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Rep. Andy Barr
Rep. Andy Barr
United States House of Representatives

U.S. Representative for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District since 2013. Congressman Barr is fighting for policies that restore government accountability. In an ongoing effort to be an accessible to citizens of the Sixth Congressional District, Congressman Barr initiated several constituent coalitions focused on finding solutions that will help Kentucky’s Veterans and signature industries. Congressman Barr worked with Congressman Hinojosa from Texas to develop and pass the HELP Rural Communities Act, which ensures that Washington bureaucrats don’t needlessly and arbitrarily restrict access to credit for people in rural areas like Bath County, KY. He also collaborated with Congressman Maloney from New York to pass bipartisan legislation correcting the overreach by federal regulators implementing Dodd-Frank that prohibited investments by banks in debt securities issued by collateralized loan obligations. Congressman Barr currently serves on the Committee on Financial Services.
Rep. Andy Barr
Rep. Andy Barr
United States House of Representatives
U.S. Representative for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District since 2013. Congressman Barr is fighting for policies that restore government accountability. In an ongoing effort to be an accessible to citizens of the Sixth Congressional District, Congressman Barr initiated several constituent coalitions focused on finding solutions that will help Kentucky’s Veterans and signature industries. Congressman Barr worked with Congressman Hinojosa from Texas to develop and pass the HELP Rural Communities Act, which ensures that Washington bureaucrats don’t needlessly and arbitrarily restrict access to credit for people in rural areas like Bath County, KY. He also collaborated with Congressman Maloney from New York to pass bipartisan legislation correcting the overreach by federal regulators implementing Dodd-Frank that prohibited investments by banks in debt securities issued by collateralized loan obligations. Congressman Barr currently serves on the Committee on Financial Services.BARR, ANDY
Michelle Bowman
Michelle Bowman
Federal Reserve System

Michelle W. Bowman has been serving as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System since Nov. 26, 2018. Initially appointed to fill the remainder of an unexpired term, in January 2020 she was reappointed and sworn in for a full 14 year term ending Jan. 31, 2034. Prior to her Board appointment, Bowman served as the Kansas state bank commissioner from January 2017 to November 2018, before which she was vice president of Farmers & Drovers Bank in Kansas from 2010 to 2017. Additional past experience included service in the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, as a counsel to the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, as a director at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as a deputy assistant secretary and policy adviser to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. Following her time in Washington, Bowman led a government and public affairs consultancy in London before returning to Kansas in 2010. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a JD from the Washburn University School of Law; Bowman is a member of the New York State Bar.
Michelle Bowman
Michelle Bowman
Federal Reserve System
Michelle W. Bowman has been serving as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System since Nov. 26, 2018. Initially appointed to fill the remainder of an unexpired term, in January 2020 she was reappointed and sworn in for a full 14 year term ending Jan. 31, 2034. Prior to her Board appointment, Bowman served as the Kansas state bank commissioner from January 2017 to November 2018, before which she was vice president of Farmers & Drovers Bank in Kansas from 2010 to 2017. Additional past experience included service in the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, as a counsel to the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, as a director at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as a deputy assistant secretary and policy adviser to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. Following her time in Washington, Bowman led a government and public affairs consultancy in London before returning to Kansas in 2010. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a JD from the Washburn University School of Law; Bowman is a member of the New York State Bar.BOWMAN, MICHELLE
Mr. Ballard W. Cassady, Jr.
Mr. Ballard W. Cassady, Jr.
Kentucky Bankers Association

Mr. Ballard W. Cassady, Jr.
Mr. Ballard W. Cassady, Jr.
Kentucky Bankers Association
CASSADY, BALLARD
Patrick Dix
Patrick Dix
SHAZAM

Patrick Dix leads SHAZAM’s relationships and partnerships with more than 70 industry organizations and trade associations. The focus of SHAZAM’s strategic alliances is to support the advocacy work of association partners and ensure community financial institutions have a strong voice in the payments industry. Before joining SHAZAM, he spent 25 years as a broadcast journalist, including 16 years as the senior morning news anchor at the NBC affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa.
Patrick Dix
Patrick Dix
SHAZAM
Patrick Dix leads SHAZAM’s relationships and partnerships with more than 70 industry organizations and trade associations. The focus of SHAZAM’s strategic alliances is to support the advocacy work of association partners and ensure community financial institutions have a strong voice in the payments industry. Before joining SHAZAM, he spent 25 years as a broadcast journalist, including 16 years as the senior morning news anchor at the NBC affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa.DIX, PATRICK
Nathan Gonzales
Nathan Gonzales
Inside Elections

Nathan Gonzales is Editor & Publisher of Inside Elections, which provides nonpartisan analysis of campaigns for Senate, House, governor, and president. He's also co-host of the Inside Elections Podcast and an Elections Analyst for CQ Roll Call. He tackles elections in a nonpartisan, data-driven, and accessible way and offers audiences some of the most detailed electoral forecasting in the business.

Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Gonzales is full of enthusiasm and thought-provoking insights about politics. His recall of facts and figures is incredible, and he is natural, energetic, and engaging on stage. With a combination of reporting and data, Gonzales breaks down the key races and brings valuable context to complex elections. Drawing from personal candidate interviews and more than 20 years covering campaigns, Gonzales combines entertaining anecdotes with historical trends and current polling data to project which candidates are best-positioned to win and which party is most likely to gain control. Gonzales’ winsome approach to politics is refreshing at a time when the country is divided, and he can reliably navigate audiences with differing partisan views.

On Election Night 2016, Nathan was an on-air analyst for Newshour on PBS after working as an off-air consultant for ABC News on their Election Night Decision Desk for 14 years. Previously, he was an editor, analyst, and writer for The Rothenberg Political Report, and worked for CNN as a political analyst and as an associate producer for Capital Gang.

Gonzales has appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC, and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. His work has also appeared on FiveThirtyEight, NBCLatino.com, and in Campaigns & Elections magazine.

Gonzales grew up in Oregon, earned his Master of Arts from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (Washington, DC) and his bachelor of arts from Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, California). He first came to Washington, D.C. as an intern in the White House Press Office and lives in the city with his wife and four children.
Nathan Gonzales
Nathan Gonzales
Inside Elections
Nathan Gonzales is Editor & Publisher of Inside Elections, which provides nonpartisan analysis of campaigns for Senate, House, governor, and president. He's also co-host of the Inside Elections Podcast and an Elections Analyst for CQ Roll Call. He tackles elections in a nonpartisan, data-driven, and accessible way and offers audiences some of the most detailed electoral forecasting in the business.

Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Gonzales is full of enthusiasm and thought-provoking insights about politics. His recall of facts and figures is incredible, and he is natural, energetic, and engaging on stage. With a combination of reporting and data, Gonzales breaks down the key races and brings valuable context to complex elections. Drawing from personal candidate interviews and more than 20 years covering campaigns, Gonzales combines entertaining anecdotes with historical trends and current polling data to project which candidates are best-positioned to win and which party is most likely to gain control. Gonzales’ winsome approach to politics is refreshing at a time when the country is divided, and he can reliably navigate audiences with differing partisan views.

On Election Night 2016, Nathan was an on-air analyst for Newshour on PBS after working as an off-air consultant for ABC News on their Election Night Decision Desk for 14 years. Previously, he was an editor, analyst, and writer for The Rothenberg Political Report, and worked for CNN as a political analyst and as an associate producer for Capital Gang.

Gonzales has appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC, and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. His work has also appeared on FiveThirtyEight, NBCLatino.com, and in Campaigns & Elections magazine.

Gonzales grew up in Oregon, earned his Master of Arts from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (Washington, DC) and his bachelor of arts from Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, California). He first came to Washington, D.C. as an intern in the White House Press Office and lives in the city with his wife and four children.
GONZALES, NATHAN
Mr. John T. McGarvey, Esq.
Mr. John T. McGarvey, Esq.
Morgan Pottinger McGarvey

John T. McGarvey’s practice concentrates on secured transactions, municipal law, the representation of banks and other lenders in litigation, and matters under the Uniform Commercial Code. His legal accomplishments have been recognized by his election to the American Law Institute and inclusion in lists such as Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Top Lawyers and Preeminent Attorneys. John is a member of numerous legal organizations, including multiple Uniform Commercial Code task forces and advisory committees. He has held a position on the UCC’s Permanent Editorial Board since 2015. John is an adjunct secured transactions professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law, and has taught hundreds of seminars on legal issues involving financial institutions and credit extenders. He was named Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” for Banking and Finance Law in Louisville in 2015. John is a shareholder, chairperson of the firm’s Executive Committee and a member of the Marketing Committee.
Mr. John T. McGarvey, Esq.
Mr. John T. McGarvey, Esq.
Morgan Pottinger McGarvey
John T. McGarvey’s practice concentrates on secured transactions, municipal law, the representation of banks and other lenders in litigation, and matters under the Uniform Commercial Code. His legal accomplishments have been recognized by his election to the American Law Institute and inclusion in lists such as Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Top Lawyers and Preeminent Attorneys. John is a member of numerous legal organizations, including multiple Uniform Commercial Code task forces and advisory committees. He has held a position on the UCC’s Permanent Editorial Board since 2015. John is an adjunct secured transactions professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law, and has taught hundreds of seminars on legal issues involving financial institutions and credit extenders. He was named Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” for Banking and Finance Law in Louisville in 2015. John is a shareholder, chairperson of the firm’s Executive Committee and a member of the Marketing Committee.MCGARVEY, JOHN
Rob Nichols
Rob Nichols
American Bankers Association

Rob Nichols is the president and CEO of the American Bankers Association, the voice of the nation’s $23.7 trillion banking industry and the only organization that represents banks of all sizes and charters in Washington.

