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Recession Potential in the Spotlight

The OBL has scheduled a new one-day event, Combating Recession - Be Prepared Not Scared, on Dec. 3. With some economic indicators beginning to trend downward, the session will put the spotlight on the measures OBL members can take now to best prepare for a downturn.


New Malware Variant Targeting Banks

Federal government analysts have identified new Trojan malware variants used by the North Korean government that could be targeting U.S. banks. 


Annual Meeting to Attract Big Crowd

Time is running out to sign up for the featuring Commander of the USS Cole Kirk Lippold. With more than 300 attendees registered to attend in Columbus on Nov. 6, Book your seat today or risk missing out - Sign Up Today!


2019 Bank Comp & Benefits Survey Results Now Available

The results are in! Order your copy of the 2019 OBL Bank Compensation & Benefits Survey today. This collaborative industry initiative compiles the data from 65 Ohio institutions (ranging in size from $23m to $2.3b in assets). When combined with participants from OBL partner associations in Illinois, Missouri & Iowa, the survey includes numbers from more than 360 Midwestern financial institutions.


OCC, Banking Leader to Head Leading Bankers Bank

United Bankers Bank has announced that Dwight Larsen will become new CEO and President of UBB and its holding company, United Bankers’ Bancorporation, Inc.


OBL Taps Financial Services Veteran to Lead Professional Development Initiatives

Financial services veteran Stephanie Watson has joined the OBL as vice president of professional development. Watson, who has more than 20 years of experience in banking and insurance, will lead the OBL’s banker professional development initiatives focusing on refining the Association’s robust banker education offerings.


Ag Lending Conference Scheduled for August

With insight from ag bankers from across Ohio, the OBL again brings the “must-attend” ag lending program of the year to members. You won't want to miss the opportunity to hear from the industry's top experts like Dr. David Kohl and Dr. Matthew Roberts as they provide insight on a local, regional and national scope.


9/11 Survivor a Highlight of 2019 OBL Convention

Just as your car runs more smoothly when the wheels are in perfect alignment, so too does your bank perform better when your business strategies, goals, culture and execution are in BALANCE. This fall, attend the premier gathering of the Ohio banking industry as we explore what it takes to master The Art of BALANCE.


Next Gen Conference to Bring Together Brightest, Best

For the seventh time, the OBL brings together the brightest and best young banking leaders from across Ohio for the 2019 OBL Next Gen Conference, a "can't miss event" overflowing with learning and networking opportunities. The content rich agenda will feature leadership expert AmyK Hutchens, who will deliver a compelling and energetic program, leaving young bankers inspired and equipped to raise the performance, productivity and collaboration levels of themselves and their teams.


Bank Tighten CRE Loan Standards - Fed Survey

Banks are tightening commercial real estate loan standards as demand weakens, according to the Fed's latest Senior Loan Officer Survey. According to the report, banks reportedly tightened standards across all three major CRE loan categories—construction and land development loans, nonfarm nonresidential loans, and multifamily loans.