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Divide and Conquer

Divide and Conquer

Janet Mueller tackles growing compliance burdens as a shared staffer for two Nebraska community banks By Elizabeth Judd Family-style meals, secrets and Kodak moments are all meant to be shared. Until quite recently, however, community bankers hadn’t quite wrapped their minds around the idea of sharing a compliance officer. The experience of a few Nebraska […]

Your Leadership Team

ICBA’s newly elected 2013–14 officers and executive committee members are ready to serve the nation’s community banks During the ICBA National Convention and Techworld last month, ICBA formally inducted a new slate of community bankers to serve as volunteer officers and executive committee members for 2013–14. Led this year by Chairman William A. Loving Jr. […]

Jimmy Wales

Innovator Interview

2013 ICBA National Convention and Techworld Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales talks about trusting and learning from people as an operational model You may not have heard of Jimmy Wales, but you’ve certainly heard of his most famous creation—Wikipedia, the free, digitally ubiquitous online encyclopedia site. As chair of Wikia Inc. and a board member and […]

A Family Heritage

The late Pat DuBois upheld his family’s connection to ICBA’s humble founding and transformation into a nationwide powerhouse By Tim Cook It started as an informal, discreet gathering of concerned community bankers in an out-of-the-way place in rural central Minnesota. Eighty-three years ago, 28 community bankers gathered at the Sunset Beach Resort on Lake Minnewaska, […]

A Mountaineer Spirit

From his lofty vista, Bill Loving, ICBA’s incoming chairman from West Virginia, believes community banks are well-positioned to scale obstacles and reach new heights By Kelly Pike If there is one phrase guaranteed to strain Bill Loving’s otherwise steadfastly calm demeanor, it’s “We’ve always done it that way.”

Revved for Performance

Lee Ely leads a 14-member team that makes SBA lending a vital cog in their Texas community bank’s engine By Elizabeth Judd Few community banks see Small Business Administration loans as their golden ticket to business success. Often, these loans are perceived as the domain of big banks because decoding the arcane and ever-changing bureaucratic […]

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Calm, Cool and Collected

With efficiency and discipline, Dan Konwent has successfully taken a vigorous approach to monitoring and resolving troubled loans By Tam Harbert Collections are a vital function of every community bank’s loan process. They can make the difference between a healthy bank and a sick one. Unfortunately, too many community banks have been painfully reminded of […]

Leading the Field

Five community bankers ensuring our industry’s bright future By Beth Teig-Mattson and Michael Lotti Community banking has a great future. Look almost anywhere and you’ll find talented young people shaping our industry. They’re smart, hard working and dedicated to the highest ideals that have distinguished community bankers as our most trusted financial service providers.

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15 minutes with … Kevin R. Mullins

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the $318 Million-Asset Sevier County Bank in Sevierville, Tenn. IB: How did you get your start in community banking? Mullins: I started my career in August of 1987, at the age of 23, as a management trainee with First & Farmers Bank in Somerset, Ky. At the […]

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