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Pusey to head member relations, Edwards expands outreach in the Mid-Atlantic region

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 7, 2022) — The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today announced promotions for William Pusey, who was named executive vice president, member relations, and Leah Edwards who was promoted to vice president of member relations for the Mid-Atlantic region.

“Bill’s leadership and proven track record of service to the nation’s community banks will serve ICBA well as he works with Leah, and the entire member relations team to help ensure community banks maximize their ICBA membership experience to meet their strategic goals and respond to market demands,” said Kevin Tweddle, ICBA senior executive vice president of community bank solutions. “With Bill’s new responsibilities, we needed a knowledgeable and dedicated professional to provide additional coverage in the Mid-Atlantic region. Leah was the obvious choice given her thoughtful approach to member relations with banks. We congratulate Bill and Leah on their well-deserved promotions and thank them for their contributions to help our members realize the benefits of ICBA’s mission.”

Since joining ICBA in 2020 as vice president of member relations, Pusey has served a pivotal role in expanding ICBA’s membership in the Northeast region. In his new role, he will lead ICBA’s team of nine member relationship officers and lead national initiatives to broaden member engagement through ICBA’s effective community bank-focused advocacy, targeted education, and extensive network of products and services tailored specifically for community banks.

Edwards joined ICBA in 2018 as director of member relations and had demonstrated her ability to grow membership in the Mid-Atlantic region by highlighting the benefits of membership to address community banks’ business needs. In addition to serving community banks in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, her region now includes the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

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.