Association of Military Banks of America

2012 Workshop

2012 AMBA Annual Fall Workshop September 9-12, 2012 The Fairmont Hotel, Seattle, Washington

For over five decades, AMBA has been the exclusive military banking trade association servicing the banking community and our Nation’s armed forces.  Through its mission of promoting financial independence and readiness, AMBA led the Nation’s banking industry in working with the Department of Defense to implement major payday lending legislation which provides protections for service members and their families from potentially abusive lending practices and products, while preserving the availability of credit products and services that are beneficial and are the hallmark of military banks. AMBA conducts an annual workshop for its members and government officials overseeing military banking. The AMBA Fall Workshop provides an opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss the latest banking issues affecting the service members and their families.


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel has been a landmark in the Northwest since opening in 1924. Ideally located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington’s most preeminent hotel is just footsteps from the area’s finest shops, restaurants and entertainment attractions. Featuring Italian renaissance architecture and lavish amenities, the beautifully historic 450-room hotel combines traditional warmth with 21st century convenience and personalized service.


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Workshop Participants, Guest Registration and Fees Schedule

Early Bird Fee (On or before July 15, 2011)
Regular Fee (After July 15, 2013)
AMBA Members $550 (early bird) $650 (regular) 
AMBA Institutions with multiple registrants.  First registrant must register at the AMBA Member price. 
Additional Members* $350 (early bird) $400 (regular) 
1st Time AMBA Member $450 (early bird) $550 (regular) 
Former AMBA Director retired from banking $300 (early bird) $350 (regular) 
Trade Association $650 (early bird) $700 (regular) 
Industry $700 (early bird) $750 (regular) 
Military/Civil Service $350 (early bird) $400 (regular) 
Banking Liaison Officer (BLO) Waived (early bird or regular) 
AMBA will waive the registration fee for BLOs that attend the Workshop.
Guest/Spouse Receptions & Banquet $100 (early bird or regular)

OPTIONAL GUEST PROGRAM AND FEES, Program Registration Deadline is August 10, 2012
Walking Tour of Downtown Seattle, Saturday, Sept 8, 2012, $35.00 per person
Seattle Glassblowing Studio Hands-on Workshop, Monday, Sept 10, 2012, $115.00 per person
Seattle Landmarks Tour with Lunch at the Space Needle, Tuesday, Sept 11, 2012, $90 per person
Optional Guest Program Details
Walking Tour of Downtown Seattle, 2 Hour Guided Tour Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Cost:  $35 per person

This guided walking tour is an entertaining and informative introduction to Seattle’s vibrant downtown.  From the Fairmont Olympic Hotel you will be escorted to see “Hammering Man,” the iconic outdoor sculpture at SAM (the Seattle Art Museum) and a quick tour of its main floor with its unique architecture.  From there it’s to the world famous Pike Place Market, where you will see fish fly!  Enjoy a latte at the original Starbuck’s and see why its mermaid logo is different from all others.  Then it’s to the gorgeous Seattle waterfront, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells, past the brand new giant Ferris wheel to the Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe with unusual artifacts and curiosities for purchase.  At the end of the 2 hour tour you will be escorted back to your hotel.

Seattle Glassblowing Studio 2 1/2 Hour Hands-on Glassblowing Workshop

Monday, September 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost:  $115 per person

Seattle has become world famous as the center of the craft glass art movement. The headquarters of the glass art society are located in Seattle and many famous glass artists are based in the Seattle area. Seattle Glassblowing Studio was founded in 1991 specializing in making custom blown glass lighting and glass sinks. During a 2 1/2-hour workshop each person can design their own color pattern, add color and help heat and blow one piece, usually an ornament, bowl or sea float.  Artwork will need to cool overnight and is generally available 24-48 hours after the event for pickup.  We can arrange for shipping if necessary.

Seattle Landmarks Tour with Lunch at the Space Needle

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cost:  $90 per person

Your sightseeing van will pick you up at the Fairmont Olympic hotel at 9:30 a.m. and we’ll head for the Olympia Sculpture Park, an open and vibrant green space for art.  From there it is to the very interesting Chittenden Locks where vessels of every shape and description are engineered by shouting lock master engineers from fresh water to salt water Puget Sound.  Observe the salmon jumping upstream through the glass observation area fish ladders – very Seattle!  From there you’ll be whisked to Capitol Hill for a breathtaking view of one of the most beautiful cities in North America from a perspective usually enjoyed only by locals. We’ll then head to Seattle Center, home of the Seattle World’s Fair celebrating its 50th anniversary.  We will end the tour enjoying a leisurely lunch at the 500 foot revolving level of the Space Needle, Seattle’s most recognizable landmark, and then be escorted back to your hotel.

Methods of Payment:  Payment is accepted by check, Visa, MasterCard and/or Discover.  Make checks payable to: ASSOCIATION OF MILITARY BANKS OF AMERICA.  Mail your check payment along with the completed form to Centennial Conferences (address below). For payment by credit card, please complete the required fields in the payment section of the registration form and send it by mail or fax to Centennial Conferences.  PLEASE DO NOT E-MAIL CREDIT CARD INFORMATION.

2011 AMBA Fall Workshop
c/o Centennial Conferences
917 Front Street, Ste. 220
Louisville, CO  80027
Fax:  1-303-499-2599
Phone:  1-303-499-2299

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Cancellation Policy:  :  An administrative fee of $80 is retained for any cancelled registration.  No refunds for cancellation after Wednesday, August 28, 2013.  However, the cancellation fee is waived if you send substitutions.  Submit substitute name and complete contact info in writing to Centennial Conferences.

2012 Workshop Agenda