Published on September 29th, 2023 | by University of Mississippi


Ole Miss Business School to Host 22nd Annual Banking and Finance Symposium

Leaders in the financial sector to speak to attendee and students

The University of Mississippi School of Business Administration is gearing up for its 22nd annual Banking and Finance Symposium, a daylong event that will provide participants with information on financial technology advances and trends in mergers and acquisitions.

The event is set for October 27, 2023, at the Oxford Conference Center. Registration, which costs $95, is open to banking and finance professionals, students, and alumni. To sign up, click here.

“The topics discussed are timely and offer an opportunity for attendees to interact with other professionals and learn about the latest trends and opportunities in the industry,” said Ken Cyree, dean of the business school.

Daniel Brown, senior director and economist of the American Bankers Association, and Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco are keynote speakers for the symposium.

Brown’s address will focus on the health of the banking sector and the importance of community development financial institutions funds in local communities.

“While an unprecedented rise in interest rates has created challenges, the economic overview presentation will uncover why both the banking sector and the economy at large have proven to be quite resilient thus far in 2023,” Brown said. “The presentation will also highlight the importance of community development financial institution banks, especially in the state of Mississippi, as a catalyst for economic growth in their local communities.”

The gathering will kick off with the Women in Finance breakfast, followed by the keynote speakers and a lunch and awards presentation.

The afternoon includes breakout sessions focusing on topics and trends in the industry.

Other speakers for the symposium include:

  • Tara Plimpton, Regions Bank
  • Liz Jacobs and Grant Gregory, Morgan Stanley
  • Charles Potts, Independent Community Bankers of America
  • Wade Barnes, Hartman Advisors
  • Joshua Jordan, Jack Henry
  • Greg Ohlendorf, First Community Bank and Trust
  • Paul Davis and Larry Pruss, Strategic Resource Management
  • Edward Francis, InBank
  • Andy Marshall, FirstBank Southwest
  • Scott Mills, William Mills Agency
  • Christopher Mihok, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
  • Richard Levin, Nelson Mullins
  • Wade Peery, FirstBank
  • Sean O’Neal, Chartwell Partners
  • Phil Buffington, Adams and Reese LLP
  • Eric Adkins, PriorityOne Bank

Staff Report

Charles White (left) 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Finance Executive Award, and Ken Cyree, dean of the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration, congratulate Mitch Waycaster, CEO and president of Renasant Corp. and Renasant Bank, as the 2022 recipient of the award during the school’s annual Banking and Finance Symposium. This year’s edition is set for Oct. 27 at the Oxford Conference Center. Photo by Stella Connell/UM School of Business Administration
Daniel Brown. Submitted photo

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The University of Mississippi, affectionately known as Ole Miss, is Mississippi’s flagship university. A member of the elite group of R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, Ole Miss has a long history of producing leaders in public service, business, academics and the professions. Its 16 academic divisions include a major medical school; nationally recognized schools of accountancy, law and pharmacy; and an Honors College acclaimed for a blend of academic rigor, experiential learning and opportunities for community action. Acclaimed as one of the nation’s most beautiful, Ole Miss's main campus is in Oxford, which is routinely recognized as one of the nation's best college towns.

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