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Rebeca Romero Rainey

Rebeca Romero Rainey: Let’s bring people together

Rebeca Romero Rainey: Let’s bring people together

“With a heart led by compassion, let’s ask ourselves a question: Who do we want to be when we grow up?” At times in our country, true independence has arisen from points of crisis—critical moments in time that require us to listen and reflect. Just think about the foundation of our nation so many years […]

Noah Wilcox

Noah Wilcox: Fighting for our communities

“We’ve been in the trenches fighting for our communities, and we’ve emerged triumphant.” We shut our lobbies in late March due to COVID-19. In our community bank’s history, the only other time we have closed was during the Great Depression, yet we were the first in Minnesota to voluntarily lock up because of the pandemic. Making […]

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Lindsay LaNore: A summer reading list for leaders

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA Summer is approaching rapidly, and it’s often the best time to catch up on reading. So, here are some suggestions for great books to hone your leadership skills. Start With Why by Simon Sinek. Though it was first published back in 2009, this is still a must-read for any leader. Sinek […]

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Charles Potts: Leading innovation in a crisis

By Charles Potts, ICBA The COVID-19 pandemic presents community banks and fintechs with opportunities to create change. It’s a pivotal moment, underscoring the importance of leadership in innovation, and community banks and fintechs are rising to the occasion. Take, for example, the operational and technological challenges community banks are facing related to the Coronavirus Aid, […]

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Jim Reber: Squeeze play

The Fed’s market interventions have a goal of shrinking spreads. By Jim Reber, ICBA Securities The Federal Reserve has been busy lately. The past 90 days have seen a rerun of sorts from what played out a decade ago, at the start of what is now known as the Great Recession. Several elements of its […]

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Aaron Stetter: Grassroots gets it done

An unprecedented effort by ICBA community bankers nets a PPP set-aside reserve. By Aaron Stetter, ICBA There’s power in numbers. ICBA’s community bank members have proven it over and over, and they’ve done it once more—and in record time. Community bankers turned out in force as part of ICBA’s grassroots efforts to advocate that Congress quickly […]

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Lindsay LaNore: Energy and influence

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA How you walk into a room full of people may not, at first glance, seem especially important. But have you ever really thought about how you do it? Walk in with a smile on your face, and it can put everyone at ease. Do the opposite, and the reverse may happen. […]

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Charles Potts: Measuring high performance

By Charles Potts, ICBA What constitutes a high-performance, innovative community bank? As an industry, we rely on financial metrics to define success, but numbers tell only part of the story. As we consider the broader context, I’d like to pose a question of my own: How should community banks gauge progress as they move into […]