Since joining ABA in August 2015, Nichols has led ABA's advocacy efforts, working to ensure that banks of all sizes operate in a policy environment that allows them to best serve their customers and communities. In 2018, Nichols led ABA's successful efforts to win passage of the first major banking bill in nearly a decade. Among other things, the bipartisan legislation modified rules for community banks originally intended for larger institutions.
Rob Nichols
Rob Nichols
American Bankers Association
Rob Nichols is the president and CEO of the American Bankers Association, the voice of the nation’s $23.7 trillion banking industry and the only organization that represents banks of all sizes and charters in Washington.

Since joining ABA in August 2015, Nichols has led ABA's advocacy efforts, working to ensure that banks of all sizes operate in a policy environment that allows them to best serve their customers and communities. In 2018, Nichols led ABA's successful efforts to win passage of the first major banking bill in nearly a decade. Among other things, the bipartisan legislation modified rules for community banks originally intended for larger institutions.
NICHOLS, ROB
Dr. Lindsey Piegza
Dr. Lindsey Piegza
Stifel Financial

Dr. Lindsey Piegza is the Chief Economist for Stifel Financial. She specializes in the research and analysis of economic trends and activity, world economies, financial markets, and monetary and fiscal policies. Prior to her role with Stifel, she was the Senior Economist for an investment bank in New York City for eight years consulting clients in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. A highly sought-after speaker across national and international forums, Piegza is often quoted in the business press. She is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Fox Business, as well as national radio and other business news outlets. Piegza is also a monthly op-ed contributor for The Hill.
Dr. Lindsey Piegza
Dr. Lindsey Piegza
Stifel Financial
Dr. Lindsey Piegza is the Chief Economist for Stifel Financial. She specializes in the research and analysis of economic trends and activity, world economies, financial markets, and monetary and fiscal policies. Prior to her role with Stifel, she was the Senior Economist for an investment bank in New York City for eight years consulting clients in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. A highly sought-after speaker across national and international forums, Piegza is often quoted in the business press. She is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Fox Business, as well as national radio and other business news outlets. Piegza is also a monthly op-ed contributor for The Hill. PIEGZA, LINDSEY
Mr. Mark D. Strother
Mr. Mark D. Strother
The Commercial Bank of Grayson

Mr. Mark D. Strother
Mr. Mark D. Strother
The Commercial Bank of Grayson
 STROTHER, MARK
Joe Sullivan
Joe Sullivan
Market Insights

Joe Sullivan is the CEO and Founder of Market Insights, Inc. – a consulting firm that helps bring clarity to the complex choices faced by community-based financial institutions by providing market-specific, data-driven insights and strategies that will position their institutions for sustainable growth. As a consultant, author, and professional speaker with over 30 years of experience, the themes of growth, innovation and motivation can be found throughout Joe’s work.

He has been invited to share his insights with international, national, regional and state associations/leagues as keynote and workshop presenter. Joe is a founding faculty member for the Graduate School of Banking at Univ. of Wisconsin (Digital Banking School). He also teaches at the Ohio Bankers League Management School and Washington Bankers Association (Fintech Executive Development Program). He has presented to hundreds of audiences on human connection, disruption, fintech, consumer trends, delivery system planning, marketing, leadership and personal empowerment.

Joe’s passion, energetic style and practical approach engages his audiences and consistently makes him a top-rated speaker. His unique perspective comes from working side-by-side with executives and marketers around the U.S. in the development of successful growth strategies. Joe incorporates these frontline experiences into his presentations and offers insights that challenge conventional thinking, creating a sense of excited urgency with his audiences.
Joe Sullivan
Joe Sullivan
Market Insights
Joe Sullivan is the CEO and Founder of Market Insights, Inc. – a consulting firm that helps bring clarity to the complex choices faced by community-based financial institutions by providing market-specific, data-driven insights and strategies that will position their institutions for sustainable growth. As a consultant, author, and professional speaker with over 30 years of experience, the themes of growth, innovation and motivation can be found throughout Joe’s work.

He has been invited to share his insights with international, national, regional and state associations/leagues as keynote and workshop presenter. Joe is a founding faculty member for the Graduate School of Banking at Univ. of Wisconsin (Digital Banking School). He also teaches at the Ohio Bankers League Management School and Washington Bankers Association (Fintech Executive Development Program). He has presented to hundreds of audiences on human connection, disruption, fintech, consumer trends, delivery system planning, marketing, leadership and personal empowerment.

Joe’s passion, energetic style and practical approach engages his audiences and consistently makes him a top-rated speaker. His unique perspective comes from working side-by-side with executives and marketers around the U.S. in the development of successful growth strategies. Joe incorporates these frontline experiences into his presentations and offers insights that challenge conventional thinking, creating a sense of excited urgency with his audiences.
SULLIVAN, JOE