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Charles Potts: The future of community banking

Charles Potts: The future of community banking

By Charles Potts, ICBA The speed and rapid nature of fintech entering the community bank space brings with it opportunities for community banks to create innovative ways to flourish in their markets. That’s why it’s imperative that community banks think strategically about how to create best-of-breed services and solutions for their unique market demands, in […]

ICBA’s 2020/21 executive committee: The future’s bright

The 2020/21 ICBA executive committee is chock-full of experienced, ambitious and inspired community bankers. From reining in credit unions to championing the SAFE Banking Act, they’ll be leading the charge this year to make sure community banks can flourish. We asked them about their priorities—and what they’d be if they weren’t community bankers. By Molly […]

Alfredo Jacobo

Out of Office: Alfredo Jacobo

The senior vice president and audit director of the more than $2 billion-asset Midwest BankCentre in St. Louis, Mo., was an Olympic swimmer, having competed in the 2000 Games in Sydney. He now coaches youth sports. I competed in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, representing Mexico in the 2000 Olympics. With training in any sport, you […]


Kevin Tweddle: Meet Charles Potts

By Kevin Tweddle, ICBA Our ThinkTECH Accelerator and ThinkTECH Network started with a blank piece of paper and a conversation about community bank innovation. Those initial seeds took root, and today, ICBA is on the second iteration of this highly successful program. It boasts participants from around the world and an expansive reach that has […]

Diana Kander

Diana Kander: Success takes more than a poker face

Diana Kander likens business to poker. Success means staying curious, covering your blind spots and taking risks. The bestselling author and ICBA LIVE 2020 general session speaker says these are key strategies for innovating, problem-solving and future-proofing your community bank. By Eric Best Curious about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Try watching […]

Jeff Newgard

Out of Office: Jeff Newgard

Jeff Newgard is president and CEO of $409 million-asset Bank of Idaho in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He’s also the treasurer and Shoshone-Bannock Tribes liaison of the War Bonnet Roundup, the state’s oldest rodeo. I was born and raised on a reservation. My great-grandfather homesteaded on an open reservation, the Confederated Salish Kootenai in Montana, which […]

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Kevin Tweddle: ICBA’s ThinkTECH Accelerator 2.0

By Kevin Tweddle, ICBA ICBA’s ThinkTECH Accelerator 2.0 program is under way, and this year’s fintech cohort brings even more potential for transformative technology that elevates the customer experience and serves as a point of differentiation for community banks. We’ve devoted additional time to the selection process and have a larger, more diverse pool of […]