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Rebeca Romero Rainey: Leadership is about teamwork

“Well-executed leadership is less about marching to your own beat and more about creating a well-choreographed team play.” Remember that childhood game follow-the-leader where one person directed, and the others walked in line? Well, it was not a favorite of mine, and I could never quite pinpoint why. As I’ve moved forward in my career, […]

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Rebeca Romero Rainey: Do today for tomorrow

“As community bankers, making the next right choice today will ensure we have a strong, flourishing future.” We have entered a challenging environment, to say the least. Our banks have been dramatically affected by COVID-19, but without a doubt, we will weather this storm, because we build our model on relationships that stand the test of […]

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Rebeca Romero Rainey: Tell your incredible story

“You’ve got an incredible story to tell, and ICBA is honored to help you tell it.” Community Banking Month holds a special place in my heart. It began early in my career at Centinel Bank of Taos. Every April, I would visit local elementary schools to speak about community banking. And let me tell you, […]

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Rebeca Romero Rainey: A world of opportunity

“Today’s technology environment opens the door to a world of opportunity for community bankers.” Welcome to Independent Banker’s ICBA LIVE 2020 issue! It’s amazing that we’re already celebrating our first convention of a new decade. As a child, the concept of the year 2020 seemed so far-fetched. Fueled by visions of flying cars and robot maids […]

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Rebeca Romero Rainey: We make every day better

“Community banks work hard to ensure that every day is just a little bit better than the last.” As community bankers, we strive for excellence. We are always looking for ways to build upon the strong foundation we’ve set, whether through the products we offer our customers, the services we bring to the community or […]

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Rebeca Romero Rainey: We resolve to support you

“Our resolution is to continue to bring you the very best support for your prosperity, growth and success in the new year.” As we enter a new year, we’re filled with a sense of anticipation for everything that will unfold in the coming 12 months. We see a world full of potential, which is exactly […]

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Rebeca Romero Rainey: Connections are critical

“We’re relationship bankers; connections are critical to how we define success.” What does “the best” mean? It can be a tricky question, as “the best” of anything is usually subject to interpretation. What I think is the best restaurant may not fit your palate, and vice versa. But, in some scenarios, a clear winner rises […]

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Rebeca Romero Rainey: Embrace the opportunity

“A plethora of new digital payments offerings now must factor into business strategies.” As Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” That sentiment rings true for digital payments. Today, community bankers hold a place at the digital payments table, both as drivers of change and as witnesses to […]

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Rebeca Romero Rainey: We flourish in times of change

“When community bankers join their voices, they are a powerful force, taking the industry to new levels.” We’re in a season of unprecedented industry change, particularly when we look at faster payments. In August, the Federal Reserve announced the launch of FedNow, a round-the-clock, real-time payments and settlement service. For the first time in more […]