When it comes to Navy SEALS, Don Mann is the real deal. As a member of SEAL Team Six for more than eight years and a SEAL for more than 17 years, he worked in countless covert operations, operating from land, sea, and air, and facing shootings, decapitations, and stabbings. He was captured by the enemy and lived to tell the tale, and he participated in highly classified missions all over the globe, including Somalia, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Moreover, Mann is a high endurance athlete, who has been in more than 1,000 races (mostly extreme runs that make marathons look like a walk in the park). At one time, he was the 38th highest ranked triathlete in the world.
Mann is the author of the autobiography Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America’s Elite Warriors. When Osama bin Laden was assassinated, the entire world was fascinated by the men who had completed the seemingly impossible mission that had dogged the U.S. government for more than a decade. SEAL Team 6 became synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. Only a handful of the elite men who make up the SEALs, the US Navy’s best and bravest, survive the legendary and grueling selection process that leads to Team 6, a group so classified it technically does not even exist. There are no better warriors on Earth.
Now, Don Mann – who holds a Masters in Management from Troy State University – will be the special luncheon speaker at the 3rd Annual Strategic Margins conference. He’ll talk about goal setting, achieving against impossible odds, and building the fortitude it takes to succeed when it seems like everything is against you.
Finding New Strategies To Grow Your Margins
When traditional loan growth is slow, maximizing other income is critical to a bank or credit union’s long-term success. This is particularly true today, when a variety of economic and regulatory factors are having a negative impact on net interest income.
But community financial institutions are still struggling with how to best maximize new revenue while keeping strong community relationships.
That’s why you need to be at the Strategic Margins Conference, on Thursday, April 16. We’ll be hosting industry experts and panels of your peers as we bring to light best practices and innovative ideas for how you can grow your revenue, increase your product diversity, and keep your customers happy.
We’re delivering creative ideas, proven strategies and actionable advice from the best in the business. We’re also bringing in new perspectives. It takes a combination of hard work, insight and planning to make sure your institution is a champion. That’s why you and your top executives need to be at this event designed to keep you playing at your very best.
Winning The Battle Of The Little Big Bank
Community banks often cite the challenges of innovating while under significant regulatory burden and facing shrinking margins, as the nation’s largest banks deploy technology and resources that make competition difficult. But maybe what’s needed is simply taking a whole new approach to bank innovation. That’s what Suresh Ramamurthi is doing with CBW Bank, a tiny institution in Weir, Kansas. In a strategy that has drawn the attention of the New York Times and the admiration of the St. Louis Fed, Ramamurthi and his wife have taken a $7 million one-branch bank in a town of less than 700, and turned it into one of the nation’s fastest growing institutions, with new money transfer products that exceed what even money center banks have been able to provide. From solving the problem of instant payment transfers, to easing international remittances, to powering financial disruptors like Simple (a financial service for people fed up with banks), CBW is reshaping the idea of just how powerful community banks can be. Ramamurthi, a technologist and former Google employee, will be the closing keynote speaker at this year’s Strategic Margins conference, delivering an inspiring message of just how strong even the smallest community banks can be if they put their mind to it.