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4 entrepreneurs who leaned on community banks

4 entrepreneurs who leaned on community banks

4 entrepreneurs who leaned on community banks

Big dreams sometimes need a bit of help. Here, four enterprising business owners share how their community banks have guided them through thick and thin—building deep, lasting relationships along the way. By Roshan McArthur A bigger piece of the pie Amanda Wilbanks, Southern Baked Pie Company, Gainesville, Ga. Amanda Wilbanks founded what is now the […]

Tony Gudajtes

Who made ICBA’s 2020 Top Lenders list?

There’s no doubt that 2019 looked very different than 2020 in all areas of life, and community banking was no exception. But our top lenders’ exceptional performance last year has set them up for success even in a time of turmoil. Read on to meet the year’s most successful loan producers in the agriculture, commercial […]

ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator finalists

The fintechs building community bank innovation

The early stage fintechs from this year’s ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator have a message for community bankers: Together, there’s no innovation or technology that isn’t possible with the right strategy in place. We asked the accelerator alumni to share their thoughts on what you need to know about fintech—and how to best work with companies like […]

Karen Vogel-Ramola

Out of Office: Karen Vogel-Ramola

The assistant vice president and branch manager of $115 million-asset New Market Bank in Elko New Market, Minn., puts together scrapbooks with her family—and sometimes for her family. I scrapbook all of the trips we go on. I scrapbooked my wedding and all of my Christmas cards. It’s just preserving our memories a little bit […]

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40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders

Our second annual 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders competition uncovered some amazing talent. They’re branch managers, compliance officers and marketers. They’re lenders, CEOs and innovators. What they all have in common is a deep belief in the community banking model and a passion for supporting their customers and communities with high-tech, high-touch service. […]

Cindy Theien

Out of Office: Cindy Theien

The vice president and retail banking director of $948 million-asset National Bank of Commerce in Superior, Wis., dedicates her weekends to feeding schoolchildren in need. We want to fill that gap for hunger on the weekends. Teachers tell us that there is a marked difference in their students’ participation in school when they’ve had enough […]

Scott Goldstein

Out of Office: Scott Goldstein

The chief financial officer and senior vice president for $507 million-asset Summit Bank of Eugene, Ore., shares his passion for cycling, which is how he gets to the office each day and what takes him racing around Europe. I became a serious cyclist after a knee injury from martial arts. The only thing that didn’t […]