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Kevin Tweddle: How to stay up to speed

Kevin Tweddle: How to stay up to speed

By Kevin Tweddle, ICBA Many community banks are grappling with digital transformation. While advances in technology are nothing new, the speed at which these shifts are occurring can make it hard to manage. As community bankers, how do we keep up—or even get ahead—of the rapid pace of change? We at ICBA have given considerable […]

Lindsay LaNore: Ways to be a daring leader

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA In her book Dare to Lead, author Brené Brown writes, “Daring leaders must care for and be connected to the people they lead.” It’s a simple idea but one that can’t be overstated. Again and again, studies have shown that the more invested employees are in an organization, the more productive […]

Chris Cole: Assessment credits finally paying off

It’s been a long time coming, but community banks recently received good news that deposit-insurance assessment credits are headed straight for their bottom line. By Chris Cole, ICBA The FDIC recently announced that the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) reserve ratio has reached 1.38%, triggering the distribution of approximately $764 million in assessment credits for community banks with assets […]

Out of Office: Jake Postlewait

Jake Postlewait, senior vice president and chief lending officer at $240 million-asset Oregon Coast Bank in Newport, Ore., grew up surrounded by colorful creatures. Now he preserves them in his spare time. My grandfather had an 80-acre hobby farm and had a thousand different birds, everything from peacocks to African cranes. I remember geese everywhere, […]

Kevin Tweddle: How to pick a winning fintech partner

By Kevin Tweddle, ICBA Partnerships between fintechs and banks are accelerating, which is positive news for community banks. Strategic fintech partnerships can give community banks a competitive advantage, strengthen the customer experience and, ultimately, improve the customer relationship. Community banks have a keen sense of banking and the regulatory environment, and they have a strong […]

Greg Massey: Conscious capitalism

“Free enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. It is one of the most compelling ideas we humans have ever had. But we can aspire to even more.” These words come from the credo of Conscious Capitalism, a way of thinking that recognizes the enormous potential of […]

Jim Reber: Shop talk, part three

Our conversation with a community banker continues. By Jim Reber, ICBA Securities “Jim Reber speaking.” “Hi, Jim, this is Charlie Brown with Community Trust Bank. How are you?” “Hi, Charlie, I’m fine! How are things at the bank?” “I hope I’m not jinxing us, but it’s hard to imagine things going better. We keep getting these […]

Out of Office: Casey Ryan

The senior vice president and regional manager of $1.2 billion-asset Riverview Community Bank in Vancouver, Wash., moonlights as the mayor of Troutdale, Ore., a position that puts his years as a local business leader to good use. The city needed some leadership, and it needed somebody who was outside of the political world to step […]

Out of Office: Darin Johnson

The president and CEO of $143 million-asset Security State Bank of Sutherland, Iowa, conducts his own experiments each year, making wine for friends, family and pure enjoyment.