Guest Speakers

Chris Cain
Partner - Carr, Riggs & Ingram
(205) 949-8646

Chris delivers more than eighteen years of audit experience serving financial institutions during which he has served a variety of public and nonpublic community banking and financial institution clients as both an external and internal auditor. He serves as one of the firm’s dedicated resources to community banks and has served a number of community banks as a loan reviewer and compliance auditor. His financial institution clients have ranged from de novo community banks to public multistate bank holding companies. Chris has led several significant internal control projects including Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act (FDICIA) internal control assessments. 

Chris has led a financial institution update at a correspondent banking seminar for the past four years.  He regularly hosts banking roundtables and co-led the community bank training at the firm’s 2016 and 2015 continuing education weeks. Chris regularly attends numerous continuing education classes for community banking including the AICPA National Conference on Banks and Savings Institutions. 

Education, Licenses, Honors, & Certifications

  • AICPA National Banking School, University of Virginia
  • Masters of Business Administration, University of Mississippi
  • Bachelors, Accounting, Auburn University
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Birmingham Business Journal Top 40 under 40 (2012)
Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA)
  • Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • Alabama Bankers Association 
  • Georgia Bankers Association
  • Tennessee Bankers Association
  • Mississippi Bankers Association

James Atkinson
Consultant - Independent Consultant
A lifelong resident of the Carolinas, grew up in Clemson, South Carolina, graduated with honors from Clemson University with a BS in Financial Management and has spent most of the past 38 years serving financial institutions in the Carolinas in various Internal Audit, Credit Quality Review, and Compliance capacities, including running his own bank compliance consulting firm for the past 18 years. James has served in these roles in banks ranging in asset size from $ 250 million to $ 35 billion and has headed up the Internal Audit, Credit Quality Review and Compliance Departments for a couple of billion dollar Carolinas financial institutions. James is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a graduate of the BAI School as an Audit Management major, and the North Carolina Banker’s Association Regulatory Compliance School. 

Jason Asbury
President - Warren Averett Technology Group
(334) 260-2236
Jason Asbury has nearly 20 years of experience working in the IT industry. He maintains a unique skillset providing consulting services and managing projects for clients in multiple industries including: healthcare, legal, manufacturing, banking, insurance, government contracting, and education. He is a respected subject matter expert in the areas of IT security and compliance. Before becoming an operations executive in the IT Managed Services Provider industry, Jason began his career as a government contractor employed by Science Applications International Corporation. He then served as a CIO in healthcare management. In 2012, Jason joined Warren Averett. As President of Warren Averett Technology Group, he is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company and its overall direction with regard to strategic growth and planning.

Justin Smith
Vice President Relationship Management - TruPoint Partners
(704) 401-1734
Justin Smith leads business development and client support at TRUPOINT Partners to ensure that the compliance and data analytics needs of our clients are being met. 

Over the past decade, Justin has worked one-on-one with more than 1,000 banks, credit unions, mortgage companies and auto finance organizations to implement and maintain compliance solutions for: OFAC, CIP, compliance training, Reg CC, AML, CRA and Fair Lending.  

Today, he specializes in Fair Lending and CRA regulatory consulting and SaaS software for risk assessments, comparative analysis, regression modeling and geospatial / dot density analysis. 

By interpreting his client’s unique organizational structures and identifying compliance risk, Justin implements data analysis and risk assessments, explain the results and provide easy-to-follow risk mitigation strategies. This unique blend of technology and consulting combined with his compliance expertise enables his clients to better understand and manage CRA and Fair Lending risk.

Shelly Nicholl
Managing Director of Compliance and Consulting Services - The Norman Group
(561) 306-4365
Shelly Nicholl is the Managing Director for our Compliance and Consulting Services team. Shelly joined The Norman Group in April 2017 when her firm was acquired. Approaching her 30th year in the banking industry, Shelly brings a broad range of skills to our clients. In addition to her general knowledge of audit and compliance she is a specialist in Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management, Bank Secrecy Act, Information Technology, Audit, Training, and Consulting. Shelly has served as an executive officer for a variety of financial institutions and has led the compliance practice at a large regional audit and consulting firm. In addition to compliance and audit, Shelly has extensive knowledge of bank and credit union operations and IT related functions gained through her many years of experience in the industry. Shelly is a graduate of the Robert Perry School of Banking, Compliance, and Audit programs. She is also a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and is currently pursuing the CAMS - Auditor Certification.

Starr Largin
Co-Founder - Springhouse Digital, LLC
(205) 541-2127
Starr Largin has over 28 years of banking experience in all areas including senior management, auditing, operations, lending, etc.  In 2010 Starr left banking and began working in sales and product management for a technology company providing software and services to financial institutions across the United States. 
In 2017, she co-founded Springhouse Digital, LLC.  With her years of experience and passion for the banking industry, she knew there was a need for high-quality and affordable software solutions and services.  Springhouse Digital, LLC is that solution. 

Starr studied finance at Jefferson State and the University of Alabama.  Actively involved in her local community, Starr was Chairperson for the Relay for Life - Shelby County Chapter and served as Ambassador for the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

Steve Hines
Co-Founder and CFO - ThreatAdvice
(205) 612-8545
Steve Hines is co-founder and CFO of ThreatAdvice, a multi-faceted cybersecurity platform located in Birmingham, Al. Steve, a CPA, has several years of experience in public accounting, 21 years of experience in the mortgage and banking industries, and has founded a number of startups as well as the angel investment firm Emergent Holdings. 

Steve currently serves as educational director and content writer for ThreatAdvice. ThreatAdvice focuses on educating all enterprise employees as to how to be cyber-safe and cyber-secure, assessing and testing the overall enterprise cybersecurity preparedness, and providing robust cyber insurance through its sister company CyberDefendInsurance.