Bank Conference in New York City Addresses Lending in a Low Interest Rate Environment

Bank Conference in New York City Addresses Lending in a Low Interest Rate

Boardroom Forum on Lending to Address Challenges, Strategies of Loan Growth

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Nov. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bank Director will host
its 2^nd annual Boardroom Forum on Lending, in conjunction with NASDAQ OMX, on
Tuesday, December 4, at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square, New York City.
The one-day event, which sold out in 2011, is exclusive to bank board members
and senior officers of banks, and will focus on the challenges of loan growth.

"The pace of commercial and industrial loan growth at large and small banks
alike has, recently, been relatively strong," says Al Dominick, managing
director and executive vice president of Bank Director. "As many CEOs and
their boards develop plans for 2013, we are excited to again host this
growth-oriented program."

  *However, the economic environment still has been challenging. Interest
    rates are low, which impacts profitability. Competition is tough. Where
    can banks look for growth in lending? David H. Ruffin, co-founder of
    Raleigh, North Carolina-based Credit Risk Management LLC, discusses
    opportunities for growth in lending.
  *How to become a top-performing bank. Stephen D. Steinour, president and
    CEO of top performing Huntington Bancshares Inc., a $57-billion asset bank
    holding company based in Columbus, Ohio, is the keynote speaker for the
    event. Huntington, which ranked second on Bank Director's 2012 Bank
    Performance Scorecard, recently shared the story of his bank's rebound in
    Bank Director magazine.
  *Some banks are easing lending standards for larger companies, while small
    businesses struggle to access credit. R. Scott Smith, Jr., chairman and
    CEO of Fulton Financial Corp., a $16-billion asset financial holding
    company headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, discusses the state of
    lending and forecasts commercial and consumer lending for 2013.


Since 1991, Bank Director has served as a leading information resource for the
directors and officers of financial institutions. Bank Director hosts a
variety of conferences and director-training programs throughout the year
designed to increase the effectiveness of directors, focusing on topics like
growth strategy, compensation, lending, M&A, and risk. In addition to events,
Bank Director reaches the leaders of the institutions that comprise America's
$11 trillion banking industry through its quarterly magazine, executive-level
research, and its website, Bank Director is published by
DirectorCorps, and headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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CONTACT: Emily McCormick, (615) 777-8450,

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