Columns articles

Rebeca Romero Rainey

Rebeca Romero Rainey: Tell your incredible story

Rebeca Romero Rainey: Tell your incredible story

“You’ve got an incredible story to tell, and ICBA is honored to help you tell it.” Community Banking Month holds a special place in my heart. It began early in my career at Centinel Bank of Taos. Every April, I would visit local elementary schools to speak about community banking. And let me tell you, […]

Noah Wilcox

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 […]

Rep. Gregory Meeks and Joseph Otting

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 […]

Rebeca Romero Rainey

Rebeca Romero Rainey: A world of opportunity

“Today’s technology environment opens the door to a world of opportunity for community bankers.” Welcome to Independent Banker’s ICBA LIVE 2020 issue! It’s amazing that we’re already celebrating our first convention of a new decade. As a child, the concept of the year 2020 seemed so far-fetched. Fueled by visions of flying cars and robot maids […]

preston kennedy

Preston Kennedy: We won’t stay on the sidelines

“ICBA is loud, proud and unwilling to stay on the sidelines.” It is hard to believe that nearly a year has passed since I addressed ICBA LIVE 2019 in Nashville, Tenn., as the incoming chairman. What an honor it has been to serve as chairman of the only national association dedicated exclusively to representing the interests […]

light bulb art

Kevin Tweddle: ICBA’s ThinkTECH Accelerator 2.0

By Kevin Tweddle, ICBA ICBA’s ThinkTECH Accelerator 2.0 program is under way, and this year’s fintech cohort brings even more potential for transformative technology that elevates the customer experience and serves as a point of differentiation for community banks. We’ve devoted additional time to the selection process and have a larger, more diverse pool of […]

A hand holding a paper heart

Lindsay LaNore: Leading alongside our teams

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA Roses are red Violets are blue I love being a community banker Especially alongside you It’s the time of year when we celebrate the relationships in our lives, and it’s a great time to build connections at home, within the community or in the workplace. That doesn’t mean composing Shakespearean sonnets […]