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Who made ICBA’s 2021 list of Top Lenders?

Who made ICBA’s 2021 list of Top Lenders?

The dust from 2020 is finally beginning to settle, and that gives us an opportunity to look back at the hard work community banks put in to serve their customers. Our top lenders made the most of one of the toughest years in recent memory through personal connection, ingenuity and dedication to their communities.

Is CRE lending bouncing back?

Commercial real estate lenders had a stellar year in 2019, but the pandemic hurt that momentum. According to experts and the latest data, however, some sectors of the CRE lending market are beginning to move full steam ahead, and deposit-laden community banks, like Cadence Bank, are primed to fulfill that demand.

What young borrowers want in the loan journey

Younger borrowers have different expectations when it comes to how they bank and do business. The needs of these digital-first customers are leading some community banks to prioritize digital loan processes that make the loan journey more efficient.

President and CEO Joanne Rau of Chelsea State Bank poses with customer Jerry Bridges, his dog, and the community bank’s Mark Burmis, and Steve Saules

Will recreational lending grow past the pandemic?

Many community banks and their dealership customers saw rising demand for recreational loans as consumers, including many first-time buyers, looked to boats, RVs and other vehicles for an escape during the pandemic. Experts say this sector will remain strong this year and beyond.

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ICBA’s best-performing community banks

Our annual list of the year’s top-performing community banks boasts institutions that focus on efficiency and the personal service that builds strong, lasting relationships. Their success last year has set them up to ride out this year’s storm. Less Than $300 Million By William Atkinson State Bank of Wheaton stays lean and green Drew Donnelly, […]