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Last Updated: 11/29/2022

Financial Access for Immigrants: Emerging Market Opportunities

On Thursday, June 21, 2007, the Consumer and Community Affairs division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, together with The Latino Connection and Black Hawk College, held a conference entitled, "Financial Access for Immigrants: Emerging Market Opportunities." This conference explored the experience of the many immigrants to the Quad Cities area in accessing and obtaining financial services, including: savings and checking accounts, loans, business credit, credit cards, and remittance services, as well as other issues surrounding the financial access of immigrants, such as employment, housing, education, and social services. The speakers included area bankers, academics, regulatory specialists, immigrant leaders, and business representatives.

Who Should Attend

This event focused on bankers, employers of immigrant workers, researchers and academics interested in immigrant and working-poor issues, public and private agencies serving immigrants and low-income workers, and other financial institutions involved in serving immigrant populations in the area.

Saturday, 11/15/14
8:00 AM
8:30 AM
Helen Mirza, Community Affairs Program Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Nanci Perkins, President, Latino Connection
8:45 AM
Welcome and Presentation
Statistics & Facts of Immigrant Market
Dr. Keith Miller, President, Black Hawk College
9:15 AM
Banker Panel
Michael Frias, Community Affairs Officer, FDIC
Matthew Brophy, Regional Manager & VP, Second Federal Savings
John DeDoncker, CEO, THE National Bank
Tim Herwig, VP of Community Affairs, TCF Bank
Richard Lamb, President, First National Bank, Davenport
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
Regulator Panel
Paul Ginger, VP Community Affairs/CRA, OCC
Kurt Frank, Field Representative, Social Security Administration
Timothy Leary, Senior Special Anti-Money Laundering Examiner, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve
Hector Santos, Tax Specialist, Internal Revenue Service
12:15 PM
12:45 PM
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Juan Hernandez, Educator and Commentator
1:45 PM
Immigrant Success Stories Panel
Sylvia Mendez, Member Development Officer, IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union
Maria L. Buendia, Mental Health Professional
Martha Garcia, Realtor, 5 Star Realty, Marshalltown, Iowa
Samar Halabi, Restaurateur, Phoenician Cafe
Tarisicio Macias, Publisher, Hola America
3:00 PM
3:15 PM
Small Business Panel
Marco Laviada, "Retired" Entrepreneur
Ramiro Vazquez, General Contractor
Jamie McLaughlin, SCORE Volunteer
Merton Sachs, SCORE Volunteer
Donna Scalf, Director, Small Business Development Center, Black Hawk College
4:15 PM
Networking Event
Sponsored by Illinois Bankers Association and the Iowa Bankers Association

This conference was presented with the cooperation and collaboration of:

Davenport Civil Rights Commission (Judith Morrell)
Dvorak, Nora
First National Bank, Davenport (Richard Lamb)
Group O (Robert Ontiveros)
IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union (Sylvia Mendez)
Illinois Bankers Association
Illinois Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (Sue Martel)
Iowa Bankers Association
Project Now (Stella Schneekloth and Marilyn Crowe)
RiverStone Group (Robert Imler)
Southeast National Bank (Tom Robinson)
The Success Network/Partners in Job Placement and Training (Jamie McLaughlin)
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