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A Mountaineer Spirit

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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