More than 150 chairmen, presidents, and chief executive officers converged in Orlando for this yearâs FURST event to research innovative and effective financial strategies together. The three-day event began on Sunday, April 24 and included domestic and international Kirchman BankwayÂ® customers worldwide, including clients from Austria and Bulgaria.
"The FURST CEO Network is unique because it gives each of us an opportunity to associate with fellow Kirchman Bankway users who are facing the same challenges we encounter," said Dave Z. Richards, president and chief executive officer, Nittany Bank and FURST chairman
This yearâs theme, "Networking for Success," created a dynamic atmosphere and helped chart a successful pathway as customers networked with each other. In addition, attendees exchanged new, cutting-edge ideas to make their banks more efficient, profitable, and competitive, while providing quality service.
The CEO Networkâs key speakers represented a variety of industry experts and bank executives, including Tom Bracken, president and chief executive officer of Sun National Bank, who addressed the network regarding the turnaround of Sun National. Rachel Landrum, president of Kirchman Corporation, addressed the audience regarding Kirchmanâs business focus and its direction moving forward. In addition, Frank Martire, president and chief executive officer of Metavante Corporation, presented the corporate direction of Metavante and Paul Danola, president and chief operating officer of Metavanteâs Financial Solutions Group, provided insight on industry trends.
Attendees gathered many innovative and applicable solutions to implement at their banks. "This conference is one of the very best that I have experienced in my 29 year banking career," said Joe Steil, president, Keokuk Savings Bank. "The information shared and discussed was timely, concise, interactive, and provided answers and options."
George Jennings, executive director of FURST, summarized the benefits of gathering this dynamic group, "This CEO Network provided a forum for our CEOs, presidents, and chairmen that allowed them to not only network with each other and exchange ideas, but also gave us an opportunity to listen to our customers. This is invaluable to providing our customers with future automation solutions to meet their needs."