2023 ALM First Financial Forum kicks-off with keynote on building a world-class organization, economic insights

SANTA BARBARA, CA (September 26, 2023) — The 2023 ALM First Financial Forum kicked off yesterday at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara with keynote speaker, Harry Kraemer, Clinical Professor of Leadership at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Kraemer explored how to successfully navigate change and build a world-class organization. Drawing upon research and real-life examples, he shared principles and strategies that leaders can employ to drive success.

Jason Haley, ALM First’s Chief Investment Officer, shared his latest Economic & Market Update tailored specifically to financial institutions. Touching upon the latest FOMC meeting, economic data trends, and market expectations, Jason helped attendees understand how current conditions and the economic outlook are impacting financial performance at depositories.

Yesterday also included general sessions on the State of the Industry and a panel discussion on 2024 Strategic Planning Priorities, which explored critical themes, such as M&A strategy, talent recruitment & retention, ERM, technology and more.

This year, more than 200 financial professionals are attending the three-day conference, which is designed for everyone involved in managing or monitoring the balance sheet to discover insights, formulate strategies and gain new perspectives as they prepare for the coming year.

Today, two separate education tracks, led by a variety of industry experts, will deliver custom-tailored sessions to Executives and Board Members. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics including asset liability management, interest rate risk, enterprise risk management, governance, and more.

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About ALM First

ALM First was founded in 1995 as a strategic partner for depositories, offering an array of financial advisory services. The firm’s expertise in asset/liability management, fixed income portfolio management and hedging, has allowed it to deliver deeper insights into financial institutions’ balance sheets, strengthening their financial performance and building efficiencies. With approximately $70 billion of investments under management (as of December 31, 2023), ALM First Financial Advisors is an SEC-registered investment advisor, acting as an unbiased third party, offering commission-free, fee-based services to over 300 financial institutions across the country.
In recent years, ALM First Group has expanded to include several wholly-owned subsidiaries including DDJ Myers, an ALM First Company and ALM First Executive Benefits, LLC. Driven by client needs, we now offer executive recruitment, strategic organization, board development, tailored executive benefits solutions and more to help financial institutions optimize their greatest assets – their people.


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