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AOBA 2020

Getting Started with Swaps: Three Growth Stories 

Join us for our panel session on Sunday, January 26 at 3 p.m. MST at BankDirector's Acquired or Be Acquired conference 

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Chatham's Bob Newman will moderate a panel of banking executives as they discuss how interest rate hedging tools contributed to the transformative growth they’ve presided over in the past decade.

Meet the panelists:


Mitch Bleske, Bremer Bank

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mitch Bleske is responsible for all financial management activities, including financial reporting, management of interest rate risk, liquidity, capital, wholesale funding and investments. In addition, Mitch is EVP of Commercial and Ag Banking, leading Bremer’s commercial and agriculture banking efforts.

Prior to joining Bremer in 2013, Mitch was Treasurer for Trustmark National Bank, located in Jackson, Mississippi. He has also worked at United Community Banks where he was SVP, Director of Capital Markets and Treasurer, and at U.S. Bancorp, where he held several treasury roles including derivatives, fixed income portfolio management and balance sheet risk management. Mitch graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics and earned his master’s in business administration from the University of St. Thomas.



Keene Turner, Enterprise Financial Services

Keene S. Turner is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Enterprise Financial Services Corp, a banking and wealth management company. The company concentrates on meeting the lifetime financial needs of business owners, their organizations, and other success-minded individuals. Enterprise manages approximately $7.2 billion in banking assets and administers $1.7 billion of wealth management assets in the St. Louis, Kansas City, New Mexico, and Phoenix regions.

Keene previously served at National Penn Bancshares, Inc. in Pennsylvania as EVP and Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to National Penn, Turner was a VP at the investment banking firm Griffin Financial Group, where he advised financial institutions on mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic matters. He is a CPA, with public accounting experience at Ernst & Young, LLP. Turner is a summa cum laude graduate of Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration.



Bill Crawford, UnitedBank

Bill Crawford is the former CEO and president of UnitedBank which was the third largest bank in Connecticut before being acquired by People’s United in November 2019. Crawford joined the bank in January 2011, taking the organization public via a second step equity conversion offering, raising $171 million in capital. He became president and CEO of the holding company and bank in April 2011. From 2011 through 2017 the bank expanded from $1.7 billion to $7.3 billion in assets. In September 2017 UnitedBank was named to Fortune Magazine’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Global Companies traded on a U.S. exchange based upon revenue growth, earnings growth, and total shareholder return.

Prior to joining United Bank, Bill served in a variety of executive roles at Wells Fargo Bank (and its predecessors) in the southeast. He received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and attended Christ’s College, Cambridge University, U.K. 

Meet the moderator, Bob Newman

BobNewmanBob is a Managing Director in Chatham’s financial institutions business which specializes in interest rate risk management for regional and community banks. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and serves on the faculty of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Prior to joining Chatham in 2003, most of Bob’s 20 years in commercial banking were focused on bringing “swaps to Main Street”, helping to start the derivatives operation at Maryland National Bank and expand the derivatives effort at SunTrust Bank. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Economics and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

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