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Technology leader Abrigo names keynote speaker, announces session details for ThinkBIG Conference

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Austin, Texas February 15, 2023 — Abrigo, a leader in compliance, credit risk, and lending solutions for financial institutions, today announced internationally recognized speaker, artist, and author Jason Kotecki as keynote speaker at the upcoming 19th annual ThinkBIG Conference. The conference is May 8-11, 2023, at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa and is one of Abrigo’s many offerings of superior thought leadership and expert resources that help financial institutions thrive.

Kotecki’s keynote presentation will help conference attendees devise practical strategies to re-energize and reclaim their passion for doing their best work despite daily challenges and ongoing change. The session will also enable banking professionals to be more present with those they lead.

Financial institution professionals—whether involved in lending and credit, portfolio risk, fighting financial crime, or other areas —experience daily the effects of constant change in the economic and banking environment. Kotecki’s keynote, “Courageous growth: Leading with strength and confidence,” will combine his extraordinary artistic gifts with humor and memorable storytelling to help conference attendees reduce stress, beat burnout, and find balance. Participants will hear a fresh perspective that reveals untapped opportunities and empowers them to model positive behavior with lasting effects, providing a solid foundation for growth and innovation.

Abrigo’s ThinkBIG Conference brings together thought leaders, financial institution peers, technology leaders, CPAs, advisors, law enforcement, and regulators. Consistently rated a top industry event by attendees, ThinkBIG spotlights current challenges facing banking professionals, industry best practices to drive growth and manage risk, and advice on regulatory compliance. A survey of 2022 attendees found that 98.2% would recommend the conference to others.

“The topics covered are always relevant to the current banking environment,” said past ThinkBIG attendee Valerie Pimenta, EVP/CFO of Coastal1 Credit Union. They “include thought-provoking new ideas/concepts that I can bring back to my institution.”

AML/CFT, credit, lending, and portfolio risk professionals can stay updated on regulations, criminal trends, and industry best practices by attending presentations highlighting the ever-evolving financial landscape. Conference sessions include:

  •  A Look at Prepayment Speeds Through Changing Market Conditions
  • CFPB 1071 Rule: Managing Risk Through Compliance Success
  • Demystifying Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Small Business Lending
  • 5 Keys to Building and Maintaining a Robust Loan Pipeline That Will Guarantee Sales Success
  • How to Get Your SARs the Attention They Deserve: Effective SAR Narrative Writing
  • BSA Meets M&A: Best Practices for a Smooth Acquisition
  • Audit and Regulatory Expectations for 2023: A CECL- Focused Panel

The array of speakers at 2023 ThinkBIG includes Carlyle Managing Director and Head of Global Research Jason Thomas, crypto compliance expert and former U.S. Department of Justice Special Agent Lili Infante, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Zacharia Baldwin, auditors from Grant Thornton, Moss Adams, Forvis, and Elliott Davis, and experts from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

ThinkBIG is “always up to date,” said Mike Moore, Chief Risk Officer of Pennian Bank, another past conference attendee. ThinkBIG presenters offer “more real-world experience rather than some presenters that just regurgitate the rules,” he said. The ThinkBIG Conference also includes opportunities to network with peers and earn continuing education credits.

Registration for ThinkBIG is open through April 14, 2023. For more information on registration, event presentations, and speakers, visit For additional questions, please reach out to [email protected].

About Abrigo
Abrigo is a leading technology provider of compliance, credit risk, lending, and asset/liability management solutions and services that help financial institutions thrive. Abrigo accelerates growth, increases client efficiency and improves customer experience with an easy-to-use and expansive platform. We ensure customer success with our award-winning client service team, advisory expertise, and innovative technology. With a network of 2,400+ FIs and 50,000+users, Abrigo offers unique opportunities for insightful peer benchmarks & best practices. Visit to learn more. Follow Abrigo on social media using @WeAreAbrigo.

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