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Lindsay LaNore: Mapping out career paths

Lindsay LaNore: Mapping out career paths

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA Given today’s competitive labor market and rising employee expectations, finding the right talent for your bank can be challenging. So, why not look internally and focus on the human capital that you already have? Bank profitability is robust right now, which means budgets are less likely to be roadblocks to talent […]

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 […]

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The juicy story behind First Citrus Bank

Established 21 years ago, First Citrus Bank’s strategic planning is now bearing fruit. At the core of the Tampa, Fla., community bank is a set of fundamental values that define how its associates achieve success for themselves and for their customers. By Eric Best Name: First Citrus Bank Assets: $428 million Location: Tampa, Fla. First Citrus […]


Lindsay LaNore: Feed your focus

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA When I really need to focus, I’ve noticed the process usually starts with decluttering both my mind and my environment. I love the quote, “Starve the distractions. Feed your focus.” To clear my mind before starting a project, I know that I have to be purposeful with my attention. This may […]

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Lindsay LaNore: Leading alongside our teams

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA Roses are red Violets are blue I love being a community banker Especially alongside you It’s the time of year when we celebrate the relationships in our lives, and it’s a great time to build connections at home, within the community or in the workplace. That doesn’t mean composing Shakespearean sonnets […]

Lindsay LaNore: The jar of good

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA More often than not, we don’t stop to recognize the good things that happen to our bank, employees, customers or communities. They tend to get lost in our day-to-day operations. So, why not get the year off to a positive start by embedding celebration into your culture? A “jar of good” […]

ICBA LIVE speaker Alison Levine on reaching your peak

Alison Levine, a general session speaker at ICBA LIVE 2020, has dedicated her life to sharing the lessons she’s learned while reaching the tallest, and often most dangerous, points on the planet. By Eric Best Near the top of Mount Everest, a single step requires at least five breaths. The desolate peak’s freezing temperatures—even in the […]

Lindsay LaNore: A new spin on training

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA Professional development programs are vital to the health of a community bank, and the new year is a great time to revisit training opportunities. Before this year ends, take a close look at what your bank is doing to offer an employee experience that includes dynamic learning opportunities. According to the 2019 […]

The Best Community Banks to Work For 2019

Ninety-eight percent. That’s the percentage of community bank employees who would recommend their employer to others. In a tight labor market, that number is something to shout about—so we are. Based on anonymous employee responses, our first-ever Best Community Banks to Work For awards recognize banks that have built exceptional work experiences for their employees. […]

Lindsay LaNore: Ripping off the Band-Aid

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA Regardless of the job you do, there are times when you realize that you’ve delayed starting a task, finishing a project or just plain moving ahead. It happens for so many reasons. But often, when you sit back and look at all the scenarios in which you have found yourself on […]