Annual Conference


2022 Annual Conference
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Island of Kauai, Hawaii

Please join us on the beautiful island of Kauai in Hawaii for our 2022 Annual Conference on April 22 – 26, 2022.

Register today!

Please make sure and reserve your hotel room today.

More details coming soon…

If you are interested in speaking at our 2022 Annual Conference, please submit your speaker proposal here.

Register Online


Hotel & Travel

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
1571 Poipu Rd
Koloa, HI 96756
(808) 742-1234
Check-In Time: 4:00 PM | Check-Out Time: 11:00 AM

Hotel accommodations can be made by clicking here or by calling the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa at (808) 742-1234. Please mention the Western Bankers Association (WBA) to receive the special group rate. The WBA rate is starting at $439/night, single or double occupancy, plus taxes and fees. Rooms are limited, please make your reservations as soon as possible. The hotel room block cut-off date is Wednesday, March 23, 2022. If the room block reaches capacity, the hotel may accept reservations on a space-available basis at the prevailing rates.

Guest Room Rates:
Standard View:             $439/night
Pool View:                      $479/night
Partial Ocean View:    $509/night
Deluxe Ocean View:    $539/night
Ocean Suite:                  $539/night

*All room rates are quoted exclusive of any applicable state & local taxes or applicable service fees or hotel specific fees. 
**All rates above are based on single or double occupancy.

Resort Fee: Please note the $40 resort fee has been waived by the hotel for our group. All services provided:

  • Free self-parking
  • Poipu Bay golf shuttle
  • In-room coffee maker
  • Self-service washer/dryer
  • Boarding pass printing
  • Local and toll-free calls
  • In-room safe
  • Access to Anara Spa fitness center and classes


*All times listed below are in local time.

**Agenda subject to change.

Thursday, April 21, 2022
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM WBA Executive Committee Meeting (Invite Only)
Friday, April 22, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM WBA Board of Directors Meeting (Invite Only)
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM WBA Banker Benefits Board Meeting (Invite Only)
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Registration Open
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM WBA Board of Directors Reception (Invite Only)
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM WBA Board of Directors Dinner (Invite Only)
Saturday, April 23, 2022
7:00 AM – 5:30 PM Registration Open
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Golf Tournament
 (Poipu Bay​ Golf Course)
 - Shotgun Start: 8:00 AM
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Exhibitor Setup
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Guest & Spouse Welcome Reception
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Welcome Party
Sunday, April 24, 2022
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM Registration Open                                                          
8:00 AM – 2:30 PM Marketplace Open
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM One-on-One Meetings with Regulators 
(By Appointment Only)
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Welcome & Opening General Session

Securing The Future: Unmasking Cybercriminals and
the Triple Threat Facing Business and You

Theresa Payton
First Female White House CIO
Star of the former CBS TV series, “Hunted”
Leading Cybersecurity Expert
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Refreshment Break
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Learning Sessions
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Optional Activity
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Learning Sessions
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM One-on-One Meetings with Regulators 
(By Appointment Only)
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Afternoon Refreshment Break
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM General Session
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Break
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM Learning Sessions
  Evening Open for Vendor Dinners
Monday, April 25, 2022
7:00 AM – 3:30 PM Registration Open                                                          
7:30 AM – 2:45 PM Marketplace Open
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM General Session
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Refreshment Break
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM One-on-One Meetings with Regulators 
(By Appointment Only)
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Learning Sessions
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Learning Sessions
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM One-on-One Meetings with Regulators 
(By Appointment Only)
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM General Session
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Afternoon Break
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Peer Exchange Sessions (Bankers & Directors Only)
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Mid-Sized Bank Council Meeting
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Community Bank Council Meeting
  Evening Open for Vendor Dinners
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM Registration Open                                                          
7:30 AM – 1:30 PM Marketplace Open
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM General Session
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Refreshment Break
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Learning Sessions
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM General Session
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch & Exhibitor Prize Drawings in Marketplace
1:30 PM Exhibitor Tear Down
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM General Session
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Closing General Session

Overcoming Adversity: Prevailing Through Challenges!

