2023 VBA/ABA Washington Summit
In-Person Attendee Event Portal

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Thank you for registering for the 2023 VBA/ABA Washington Summit! 

We will continue to update this portal as the event gets closer with all of  the information you will need to know for a successful visit to Washington. 

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Learn More About they Keynote Speakers Here!


Monday, March 20, 2023
7:00 am – 6:00 pm – Registration Open
7:00 am – 8:00 am – The Forums Breakfast 
8:00 am – 9:45 am – Women and Allies Forum
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Emerging Leaders Forum 
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Networking Lunch 
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Emerging Leaders Forum
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Opening Reception – Must have badge to attend
7:00 pm – Dutch Treat Emerging Bank Leaders Dinner 
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:15 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am - ABA Members-Only Summit Orientation
9:00 am – 11:30 am – General Session 
11:30 am – 12:15 pm – Luncheon
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm - Travel time to get to Capitol Hill visits
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Capitol Hill Visits – See below for more information.*
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – VBA/MBA Joint Reception: Sponsored by FHLBank Atlanta at Charlie Palmer’s – More information below.
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:15 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – 11:30 am – General Session 
*Transportation to the meetings on the Hill and return transportation to the hotel after the meetings and reception is on your own. We recommend grouping up with other Virginia bankers to share a taxi or an Uber.

Legislative Issue Briefs

2023 ABA One Pagers Packet

2023 Banking Overview for Congress One Pager

Digital Assets One Pager

Silicon Valley Bank Talking Points

FHLB Policy Priorities

Tuesday Afternoon Legislative Visits Information

Tuesday afternoon legislative visits will be held at the Rayburn House Building at 45 Independence Ave SW from 12:30 – 3:30 pm and at the Capitol Visitor Center at First St NE from 3:00 -5:00 pm. We are working to confirm legislator attendance and will provide an update on their proposed meeting times in advance of the Summit.

*Transportation to the meetings on the Hill and return transportation to the hotel after the meetings and reception is on your own. We recommend grouping up with other Virginia bankers to share a taxi or an Uber.

  • 12:30 – 3:00 pm - Meetings with Virginia House of Representative members or staff will be held in Rayburn 2237.
    • 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515
  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm – Meetings with Senator Tim Kaine and Mark Warner will be held in the Capitol Visitor Center in room SVC 210-212.
    • First St NE, Washington, DC 20515

Legislator Bios

Tips for Your Visits

Bankers make loans and members of Congress make laws. It is essential that both groups work together to develop a better understanding of the public policy challenges that face banking. Both the VBA and ABA will provide you with information on specific legislative items for discussion (see the Legislative Issue Briefs dropdown above).  Please take the time to consider the following do’s and don’ts to make the most out of your visit.

  • Do your homework. Read up so you know a bit about the member’s background and previous occupation. You can read about House members here  and Senate members here. In Washington, we may be given as little as 15 minutes with the member of Congress and/or staff, due to their hectic schedules. Thus, it’s important for you to keep your comments brief and for you to tailor your comments to each legislator. Be sure to use local, personalized examples of how the issue affects your bank and your customers and your community.

  • Don’t be impatient or inflexible. Congressional schedules change often. If they do have to cancel, they will likely send a staffer who handles banking issues. This Legislative Assistant will often do much of the research and voting recommendations on banking issues, so he or she is a good person to know and talk to.

  • Dress and pack accordingly, as you will be required to pass through security on the Hill. Due to these security measures, it is advisable to leave all non-essential personal items in your hotel room.

  • Bring business cards to leave with members and any talking points you need.

  • Don’t be afraid to participate in the conversation! When commenting, introduce yourself, your bank and what you do.  Let them know where in the district you live to remind the member you are a constituent. Leave the member with a clear impression of the action you want taken.  Stay positive even if you do not receive the answer you want. Do not be afraid to say you don’t know if asked a question you cannot answer. The VBA will designate a banker to help guide the discussion with the members, but there will be time for your comments and questions as well.

  • There’s no need to use technical terms or acronyms. Try to frame the issues in everyday language as the member may not be a banking industry expert.

  • Thank the member and their staff and follow up. Thank them for taking the time to meet with you. Take a picture with the member if there is time and be sure to share it with the VBA. Following up is always a nice touch. The VBA will send the member of Congress a thank-you note, but feel free to send one as well. In your note, review the issues you discussed and confirm the action that you want the member to take. Follow-up with answers to any questions the member had. (Thank staffers by name, too, and your letter is likely to end up on the member’s desk!) 

  • Keep the member involved and stay in touch. Don’t let the Summit be the last time you talk to your legislator. Offer to be a resource on banking issues in your District and consider inviting the member to an upcoming function (bank tour, community event, etc.) the next time he or she is home in the District.  Members and their staff need to be invited to visit banks, understand the basics of how a bank works, and meet their bank-employee constituents.  The VBA can always assist in coordinating scheduling requests with members.

Join Us Tuesday Night for a Joint Reception with Maryland Bankers Association, Hosted by FHLBank Atlanta

Attendee Roster

Washington Summit Roster as of 03-17-23

Hotel Information

The Washington Summit will take place in the heart of downtown D.C. at the Marriott Marquis. 

Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C.
901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

VBA Onsite Staff Contact Information

Matt Bruning
EVP, Government & Member Relations

Heather Derflinger
Government Relations Manager

DeMarion Johnston
General Council

Chandler Owdom
VP, Communications and Strategy

Laurie Milligan
President & COO, VBA Benefits Corporation

John Snead
VP, Member Relations

Bruce Whitehurst
President & CEO