Washington, D.C. (Oct. 8, 2020) — The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today announced the hire of Brian Laverdure as vice president of payments and technology policy. In this role, Laverdure will advocate ICBA’s payments and bank technology policy issues before financial regulatory agencies, private-sector organizations and Congress.

“We’re pleased to welcome Brian, an experienced and dedicated payments professional, to ICBA’s government relations team,” ICBA Senior Executive Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy Karen Thomas said. “Brian’s work on payments and the regulations and strategies governing their usage, align well with ICBA’s vision to support and enhance community bank innovation in today’s dynamic payments landscape.”  

Laverdure has more than a decade of banking and electronic payment experience. He most recently served as director of emerging payments education for EPCOR, the largest payments association in the country, where he developed training programs on new payment technologies and trends for community banks in the Midwest.

He has served on a number of industry work groups, including the US Faster Payments Council’s Directory Models work group and sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Payments Strategy and Systems.

Laverdure has a bachelor’s degree in History from UNC-Asheville and a master’s degree in American History from UNC-Greensboro. He is an accredited ACH professional.

About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. ICBA is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services.

With nearly 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ more than 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5 trillion in assets, over $4.4 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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