NCYB Eastern Region Networking Event – August 27 @ Bombers Bev Co.
Aug 27 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Please join the Young Bankers to network and mingle in Wilmington! NCYB Representatives Kristen Brabble, First Carolina Bank, John Parker, KS Bank, David Sauls, Southern Bank & Trust, and Patrick Spach, Live Oak Bank, will be in attendance. In addition, this networking program will feature a presentation by Pierre Naude, CEO of nCino, on “Continuous Innovation in a Digital World.”

Attendees do need to register, but there is no fee to attend. 

Webinar – Business Valuation Basics for Lenders
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am

This is a recorded program. The webinar will be sent to registrants on the morning of September 5.


This webinar is being presented by This program will consist of a business valuation primer for anyone working with business loans, especially SBA loans, such as commercial/business lenders on up to the executive officers. Understanding the business valuation process and the accompanying report can be a daunting task. However, this lively presentation will keep the audience engaged and will be full of important information. Specific topics include:

  • When a Business Valuation is Required for an SBA Loan
  • Other Purposes for Obtaining a Business Valuation; Estates, Trusts, Tax, Bankruptcy, etc…
  • How to Select a Business Valuator – Business Valuation Expert Credentials
  • SBA Requirements for Business Valuators
  • Elements of a Business Valuation Report
  • Overview of a Sample Valuation Report

This is a must-attend program for anyone in the financial industry who would like to learn more about the business valuation process.


Dwight Ensley – Certified Valuation Analyst & NC Licensed Attorney

Dwight Ensley has over 25 years of experience in buying, selling, and managing his own closely held small businesses, Dwight has an in-depth understanding of the operations and accounting of same. As a certified business valuation analyst, Dwight meets the Small Business Administration (SBA) SOP 50-10(5) requirements as a “qualified source.”

Dwight’s credentials include Juris Doctor, Masters of Business Administration, Bachelors of Business Administration, and Certified Valuation Analyst. He has served as an expert witness in business valuations for numerous court cases. His experience and knowledge have afforded him the opportunity to continually serve in a court-appointed capacity as a designated business valuator throughout NC. In addition to providing certified business valuation reports for clients, Dwight presents at CLE events throughout NC, SC, and VA, and has earned the distinction of being a Virginia Bar Association CLE Faculty and Author in 2016.

Dwight has authored several books including Closely Held Business Valuation Basics for Family Lawyers and When the Wrong Person gets the Money, The ERISA Federal Preemption Trap in Equitable Distribution. Organizations such as the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section, and the State Bar of Georgia Family Law Section Newsletter have published his articles. Dwight also regularly updates his blog with current business valuation related posts viewed at

IRA Essentials, Advanced IRAs &, HSA Frontline Fundamentals Workshop @ North Carolina Bankers Association
Sep 11 @ 9:00 am – Sep 13 @ 4:00 pm

Time:  Day 1: IRA Essentials, 9 am – 4 pm
Day 2: Advanced IRAs, 9 am – 4 pm
Day 3: HSA Frontline Fundamentals, 9 am – 12 pm

Registration Rates
Total Program: $775 (Early Bird – 8/29) / $825 (Regular – after 8/29)
Day 1: IRA Essentials Only: $350 (Early Bird – 8/29) / $400 (Regular – after 8/29)
Day 2: Advanced IRAs Only: $350 (Early Bird – 8/29) / $400 (Regular – after 8/29)
Day 3: HSA Frontline Fundamentals Only: $200 (Early Bird – 8/29) / $250 (Regular – 8/29)

Individuals can register for all days as a full package, or can register for any day a la carte. You can view topics for each day on the agenda (link above).


Day 1 – IRA Essentials

You should register for this program if you need to learn the basics of Traditional and Roth IRAs or you want an updated, general refresher on IRA rules.

This session will give attendees a solid foundation of IRA knowledge. Exercises are included throughout the day to help participants apply information to job-related situations. Attendees will leave this session able to work with IRA owners and process basic IRA transactions with confidence. This is a beginner’s session; no previous IRA knowledge is assumed. Click HERE to view all of the course topics.  

Day 2 – Advanced IRAs

You should register for this session if you are an IRA administrator, personal banker, or member services personnel who has a working knowledge of basic IRA operations and wishes to expand your expertise and provide enhanced customer service, a compliance specialist, or support personnel responsible for promotional materials.

