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New Atlanta office will offer year-round community bank innovation programming

Washington, D.C. (Sept. 29, 2022) — The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today announced Wayne Miller will join ICBA as senior vice president, innovation programs, effective October 17. He will oversee operations for ICBA’s highly successful ThinkTECH Accelerator program, which advances community bank-fintech partnerships through the development of targeted solutions for community banks.

“Wayne’s leadership has been instrumental in helping ICBA deliver on the initial promise of our ThinkTECH Accelerator,” ICBA Chief Innovation Officer Charles Potts said. “We’re excited to have Wayne join our team as we take the next step on this journey to build more comprehensive programming aimed at further addressing the emerging needs of community banks and the customers they serve.”

Miller brings more than four decades of proven performance in a variety of industries and leadership roles. He most recently served as executive director of The Venture Center, where he oversaw the nonprofit’s efforts to accelerate market readiness for early- to growth-stage companies through immersive FIS and ICBA accelerator programs. Before joining The Venture Center in 2017, he served as CEO of a private-equity backed medical drive manufacturer, and has extensive experience working with start-ups.

Miller attended the University of Pittsburgh in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa., and was an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland where he taught entrepreneurship.

Since its inception in 2019, the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program has connected the most innovative, cutting-edge fintech companies in the world with more than 1,000 community bankers and industry leaders. With the addition of Miller, ICBA will continue its collaborative approach in working with state and regional partners, emerging and established technology providers, and community bank leaders to create best-in-class offerings that solve for community banks’ most pressing business challenges and market opportunities.

"The past four years have provided greater insight into how community banks operate and their use of technology to support their customers' diverse banking needs," Miller said. "I'm excited to build on the foundation ICBA has established and extend our reach to serve more community banks with targeted solutions that support their strategic business goals and operational needs."

For more information about the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator, visit www.icba.org/accelerator.

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 roughly 99 percent of all banks, employ nearly 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5.8 trillion in assets, over $4.9 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.5 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.