Out of Office: Chrissy Neff

Chrissy Neff, a digital systems administrator at $1 billion-asset Bank of Clarke County in Berryville, Va., adopted her first pet goat in 2018 and has since expanded her farm family to three goats—Lightning, Uni and Jerry—and Benjamin, a miniature donkey.

The power of a CDFI

First Southwest Bank is carving out new business models to address a need for credit and financial services through nonprofit lending programs and software that leverages its community development financial institution (CDFI) funding.

Creating a cycle of leadership

Leadership isn’t just a principle at First United Bank & Trust Company. It’s a practice. The community bank is using leadership as a community-building tool through classes for local changemakers.

Out of Office: Derek Fraley

The president and CEO of $53 million-asset Systematic Savings Bank in Springfield, Mo., has a passion for rare book collecting that led him to create the Fraley Family Rare Books Endowment in support of the Special Collections & Archives at Missouri State University.

Ponce Bank serves the underserved

Ponce Bank has brought banking services to minority neighborhoods in the Bronx and greater New York City for more than six decades with a clear focus on community investment.

How University Bank is redressing redlining

Widespread housing discrimination made homeownership unattainable for Black Americans for generations. To address this, University Bank and a nonprofit launched a new mortgage program, creating a national model for homeownership counseling in the process.

Out of Office: Kandie Romines

The vice president, loan officer and lending services administrator at $414 million-asset Shamrock Bank in Coalgate, Okla., has showed livestock since the fourth grade, a hobby that she now continues with her family.

How BankMD’s experiment paid off

Digital-only brand BankMD has shaken up the medical lending arena since its launch in 2019 under the leadership of Moses D. Luevano. Anchored by San Antonio-based TransPecos Banks, the experiment has brought huge success to both the brand and the community bank.