ICBA Press Release Banner 2020

Winners share commitment to customers, innovation and relationship banking

Washington, D.C. (June 1, 2020)Independent Banker magazine, the award-winning monthly publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), today unveiled its annual 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders list. The award recognizes the nation’s up-and-coming community bank innovators and influencers who represent the future of the industry.

“From CEOs to compliance officers, branch managers, lenders and marketers, this annual award continues to uncover extraordinary talent within the community banking industry, and we congratulate each winner on this well-deserved honor,” ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. “They all share a deep belief in the community bank business model and a passion for supporting their customers and communities. I hope they continue to tell their story, especially in this COVID-19 environment where community bankers continue to step up to serve the needs of customers and communities when they need it most.”

The feature story, which is included in the newly released June issue, highlights how the 40 Under 40 honorees have overcome challenges and answered calls for innovation. The leaders also share their philosophies on leadership and where they see big opportunities for lending.

Chosen from hundreds of entries, candidates were judged on the following criteria: character, leadership, community involvement; and innovation. Bank technology services provider FIS, of Jacksonville, Fla., sponsored this year’s program.

“Education and the advancement of community bank leaders will always be a driving force for ICBA as we look to cultivate the next great generation of community banking leaders,” said ICBA Group Executive Vice President, Community Banker UniversityLindsay LaNore. “As we continue to innovate our education offerings and platforms for community bankers what remains central is that the future remains bright for talent looking to enter the industry.”

Ensuring tomorrow’s leaders are well-positioned to address today’s real-world challenges is central to ICBA’s mission to create and promote an environment where community banks flourish. This focus is also the genesis behind ICBA’s LEAD FWD Summit, a two-day experience designed to cultivate bank talent and help supercharge bank efficiency. This year’s event will feature the latest thought leadership on a range of topics that offer market-tested strategies that attendees can implement immediately for improved bank performance and enhanced customer service.

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. With more than 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ nearly 750,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5 trillion in assets, nearly $4 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at www.icba.org.

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