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Jim Reber, CPA, CFA is President and CEO of ICBA Securities. He has over 30 years of financial services experience.  Jim worked for Ernst & Whinney as a senior auditor before entering the banking industry.  Jim writes a monthly investment column for Independent Banker magazine. He holds a BS degree from Christian Brothers University.

Greg Roll, CFA is an SVP within the Strategic Solutions department of Vining Sparks. Prior to joining Vining Sparks, Greg spent over 15 years working in positions in the corporate strategy, private banking, and capital markets functions at a regional bank.  Greg works with financial institutions to assist them in optimizing their investment portfolio and balance sheet position incorporating the institution’s asset/liability, liquidity position, and capital constraints. Greg attended the University of Oklahoma and The University of Memphis, earning BBA and MBA degrees in finance. 

Craig Dismuke is the Chief Economist for Vining Sparks IBG. Craig is responsible for the projection and publication of Vining Sparks' economic and interest rate forecasts. He evaluates economic developments and fixed income sector performance to identify risks and opportunities within the U.S. market. He speaks often at industry conferences on the health of the U.S. economy, expectations for interest rates, and relevant fixed income strategies. He is a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg TV as well as being quoted often in the financial news. 

James Plunkett is Director of Investment Product Strategies at Vining Sparks. He provides assistance to customers by comparing merits and relative value of security structures and sectors and helps determine the optimal portfolios for achieving specific objectives. Previously, James managed the investment portfolio and served as chair of the ALCO for bank holding companies with assets over $20 billion. His background includes management of mutual fund portfolios, hedging debt issuance and loan originations, and asset/liability modeling. He received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Rick Redmond, CMA Rick has 25 years of experience with large regional banks, with responsibilities including the customer derivative business, interest rate risk management, mortgage servicing hedging, loan pricing, and risk adjusted performance management. Rick has managed derivative positions hedging over $200 billion in assets. He graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Accounting and Finance in 1979 and the BAI Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in 1992.