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Out of Office: Marcia Johnson

Out of Office: Marcia Johnson

The marketing director of $1.3 billion-asset River Bank & Trust in Prattville, Ala., is on the board of the Autauga/Western Elmore Arc, which advocates for people with intellectual disabilities. It is an honor to be involved in an organization like Autauga/Western Elmore Arc. The board there is made up of all kinds of different people […]

Kevin Tweddle: 2019 hits and misses

By Kevin Tweddle, ICBA At the beginning of the year, I made several predictions about the innovation trends 2019 would bring. Some came true, while others fell short. As the year draws to a close, let’s circle back to those trends and examine how the community bank landscape is evolving as we all plan for […]

Jim Reber: Echoes of holidays past

Year-end is a good time to reflect on past investment performance. By Jim Reber, ICBA Securities The investment portfolio, as a component of a community bank’s overall franchise, is in some respects like your cousin’s husband—Mike, in my case. You know he’ll always be around for important events, doesn’t make much of a fuss and, […]

The Best Community Banks to Work For 2019

Ninety-eight percent. That’s the percentage of community bank employees who would recommend their employer to others. In a tight labor market, that number is something to shout about—so we are. Based on anonymous employee responses, our first-ever Best Community Banks to Work For awards recognize banks that have built exceptional work experiences for their employees. […]

Portfolio planning tips for 2020

What will this year bring to your bank’s portfolio? We asked the strategists at Vining Sparks about what community banks should expect in 2020 and what strategies you should consider putting in place to better your balance sheet. By Cheryl Winokur Munk As community banks head into 2020, uncertainty abounds about what the year will […]

Out of Office: Jason Moore

The vice president of commercial banking at $2.1 billion-asset Tompkins Trust Company in Ithaca, N.Y., lends a hand at his family’s Christmas tree farm, which planted its first trees almost 50 years ago. I’m a banker Monday through Friday. I trim Christmas trees the months of July and August; planting is done in April. The […]

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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 […]