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Patterns of Change

Succession planning is about more than a change in leadership. It can be a sterling opportunity to look anew at your community bank’s strategic direction. By Elizabeth Judd As a longtime hospital administrator and PR specialist, and the first female mayor of Alamosa, Colo., Kathy Rogers never imagined she would run a community bank. But

Best strategies to attract exceptional employees to your bank

Attracting exceptional employees to small and rural towns requires far more than competitive compensation. We asked expert recruiters and winning community banks to share their best strategies for finding and keeping the best people. By Kelly Pike When Emily Collins felt like there weren’t enough opportunities to grow as a banker in Springfield, Ill., she

Are de novo banks on the rise?

De novo activity ground to a halt after the recession, but there have been a few green shoots recently. We ask if this activity is significant, and what factors could help—or harm—their chances and those of other potential applicants.