This portion of the program will build on an attendees’ basic IRA knowledge to address some of the more complex IRA issues that their financial organizations may handle. This is an advanced session, and previous IRA knowledge is assumed. The instructor will use real-world examples to help participants apply information to job-related situations. Click HERE to view all of the course topics.

Day 3 – HSA Frontline Fundamentals 

You should register for this session if you need or want to learn the basics of Health Savings Accounts. 

This presentation is a half-day workshop that will give registrants a basic foundation of HSA knowledge. Exercises are included to help attendees apply information to real-world scenarios. Participants will leave this session able to confidently process basic HSA transactions. This is a beginner’s session, and no previous HSA knowledge is assumed. Click HERE to view all of the course topics.



Jeff Aga – Technical Consultant, Ascensus

Jeff Aga is a Technical Consultant with the ERISA Technical Support Department at Ascensus. He assists clients with technical compliance questions through the 800 Consulting Service. He instructs Ascensus’ webinars and various Ascensus sponsored seminars nationwide. Jeff lends technical expertise regarding Qualified Retirement Plans, Traditional and Roth IRAs, Coverdell education savings accounts, health savings accounts and various employer-sponsored retirement plans such as 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, SEP and SIMPLE IRA plans. He also conducts qualified retirement plan, 403(b) plan, and IRA compliance audits.

Jeff joined Ascensus in 1994 as a Plan Specialist in the Balance Forward Recordkeeping Department, and has served as a Client Service Representative as well as a Team Leader of Client Services with the Plan Service Group. He holds the Certified Pension Consultant, Qualified 401(k) Plan Administrator and Qualified Pension Administrator designations from the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries and is a Certified IRA Services Professional.



The NCBA has secured a discounted rate of $149/night for our attendees at the North Raleigh Hilton. To secure this discounted rate, please use the link below. This rate includes Lofton’s breakfast and complimentary transportation to and from the North Hills Mall. The hotel is located two miles away from the NCBA.

Please note that attendees are responsible for securing their hotel reservations.

Click HERE to Get Your Discounted Rate!

Webinar – Impact and Evolution of the Data Center & Cloud Marketplace
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am

This is a recorded program. The webinar will be sent to registrants on the morning of September 20.


We are proud to be partnering with Carr, Riggs & Ingram on this webinar.  At the crossroads of high-tech fluid dynamics, real estate, and our energy grid sits the data center. An asset and industry that is misunderstood, mostly hidden, and at the core of the brave new digital world we live in today. They are the ever-evolving and growing metropolitan city designed to house the data and data processing that drives our economy forward.

There is no cloud, just someone else’s computer and the data center is the home of every “cloud” you use today… and will remain the home of every “cloud” your great-grandchildren will eventually use. If you’ve ever walked into one of these purpose-built 100,000+ square foot facilities, with the security gates, iris scanners, bio-metric readers, badges, guards, and machinery all around you, it’s hard not to have your jaw drop, and an overwhelming feeling that you’re standing in something special.

Some say, ‘If you’ve walked through two or three of these facilities, you’ve seen them all!’ However, our experience has proven that this is far from reality. Each property and property owner is unique, and the use cases for these facilities only continues to grow in proportion to the volume of data sets being aggregated every second. The industry is, in fact, at an all-time high on numerous levels. Valuations of companies in the space, year over year IBITDA growth, total industry spend, total square footage in production… every variable is growing and, in most cases, growing faster than ever before.

In this talk, Sean Patrick Tario will discuss the history, evolution, relevance and economics of the data center and cloud services industry as well as the growing importance of the internet exchanges and carrier hotels that our digital world, economy and way of life so heavily depend upon. Specific program topics include:

  • The Major Data Center and Cloud Providers and Their Offerings
  • Differentiators of These Major Data Center and Cloud Providers
  • Data Center Service Providers in the Regional Market
  • Cost of Network and Storage Impacts on the Market
  • Changes in Facility Build Economics
  • Impacts to Internal Private Builds
  • The Future of AWS, Azure, Google and related IaaS Clouds
  • Trends in Decision Making for Customer Organizations

Don’t miss this informative event!


