportunity to share ideas with other community bankers, colleagues, and industry representatives. Here you can have thoughtful conversations about the future of the community banking industry, and network with more than 60 exhibitors to learn about their product and service offerings.

Click here to read more or download the preliminary agenda.


Convention Dates & Location

September 15-17, 2021 | Traverse City, MI

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd
Acme, MI 49610


Registration Pricing & Details

Regular Convention

CBM Member - $595.00

CBM Member (5 attendees or more) - $525.00

Non-Member - $995.00

Spouse - $300.00

Former CBM Member (retiree rate) - $150.00

Directors' College (when attending the convention) - $190.00

Directors' College ONLY (first attendee) - $250.00

Directors' College ONLY (each additional attendee) - $210.00


Additional Activities

Golf Outing (9 holes on Wolverine Course) - $120.00

Wine and Spirits Tasting - $75.00

Trap Shoot (banker) - $0.00

Trap Shoot (associate member) - $75.00


The Electronic Merchant Systems (EMS) Business Development team is looking forward to exhibiting at this event. Don’t forget to stop by Booth 40 and say hello! Plus, attend our breakout session on Friday, 9/17 at 7:15 AM for exclusive insight! We’ll be eagerly waiting to talk with you about our Payment Partnership program and the many ways it can serve your bank and business clients.


“This year's convention theme is Mission Impossible - Accomplished. This past year, community banks faced impossible challenges and came out shining!  PPP loans were dropped into the laps of bankers with limited information or guidance available and they accomplished the impossible by helping people and businesses in the communities they serve.  We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Traverse City and enjoying the pleasure of your company at Michigan's Premiere Banking Event!” – CBM

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American Bankers Association Annual Convention

The 2021 Annual American Bankers Association Convention will present you with irreplaceable in-person discussion, plus virtual access to the content so you can be sure to hear all 30+ sessions. According to the ABA, there are three main reasons why you should attend:

  1. Matchmaking Rate: Save big when you take part in scheduled small-group discussions with other bankers, led by sponsors with expertise in the topic.
  2. Live Plus Five: Attend in person and select five of your bank colleagues to access all education content, both live-streamed and on demand, on a virtual platform.
  3. Activities: Network at special receptions, sign up for fun tours and attend a special guest program.

Find out what to expect at this year’s convention by visiting the ABA website here.


Convention Dates & Location

October 17-19, 2021 | Tampa, FL & Virtual

Tampa Convention Center
33 S. Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602

Accommodations are available at the Tampa Marriott Water Street and JW Marriott Tampa Water Street. Book your room by September 29 to receive ABA preferred rates. Click here for more information.


Registration Pricing & Details

In-Person Experience

ABA Member Bank / Associate Member / Government - $1,395

Nonmember - $2,495


Discounted Matchmaking Rate

ABA Member Bank / Associate Member / Government - $995

Nonmember - $2,195


Live Plus Five

ABA Member Bank / Associate Member / Government - $3,795

Nonmember - $5,895



Spouse/Guest - $495


Electronic Merchant Systems will be exhibiting at this year’s event. Stop by our booth to learn about the Payment Partnership program that can help you support local businesses and take your own business to the next level.


“We’ve transformed the traditional convention experience to deliver you and your bank more value, stronger strategies and bigger perspectives on banking. With several registration options and a revamped exhibitor program, this event is not just back—it’s better.” – ABA

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Tennessee Credit Union League Connect 2021

Credit Union Connect 2021 is a one-day event that will cover a range of topics through 15 different breakout sessions, including IT, compliance, fraud, security, marketing, payment processing, and more. 50 service providers will be in attendance to provide you with new insights, along with fresh product and service offerings.


Dates & Location

October 27-28, 2021 | Franklin, TN

Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville South Cool Springs
820 Crescent Centre Drive
Franklin, TN 37067


Registration Pricing & Details

This event costs just $75 to attend! A networking reception, breakfast, and lunch are included in the cost.

To view the event schedule and list of session speakers, click here.


Don’t forget to stop by the Electronic Merchant Systems booth at this show to learn about our Payment Partnership program. Through this program, we will help your financial institution bring cost-effective, modern merchant services solutions to businesses in your community. Plus, you can count on our experts to provide the consultative support you and your customers need!


“We have a new and exciting educational opportunity for your credit union. Credit Union Connect is a conference and trade show that focuses on products, services, and service providers that can help propel your organization into the future.” – Credit Union Connect

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We’re also making plans for events in 2022!

Once more information becomes available, we’ll update it here.


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Massachusetts Bankers Association Annual Convention

April 27-30, 2022 | Dana Point, CA


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North Carolina Bankers Association Annual Convention

June 12-14, 2022 | Ponte Vedra Beach, FL


We hope to see you at one or more of the events. Click here to read more about our Payment Partnership program or check out one of the blog posts below for additional resources.

Why Your Community Bank Needs a Merchant Services Partner

4 Ways Merchant Services Can Benefit Your Financial Institution

Learn More About Our Payment Partnerships Program

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