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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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