VBA Annual Convention
The Breakers Palm Beach

Conference/Seminar/School Chandler Owdom Monica McDearmon Amy Binns

To be held on June 25-28, the 2023 Annual Convention will take place at The Breakers Palm Beach in Florida. The 2023 Convention will combine a great lineup of speakers on timely topics and networking with bankers and industry providers. 

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Please note that the dress code for all Convention events is resort casual, including polo shirts, shorts, sandals, sundresses, etc.


3:00-5:00 p.m. – Registration & Refreshments

5:30-7:00 p.m. – Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Investors Title Insurance Company


8:00-11:30 a.m. – General Session & Breakout Sessions

10:00–10:40 a.m. - Concurrent Breakout Sessions I & II
Sponsored by Abrigo and Profit Resources, Inc.

Magnolia Room:

Preparing for a Focus on Process and Efficiency
Mike Holt, Partner | Profit Resources, Inc.

Gold Room:

Managing Loan Pricing in Changing Rates
Dave Koch, Director of Advisory Services | Abrigo

10:40–10:50 a.m. - Break

10:50–11:30 a.m. - Concurrent Breakout Sessions III & IV
Sponsored by Chatham Financial and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., a Stifel Company

Magnolia Room:

Interest Rate Swaps: Avoid Being Exposed When the Tide Goes Out
Bob Newman, Managing Director | Chatham Financial

Gold Room:

What the Board Needs to Know in 2023
Chris Kochard, Director | Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., a Stifel Company

9:30-11:00 a.m. – Spouse/Guest Mix & Mingle (free to registered spouses/guests; separate registration required) 

12:30 p.m. – Golf Tournament: Shotgun Start
Sponsored by Vericast
Additional sponsors include Motleys Asset Disposition Group/Richmond Auto Auction/Fortis Foreclosure Services and Profit Resources, Inc.

6:00-7:00 p.m. – Reception
Sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, SageView Consulting Group, VBA Benefits Corp. and Voya Financial


8:45-11:45 a.m. – General Session

2:00-4:00 p.m. – Cornhole Tournament 
Sponsored by R&T Deposit Solutions

7:00-10:00 p.m. – Closing Reception & Dinner
Sponsored by Bankers Insurance 



About Our Keynote Speakers

Session information will be available soon!

Chaunte Lowe
TEDx Speaker, 4-Time Olympian, Medalist, American Record Holder, Breast Cancer Thriver

Nela Richardson
Chief Economist, ADP

Alyson Van Hooser
Keynote Speaker, Leadership Trainer & Consultant, 2x Author

Alex Vogel
CEO, Vogel Group

About Our Breakout Sessions

Full session information will be available soon!

Mike Holt
Partner, Profit Resources, Inc.
Preparing for a Focus on Process and Efficiency

Dave Koch
Director of Advisory Services, Abrigo
Managing Loan Pricing in Changing Rates

Chris Kochard
Director, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., a Stifel Company
What the Board Needs to Know in 2023

Bob Newman
Managing Director, Chatham Financial
Interest Rate Swaps: Avoid Being Exposed When the Tide Goes Out

Registration Information

Register Now!

VBA Member Registration* Now-June 25
VBA Member $1095
Spouse/Guest (any guests 21 and older) $595
Youth Registration (any guests under 21) Complimentary
Non-Member Registration* Now-June 25
Non-Member $1595
Non-Member Spouse/Guest (any guests 21 and older) $795
Non-Member Youth Registration (any guests under 21) Complimentary

*Please contact Gail Queen with registration questions.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations will be charged a $100 administrative fee. Cancellations received after June 19, 2023 will be charged a $175 administrative fee. Substitutions are allowed prior to the beginning of Convention.

VBA Event Policies

By registering for this event, you are agreeing to the VBA Event Policies.

Special Needs & Americans with Disabilities Notice

If you have special needs that may affect your participation in this event, please contact Monica McDearmon to discuss accommodations.

Hotel Information

The Breakers

To check on room rate availability at The Breakers and make a reservation, please contact The Breakers reservation team directly at (888) 757-3598. Please be sure to mention that you are with the Virginia Bankers Association Annual Convention group.

If you are unable to secure a room within the VBA’s room block, or if you are in the block under the group rate for some nights, but not all of them, please:

  • Email the hotel at meeting.reservations@thebreakers.com to be placed on the waitlist*, or if you need assistance with your reservation. Include your check-in/check-out dates, as well as the number of hotel guests and any other specific requests. The Breakers will do their best to accommodate as many Convention attendees from the waitlist as possible, on a first-come, first-served basis. 
    • You can also get added to the waitlist via phone at (888) 757-3598. Again, please be sure to mention that you are with the Virginia Bankers Association Annual Convention group.
  • Review the Breakers’ cancellation policy. All cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to arrival. You can view the detailed reservation policies here. If you plan to cancel your hotel reservation at The Breakers for any reason, please contact Monica McDearmon before doing so. This will help us provide more attendees with rooms within our block. We appreciate your assistance in maximizing our lodging options!
  • Review the alternative lodging option below. The VBA recommends securing alternative lodging as soon as possible. Please be sure to note on your calendar by when you need to cancel your alternative lodging reservation, in case you are later able to secure a room at The Breakers instead. The Breakers will be able to move people off the waitlist and into the VBA room block up until the last minute.

* Attendees do not have to have a reservation on hold at the Breakers to be placed on the waitlist.

The Breakers Hotel Policies & Cancellation

All cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to arrival. You can view the detailed reservation policies here. Reservations must be accompanied by a one-night deposit. Room rates are subject to the current Florida state tax (7%) and Palm Beach County local tax (6%).

