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Portfolio planning tips for 2020

What will this year bring to your bank’s portfolio? We asked the strategists at Vining Sparks about what community banks should expect in 2020 and what strategies you should consider putting in place to better your balance sheet. By Cheryl Winokur Munk As community banks head into 2020, uncertainty abounds about what the year will […]

Out of Office: Jason Moore

The vice president of commercial banking at $2.1 billion-asset Tompkins Trust Company in Ithaca, N.Y., lends a hand at his family’s Christmas tree farm, which planted its first trees almost 50 years ago. I’m a banker Monday through Friday. I trim Christmas trees the months of July and August; planting is done in April. The […]

Kevin Tweddle: The many paths to innovation

By Kevin Tweddle, ICBA I often tell people there isn’t one right path to innovation. A number of factors, including a community bank’s business objectives, available resources and customer base, all factor into its decision to pursue or forgo a technology solution. ICBA’s ThinkTech Accelerator program, which connects early stage fintechs with community banks, is […]

Out of Office: Piotrek Buciarski

The vice president and corporate business development officer of $460 million-asset Summit Bank in Eugene, Ore., is a former pole vaulter and professional athlete who represented Denmark at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Sports are in my blood. My father, Wojciech Buciarski, was a two-time Olympic pole vaulter. He held the Polish national record for […]

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 […]