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Charles Potts: The future of community banking

Charles Potts: The future of community banking

By Charles Potts, ICBA The speed and rapid nature of fintech entering the community bank space brings with it opportunities for community banks to create innovative ways to flourish in their markets. That’s why it’s imperative that community banks think strategically about how to create best-of-breed services and solutions for their unique market demands, in […]

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Lindsay LaNore: Mapping out career paths

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA Given today’s competitive labor market and rising employee expectations, finding the right talent for your bank can be challenging. So, why not look internally and focus on the human capital that you already have? Bank profitability is robust right now, which means budgets are less likely to be roadblocks to talent […]

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Jim Reber: To the corner office

The bond portfolio fires back a reply to the community bank president. Read last month’s column. By Jim Reber, ICBA Securities Dear Community Bank President, Thank you for your kind letter this past month. It has been a crazy four weeks, which has delayed my response, so I appreciate your understanding. In fact, one of […]

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Rebeca Romero Rainey: Standing strong in uncertain times

In these unprecedented times, community bankers like you can look to ICBA for resources and guidance so that you can support the communities you serve. As community bankers navigate the choppy waters of the coronavirus outbreak and its financial and economic repercussions, ICBA continues to serve and represent our beloved industry in every capacity. We […]

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Noah Wilcox: This industry is in my blood

“As a fourth-generation community banker, this industry is in my blood. It’s not just what I do; it’s part of who I am.” It couldn’t be more fitting that I’m penning my first column as chairman during Community Banking Month. As a fourth-generation community banker, this industry is in my blood. It’s not just what […]


Kevin Tweddle: Meet Charles Potts

By Kevin Tweddle, ICBA Our ThinkTECH Accelerator and ThinkTECH Network started with a blank piece of paper and a conversation about community bank innovation. Those initial seeds took root, and today, ICBA is on the second iteration of this highly successful program. It boasts participants from around the world and an expansive reach that has […]


Lindsay LaNore: Feed your focus

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA When I really need to focus, I’ve noticed the process usually starts with decluttering both my mind and my environment. I love the quote, “Starve the distractions. Feed your focus.” To clear my mind before starting a project, I know that I have to be purposeful with my attention. This may […]


Jim Reber: Dear bond portfolio…

A community bank CEO addresses the bond portfolio. By Jim Reber, ICBA Securities Dear Security Inventory, Since we’ve finally gotten 2019 closed, the auditors are out of here (yay!) and the shareholders meeting is behind us, I thought it was time to catch up with you. I realize senior management has given you scant attention […]

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Lilly Thomas: The state of CRA modernization

The current requirements of the Community Reinvestment Act do not fit the needs of community banks today. ICBA makes its case. By Lilly Thomas, ICBA After more than two decades without change, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is poised for modernization—but what those changes will look like is still up for debate. ICBA has pushed […]