Additional Room Block Available at The Brazilian Court Hotel

The Brazilian Court – 800-552-0335 (1.1 miles from The Breakers)

We have made an additional room block for Convention attendees at The Brazilian Court Hotel at a rate of $339 per night. To make a reservation at The Brazilian Court Hotel, please call 561-655-7740, ask for group reservations and reference the Virginia Bankers Association group. The cutoff date for this block is June 2, 2023. 

Please note that there is a 14-day cancellation policy for all reservations made at The Brazilian Court Hotel. 

More About The Breakers

The Breakers Palm Beach
One South County Road
Palm Beach, FL 33480
1(833) 200-7801

Recognized as one of America’s most iconic resorts, The Breakers is an Italian Renaissance-style hotel situated on 140 acres of oceanfront property on the island of Palm Beach, Florida. Founded in 1896, and inspired by the magnificent Italian villas of the 1400s (specifically the Villa Medici in Rome), The Breakers’ Mediterranean-style architecture features an eight-story palace by the sea with sun-filled North and South Loggias, iconic Twin Belvedere Towers and graceful arches throughout. The lushly landscaped 1,040-foot, palm-lined main drive leads to the resort’s Florentine Fountain, modeled after the Boboli Gardens in Florence. The hotel’s breathtaking lobby is influenced by the Great Hall of the Palazzo Carrega in Genoa (circa 1560). You can learn more about the history of The Breakers here.

The Breakers is a quick 15-minute drive from the Palm Beach International airport. For location details and property maps, click here

  • View dining information here.
  • View spa information here.
  • View all activity information here

Golf Tournament at the Ocean Course

Monday, June 26 with a 12:30pm Shotgun Start
11:45 am Shuttle Departure

About the Tournament

Thank you to VERICAST for sponsoring this event!

The tournament is Captain’s Choice (Scramble) and will include:

  • Men’s and women’s longest drive contests
  • Closest to the pin contests
  • Cash prizes for winners
  • Boxed lunches 
About the Ocean Course

The Ocean Course is Florida’s oldest golf course, nurtured by The Breakers for more than a century.  In late 2018, the course emerged from a full-scale renovation by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones. Inspiring players of all levels, the course offers an extraordinary golf experience that honors its heritage and seaside location with contemporary playability. Read more about this course here.

Sign-Up Information
The charge is $282.50 per person, which will be charged to your hotel room account. You will need to complete a waiver before playing in the tournament. Be sure to sign-up for the golf tournament in advance no later than June 15th when you register online for the VBA Annual Convention. Already registered to attend Convention? Click here to complete a quick form to sign-up for the golf tournament as well. 

Please register for the tournament no later than June 15th. Please note, if you have signed up for this activity and your plans change, you must cancel before June 15th or the fee for the activity will still be charged to your room. If you register after June 15th and would like to later cancel, your room account will still be charged. Please contact Gail Queen with your changes in plans.

Club Rentals & Shipping Information

A limited number of golf clubs are available for rent through the hotel at a rate of $123.05**. All rental clubs are Titleist, and rental sets come with a complimentary sleeve of Titleist ProV1 golf balls. Please email Britain Jorgensen, Director of Golf Operations, at britain.jorgensen@thebreakers.com if you are interested in renting clubs for the tournament.

**The deadline to reserve or cancel clubs is June 15th; if you cancel your rental reservation after that date, your hotel room will still be charged.

  • Shipping your clubs to The Breakers?
    • Use this address:
      • The Breakers
        1 South County Rd
        Palm Beach, FL 33480
    • The Clubhouse can also assist with shipping your clubs home for you. If you ship via Ship Sticks, you will need to provide The Clubhouse with the pre-paid return label. Otherwise, The Clubhouse will have a shipping form you can fill out onsite and they will take care of the rest.

Updated Event: VBA Cornhole Tournament Now “Fun in the Sun” Social

Thank you to R&T DEPOSIT SOLUTIONS for sponsoring this event!

Tuesday, June 27 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
The Breakers, Ocean Lawn

Based on attendee feedback, the cornhole tournament will now be a “Fun in the Sun” social! Join us at the same time and place to socialize with your friends and colleagues. Enjoy an open bar, giveaways from sponsor R&T Deposit Solutions, and casual lawn games like cornhole, giant Jenga and Connect Four.

Stop by after lunch or come by before your swim – feel free to come dressed as you are!  No registration is required – this event is open to all Convention attendees and guests.

A Note to Cornhole Tournament Registrants

If you had previously signed up to participate in the cornhole tournament, we hope you will still join us for the “Fun in the Sun” Social. Gail Queen from the VBA will contact you to process your refund for the $50 cornhole tournament registration fee.

Spouse/Guest Mix and Mingle

Monday, June 26 at 9:30 a.m.

New this year, a free social will be held at 9:30 am on Monday morning for all Convention spouses and guests. Join longtime Palm Beach resident Leslie Diver, Island Living Tours, for an event that will educate and entertain you. After a mimosa and mingling, Leslie, a real insider, will provide an up-close-and-personal view of Palm Beach, highlighting its colorful history, world­class architecture, and the skinny on residents – famous and infamous. In a town that boasts incomparable allure and draws denizens that include rocker Rod Stewart, Yoko Ono, Bon Jovi, author James Patterson and more, there are plenty of stories to share.

Sign-Up Information
Space is limited to the first 50 registrants. Guests age 21 and up only. Be sure to sign-up for the Spouse/Guest Mix & Mingle in advance and no later than June 15th when you register online for the VBA Annual Convention. Already registered to attend Convention? Click here to complete a quick form to sign-up for the Spouse/Guest Mix & Mingle as well. Registration is FREE!

 Please contact Gail Queen with your changes in plans by June 15th.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring the 2023 VBA Annual Convention? Click here to view options or contact Amy Binns for more information.