Col. Greg Gadson, USA (Ret.)
Decorated Army Commander
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Leisure Time
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Farewell Reception & Dinner

Theresa Payton
First Female White House CIO
Star of the former CBS TV series, “Hunted”
Leading Cybersecurity Expert

As one of the nation’s most respected authorities on cybersecurity, Theresa Payton is also a highly sought-after AI keynote speaker. Theresa is a visionary in the digital world leading the way as an inventor of new security designs and has an approved US patent in security. She captivates audiences by drawing from her experience as a veteran cybercrime fighter and entrepreneur, masterfully blending memorable anecdotes with cutting-edge insights.


Col. Greg Gadson, USA (Ret.)
Decorated Army Commander

Colonel Gregory D. Gadson, a Chesapeake, Va., native, served our nation in the United States Army for more than 26 years. Gadson’s service culminated as the Garrison Commander of Fort Belvoir, where he oversaw the daily operations of the post, a strategic sustaining base where more than 50,000 military personnel and employees provide logistical, intelligence, medical and administrative support, and command and control for a mix of more than 140 commands and agencies for the Department of Defense.



Pricing For Price
WBA Bank Member $1,895
Bank Non-Member $2,795
Guest Registration  Price
Guest Registration  $800
Golf Registration Price
Golf Registration  $300

Register Online

Registration Form

Guest Registration Includes the Following:

Saturday, April 23: Guest & Spouse Welcome Reception, Welcome Reception

Sunday, April 24: Breakfast, Lunch

Monday, April 25: Breakfast, Lunch

Tuesday, April 26: Breakfast, Lunch, and Farewell Reception & Dinner

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees less a $75 processing fee per registrant will be refunded if cancellation is received by Friday, April 28, 2022. No refund if cancellations are received after Friday, April 28, 2022. Substitutions allowed.


Securing The Future: Unmasking Cybercriminals and the Triple Threat Facing Business and You

A global pandemic. Unprecedented and unrelenting cyberattacks. Where you may see uncertainty, Theresa sees a future of technology innovation and hope. 

She knows a thing or two about pivoting on a dime and transforming people and technology to meet shifting and often conflicting priorities. From the server rooms of some of the biggest global banks to the Situation Room at the White House and now from inside the Fortune 500, she has a unique perspective on accelerating and reimagining your technology while also keeping the people and the data secure. 


Overcoming Adversity: Prevailing Through Challenges!

Overcoming adversity implies we have come through some difficulties and everything turned out okay. We are looking at adversity as a negative. However, prevailing through the challenge means we look at the adversity as a positive. A purposeful challenge meant for us to learn and grow from, not just overcome, but to prevail—coming out better than we were before. Greg Gadson shares how his challenges have led him to the unexpected: winning two Super Bowl rings, acting in a movie and just taking on life’s challenges.



This year’s golf tournament will be held at the beautiful Poipu Bay Golf Course on Saturday, April 23, 2022. Adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa on the sunny south shore of Kauai, this outstanding course is backed by lush emerald mountains and sculpted from a rolling plateau eight stories above the Pacific Ocean. Nestled among the gentle contours of Poipu Bay you’ll discover the remains of Hawaiian heiau (places of worship) and ancient stone walls. If this weren’t challenge enough, Mother Nature presents you with one distraction after another. From rare Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles, and humpback whales, you’ll have lots of wild excuses to back your scorecard. Plus, Poipu Bay is home to Nene Geese which are endemic to Hawaii, and not encountered anywhere else in the world outside of their native environment.

Even the most focused golfer will be challenged by the breathtaking views. For more information, check out the course website here.

More details coming soon…

Saturday, April 23, 2022
8:00 AM Shotgun Start

*All photos in the gallery below were taken back in 2018 when we last played at the Poipu Bay Golf Course.


CPE Credits

CPE Credits

The 2022 Annual Conference will be offering CPE credits. Once the final agenda has been finalized we will announce how many CPE credits will be offered.

The Western Bankers Association is registered with NASBA as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

Travel Guidelines

Travel Guidelines

The culture of our Hawaiian Islands is steeped in the values of kuleana (responsibility) and aloha. Now that travelers can once again enjoy our islands, we are asking you to join in our efforts to help keep Hawaii safe.

Despite the CDC’s announcement on April 2, Hawaii continues with the state’s Safe Travels program, even for fully vaccinated passengers. 