Sean Patrick Tario – CEO & Founder, Open Spectrum

Sean is a seasoned IT professional, entrepreneur, author, trainer and investor. He has worked over the years with hundreds of entrepreneurs, startups and scaling companies as a general advisor, director, consultant and award winning sales producer. He is the author of “Industry Playbook: Data Center Colocation,” now on its fourth Edition and sold over 2,000 copies. This book has served as the core material for the over 40 high impact data center marketplace training events across the country Sean has personally conducted and produced. His firm Open Spectrum has also extended this training online through the development of an online data center industry focused LMS platform.

Sean has represented hundreds of enterprise clients in the auditing, consolidation, migration, negotiation and closing of data center and hosting contracts with service providers around the world. He has personally toured over 400 colocation data centers across the country over the past six years. His firm provides ongoing market intelligence, reporting and due diligence to those who invest and operate within the data center marketplace.

Sean spends his free time interviewing industry executives for his “I Love Data Centers” Podcast. He also serves as an industry advocate and lobbyist through his work with the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (I2C) in Washington DC and the East Carolina InfraGard Chapter. Locally, Sean serves on the board of Innovate Raleigh and is a mentor through the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic Mentor Program. Sean was born and raised in Chicago, spent 16 years in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving his wife and business to Raleigh, North Carolina two years ago.

Commercial Lending School with Jeffery Johnson @ North Carolina Bankers Association
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am – Oct 11 @ 4:00 pm


This is a must-attend program for Commercial Lenders, Credit Officers, Branch Managers, Credit Analysts, Consumer Lenders, Loan Review Officers, Compliance Officers, Senior Loan Officers, Senior Credit Officers, and Senior Level Commercial Lending Support Staff. 

Commercial and Industrial Lending has moved to the forefront for many banks.  After years of extending loans to develop and support Commercial Real Estate; banks’ loan portfolios have become heavily concentrated in loans secured by Commercial Real Estate. Regulators are demanding banks to diversify their commercial loan portfolios to include more commercial and industrial loans thus lessening the impact of commercial real estate loan concentration.

Transitioning from Real Estate Lending to Commercial & Industrial Lending is not that easy for many banks and it requires a different mindset, analytical and lending skills in order to identify and measure risk properly. For example, Real Estate Lending is truly Asset-Based Lending and more transactional oriented where the focus is upon the value of the underlying property to determine if the project can produce the necessary cash flow to service debt. In Commercial and Industrial Lending, the primary sources of repayment are Conversion of Assets (for Short Term Loans and Lines of Credit) and Historical and Projected Cash Flow generation (for Long Term Loans). For these types of loans, collateral, guarantors, sponsors, etc., become the secondary source of repayment. Commercial Loans can be highly profitable but can expose banks to a high level of risk if they are not properly investigated and analyzed. Since the loan portfolio is the largest asset for most banks and it generates the majority of interest income and fees, it is vital that commercial loans are selected and analyzed carefully before they are approved and funded.

The purpose of this three-day Commercial Lending School is to provide participants with the fundamentals required to be successful in the Commercial Lending Process. This school will cover the major areas commercial loan officers must master in order to build a safe and sound loan portfolio. Please view the agenda (link above) to see the specific topics this School will cover.


Jeffery Johnson – Senior Consultant, Bankers Insight Group

Jeffery Johnson started his career with SunTrust Bank in Atlanta as a Management Trainee and progressed to Vice President and Senior Lender for SouthTrust Bank (a large Southeastern Regional Bank) and Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Division Manager for Citizens Trust Bank of Atlanta (Community Bank).

Most of his career has been spent in Credit Administration, Lending (Commercial, Consumer and Real Estate), Business Development, Loan Review, Management and Training & Development. He has managed loan portfolios representing a cross section of loan types including: Large Corporate, High Net Worth Individuals, Middle Market Companies, Small Businesses, Real Estate and Non-Profit Organizations and managed several loan officers with portfolio management responsibilities.

Jeffery is now a training professional in the banking industry by leading various seminars covering important topics relating to issues in banking. He teaches actively for fifteen state banking associations in the United States, Risk Management Association (RMA) and individual banks nationwide. He co-authored a training course entitled “Lending to Service and Other Professional Organizations” for RMA in 2001.



The NCBA has secured a discounted rate of $149/night for our attendees at the North Raleigh Hilton. To secure this discounted rate, please use the link below. This rate includes Lofton’s breakfast and complimentary transportation to and from the North Hills Mall. The hotel is located two miles away from the NCBA.

Please note that attendees are responsible for securing their hotel reservations.

Click HERE to Get Your Discounted Rate!