Around the Industry – December 2017

One for all—For Sunrise Banks’ annual all-employee meeting, executives and other leaders donned costumes and busted a move during an all-out lip sync of Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie’s “We Are The World.” Rebecca Morris Hoeft, chief brand officer of the St. Paul, Minn., community bank, said, “While the world around us and our community is suffering from fragmentation and different negative events, we are a diverse group of colleagues working to make this world a better place through what we are doing at Sunrise Banks.” Nonprofit B Lab has ranked Sunrise Banks best in the world for positive social and environmental impact.

Cam Fine once again named among D.C.’s “most influential” industry advocates

For the ninth year running, The Hill called ICBA president and CEO Camden Fine one of the most influential association lobbyists working in Washington, D.C.
Fine has served as ICBA’s chief executive since 2004 and has been awarded the honor every year since 2008. The Hill says Fine has “huddled with Trump and lawmakers about dialing back Dodd-Frank regulations on small local banks—a mission with bipartisan support and good odds of success.”

“I’m honored to be named by The Hill as a top lobbyist on behalf of the community banking industry, and share this honor with community bankers who volunteer their time, effort and passion for the industry, and our dedicated lobbying staff who tirelessly advocate for community banks every day,” Fine said.

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Coming soon:
2018 State of Community Banking Survey results

Independent Banker is currently tabulating the results of its 2018 State of Community Banking Survey. The survey asked ICBA members to weigh in on current opportunities, challenges and activities at their community banks. The goal is to take the pulse of the industry, from new tech investments to mergers and acquisitions, revenue streams, competition and more. The results will be unveiled in next month’s issue of Independent Banker.

ICBA Community Banking LIVE 2018 lands trailblazing keynote speakers

When community bankers from across the country converge on Las Vegas for ICBA Community Banking LIVE 2018, they’ll be treated to an exceptional lineup of general session speakers. Among them is Gretchen Carlson, former FOX News anchor and champion for women’s empowerment and workplace equality, who TIME Magazine named one of its 100 Most Influential People of 2017. Another speaker is civic engineer and author Robbie Bach, who spent 22 years at Microsoft in marketing, management and leadership roles, including spearheading the creation and development of the Xbox video game series. This year’s convention runs March 13–17.
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