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Cindy Theien

Out of Office: 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 […]

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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 […]