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Lindsay LaNore: Leading in time of uncertainty

Lindsay LaNore: Leading in time of uncertainty

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA The COVID-19 outbreak has been a time of extreme uncertainty. It has put pressure on us to meet the needs of the communities we serve, in addition to the weighted responsibility of keeping staff safe. So, what can we learn from it about leadership? It may be obvious, but we know communication […]

4 entrepreneurs who leaned on community banks

4 entrepreneurs who leaned on community banks

Big dreams sometimes need a bit of help. Here, four enterprising business owners share how their community banks have guided them through thick and thin—building deep, lasting relationships along the way. By Roshan McArthur A bigger piece of the pie Amanda Wilbanks, Southern Baked Pie Company, Gainesville, Ga. Amanda Wilbanks founded what is now the […]

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Who made ICBA’s 2020 Top Lenders list?

There’s no doubt that 2019 looked very different than 2020 in all areas of life, and community banking was no exception. But our top lenders’ exceptional performance last year has set them up for success even in a time of turmoil. Read on to meet the year’s most successful loan producers in the agriculture, commercial […]

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40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders

Our second annual 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders competition uncovered some amazing talent. They’re branch managers, compliance officers and marketers. They’re lenders, CEOs and innovators. What they all have in common is a deep belief in the community banking model and a passion for supporting their customers and communities with high-tech, high-touch service. […]

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Lindsay LaNore: A summer reading list for leaders

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA Summer is approaching rapidly, and it’s often the best time to catch up on reading. So, here are some suggestions for great books to hone your leadership skills. Start With Why by Simon Sinek. Though it was first published back in 2009, this is still a must-read for any leader. Sinek […]

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Lindsay LaNore: Energy and influence

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA How you walk into a room full of people may not, at first glance, seem especially important. But have you ever really thought about how you do it? Walk in with a smile on your face, and it can put everyone at ease. Do the opposite, and the reverse may happen. […]

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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 […]

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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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