Austin Associates co-hosted the Gathering of Mutuals conference with Tucker Ellis LLP held on Friday, February 19 at the Easton Hilton, Columbus. Principals Craig Mancinotti, Rick Maroney, Tom Hauck, and Paul Simoff served as moderators and panelists for the day-long event which attracted 60 registrants from three states. The conference covered topics including challenges facing mutuals today; best practices in employee benefits, information technology, regulatory status and assessments, and cybersecurity; as well as deal-related issues and successful integration from a buyer’s and seller’s perspective. The keynote speaker was Kevin Allard, Deputy Superintendent for Banks and Savings Institutions, Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Financial Institutions.