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Noah Wilcox

Noah Wilcox: Fighting for our communities

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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Preston Kennedy: ‘Tis the season of giving

“’Tis the season of giving, and no institution exemplifies that holiday spirit more than a community bank.” ’Tis the season of giving, and no institution exemplifies that holiday spirit more than a community bank. For example, for more than a decade, my bank has hosted a Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony. We started it to draw […]

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Preston Kennedy: We need to innovate, even when we’re unsure

“We are creating a new world, one in which financial technology grows to meet and exceed customer expectations.” This summer, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. Half a century ago, we blasted into space and landed on the moon—powered by calculations completed on chalkboards and measured with slide rulers! Back then, technology hadn’t […]

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Preston Kennedy: Our regulatory successes

“I look forward to the compliance and regulatory achievements to come.” Back in the 1980s in my home state of Louisiana, we were faced with a lending crisis that coincided with an oil bust, real estate declines and bank closings. Regulators took a hardline approach back then, which led to very contentious relationships. But that […]

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