Jerry C. Walker
President and CEO
The Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico
Jerry Walker has held the position as President and CEO of the ICBA/NM since 1996. In his role he is responsible and oversees the political, regulatory, educational, and administrative functions provided by the association to its members. Prior to this position, Walker was the President/CEO of the Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico. He is a former member of the New Mexico House of Representatives (elected in 1980 and reelected in 1982). He began working as a contract lobbyist for a host of business and government entities after completing his service in the legislature.
Dr. Stephen Happel
Keynote Speaker and Emeritus Professor of Economics
W. P. Carey School of Business, Tempe, AZ
Dr. Happel is a nationally recognized speaker on the current outlook for the U.S. and individual states' economies. Known for clear and factual presentations that incorporate lighthearted humor, he can engage any audience, and encourages people to think critically and question ideas being discussed. Dr. Happel earned a B.A. in mathematics and economics from the University of Missouri and attended Duke University where he earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics. Dr. Happel is a long-time instructor at the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle and the Arizona Tax Institute.
Rebeca Romero Rainey
Chairman and CEO
Centinel Bank of Taos, Taos, NM
Rebeca is a board member and past President of the Independent Bankers Association of New Mexico and is currently Immediate Past Chairman of the Independent Community Bankers Association of America (ICBA). From 2009 thru 2012 Rebeca served two terms on the FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking and in October of 2011 joined the Kansas City Federal Reserve District CDIAC for a two year term. In December 2009, she was called to the White House to meet directly with President Obama and Treasury Secretary Geithner to discuss lending practices and regulatory reform. In March of 2017 she met with President Trump and Secretary Mnuchin to discuss small business lending and regulatory reform for community banks. Rebeca is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Pacific Coast School of Banking.
Tom Michelena - Panel Member
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Western States Bank, Laramie, WY
Mr. Michelena joined Western States Bank in 2006. Tom began his banking career in 2002 at First Interstate Bank in Billings, Montana. While at First Interstate Bank, Mr. Michelena participated in every aspect of the bank ranging from Operations, a Management Trainee Program with extensive involvement in both consumer and commercial lending, and data processing. Most recently, Mr. Michelena helped coordinate the merger with Wyoming State Bank and Valley Bank and Trust totaling an asset size of $500 million. Mr. Michelena obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business at Montana State University in 2004. He completed his Executive MBA with the University of Wyoming in 2010. Tom participates in a wide variety of community service events for both personal and professional interest. In his free time, you can find Tom riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Matt Nielsen - Panel Member
Vice President and Information Systems Manager
McCook National Bank, McCook, NE
Matt Nielsen is the Vice President/Information Systems Manager for McCook National Bank, a $330 million-dollar community bank located in Southwest Nebraska. Matt joined MNB in 2007 and also serves as the banks Information Security Officer. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science as well as a recent graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.
Hunton & Williams, LLP, Dallas, TX
Peter is Practice Group Leader of the Financial Institutions Section and has counseled institutions on more than 150 M&A transactions, as well as provided representation on securities offerings, capital planning, hundreds of fair lending, civil money penalty and other enforcement actions. His group has been number one in M&A transactions since 2007 (according to SNL Financial). Representation includes advising the first and largest online auctioneer and broker of oil and gas properties in the United States; lead counsel in a merger of equals creating a $13 billion bank; representation of Bank of Cascades in the acquisition of 15 Bank of America branches; 2014 transaction of the year for the first successful topping bid for a community bank, and myriad compliance issues before all of the federal bank regulatory authorities, including the CFPB. He also testified before the Panel of the House Judiciary Committee regarding Operation “Choke Point” in July 2014. For the last 20 years, he has served as co-editor of ICBA’s Newsletter, "SUBCHAPTERS: THE NEXT GENERATION.” He is the author of numerous articles in law and banking publications. His article, “Acquisitions of Failed Banks – Present Risk and Opportunity,” was recognized by The Risk Managers Association Journal in 2011. He has spoken at over 300 banking conferences and seminars. Mr. Weinstock obtained his BA from the State University of New York in 1982, and his JD from the Duke University School of Law in 1985.