Beginning July 8, 2021, individuals fully vaccinated in the United States or its Territories may enter Hawaii on domestic flights without pre-travel testing/quarantine starting the 15th day after the completion of their vaccination. All other travelers must have their negative test results from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner prior to departing as an alternative to Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine. 

As of June 15, all passengers who are not in quarantine are free to travel between islands without restriction.  

For more information visit and register with the State of Hawaii Safe Travels online system. Only test results from Trusted Testing and Travel Partners will be accepted. Review new vaccination exception requirements at All incoming travelers are required to have their temperatures checked and complete a health questionnaire online before they can leave the airport.
See full details below on steps and resources to efficiently plan your trip to the Hawaiian Islands.

Effective January 26, 2021, this CDC Order went into effect. For international travelers coming to the State of Hawaii, only tests from Trusted Testing Partners will be accepted for purposes of bypassing the State’s 10-day traveler quarantine.

On January 21, 2021, the President of the United States issued an executive order related to travel. For the time being, no changes to the Safe Travels program.

Travelers from Canada may bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they have a negative COVID-19 test result from a lab identified by Air Canada or WestJet prior to departure.
Information for Japan travel may be found here
Information for Korea travel may be found here
Information for Taiwan travel may be found here
Information for French Polynesia travel may be found here


  • Register with the State of Hawaii Safe Travels online system as is currently required of all trans-pacific passengers. Pre-travel testing is an alternative to the state’s mandatory 10-day self-quarantine. Travelers may elect to take a pre-travel COVID-19 NAAT from a state of Hawaii Trusted Testing and Travel Partner within 72 hours of departing on the last leg of their trip to Hawaii. To avoid the state’s mandatory 10-day self-quarantine, the negative test result from that test must be uploaded prior to departure of the last leg. Click here for the Trusted Travel Partners list.
  • As of June 15, restrictions for inter-county travel will end. This means there will be no pre-travel testing or other requirements needed for travel between the Hawaiian Islands. However, if a traveler enters the state and is placed in quarantine, they MUST remain at their designated quarantine location. They can’t change the location and will not be allowed to fly inter-county. More information may be found here.
  • Give yourself extra time to get through airport security. Testing and requirements prior to arrival are noted in the Testing section above.


24 hours prior to departure, answer the health questionnaire on your Safe Travels account.

While in flight and deplaning, travelers must follow the guidance of their air carrier regarding physical distancing, mask wearing and sanitation processes.

All incoming Hawaii travelers will have their temperature checked upon arrival. Temperature scans will be taken via thermal temperature screening and facial-imaging technology. Photos are only temporarily retained for persons with elevated temperatures of 100.4 degrees F and above to help airport representatives identify them and conduct additional assessments.

Should travelers have a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher, display COVID-19 symptoms, or provide answers on the online STATE TRAVELER HEALTH FORM requiring additional testing, they will be required to complete a secondary screening at the airport performed by trained health care staff.

Travelers who arrive from a trans-pacific flight and pass through the airport screeners without a valid negative COVID-19 NAAT from the state of Hawaii’s Trusted Testing and Travel Partners list, will be subject to the state’s mandatory 10-day mandatory self-quarantine.

For more information, please visit

Mobile App

Mobile App

We will be utilizing the WBA app at our 2022 Annual Conference. Download the app today in order to access the agenda, view the presentations, engage with other attendees, learn about event sponsors, get updates throughout the conference, and much more. Simply search “WBA” in either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store to download today. Once you are registered for the conference you will receive log-in instructions with the access code at a later date.

Sponsorship Information

Sponsorship Information

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact:

Jennifer Benson
VP, Conferences 
(916) 438-4416 or

Sponsorship Prospectus

A few reasons your organization should sponsor and/or exhibit:

  • Maximize your company’s brand awareness and increase your market position
  • Gain direct access to WBA member banks and institutions in an exclusive environment
  • Raise your profile above your competitors
  • Learn about the issues confronting today’s financial service leaders and gain valuable insight into potential solutions
  • Match your exposure needs, regardless of your budget
  • Shape or reinforce a positive perception of your company with bank executives
  • Support the Western Bankers Association, the largest non-profit banking organization serving the West Coast financial services industry