Vol. 108 2024 Issue 4 (July/August)

Change, Engage, Evolve: 2024 Mega Conference Recap

Change, Engage, Evolve: 2024 Mega Conference Recap

The Indiana Bankers Association’s annual Mega Conference this year encouraged Hoosier bankers to “change, engage and evolve” to a place where change is not just anticipated but embraced, engagement goes beyond transactions, and evolution becomes a strategic imperative.

Mega Conference is the Association’s signature event each year and the largest state bankers association meeting in the nation. Attendees for 2024 held steady at more than 1,250, our high since before the pandemic.

The conference teed off Monday, May 6, with an afternoon golf tournament through cloudy weather at the Country Club of Indianapolis on the west side of the city. That evening, the IBA hosted its annual Associate Member Appreciation Reception at The Westin Indianapolis Hotel in recognition of the many associate members who make Mega possible each year. Bankers and associate members enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres while networking with one another. The evening concluded with the popular hospitality suite in the Governor’s Suite at the Westin.

On Tuesday, the conference schedule began in earnest with two morning and two afternoon rounds of educational breakout sessions, with six sessions to choose from in each slot. Tuesday morning also featured the return of the popular Fintech Showcase, sponsored by Profit Resources Inc. The showcase featured live pitches from emerging companies displaying their new technologies and opportunities to implement innovative solutions specifically designed for community banks and their customers.

Between the morning and afternoon sessions was a lunch keynote featuring Jay Baer, who discussed how to grow your business by focusing on three things your customers truly care about. The luncheon also featured the presentation of Diamond Associate Member awards and recognition of this year’s Five-Star Bank members.

After the day’s educational sessions wrapped up, bankers returned to the exhibit hall for the Mega Celebration, where they mingled with one another and associate members over food and drinks. That evening, the IBA Future Leadership Division gathered for a casual networking event at Yardhouse, just a short (rainy) walk from the convention center. All conference attendees were then invited back to the hospitality suite for another evening of fun, conversation, food and drinks.

Wednesday brought another four rounds of education sessions, again with six options each. At lunch, keynote speaker Joshua Evans urged attendees to cultivate the future of their employees’ experience.

The luncheon also featured the announcement of this year’s Commitment to Community Award winners. The program is designed to showcase exceptional community outreach by banks in the state. Congratulations to Alliance Bank, Francesville, for winning the category for banks with under $500 million in assets, and Horizon Bank, Michigan City, for winning the category for banks with $500 million or more in assets. Learn more about all of this year’s 2023 C2C Award Nominees.

Thank you to all who attended, and many thanks to our generous sponsors. We hope to see you at next year’s Mega Conference, scheduled for May 27-29, 2025, at the Indiana Convention Center and JW Marriott.

Commitment To Community Awards

Thank you to the 25 IBA-member banks that submitted nominations for the 2023 C2C Awards. Be sure to check out the stories of their work last year which you can also find in IBA social media using the hashtag #C2CAwards.

Nominations are now open for the 2024 C2C Awards, to be presented at the 2025 Mega Conference. Entries will be divided into three categories instead of two: banks with up to $750 million in assets, $750 million – $3 billion, and more than $3 billion. For more information, visit, or contact Emily Brooks at

Asset size: Under $500 million

  • Alliance Bank, Francesville – winner
  • Fowler State Bank – finalist
  • Home Bank, Martinsville – finalist
  • Bath State Bank
  • Bippus State Bank, Huntington
  • Logansport Savings Bank
  • Wayne Bank and Trust Company, Richmond

Asset size: $500 million or more

  • Horizon Bank, Michigan City – winner
  • Community First Bank of Indiana, Kokomo – finalist
  • North Salem State Bank – finalist
  • Busey Bank, Champaign, Illinois
  • Centier Bank, Merrillville
  • Civista Bank, Sandusky, Ohio
  • First Bank Richmond
  • First Federal Savings Bank, Evansville
  • First Harrison Bank, Corydon
  • First Merchants Bank, Muncie
  • First Savings Bank, Jeffersonville
  • GBC Bank, Greenfield
  • JCBank, Seymour
  • Merchants Bank of Indiana, Carmel
  • The National Bank of Indianapolis
  • Northwest Bank, Warren, Pennsylvania
  • STAR Bank, Fort Wayne
  • WesBanco Bank, Wheeling, West Virginia

Five Star Members

  • Alliance Bank, Francesville
  • Bank of Wolcott
  • Bath State Bank
  • The Bippus State Bank, Huntington
  • Citizens Bank, Mooresville
  • Citizens State Bank, New Castle
  • Community First Bank of Indiana, Kokomo
  • Crossroads Bank, Wabash
  • DeMotte State Bank
  • F&M Bank, Archbold, Ohio
  • Farmers and Mechanics Federal, Bloomfield
  • The Farmers Bank, Frankfort
  • First Bank of Berne
  • First Bank Richmond
  • First Farmers Bank & Trust Co., Converse
  • First Federal Savings Bank, Evansville
  • First Federal Savings Bank, Huntington
  • First Federal Savings Bank, Rochester
  • First Harrison Bank, Corydon
  • First Savings Bank, Jeffersonville
  • First State Bank of Middlebury
  • First State Bank of Porter
  • The Fountain Trust Company, Covington
  • GBC Bank, Greenfield
  • German American Bank, Jasper
  • Hendricks County Bank & Trust Company, Brownsburg
  • Home Bank, Martinsville
  • Hoosier Heartland State Bank, Crawfordsville
  • JCBank, Seymour
  • Kentland Bank
  • Logansport Savings Bank
  • Mutual Savings Bank, Franklin
  • North Salem State Bank
  • NWSB, Charlestown
  • Owen County State Bank, Spencer
  • The Peoples Bank, Brownstown
  • Riddell National Bank, Brazil
  • Security Federal Savings Bank, Logansport
  • Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company, Jasper
  • Tri-County Bank & Trust Company, Roachdale
  • Wayne Bank and Trust Company, Richmond

Diamond Associate Members

  • Amundsen Davis LLC
  • The Baker Group
  • BancMac/Community Banc Mortgage Corp.
  • Bankers’ Bank
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis
  • K4 Architecture + Design
  • The KeyState Companies
  • Krieg DeVault LLP
  • NFP
  • Renninger & Associates LLC

Thank You, Sponsors

  • Amundsen Davis LLC
  • Angott Search Group
  • The Baker Group
  • Baker Hill Corporation
  • Banc Card of America
  • BancMac/Community Banc Mortgage Corporation
  • Bankers’ Bank
  • BHG Financial
  • Check Printing Contract Consulting
  • Cherry Bekaert
  • Cinnaire Corp.
  • CLA
  • Crowe LLP
  • DDI Technology
  • Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP
  • Endeavor IT
  • Executive Benefits Network
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis
  • Federated Hermes Inc.
  • Forvis Mazars
  • Graduate School of Banking
  • Green Sign Company
  • IBA Group Insurance Trust
  • Independent Community Bankers of America
  • Investors Title Insurance Company
  • K4 Architecture + Design
  • The KeyState Companies
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Midwestern Securities
  • Ncontracts
  • Plante Moran
  • Profit Resources Inc.
  • PULSE, A Discover Company
  • Renninger & Associates LLC
  • Silverback
  • TCA Compliance
  • Title Center of Indiana LLC
  • Travelers
  • United Bankers’ Bank
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Virtual Innovation Inc.
  • VISA
  • Voluforms
  • Wipfli LLP
  • Works24
  • Young & Associates Inc.

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