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Washington, D.C. (Jan. 25, 2023) — The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today announced the hire of Stephanie Foster as director, ThinkTECH Accelerator. Foster serves in a newly created position following ICBA’s announced plans to bring its highly successful ThinkTECH Accelerator program inhouse and will be responsible for planning and executing the day-to-day operations of the ThinkTECH Accelerator programs.

“Stephanie is a seasoned professional with a proven track record of working with fintechs to bring their solutions to market,” ICBA Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Charles Potts said. “We look forward to leveraging her talents to help meet our business objectives and advance our efforts to support community bank innovation through the sourcing and development of promising solutions that benefit community banks and their customers.”

Foster has more than 20 years of related experience, managing over a dozen strategic partnerships and omni-channel products in peer-to-peer, business-to-business, and business-to-consumer platforms in the United States and abroad. She most recently served as chief administrative officer for XY Planning Network, an advisory service for Gen Y and Gen Z clients. Foster has also held management roles at Finastra, Fiserv and Western Union, and was a founding board member for Women Driving Innovation at the Atlanta Innovation Forum.

Foster has a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Barry University and an Executive Master of Business Administration in international business from Florida Atlantic University.

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

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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 $4.8 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.