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Aaron Stetter: Engineering economic relief

Aaron Stetter: Engineering economic relief

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, ICBA is pushing Congress to help community bankers provide economic support. By Aaron Stetter, ICBA With the coronavirus presenting unprecedented challenges to both Americans and the American economy, ICBA has worked tirelessly to promote legislative solutions that can help community banks support employment, the economy and their communities. From ICBA […]

Rebeca Romero Rainey

Rebeca Romero Rainey: Do today for tomorrow

“As community bankers, making the next right choice today will ensure we have a strong, flourishing future.” We have entered a challenging environment, to say the least. Our banks have been dramatically affected by COVID-19, but without a doubt, we will weather this storm, because we build our model on relationships that stand the test of […]

Noah Wilcox

Noah Wilcox: Community banks are essential

“[The top-performing community banks] advanced with hard work and dedication to their communities.” I’ve shared this story before, but in today’s environment, it bears repeating. When I left for college, I was pretty sure of two things: One, I wasn’t going into the family business. And two, I wasn’t going to become a banker. But, […]

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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 […]

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 […]