In the fall of 2016 we are celebrating the 40th year of the Symposium for Community Bank Directors sponsored by Western States Director Education Foundation.


"Positioning for the Future"
We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Symposium will be held October 30 to November 1, 2016 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ.

Join the conversation! Plan now to attend this highly-revered educational event.

It is with great pleasure to introduce you to the Western States Director Education Foundation's website. Our website contains information about our history, direction, involvement, and past agendas and venues .

The Western States Director Education Foundation dedicates many volunteer man-hours to provide an annual Symposium of exceptional programs and topics to educate all bank directors and senior officers. These programs and speakers are carefully selected to assist you in gaining insight and knowledge about today's community banking industry.


Over the past years, we have assisted the following institutions with educational grants:

  • Independent Bankers of Colorado
  • Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico
  • Graduate School of Banking at Colorado
  • New Mexico Bankers Association
  • The Colorado Bankers Association
  • Western States School of Banking
  • Wyoming Bankers Association

On behalf of the board, let me thank those who have supported the foundation in the past, present and in the future.

Robert D. McBride, 2016 Chairman
Vice President
First Northern Bank of Wyoming, Buffalo, WY

“I have attended the annual Bank Director’s Symposium for over 21 years and without exception, the topics have been extremely timely, the quality of speakers has been excellent, and the knowledge gained has been invaluable, certainly to an Outside Director. It is definitely an event that our board looks forward to each year.”
~ Gwen Speer Clouthier, Citizens Bank, Farmington, NM

Send your comments and questions to:
Lisa Livingstone at livingstoneassoc@gmail.com