Association of Military Banks of America

2014 Workshop

2014 AMBA FALL WORKSHOP
“55 YEARS OF TOTAL FORCE FINANCIAL READINESS” 
AUGUST 17-20, 2014 ▪ THE OMNI SHOREHAM HOTEL, WASHINGTON D.C.

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.

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Download Workshop Agenda (final)
Key Note Speakers
Hotel Information
Workshop Registration Information
Download Workshop Registration Form
Optional Guest Program
Washington D.C. Location Information
Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

LOCATION

Since 1930, the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. has played host to presidents, world leaders and inaugural balls, making it a true Washington landmark.  The Omni Shoreham Hotel is accessible on the Metro’s Red Line and is located just eight miles from Reagan National Airport, twenty-eight miles from Dulles International Airport, and thirty-three miles from Baltimore-Washington International Airport.  For more information on getting to The Omni, click here.

Located in one of the District’s premier residential neighborhoods, this elegant urban retreat boasts a resort atmosphere and a personal taste of politics, culture, art and music.  The four-diamond Omni Shoreham Hotel is situated on 11 lush acres just steps away from the National Zoo.  This impressive hotel’s vibrant location and genuine service awaits you.

HOTEL INFORMATION

A special group rate of $169+/night (US) will be offered to AMBA Workshop participants.  The room rate is exclusive of applicable state and local taxes (currently 14.5% room tax).  The Hotel cannot guarantee bed-type or sleeping room location but will certainly do its best to accommodate all requests.

For government travelers:  Rooms will be offered at the Federal Government Per Diem rate to participants traveling on the Federal Government Per Diem.  To obtain this rate please make your hotel reservation with The Omni Shoreham Hotel at the workshop rate of $169+/night and then contact Centennial Conferences via email with your confirmation number to obtain the government rate.  You will receive notification from them when your room reservation with a rate of $169+/night has been converted to government rate.  As always, your US government ID must be presented upon check-in in order to receive this rate.

For reservations, you may call The Omni Shoreham hotel directly at 1-202-234-0700 or call The Omni Reservations at 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664).  Please identify yourself as a participant of the AMBA Workshop to receive the group rate. The Hotel also offers the opportunity to make reservations online. Please click here for the online reservation site.

The Omni Shoreham is a very popular destination so it is IMPORTANT TO MAKE YOUR ROOM RESERVATION ON OR BEFORE WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014.

Bank Liaison Officer (BLO) Session, Military Departments Distinguished Bank Service and Military Saves Awards:  The Banking Liaison Officers play a critical role in implementing the DoD Military Banking Program.  Installation Bank Liaison Officers are encouraged to attend the annual AMBA Fall Workshop.  Authorization is found in paragraph 340305.O., 340307.G. and 340508.C., Volume 5, Chapter 34, of the March 2013 DoD Financial Management Regulation.

Reservation Guarantee and Cancellation Policy:  All reservations must be guaranteed with a valid major credit card at the time of reservation.  Any guaranteed reservation not cancelled 72 hours prior to arrival will be subject to one night room + tax cancellation fee.

Early Departure Fees:  In the event of an early check-out, the Hotel will charge an early check-out fee in the amount equal to one night room + tax.  To avoid an early check-out fee please advise The Omni Shoreham Hotel at or before check-in of any change in planned length of stay.

Check-In/Check-Out:  Check-in time is 3:00 PM and check-out time is 12:00 PM (noon).  Early check-ins will be accommodated based on availability.

Select Guest Program:  The Omni Loyalty Program is complimentary and offers you privileges starting on the first night.  Benefits include in room Wi-Fi, bottled water on the night of arrival and morning beverage delivery.  For more information and to join the program, click here.

Property Information
The Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 1-202-234-0700
Fax: 1-202-265-7972

Hotel Parking: All parking at The Omni Shoreham is Valet.  Daily fee, including in/out privileges, is $35 + 18% tax per car.

