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Jim Reber: Picking the winners

Jim Reber: Picking the winners

Community bankers are investing where the Fed is not. By Jim Reber, ICBA Securities “Without losers, where would the winners be?” baseball great Casey Stengel once said. By now, it’s been made sufficiently clear the Federal Reserve Board is going big, so we don’t have to go (figuratively) home. Repo lines, money markets funds, multiple […]

4 entrepreneurs who leaned on community banks

4 entrepreneurs who leaned on community banks

Big dreams sometimes need a bit of help. Here, four enterprising business owners share how their community banks have guided them through thick and thin—building deep, lasting relationships along the way. By Roshan McArthur A bigger piece of the pie Amanda Wilbanks, Southern Baked Pie Company, Gainesville, Ga. Amanda Wilbanks founded what is now the […]

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Who made ICBA’s 2020 Top Lenders list?

There’s no doubt that 2019 looked very different than 2020 in all areas of life, and community banking was no exception. But our top lenders’ exceptional performance last year has set them up for success even in a time of turmoil. Read on to meet the year’s most successful loan producers in the agriculture, commercial […]

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 […]

ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator finalists

The fintechs building community bank innovation

The early stage fintechs from this year’s ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator have a message for community bankers: Together, there’s no innovation or technology that isn’t possible with the right strategy in place. We asked the accelerator alumni to share their thoughts on what you need to know about fintech—and how to best work with companies like […]

Karen Vogel-Ramola

Out of Office: Karen Vogel-Ramola

The assistant vice president and branch manager of $115 million-asset New Market Bank in Elko New Market, Minn., puts together scrapbooks with her family—and sometimes for her family. I scrapbook all of the trips we go on. I scrapbooked my wedding and all of my Christmas cards. It’s just preserving our memories a little bit […]

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40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders

Our second annual 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders competition uncovered some amazing talent. They’re branch managers, compliance officers and marketers. They’re lenders, CEOs and innovators. What they all have in common is a deep belief in the community banking model and a passion for supporting their customers and communities with high-tech, high-touch service. […]

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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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