General Session Speakers

Drew Bledsoe | Saturday, March 18 | Final General Session

Former NFL Quarterback - New England Patriots

Drew Bledsoe HeadshotDrew Bledsoe was not only the first overall pick of the 1993 NFL Draft, but he was also the man who jumpstarted the New England Patriots’ winning era. In two seasons, Bledsoe took the Patriots from a dismal three-win season to a winning record and brought them back into the playoffs for the first time in eight years. In 1997, Bledsoe lead the Patriots to a playoff berth for only the franchise’s second time. He signed the NFL’s first ever $100 million contract in 2001 and during his career, was chosen for 4 Pro Bowls, was the 1994 league leader in passing yards, and won a Super Bowl. In 2011, Bledsoe was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Since retiring in 2006, Bledsoe has found success in another market. In 2007, he founded the Doubleback Winery in Walla Walla Valley, Washington. The company has proven to be highly profitable as it routinely sells out of its shipments throughout the year. In his spare time, Bledsoe works with various philanthropic organizations including the Drew Bledsoe Foundation; the foundation aims to share valuable parenting lessons. Bledsoe currently lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife, Maura, and their 4 kids.




Captains Mark and Scott Kelly | Friday, March 17 | Second General Session

Highly Decorated NASA Astronauts & Retired U.S. Navy Captains

Kelly & Mark ScottU.S Navy fighter and test pilots. NASA astronauts. American heroes. Identical twin brothers, Captains Mark and Scott Kelly’s career achievements have been almost as similar as they have been remarkable.

Mark continues to secure his place in history. He began his career as an astronaut in 1996 and during his illustrious career with NASA, he spent more than 50 days in space and commanded both the Space Shuttle Endeavour and Discovery. In addition, he is one of two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions. A best-selling author, Mark is a founder of World View Enterprises – a company pioneering a new frontier at the edge of space. The 2011 assassination attempt on Mark’s wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford, thrust the couple into the public eye and highlighted their powerful message of overcoming and perseverance.

Scott recently returned from a record-breaking yearlong expedition in space. In an unprecedented NASA study to understand how space affects the human body, he helped lay the groundwork for the future of space travel and exploration. Together, the Kelly’s are at the center of NASA’s groundbreaking Twins Study, which monitored Scott in space and Mark on Earth.

Now reunited, the Kelly brothers will discuss the powerful experiences and lessons that shaped their views of teamwork, leadership and sacrifice as well as how they learned to face and overcome adversity.  In addition, they’ll share strategies they’ve learned along their journeys that have helped them adapt and thrive amidst challenges and change. Their perspective and lessons will be both inspirational and motivational.

 


 

Carey Lohrenz | Thursday, March 16 | Opening General Session

First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy

Carey LohrenzCarey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2. As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can have catastrophic results.

Similar challenges are found in business: markets change, customer needs evolve and if you do not adapt quickly your company is at risk. Lohrenz shares her fascinating experiences, operating in one of the world’s most challenging environments – an aircraft carrier. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time-crunched world.

Lohrenz graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she was a varsity rower, also training at the pre-Olympic level. After graduation, she attended the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School before starting flight training and her naval career. Currently working on her Master’s in Business Administration and Strategic Leadership, Lohrenz’s motivating and engaging message about developing high performing teams and a culture of learning is based on her extensive experience in and out of the cockpit.

 


 

Camden Fine | Thursday, March 16 | Opening General Session

President and CEO, Independent Community Bankers of America

Cam FineCamden R. Fine is president and CEO of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) representing the interests of nearly 6,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types. ICBA represents community banks in every state in the United States.

A native Missourian and career community banker, Fine came to ICBA in May 2003. Before joining ICBA, Fine chartered and organized Midwest Independent Bank of Jefferson City, MO and served as its president and CEO for nearly 20 years. In addition, Fine owned MainStreet Bank of Ashland, Mo., a $50-millionasset community bank. Prior to his banking career, Fine served as the Missouri State Tax Director under former Governor Christopher “Kit” Bond.

Fine was educated at the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He served as an officer in the United States Army and Missouri Army National Guard. He is a distinguished graduate and past chairman of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He is a member of the Exchequer Club in Washington D.C., as well as several other professional societies and clubs.

Fine has had opinion pieces published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The New York Times, USA Today, Politico and The Hill newspapers. Fine has been a guest host on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” several times and has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, PBS and NPR. He has been recognized by The Hill newspaper and CEO Update as one of Washington, D.C.'s most influential trade association CEOs and lobbyists for eight consecutive years.

 


 

Rebeca Romero Rainey | Friday, March 17 | Second General Session

ICBA Chairman, Chairman and CEO, Centinel Bank – Taos, NM

Reba RaineyRebeca Romero Rainey is chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), the only national trade association that exclusively represents community banks. 

Chairman and CEO of Centinel Bank of Taos, N.M., and a third-generation community banker, Rainey has served ICBA and the community banking industry for many years. As ICBA Chairman, she is chairman of the Executive Committee as well as the board of directors. She serves on the Nominating and Lending committees, is past chairman of the Federal Delegate Board and Minority Bank Council, and serves on the Policy Development Committee. She has served on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Advisory Committee on Community Banking and the Kansas City Federal Reserve Community Depository Institution Advisory Council. In December 2009, she met with President Obama to discuss lending practices and regulatory reform. 

Romero Rainey is past president and current board member of the Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico and is actively involved in several local nonprofits. She is director and co-founder of the Bridges Project for Education, a nonprofit focused on helping first-generation college students. She is also president of the Northern New Mexico Birth Center and board member of the New Mexico Partnership. In 2009, she was selected Taos Citizen of the Year and has been awarded the New Mexico Governor’s Award for outstanding women.

Romero Rainey is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Pacific Coast School of Banking. Upon graduating from Wellesley, she returned to Taos with the dream of continuing her family business of running the town’s only local community bank.

She lives in Taos, N.M., with her husband, John, and two daughters, Izabella and Elliana.

 


 

R. Scott Heitkamp | Saturday, March 18 | Final General Session

ICBA Chairman-Elect, President and CEO, ValueBank Texas – Corpus Christi, TX

Scott HeitkampR. Scott Heitkamp is chairman-elect of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), the only national trade association that exclusively represents community banks.

President and CEO of ValueBank Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas, Heitkamp has served ICBA and the community banking industry for decades. He is a member of the Executive Committee and board of directors. He is chairman of the Federal Delegate Board, a former chairman of ICBPAC and the Membership/Marketing Committee, and a previous chairman and current member of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas.  

On the local level, Heitkamp has served as chairman on the Driscoll Hospital Development Foundation board of directors, is a current member of the board of directors of the Texas State Aquarium, is previous chairman of the San Patricio County Economic Development Corporation and is past president of the Aransas Pass Rotary Club. Heitkamp also is past president of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas Leadership Division and past advisory director of the Texas Tech University Banking School.

Heitkamp is a graduate from Texas Tech University, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance.

He lives in Corpus Christi, Texas, with his wife, Carrie. They have two children, Hailey and Andrew. 

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