Taxes & Customary Tips:  5.75% is the current sales tax collected by merchants on behalf of District of Columbia; 14.5% for hotel room tax.  However as a custom, a tip of 15% of the bill or 20% for the above average service in restaurants; $1 – $2 tip per bag or suitcase for bellboys or porters at hotels and airports; and 15% of the total fare are tipped for taxi drivers.

Getting to The Omni Shoreham Hotel, click here.

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

Download Workshop Agenda 
Download Registration Form 

Key Note Speakers

The Honorable Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Financial Protecton Bureau (CFPB)

 

Grovetta Gardineer, Deputy Comptroller for Compliance Operations and Policy, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

James C. Watkins, Deputy Director – Supervisory Examinations, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Medal of Honor Recipient, SGT Kyle J. White, US Army

 

Rosemary Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Military Community & Family Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)

Attendance by DoD Personnel:  Please be advised that the Department of Defense (DoD) no longer provides “blanket” Widely Attended Gathering (WAG) determinations for external events.  This event may qualify as a WAG pursuant to 5 C.F.R. § 2635.204(g).  All personnel are strongly encouraged to consult with their supervisor or ethics advisor prior to attending.

Registration Deadlines
Early Bird Fee Deadline:  June 20, 2014 
Workshop Registration Deadline:  July 16, 2014
Cancellation Deadline:  August 8, 2014 (substitutions accepted)

Note:  If you (or your companion) have dietary restrictions/requirements, please indicate on the registration form.

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 email credit card information.

2014 AMBA Fall Workshop
c/o Centennial Conferences
908 Main Street, Ste. 280
Louisville, CO  80027
Phone:  1-303-499-2299
Fax:  1-303-499-2599

For registration or hotel reservations questions, you can contact Centennial Conferences at 1-303-499-2299 or by email at amba@centennialconferences.com.

Cancellation Policy:  An administrative fee of $80 is retained for any cancelled registration.  No refunds for cancellation after Friday, August 8, 2014.  However, the cancellation fee is waived if you send substitutions.  Submit substitute name and complete contact info in writing to Centennial Conferences.

Events Recommended Dress:  All workshop programs and social events are either duty uniform or casual business attire.  However, we recommend a coat and tie for men, and dinner attire for women at Monday’s banquet dinner.

Optional Guest Program is offered to spouses and guests of those who are attending the Workshop.  To sign up, please contact Centennial Conferences at 303-499-2299 or amba@centennialconferences.com.

  • A Day at the National Zoo, Monday, August 18, 2014:  The zoo is a 15 min. walk from The Omni or one Metro stop; admission is free.  There are food concessions throughout the park or you can bring in your own food and drinks.  The Omni can provide box lunches if attendees desire.  Due to the summer heat, departure from The Omni will be at 9:30 AM.
  • Behind the Scenes Tour of the Kennedy Center, Tuesday, August 19, 2014: Admission is free at the Behind the Scenes Tour of the Kennedy Center.  Tour is followed by lunch at its café.  We can travel there by Metro.  Departure from The Omni is at 9:30 AM.

Washington D.C. Location Information WASHINGTON, D.C. is the capital of the United States of America.  Washington, D.C. is bordered on three sides by Maryland and sits across the Potomac River from Virginia on its fourth side, the capital city is composed of 68.3 sq. miles (176.9 km), and with a population of 632,323 (2012). The capital city has a collection of free admission public museums, more than 100 memorials, an abundance of historic houses and federal buildings, and acres of gorgeous parkland.  The Nation’s most treasured monuments and memorials such as the US Capitol, Washington Monument, White House, and Lincoln Memorial are famous throughout the world as icons of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nation.  To view list of attractions in Washington, D.C., click here.

The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) has approved 6 (six) Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for financial educators with an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) certification, please contact an AMBA Staff member at the Workshop for more information.

2014 Fall Workshop Flyer
Washington D.C. Visitor Information
Directions to The Omni Shoreham
2014 AMBA Workshop Registration Form
2014 AMBA Workshop Agenda