Rebeca Romero Rainey

Rebeca Romero Rainey: Budget prioritization

For hundreds of years, community banks have stood strong, adapting to market changes and evolving to serve our communities. Through industry highs and lows, community banks have risen on a foundation of relationship banking and thoughtful preparation.

Brad Bolton

Brad M. Bolton: Retaining the best

Community bank employees fill a special role, unlike no other position in the market today, and we must do a better job of telling that story.

SouthState Bank turns swag into art

After a recent merger, SouthState Bank had hundreds of unused T-shirts featuring its old logo. Rather than send them to the landfill, it donated them to a community textile arts project that continues to inspire others.

4 trending social media tips to know

The Social Bankers, a collective of community bank marketers, offers inspiration, information and professional development advice to community bankers focused on marketing and social media. We asked them for their need-to-know social tips.

Member Milestones: Landmark anniversaries

From centennials to dodransbicentennials (that’s 175 years), 36 community banks are marking significant anniversaries in 2022. Four presidents and CEOs reflect on how their banks survived the past, thrive in the present and look toward the future.

Rebeca Romero Rainey

Rebeca Romero Rainey: Shifts in lending

Loan providers are multiplying, and we cannot underestimate the need for a frictionless loan, one that removes hoops for our customers and feels simple, efficient and effective.

Who were ICBA’s Top Lenders of 2022?

Last year, community bank loan producers were faced with both record-low interest rates and a glut of deposits. But as they always do, they came through for individuals and businesses in their communities with a combination of personalized service and prudent risk management practices. Here, we highlight some of last year’s most successful loan producers in the areas of agriculture, commercial and consumer/mortgage lending.

Ensure your community bank is inclusive

For a workplace to be truly inclusive, its employees should feel accepted for who they are and valued for their unique perspectives and backgrounds. We asked community bankers and experts for their advice on ensuring employees feel a sense of belonging.